I am looking at hotels in the downtown area for a trip to St Louis in March 2014. It is our wedding anniversary, and my wife and I will be attending a performance at the Fox Theater - details can be found on a previous thread that I started a couple of months ago:
We are planning to rely on public transportation or walking as much as we can, but will probably need to rent a car for the day on Saturday. Hertz has an office at the Renaissance Grand that is open on Sat/Sun (and it's also a 24/7 location) so that's my current plan for the car rental.
We would like to be as close to the Arch as possible, so I have been looking primarily at hotels along the N/S 4th St corridor. However many of those properties (Hyatt, Hilton @ Ball Park, Four Seasons, Drury Plaza, etc) are out of the budget range for that weekend. Hilton @ the Arch (which probably would have been my first choice since I am HHonors member) shows as sold out for the dates in question - I am guessing for a convention of some kind, since no other hotels seem to be affected.
At any rate, I have been looking seriously at the Crowne Plaza. I don't normally go for IHG properties if there are other options, but this one is well located and within the budget (even for a suite). However, most of the reviews are average to "meh", so I am wondering if it is a good choice. We are not real picky when it comes to hotels, but do expect something clean and well maintained. I understand the hotel is a converted apartment building with spacious rooms and even some with kitchens (which we won't really need).
If we do go with the Crowne Plaza, then I will probably spring for an upgraded room. I see there are "Corner Suites" for about $170 a night plus tax, and then "King Suites" for about $10 more. The descriptions sound almost identical except for the "Corner" part - anybody know the exact difference between the two? I guess I can always call the hotel and ask, but since I am posting here anyway ...
I have not booked the flights yet, but looking at arriving around 8:00 or 9:00 PM on Friday evening, leaving around 6:00 or 7:00 on Sunday.
If it makes any difference in the responses, we are planning to visit Cahokia Mounds and Chain of Rocks Bridge on our "car" day (which will probably be Saturday since the show at the Fox is on Saturday night), and will also be visiting the Arch, City Museum, and just generally wandering around the downtown area (mostly on Sunday). I doubt we will get to any place further away from downtown (such as Forest Park, etc), but we'll see.
We are in our mid 50s and very active, so lots of walking around is not a problem for us. Also very comfortable with taking public transit.
Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
-JimGEdited: 23 October 2013, 19:40