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Not part of the original plan to be going through St. Louis now
We did a Priceline deal at the very last minute coming into St. Louis (I didn't think it would work, but Tony insisted), and I was impressed with how great a place it got us, we were able to walk RIGHT across the street to the Arch! (And of course, the hotel wasn't too shabby either - perhaps the best place we'll stay on ...
Hey, we're on the road again. We finally got things in good enough shape to leave on
schedule on 10/14. We had a great visit with our friends, Phil & Doris Crain, in Cabot, AR.
We played Sticks Rummy every evening.s
We left there this morning and are now camped just south of Memphis in a very nice
campground, EZ DAZE RV Park. It was a short day on the road but tiring due to the wind,
not quite as bad as the day we left home but it still made ...
... excitedly "There's a wedding reception across the street!" We could see on the top floor there was a wedding reception going on. I had been hearing the dj! We watched the bride and groom have their first dance. :) On Sunday we visited Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield. It had rare european cars and I had planned this for Jonathan. The muesum was small so we were done pretty early and didn't want to go to our hotel. We did some shopping and as we came ...
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... afternoon the work was coming to a stop for the day many of the youth joined together in the yard for a game of Gaga Ball. This game has become the universal go-to game here at The Rock and at any point you could walk by and see people playing in the yard. The rules are a little complicated to relate by blog, but it is sort of a modified version of dodge ball, without the teams.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Seven Gables Inn Clayton
Ein wunderschönes Refugium!
Insgesamt ein ausgezeichnetes Hotel! Von der Minute, in der man es betritt, fühlt man sich wie zuhause! Das Personal ist außergewöhnlich freundlich und sympathisch. Die Angestellten des Parkservice sind echt lustig. Die Gemeinschaftsräume sind ziemlich schön und es sieht so aus, als sei ein Teil des Hotels kürzlich renoviert worden. Man hat das Gefühl, dass man weit weg von dem ganzen Trubel vor der Tür ist. Das Zimmer ist anders als alle Hotelzimmer, die ich je gesehen habe. Es war geräumig, behaglich und sehr elegant dekoriert. Es war wirklich wie zuhause! Seven Gables hat eine super Lage - nur Minuten von allen Zielen in St. Louis.
A beautiful retreat!
Overall an excellent hotel! From the minute you walk in the door it feels like home! The staff is exceptionally friendly and personable. The valets are a riot. The common areas are quite nice and looks like some areas have been recently renovated. You feel pretty removed from the hustle and bustle outside your door. The room is like no other hotel room I have ever seen. The room was spacious, comfortable, and decorated very eloquently. It really felt like home! Seven Gables is in a great location, just minutes from anywhere in St. Louis.
On the return
Extensive remodeling is being done, and when finished this may be one of the most romantic places we've been in a while. Our room was clean and in good repair, but the paint fumes might need a few more days to go away. In the spring, the courtyard in the center of the hotel will be a nice place to relax with a good book , and year round the desk alone is worth the visit.
The restaurant will not be serving supper until around February 2007, so I can't comment on the service or food. Looks like it will be a great place when it opens. The area around the hotel is definitely upscale, with about 5 restaurants within a two block walk.
Parking is in a lot across the street, and costs $12 a night -- seems a bit steep for me.
Wir kommen wieder
Es wird gerade umfangreich renoviert und wenn das abgeschlossen ist, könnte dies eines der romantischsten Hotels sein, in dem wir seit längerem waren. Unser Zimmer war sauber und in gutem Zustand, aber es könnte noch ein paar Tage dauern, bis die Farbdämpfe verflogen sind. Im Frühling ist der Innenhof in der Mitte des Hotels ein schöner Ort, um mit einem guten Buch zu entspannen und der Tisch alleine ist das ganze Jahr über einen Besuch wert.
Das Restaurant wird bis Februar 2007 kein Abendessen servieren, weshalb ich über das Essen nicht sagen kann. Es sieht aus, als würde es ein super Lokal werden. Die Gegend um das Hotel ist definitiv gehoben und innerhalb von zwei Häuserblocks gibt es etwa 5 Restaurants.
Man kann auf der anderen Straßenseite für $12 pro Nacht parken - das erscheint mir schon teuer.
A very pleasant experience
We recently spent several pleasant nights at the Seven Gables. The inn came under new ownership earlier this year, according to the staff, and they seem to have addressed all of the major issues cited in some of the older reviews here. Our room was spacious, clean, and quiet. The climate controls worked very well; if you've ever been to St. Louis in August, you'll know that that's important. A couple of the furnishings were a bit worse for wear, but the bed was in excellent shape and very comfortable. I found the antique-style desk to be much more convenient than your standard chain hotel desk for organizing all the little things I need when traveling.
