I have stayed at the Doubletree many times and every year it gets better. The hotel both inside and out is a representation of the glory days of rail and grand hotels. It is worth a visit even if you don't need a hotel.
My most recent stay was with my brother and sister in law this past 4th of July weekend. The Doubletree Union Station is undergoing renovations and the changes are making an already good hotel one of the best in the city. The updated bar in the great hall makes for a great place to spend the evening. To the guy who claims this is not downtown, the Doubletree is 2 blocks from The Soldier Memorial, 1 block form the Scottrade Center and the Post Office, about 8 blocks from Busch Stadium and 2 blocks from the Peabody Opera House. I can tell you as a lifelong St. Louis area resident, that is clearly downtown. The Arch is at one end of downtown not THE downtown as is the Edward Jones Dome, so if those are your measures of downtown you are missing the mark.
I always stay in the historic side of the hotel so my comments are directed solely to that side. The newer side is undergoing renovation as I write this so I imagine in a very short time it will be great as well. The rooms are very large and the beds like all Hilton brand hotels are super comfortable. My brother has had a good half dozen back surgeries and he was leery of the beds. He too commended them saying he had slept through the night for the first time in weeks. For the guy who complained of loud air conditioning, that isn't a loud air conditioner that is a subliminal noise generator. Many downtown hotels use them to counter street noise. I appreciate them because it almost entirely mutes street and hall noise. The great hall is the gem here, if you go on to the back side of the bar you will find a balcony under the glass ceiling of the Midway. It makes for a comfortable outside seeming experience regardless of the weather outside. They have installed a laser light show that plays on the hours during the evening and it is very entertaining. If you have access to the consierge lounge their hors d'oeuvres are virtually a stand alone meal. We, in fact, didn't eat anything else our first evening there. The free breakfast is also outstanding. The staff is outstanding, very courteous and helpful. If you look confused they will stop, introduce the themselves and ask how they can assist you. Union Station itself has improved greatly with more of the stores having retailers and a couple more restaurants in the food court.
Now, to answer one persons comment on handicap accessibility as this is indeed a confusing issue. I know this because my brother has difficulty with stairs at the end of the day and we had to stop a bit to find the ramps. The main entrance has a historic staircase that will not support a ramp without destroying the historic architecture. To get to the ramp, you have to use the Lobby level exit and use the ramp off of the balcony over the main entrance door. I agree hotel management needs to put a sign or something up to point people in the right direction as people will naturally gravitate towards the main entrance then be confused as to where the handicap access is located.
Cost is about the norm for downtown St. Louis. However, St. Louis has higher than normal tax rates than I have experienced elsewhere so don't be surprised when you see the tax side of the bill. Self parking is $20 per night and valet $27, about half what I pay in Chicago. There is a Hard Rock and a Landry's Seafood House in the Union Station Complex, both chains but good representatives of the chains. The Station Grille in the hotel is very good as is Lombardo's next door. There are a couple of other restaurants within blocks but I have never visited them. I use AT&T so I had excellent cell service and good access to wifi. The metro link is right out the back door and across the parking lot so you have convenenient access to other parts of St. Louis including the airport. The Amtrak and Greyhound station is about 4 blocks away if you are using either of those travel choices to get to St. Louis. It is right off of the Interstate to it is very easily accessed from the highway. The pool is a covered but still an outdoor pool so you will not have access to it on colder days. Kind of a bummer when you have kids and are travelling in the winter.
The historic part of Union Station is well documented in sign boards throughout the hotel, the Midway and the train shed. Reading them was one of my activities for this trip and they were very informative. There are two museum areas throughout the building with interesting artifacts from the station's glory days as one of the three largest train stations in the USA. Hard to believe that back in the day 200 trains a day were serviced by the stations 32 tracks.
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- The legendary Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO, is in the center of St. Louis and within walking distance to Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House, MetroLink and within minutes from Busch Stadium, Gateway Arch, Edward Jones Dome, America's Convention Center, and City Museum. The hotel is only 20 minutes from Lambert International Airport and has direct MetroLink access to the airport. ... more less
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