My wife and I stayed at the Renaissance for and in-town getaway. Since our weekend rate included valet parking, we were greeted in the circle drive and whisked into the elegant lobby like Disney characters! The lobby truly is elegant-grand and palatial. This is a large convention hotel with the feel and character of the Old St. Louis of the Gilded Age. Quite impressive! Oddly, though, on this January weekend, there were very few people in the hotel so it was very (eerily?) quiet.
The location is really very good for most visitors to St. Louis. Washington Avenue is the home to many good restaurants and clubs. The convention Center is next door. The Gateway Arch, Laclede's Landing, Jones Dome, Busch Stadium, Scottrade Center and The funky City Museum are all within walking distance. Soulard, the Zoo, Forest Park and the Art Museum are all within a ten minute drive.
Our room was, well, Grand! Huge! Almost too large. The king bed was comfortable. The decor maintained the turn of the 20th century elegance of the lobby: heavy dark wood, brightly flowered fabrics, overstuffed chairs. The television was an anachronism-a clunky "pictured tube" model from the 1990's that was really too small to be seen from the bed. It did, however, bring an impressive array of channels. My wife enjoyed the Aveda toiletries.
On this slow weekend, the main restaurant was closed, but the full menu was available in the bar. The food was great. A must-try is the Gooey Butter Cake, a local favorite. We also ordered breakfast from room service. The service was prompt and courteous and it was nice that the meal was wheeled into the room on its own table rather than plopped on top of the desk. The food was well prepared, but there was too much of it! For the price, one breakfast could easily have fed two people.
I swim laps, so I had to try the pool. It was fine for me, although surprisingly small for such a large convention hotel. I had the place too myself but would not have used it on a busier morning. There is also a nice hot tub and an exercise room next door.
The only real negative worth mentioning regards the behind-the-scenes staff. We forgot a small item in the room when we checked out and called about an hour later to see if the housekeeper had found it. After five calls we gave up, having spoken to no fewer than four surly, rude individuals and one unanswered voice mail. I probably should have said something to the manager.
All in all our stay was nice and a good value with our Marriott weekend deal. I recommend it.
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