My wife and I decided on a short getaway in the city for our 17th anniversary, so we picked up tickets for some live music at Jazz at the Bistro and booked a night at the Grand Center Inn.
Our host greeted us at the door and was very friendly and hospitable. We had reserved the Sheldon suite, so we were a bit surprised when he mentioned that we would be staying the in Contemporary suite. We're pretty laid back so we just let it ride without mentioning the Sheldon since the rooms are more or less comparable from a value perspective. However, if we had booked the Fox suite or something more expensive, I'm sure we would have spoken up.
The Inn itself is a beautiful old place in the Grand Center section of St. Louis (just behind the Fox Theatre). Parking was free and close and the area was not at all sketchy - we had no concerns about walking the quarter mile over to the Bistro and back for our dinner and the concert.
The Contemporary Suite was clean, neat and comfortable. We enjoyed the clawfoot tub in the bathroom as well as the nice couch and comfy chair/ottoman combo. I might recommend that they replace the mattress and/or frame on the bed as it sagged a bit in the middle, and we found ourselves rolling into each other in the center all night.
Folks who don't enjoy climbing stairs will want to book something other than the Contemporary Suite as it is on the third floor. Wasn't a bother for us, but worth mentioning.
We did not order breakfast at the Inn so I can't comment on that. Instead we went downtown and had breakfast at Rooster (my favorite STL breakfast). Check it out if you do not get breakfast at the Inn.
All in all it was a positive experience, and I'm sure we'll visit the Grand Center Inn again in the future.
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- Also Known As:
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