Ritz-Carlton St. Louis
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Finally in St. Louis, Avis Gold didn't help a lot when we saw the car … and when we heard the squeezing M decided to pull up right at the counter and we were assigned a Jeep. Easier to fit in the luggage, but still, us girls in the back were complaining about not having a cup holder and no space…hahaha….we have problems, right?!< …
Well, we've decided mid-trip to post a travel blog. We started off in Atlanta on Tuesday the 28th. We stopped off for a short pit stop in Gainesville GA, just north of Atlanta, to say one last goodbye to Amy's sister Jennifer, Her brother in law Kenneth, and their beautiful children. Feeling nice and refreshed, we headed out for Amy's Uncle Steve …
... pleasantries and asked where ya'll were from. I went on to explain that we were touring ballparks and had just left KC and headed to St. Louis. She smiled and said, "I beg your pardon" So I said, we are on vaycayshun. She said, "oh, that's nice, enjoy!". LOL. WE got out to the car and Bryan said, "you talk to fast, she had no idea what you were saying". Giddyup!
Bryan was able to complete his set of the beer goblet ...
We had a short drive today. We drove to St. Charles, IL which is just outside of St. Louis. We are going to have dinner with cousins Pam and John Valenti. According to John, we are first cousins, once removed. Actually, Pam's grandmother and my grandmother were sisters. We have never met, but have been ...
... met the Dalmatian mascot, Bud. The Meramac Caverns in Stanton, Missouri were beautiful......walked a mile through the caverns....half of it uphill.....more dang exercise. Missouri is a beautiful state....the northwestern portion in the foothills of the Osark mountains. Spending the night in Rolla, Missouri......heading towards Joplin ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ritz-Carlton St. Louis Clayton
I wanted a nice place to take my wife to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We're from close-by in Illinois, and I wanted a nice romantic hotel not in downtown STL. I also didn't want to take the chance of having a kids sports team or convention swarming the hotel and making a racket. The Ritz was the perfect choice--in an upscale part of town with great restaurants close by (we went to Morton's Steak House--awesome!). The hotel decor is haughty, but the rooms are simply decorated and very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The best part was the Labor Day getaway package that the hotel was offering. A room, two 1/2 hour massages, and breakfast (in room, or in the restaurant) all for $229. Priced individually, it would have cost us about $380. The area surrounding the hotel is under construction, but we never heard any work going on.
The good: the location in Clayton was actually very nice. Ten minute drive to the airport, ten minutes to the Fox Theater, five minutes or so to two malls (one nice, one upscale). The room was clean and the view of the Arch was great. The breakfast (dining room) and lunch (bar) and room service (ordered off the menu) were all good. Service was generally good.
The Best in St. Louis
I have stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton on 3 occasions. Each time I have been pleasantly surprised at their attention to detail. They truly welcome each and every guest and provide the level of service you expect from a Ritz Carlton. The location in Clayton is superb, very centrally located in St. Louis (10 minutes from everywhere) and within walking distance to endless dining options. The rooms are plush, spacious and their best features are the balcony and bed. The beds are so good, I found out through their gift shop that you can purchase their mattresses and down bedding through their website. Highly recommend for business or pleasure!
I'm a bit tardy in writing this review. We've stayed at the Ritz twice; October 2002 and February 2004. No, it is not located in a fascinating location, but we were in St. Louis to visit our son, who attends Washington University. For us, the location is perfect. On our second stay we were inexplicably upgraded to the concierge level. I say inexplicably because I had snared a bargain internet rate of $139 per night. Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed the many different food "presentations" on the concierge leve. The staff graciously ignored our son, the ravenous college student, who also enjoyed the food "presentations". Our rooms have been spacious, but the bathrooms are not up to Four Seasons quality. The hotel is one of the "in spots" for the young professionals working in Clayton. The bar and lobby area are filled with these folks on Friday evenings. We are old "fogies" but we enjoyed the "scene".
The hotel is really beautiful, especially if you're into victorian interior design. Very pretty. We were disappointed, though, in the fact that they didn't offer wireless internet access in the rooms. They have wired access, but for some reason, there's an additional fee to use it. Granted, if you can afford to stay at the Ritz, you can afford to pay the fee. But we chose the Ritz after we had seen advertisements for several less expensive hotels that seemed to be light-years ahead of the Ritz in terms of technical amenities. The room was spacious, and the balcony was very nice. Our view was of a highway that's under construction, and we did hear some construction noise in the morning, but it was still very nice. I enjoyed seeing the St. Louis skyline, including the Arch, in the distance. Not really what we expected from a Ritz, but still an enjoyable stay.
Excellent hotel/strange location
Stayed one night here and wanted to stay longer. The room was spacious and loved the balcony (even though it looked out over ugly construction). Room service was delicious and not terribly expensive. The staff was a joy. So many incredibly helpful people. They even provided us with a phone charger. Gorgeous lobby. Very comfortable bed. Can't wait to go back.
The actual hotel is situated on a quiet elegant crescent. The main floor is beautiful, rooms are a nice size, beds very comfortable, spacious marble bathrooms. Staff could be better trained and more accessible. They seem a little inexperienced but nice. If you want a luxurious, relaxing vacation, away from noise and bother stay here. It was well worth it.
Stayed here for an enjoyable evening. Ate @ Cardwells, which is wonderful.
Slightly wacky setting for a Ritz, but a beautiful hotel
Set in the middle of what looks like condominiums and office buildings, the Ritz doesn't look particularly, well, _ritzy_ from the outside. Inside, however, it's gorgeous. The lobby is lovely, and the rooms are spacious and luxurious in a modern, plush sort of way. (Frette linens, etc.) We were an easy drive from the downtown attractions and an even easier drive to the campus of Washington University. One mild complaint: what is the deal with the selection of cable tv channels? No CNN but FOUR religious programming channels, the Nascar Network, and every home shopping channel known to man? That's very bizarre in a luxury hotel.