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Americas Best Value Inn-St. Louis / Downtown
Ranked #98 of 120 Hotels in Saint Louis
Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Story to tell the kids!”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

My husband and I were college students in Chicago when we got married, so our options for Honeymoons were limited. We decided St. Louis because the Amtrak takes us right into the city. We chose our hotel based upon location and price. I suppose we were asking for a crazy experience since we only paid $52.50, but how could we possible know....
Our walk was a short 15 minute walk to the hotel, which is right next to the Rams stadium and the Martin Luther Expressway. There is only one entrance from the front for cars and pedestrians and the office is small within the parking lot under the rooms. they have 2 floors of rooms and we got a room in the second floor. When we got to our room we first noticed the fact that it looked like someone had tried to kick in the door from the outside. There was also a very flat mattress and couch in the room with a small bathroom that had dirty walls and door. I felt like an accident has occurred in the bathroom because of all the weird stains.
Granted this hotel had a great location for us because we got to experience many things the overall feel of the hotel was extremely creepy. I'm pretty sure either a pimp or a drug dealer because there was always people coming in and out and they tried to sell me whatever they had, I qickly said no thank you. Last but not least, my suspicious husband just happened to wonder why there was a tiny whole in the toilet lid and opened to find 2 used crack pipes. Awesome memory and candid moment, but not exactly comforting.
This hotel is almost worth the $50, but the crazy experience was priceless.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2012

It is probably the cheapest place to stay in STL downtown, within 10 mins walk from decent restaurants and bars in Downtown and the Metrolink station (STL light rail system). However, it is not the best place to stay in. You can see really weirdo types in the motel. The surrounding also feels really unsafe after dark. I was simply shocked when I woke up in the middle of the night as the cops were kicking at my door! I was told that someone from the motel called the police due to high noise in another room and they thought I was the one who dialled 911!
Continental breakfast: you get what you pay for: some donuts, bagels and coffee, tea. Don't expect more when you pay 60-70 bucks a night in STL downtown!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

Before arriving to this hotel, I prepared myself for a hidden,old, n dirty hotel! I read several reviews n was depending on the positive reviews but prepared for bad based on the negative reviews. So when i arrived i was happy because we came straight here, we didnt have any problem finding it. After we paid for the room we decided to come inspect the room b4 u packinh the car. I must say i am a fan of hotel imp n after watching hotel imp I want to be careful with hotels! Trust me we looked everywhere n the room n found the room was clean. Now of course it had it's normal furniture dusk on the side of the night stand, but the room overall was clean. I even did the matress check ahh ha i checked for bed buggs probably the first thing we checked. If u need a inexpensive room for a few nights n want to b downtown i think this is a good choice.

  • Stayed May 2012
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East Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Stayed here for one night for about $60, and it is the cheapest you will get downtown. From the hotel we were able to walk downtown no problem and the St Louis Arch, as it is no more than a mile away. We didn't really feel too safe on this end of town though, not sure if I'd walk through the area at night anyway. We also stayed there mid January, so traffic wasn't really much of a problem and there wasn't many people around. Overall the experience was pretty average, we weren't looking for a nice place to stay just somewhere to sleep overnight and easy access downtown with free parking.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2012

Overall, I was very weary of my stay here. I was reading the reviews, was just kind of in disbelief of things that were said. I had booked through Hotwire, which on their site which is tricky you DO NOT know where you are going to stay, but they're suppose to give "good deals" well I think I definitely overpaid for this hotel! When I viewed these comments I saw people stating ya not bad for $70, etc & etc.. Well, I paid well over that was just very shocked at the conditions of the hotel.

The floors were sticky, the fridge/microwave/alarm looked like something out of the 70's. Which the alarm wasn't even working due to the plug in's not working.. We actually laid towels on places of the floor to not step in it again.. The door had a large enough gap you could fit your hand through, due to the loud noises from outside traveling in. Our toilet even had a crack, which basically the whole bathroom had pieces missing from the walls & etc.. The only thing that looked nice was the sink.

Just PLEASE be careful if you do choose to stay here, I think paying that little extra sometimes can go a long way now. Just needs MAJOR updating.

I'm just glad that at least Hotwire can be accommodating due to the conditions. Would advise people to stay way from this hotel! Which surprise surprise they are not even attached to this hotel anymore.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2012

We stayed here for the National Wrestling Tournament. The hotel is an older hotel, but very clean. The staff was great and met all our needs. The Manager of the hotel went out of his way on more than one occassion. We needed a wheelchair for my mother, and he not only called places to acquire one, but even went and picked it up for us 8 miles away, and when we left St. Louis, returned it and refused to take "gas" money for his efforts. Without his kind actions, my Mother would not have been able to get around. This was way above what this hotel Manager had to do for us. He was caring and so helpful, and we would return to this hotel anytime we are in St. Louis.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We have stayed in ABV's before and they are okay for the price. I researched this hotel before leaving home and the website is somewhat deceiving. This hotel is very hard to find and the rush of the downtown traffic makes it stressful trip. I called them and they could not provide understanable directions from where we were located. They do not speak very good english. They put us right in front of the elevator and noisy neighbors (at 3 a.m.) which made it very hard to sleep. We will not stay here if there is a future stay in St. Louis.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Americas Best Value Inn-St. Louis / Downtown
Address: 1100 N 3rd Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 (Formerly Econo Lodge)
Location: United States > Missouri > Saint Louis > Riverfront
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #98 of 120 Hotels in Saint Louis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn-St. Louis / Downtown 2*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of busy downtown St. Louis, which is known as the Gateway to the West and the home of American brewing. Our hotel is situated next to the new Lumiere Place Casino and is only 2 blocks away from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau. Most of the area's main attractions are located nearby, such as famous Busch Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome, and the majestic and historic Gateway Arch. Take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch factory or visit the Blues Museum. Spend a fun-filled day with family at the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, or at any of the numerous museums in the area. Trust us to be your home away from home as you explore all that St. Louis has to offer. All guest rooms feature free wireless high-speed Internet access, cable TV with HBO, iron with ironing board, large work desk, alarm clock, and free local calls. Some additional amenities provided upon request if available include microwaves, fridges, hairdryers, and cribs. At Americas Best Value Inn St. Louis Downtown, We've Got You Covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow. ... more   less 
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