Recommended A review of Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel
Enjoyed a quick one-night stay at the Renaissance Grand in St. Louis.
This hotel is part of the development explosion on the north edge of downtown St. Louis, centered around the convention center and football stadium. It's become a happening place -- years back when I lived in St. Louis, Washington Avenue was nothing but a couple of verrry cutting-edge nightclubs and loft space for the adventurous renovator.
It's become trendy now. But about the hotel ... Renaissance took the vacant Statler hotel, very run-down but full of promise, and made it live up to that promise. Rooms either face outward, with city views, or inward, with a view of the center corridor (i.e., of nothing). The premium for the view is apparently $70/night -- you make the call. At $89/night, the viewless room we had was more than acceptable. It was rather strangely shaped (probably an old room), and well-appointed. The bed was fabulous, one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in. (The mattress tag says it was made by Ackerman Mfg. of St. Louis -- I'd never heard of them.) The common space was attractive, they have a very comfy bar, and a restaurant is forthcoming -- it has, no joke, a Wedgewood ceiling. The staff seem to understand that there's lots of competition (Mayfair next door, Westin and Adam's Mark down the street, Hilton coming soon) in the immediate area, so they stay on their toes.
They lose a few brownie points on some details, e.g. the clock radio tuning dial was busted, and there was no Kleenex anywhere in the room.
Note also that they offer free high-speed Internet access, but you need a network adapter on your laptop. For conventioneers and Rams fans, this is an excellent choice, and for pub crawlers, its location between the Landing and Washington Avenue is second to none.
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