A very pleasant experience A review of Seven Gables Inn
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.