Spent 2 days at this very unique hotel. It is a converted office building from who knows when. It made for a very interesting stay. The lobby is huge with quite a few hanging chandeliars, a very large bubbling fountain and a sculpture of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Rooms seemed rather small but clean enough. I found the color schemes of burnt orange and brown on the carpets and bed spreads to be ugly, but that's just a personal preference. It just looked very early 70's in style. We had a room with 2 queen beds with a view of 1/2 the Gateway Arch. For a complete view of the Arch, you'll need to ask for a room furthest South on any floor facing East. Other rooms either faced towards the downtown skyline or were interior rooms looking down on little unaccessible patios and the hallways. It was fun walking around the floors due to the strange layout. The pool is located on a middle floor that you have to take several stairs to get up too. It was a very large pool with the standard hot tub. It was incredibly hot, humid and sticky in the pool area so unless you're swimming, it's almost impossible to just be in there.
Parking is in a covered garage attached to the hotel. You need a card key to get into the garage entrance which is located on the northern side street. Funny thing is that you have to drive opposite the one way street to get there. There is a narrow lane that is separated from the main street by a curb, but it is still a little disorienting at first. The garage is very tight and is more suitable for a compact car then a larger vehicle. We had a midsized SUV and it took awhile to locate a space that would hold us. Luggage carts were located on each parking level near the elevators so that helped with the loading and unloading of the vehicle. You will still need to use the card key to call up an elevator though. Actually, even in the lobby you need a card key to call an elevator.
Didn't try the free breakfast but did try the evening food. They did serve alot. They never asked for proof that you were staying at the hotel, so it seemed like anyone could just walk in off the street and get some chow. The food consisted of a nacho bar in one section of the lobby, a pop-corn cart in another, and the main buffet area. That area served mac & cheese, hot dogs and tons of fried chicken strips. You also got free sodas and a card for a limited amount of alcohol if you were interested. The chicken strips were actually of restaurant quality and very good. If you have kids (like me), this served as dinner for them one of our nights. There's also a very good (but pricey) steak restaurant attached to the hotel.
Location of hotel is perfect. It's right across the street from the Gateway Arch. Ask at the front desk for coupons. They have coupons for 1 free child Arch Tram ticket with every adult ticket purchased. It'll save you $5.00 a child. They also had coupons for other attractions but I didn't take any.
The only complaint I had with the hotel was with their little market. Again you need the card key to get into the market room and alot of the prices are not listed. My wife wanted to purchase several postcards and no price was listed. We asked the front desk and they told us 50 cents each. We brought a small stack out to the employee we spoke too and another employee came over and told him to charge us $1.00 each. Since neither employee knew the true cost of the cards, they should have charged us the lesser rate. I felt that was a failure in customer service but not enough to dampen our experience there.
Overall, if your goal is to see the Arch and other attractions downtown, this is a good hotel to use. Children will especially enjoy the free food and drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On 4th Street between Market and Walnut in downtown St. Louis, three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places were carefully renovated to become the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch: The International Fur Exchange Building, The Thomas Jefferson Building, and The American Zinc Building. Acquired in 1997, original building features were restored in public areas, like matching millwork, Italian marble, and Waterford crystal chandeliers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Drury Plaza Hotel St Louis
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