Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park
Travel Blogs from Saint Louis
... others before arriving at Portland! I will be camping, staying with relatives, staying in Motels, and couchsurfing on the way! I had a great two weeks in St. Louis with my friends and relatives but now it's on the road again! Ciao from me, Vinnie, and Rufus! ...
... all hooked up by 4:45PM in the KOA in Granite City, IL. Once settled and Bruiser had been walked we fulfilled our "commitment" to relax and have a drink before dinner! On to grilled cheeseburgers, tomatoes from our backyard, and carrots. Instead of the usual burger buns, we used Ann M.'s bread. Nothing beats homemade sourdough bread! Thanks for the loaf, Ann!
The only bad news about this first day was that we drove 330 miles. Somebody, ...
... Tower. All that was missing was the lightning and the Delorian. Its not quite the same as Back to the Future but it was still nice. We take a walk around the square. There are cute little cafes, antique stores and offices of the law enforcers (lawyers and the sherif). It would have been fun to go to this one cafe that had half a cadillac as a booth. After some happy snapping we get back into the Altima and head to St Louis.
Lunch break is at a ...
... of staying at IHG group of hotels for so long. The hotel also had a free video arcade that Shannon took the boys to while I put the princess down for the night. This room was not a suite, so getting all five of us to sleep at the same time was a near impossibility because of the boys' incessant persistence for playing at bedtime. An hour or two later, we all knocked out so that we would be ready for our morning visit to the Gateway ...
... the highest man made monument in the US is located in St Louis. Called the "Gateway", it celebrates the Westward expansion of the United States.
The Gateway is an amazing looking monument. 192m high, it was first conceived in the early 30's and finally built in the 60's.
We had a good look through the museum located below the arch and then took a cable capsule to the top of the arch... Quite a view !
Afterwards, we wandered through the heart of the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Travelers also recommend:
TravelPod Member ReviewsHampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park Saint Louis
I appreciate the politeness of the hotel staff and the nice accommodations. The only thing lacking was a refrigerator.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park Saint Louis
An Upscale Hampton
I am a seasoned business traveler and stay at upscale hotels. I was walked to this hotel (Hampton Inn and Suites) since the hotel I booked at was over sold. I was not happy walking into the hotel and probably was unreasonable. The Front desk staff was very patient and helpful. The hotel manager brought my luggage to the room. I am very impressed with the service at the hotel. I had never stayed at a Hampton but will stay at this one any time I come to St Louis.
A well run hotel
On my recent business trip to St. Louis, I stayed at this hotel. I am a frequent business traveler and see a variety of hotels. I can say with all honesty that this hotel is extremely well managed and exceeds most hotels in its class.
The staff at the front desk and in the breakfast area are very friendly and show a strong commitment to ensuring that guests have everything that they need to make their stay enjoyable.
The guest rooms are very clean and nicely furnished. The rooms feature the new style of beds that Hampton Inns are using and I slept very comfortably.
Lastly, the breakfast area was neat and clean. The quality of the food was excellent and included both hot and cold items.
I would highly recommend this hotel for lodging in the St. Louis area. It is located conveniently off of Interstate 64 west of the downtown area and is convenient to Forest Park and the museum complex. Parking is free and ample.
Would definitely stay again
We stayed at the Hampton on a recent trip to St. Louis. I have found Hampton Inns to be one of the most reliable chains. Rooms were on the smaller size but with 2 queen beds, very nicely decorated, larger bathrooms with all amenities. The breakfast area was large and the quality and selection of food quite good. This location is not near enough anything to walk but is across the freeway from Forest Park. There is a sport-bar type restaurant on the property (although we didn't eat there). Nothing was too far (5 minutes to Washington University, the Hill (Italian section of town), 10 minutes to down town). They even prepared bag breakfasts for people who didn't have time for sitdown breakfast.
Would definitely stay again.
Great experience at the Hampton Inn
This hotel was easy to find and convenient to main attractions in St Louis. Only minutes from the zoo! We requested 2 queens but all they had was a King for me, my hubby, and 4 year old. Room was nice and clean. I like the contemporary decor. We went to the free breakfast late Sunday morning and almost all of the food was gone! Coffee and juice were completely gone. There was one woman working the breakfast and she was doing all she could to keep up. By the time we were done eating, she had gotten everything back to normal. I would suggest getting to breakfast early! The food was tasty and there is a big selection. We didn't go swimming but pool looked nice. Parking is kind of a pain. If you don't park up front you have to go down some stairs to a lower parking lot. But, parking is free and you don't have to pay someone money to park your car! We already reserved this same hotel for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. We would stay there again!
Would tell friends
This brand new Hampton is in a great location. The rooms are bearutifully decorated with todays "hot" colors....blues and browns. The bathrooms were also very stylish and functional. The free breakfast was great and helped us save money. It was not just limited to a few sweet rolls and juice, but offered a different hot dish each day. We did not feel that we had to rush to the breakfast for fear of supplies running out early. I would have not problem telling friends to stay here or staying here again myself.
