I just returned from a three-night stay with some friends of mine at the downtown Crowne Plaza and found the hotel to be fine overall. I stayed here twice previously when it was the Radisson and found very little had changed. I thought I had read about a $30M renovation of the hotel but couldn't find any such signs.
The room I shared was a suite with a spacious living room and bedroom on a corner of the building facing the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River, and it truly had great views. The bed was very comfortable and the living room afforded a good space to hang out between activities. The room could have been a little cleaner but was clean enough, and the daily servicing was sufficient. The bathroom, however, was tiny, probably measuring 5X7 including the shower stall and afforded little room for keeping toiletries. The room also had a foldout couch to use as a second bed, though we couldn't find any bedding to use with it, so we abandoned that idea.
Positives with the hotel include a great lobby bar and seating area that was busy most times of the day and night, and a helpful front desk that was usually happy to offer advice on activities or places to eat. The workout room is fine, with enough treadmills to go around, but a general dearth of strength training equipment. It could have also used a mat for stretching. We had breakfast at the Union Grill one of the mornings and found it to be okay but a bit pricey.
One clear downside of the hotel is its overall age, which is becoming harder and harder to disguise. I could foresee a $30M renovation going entirely into mechanical upkeep just to keep the 40+ year-old hotel operating. Our rooms both struggled to cool and the toilet in the one room struggled to flush. You could see where the operators were trying as hard as possible to keep up with things but seemed to be fighting a losing battle. Another negative is the parking garage, which is both maddingly inefficient in layout and falling apart.
Overall, this is a good hotel based on its central location, views and relative cost. However, it may be on the downside of its useful life and there are some warts, though none that should ruin a stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Soaring above the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch is the hallmark image of St. Louis, a city known for a rich urban culture and home to some of the country's largest, private corporations. Situated in the heart of the city, the City Place® St. Louis - Downtown Hotel is the perfect gateway to all that the city has to offer! Elegant facilities and an ideal location make us "The Place to Meet" in St. Louis, MO. Our hotel is capable of hosting any size event, from corporate conferences to wedding receptions. Perks like a 2-hour RFP Response Guarantee, Meetings Director and Daily Meeting Debriefs set us apart. Additionally, we're minutes from area companies like Anheuser-Busch, ABB and Greensfelder. Adjacent to the Gateway Arch, our downtown St. Louis hotel is surrounded by exciting attractions. Sports fans love being close to Busch Stadium and Edward Jones Dome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Saint Louis
- Crowne Plaza St Louis Downtown