My brother and I go to St Louis a couple times every year and usually stay right downtown within a couple blocks of Busch Stadium. We've been doing this for a couple decades now and normally have great experiences. This experience was neither bad nor great, just very, very, very, average. Which would have been just fine if we would have only had to pay an average price to stay just barely on the edge of downtown. We apparently waited too long to get our room reserved for our first trip this year and had to settle on a place where we had never stayed and much further from the stadium than we ever had. We were willing to accept the fact that we waited too long and had stay a lot further than normal from Busch, and even willing to accept the fact that we were going to get "gouged" on the price with the hope that the hotel was worth the gouging.
Well, it wasn't. The staff was plenty nice when we arrived and informed us that they didn't have a shuttle but there was one that a bar across the street operated. Keep in mind that we are used to staying at the Hyatt and Crowne Plaza, right near the Stadium, so we had become pretty spoiled with great service and accommodations. We opened our room door and walked in to probably the smallest "suite" I'd ever seen. The bathroom was extremely small and the bathroom door squeaked more loudly than I'd heard probably any door squeak. There was no complimentary breakfast, or at least no one told us that there was, and absolutely nothing setting this place apart from any place else, other than charging us more than $100 per night higher than the super nice hotels right by the stadium.
I'm sure they probably figured out that they had the only couple rooms left and thought they would take advantage of some real baseball fans and charged them about 4 times what that room should have cost, since real fans will sacrifice costs to support the team they have supported for over 40 years. Sacrificing costs to pay for something that is worth the money is one thing, but to get taken advantage of is completely another. I don't believe I've felt this way in quite some time. Having to pay almost $600 for a 2 night stay in a room that, at the most, was worth $89 a night. And this evaluation is from someone who stays in hotels all over the country about 100 nights a year.
By the way, we never could hook up with the bar's shuttle, so we had to walk almost 2 miles to get to the stadium.
Like I said, the hotel is fine. Very average, but not worth over $250 a night. We'd stay there again if it was much, much, much less expensive. But this experience will definitely make me make certain that I don't wait too long next time to get my room reservations handled.
Looking forward to going back to our normal, "very much worth it" hotels next time.
Again, the staff was fine and the cleaning crew were very nice. But, we got hosed!!!
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