The quality of the breakfast pastries and fruits was excellent. The simple buffet was set out in the inn's lovely dining room; the chairs and tables on the little front deck are also a pleasant place to sit and watch the low-key Clayton morning unfold.
While I'd thought that the valet parking might prove an annoyance, they were efficient about it. Since all of the other Clayton hotels charge extra for parking, tipping the valets proves to be something of a bargain.
The staff was uniformly pleasant and professional. We had to check out at 6:00 am to make an early flight. When we inquired of the desk manager the night before whether our checkout would go smoothly at that hour, she obviously left a note for the overnight manager, who phoned us at 5:55 am to inquire whether we needed help with our luggage. That was an exemplary bit of service.
Travelers with disabilities should know that the inn has no elevator; it is a three-story walkup. Since the bellman will carry your luggage up and down the stairs, we had no issues with that.
Overall, our stay at the Seven Gables was quite enjoyable. We will definitely be back.
Go Somewhere Else!
I, too, grew up in Clayton and remember how great this place once was. Not anymore. It seems someone's child got it as a present and is running it with a group of friends as a hobby. The noise from the courtyard is distracting, and the staff useless--I think our evening staff person was tipsy the night we arrived. When I said we were from LA she said she'd been there once and couldn't stand it, then giggled. As far as the other amenities their website claims it is quite inaccurate. For example, we never once had turn-down service or chocolates on our pillow, the furniture was terrible and run-down, the pictures on the walls are posters straight from the bargain basement (the website states 18th century oils are in the rooms). It is a standard boring place run by an immature group. I would not ever stay there again.
Great place in a great location
When i booked my stay at the hotel i had some doubts about it because of the other reviews i had seen.All those doubts went away when we got there from the valet to the front desk person who all excellent and professional.The hotel room was excellent and location was also excellent.the hotel is located in one of best area's of st. louis ,which has many excellent restaraunt's within walking distance for any taste's you may have.I guess if i was an anal person i could find something to complain about but why life is too short and so was my stay there.
can i say excellent one more time,mark
Long past its prime
I used to live in Clayton, and returned on a 5 night visit. I chose this hotel becuase of the great location, however it is not the pleasant inn it once was. Rugs in hall and on stairs are dirty, worn and dangerously loose. Breakfast is sparse and area not clean, which is no doubt why the health dept. has given it a B rating. Basics in room are overlooked. Had to ask to be given a box of kleenex, and when it ran out, no refill was given! Ditto for toilet paper! Lighting in room is poor, and we could hear everything going on in neighboring room. TV reception was very poor. The promised chocolate with turn down service appeared only 2 of 5 nights; there really was no turn down service.
Room was not vaccummed during our stay. Bathrom floor was not cleaned, either. Dinner area has tasty food, but is in need of a good dusting.
Old fashioned room keys are not secure; any hardware store will make a copy for you, and they even have the room number printed on them, to help a thief find your room! I could go on, but you get the idea.
Location is good, but there are far better choices in Clayton.
What a wonderful, old, charming hotel
Recently my husband & I took a weekend trip for a missionary conference in the St. Louis area. Our host booked our reservations at The Seven Gables Inn. After reading an awful review on your website-I was "not" excited. But upon our arrival - It was so cute and old fashioned - it was the best 3 1/2 days I've ever spent - It was great! The hotel employees were marvelous! They were kind and so very helpful. My father-in-law passed away while we were there and their hospitality and kindness, made our loss bearable. They went out of their way to help. Even though there were a few minor problems - the weather was great, the flowers were in full bloom and the hotel had all the antique charm one could ever want. Sure they were painting walls etc while we there and there was even a wedding and reception there. but over-all I felt so relaxed! No it's not modern - it's an old hotel - but it has all the "old charm" one could ever want. We all had a wonderful stay & would go back anytime.
Avoid the Seven Gables Inn
My wife and I decided to take a weekend off for a trip to St. Louis. We utilized priceline to find a 4 star hotel, and wound up with the Seven Gables Inn. Although the restaurants are good, we found the hotel to be dirty, in extremely poor condition, and the staff to be somewhat rude and condescending. Although my wife and I certainly do not fall into the upscale mold that dines in the restaurants, we were treated poorly by the staff. For a "four star" hotel, we find it unacceptable to be placed in a room with no hot water (it took 3 tries to find us a room that did have hot water) peeling wallpaper, dirty carpets, bathroom tile covered with mold and mildew, and a host of other problems not witnessed at hotels for half the cost. Save yourself the money and effort: Stay at a Marriott or Sheraton and eat at one of the dozens of restaurants in St. Louis with food just as good (if not better) than the Seven Gables Inn, and avoid the awful room conditions.