Clean, Quiet, new, no complaints
We arrived late in St. Louis, so we didn't have time to use the pool, but everything else was exceptional. The room was VERY CLEAN, quiet and nice (NEW). I agree with another reviewer, colors are boring, mostly grey, black and beige..... But the beds were extremely comfortable. Air conditioning was nice and didn't seem loud to us. The curtains were nice and thick (parking lot is well lit). We stayed in room 608 and our view was away from the highway (we requested this) and looked out over the parking lot. Rooms were quiet. I heard a door close one time. We may have been the first to stay in the room as there were no lightbulbs in any of the 4 lamps. They quickly gave us bulbs and that cleared up that problem.
Breakfast was waffles (cool, but warmed up nicely in the microwave right there), sausages, oatmeal, cereal, pastries, 4 types of juices, yogurt, fruit, etc. Very nice and clean and only about 1/3 of the tables were being used. Stocked nicely (except no ketchup).
We found it to be expensive ($98 with AAA), but all of st. louis is pretty $. VERY close to the zoo. We had 2 Q beds in our room, and the linens and towels were nice. Like that the entire duvet is washed.
problems - no fan in bathroom, got very sauna like. No air conditioning in elevator (but you are only in it for a short time) and the hallways seemed a bit warm (like no air was moving).
All in all very nice, would stay again.
Close to zoo, but not that great
This is the closest and most convenient hotel to the zoo, very easy to find and navigate to, but it has to be the most boring looking hotel I have ever stayed in. The furnishings are very sparse (modern?) and in varying shades of boring beige. The beds were supposed to be the new comfort beds, and I love the idea that everything you touch is laundered (duvet cover as well as the sheets), but the bed was kind of lumpy and the pillows weren't much better.
THe hotel sits on the corner of a business block, so it is basically, the hotel and parking lot. I don't think there was even a tree, though I could be wrong there. The view from our room (513) looked out at the roof of the community college next door which was not very attractive, and the city lights down the highway would have been pretty except that the blaring lights from the two ballparks across the highway were too bright. They also shone so bright in our window that we had to close the curtains to sleep.
The room was small, boring, yet clean. We could hear the people talking next door, not enough soundproofing.
The bathroom was clean, shower was great, but the counterheight sink was WAY to high for kids. If your kids can't reach your kitchen faucet they won't be able to reach this sink.
The location to the zoo, Forest Park, the science center was excellent. We saw a Steak-n-Shake and pizza place just down the road as well as a bar/grill attached to hotel.
Front desk staff were very nice and helpful.
Pool was very small and VERRRRY cold, way to cold to enjoy. Hot tub was broken, Just a few pool towels there. I hate hotels that make guests parade through the lobby in their swimsuits. You have to walk right by the front desk here.
Breakfast - plenty of food, not enough tables. Hubby said the eggs were cold. Only one very nice lady working. They finally brought a manager to help out.
Parking is free, but if you don't get there early you have to park down a flight of stairs in a lower parking lot and walk up.
We usually love Hampton Inns, but I probably wouldn't stay at this one again. Just not a lot for the money.
Great potential--inexperience shows now
This property is in a wonderful location and is beautifully furnished. We experienced a number of problems and I attribute most of them to the property's newness and the inexperience of the staff.
To summarize, our room was not ready at check in time--there was a two hour wait. Then, the room was only marginally clean (it had not been vacuumed, the previous guest's coffee was still in the coffe pot, etc) The pool was okay, but towels were only available by request and only for the exact number with you in the pool. The chemicals in the hot tub were so strong that we kept our children out--our eyes were burning without direct contact with the water. The AC unit in our room was extremely noisy--much like an older hotel unit. Finally, breakfast in the morning was woefully inadequate--with an hour left, only two pieces of bread and some fruit were left. Our three teenagers were quite hungry and we left to find a McDonald's for them.
When the bugs get worked out, this may be a great choice. After spending $160 for one night, however, I don't think I will try it again.
Nice Hotel - Great Location
Beautiful and brand new just a few minutes from the Zoo and the Science Center. Great location for visiting Forest Park. Breakfast was good, & our room was very nice. There was some concern about highway noise, but we didn't notice and had no trouble sleeping. I would stay there again!
Very Good Location & Brand New!
This is a brand new hotel and the rooms are modern and comfortable. We knew we were the first to stay in our room because they still had not installed all the light bulbs! The room featured a counter-height bathroom sink, which makes it a bit difficult to reach for shorter people. The location is great--minutes from Forest Park's attractions and only a short ride to downtown. We appreciated that parking was free and thought that the room was a good value for the quality and location. Our only complaint is that the indoor pool is so tiny that only a few families at a time can be in it comfortably--we decided not to fight the crowd.