I stayed at this hotel for three nights this past weekend. The rooms, while a tad smaller than the average rooms I've had elsewhere, are extremely well laid out, functional, and clean. Mine even had a recliner in it (in lieu of the typical couch/static chair). I personally prefer firm mattresses...this one was not, but it is a typical hotel type. The TV had a full selection of channels. My check-in went very smoothly, and the desk employee was very friendly. The breakfast buffet (included) was decent, although not spectacular. Seating was ample. As for the free afternoon food and beverages, the line for the free alcohol tended to be long, and the food was satisfactory considering it’s free. The hot dogs were somewhat awkward in color, and I suspect they are not all beef. But for what I paid for it, it was still a bonus.
As for the fitness room, it was adequate. The cardio machines were in good condition, as were the limited weight machines (3). There was a chlorine odor due to the proximity to the pool. Workout towels were available, and the temperature was a tad higher than it should be in a workout room.
I would strongly suggest that those on a budget consider parking at the Mansion House garage which is less than 2 blocks from the hotel. Parking per 24 hours was $8 midweek and $3 over the weekend, with no in/out privileges. Cash only. A great deal.
My only real concern relating to my stay was housekeeping. As I indicated, my room was initially very clean. The first night, I left the do not disturb sign on my door until 12:15pm. When I left the room at that time, I saw housekeeping working on a nearby room. We said hello. I returned to my room at 6:30pm and the room wasn't cleaned and I had a phone message from housekeeping indicating I had a do not disturb sign on my door (which I removed when I left at 12:15). I called and they sent someone up later that night, but they only did a light cleaning, supplied towels, and made the bed. The next day a similar thing happened. I removed the DND sign at about 10:30am, and waited around until 12:40, hoping they would come...they didn’t. I then had to leave, so I went to a housekeeping manager on the floor and asked that my room be cleaned during the next hour+ that I'd be gone. She immediately sent someone over, but I was concerned the same thing that had happened the day before was going to happen again had I not specifically asked for housekeeping to tend to my room. When I returned about 90 minutes later, the room was made up. But about an hour after that, an employee of the hotel opened my door without even knocking once. I don't believe he was housekeeping, and I don't know what he was coming to the room for. When I confronted him in the entryway of the room , he suggested he was told the room was empty. Even so, I don't know why he wouldn't have knocked just to be safe. And I don’t know why he was coming to the room in the first place. But clearly it was a potential red flag.
All told, I enjoyed my stay at this hotel, and would stay again under similar circumstances.
- 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
- Drury Plaza Saint Louis