The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
What We Love
- Location in the leafy business district of Clayton, minutes from the sprawling Forest Park
- You can choose between two on-site American restaurants
- The lobby’s live weekend entertainment and Sunday's Bloody Mary Bar
What To Know
- Parking is available for $22 per day
- The immediate area is mostly residential — downtown St. Louis is a short cab ride away
- WiFi is an extra $9.95 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
There’s a clubby elegance to this tony address with gleaming wood-paneled walls and leather armchairs, crystal sconces and marble fireplaces. The 300 decorous guestrooms have romantic Juliette balconies overlooking the leafy streets of St. Louis’ affluent business district. Personalized service abounds from the well-stocked Club Lounge offering free food and beverage platters to the savvy concierge and the third-floor spa, equipped with 14 treatments rooms and an indoor pool. Fine-dinning options include lunch dishes like spiced quinoa, wild mushrooms and chick peas at the classic American restaurant, followed by a dinner of Missouri rainbow trout with roasted heirloom cauliflower at the Grill. Looking for a night out on the town? Start with a single malt at the wood- and granite-adorned Cigar Club before hitting up The Loop, the city’s bar-lined strip on Delmar Boulevard, just a short cab ride away.
In the Area
St. Louis locals will find any excuse to drink beer, and why not when you can sample more than 20 local craft brews. Order a pint of the single hop English pale ale while at Urban Chestnut, go to Schlafly Bottleworks for their pilsner, and throw back an ice-cold Bud after touring (for free!) the heavenly hops-scented Anheuser-Busch factory. Sober up with a walk through the 1,371-acre Forest Park, or rent a cruiser through Discovery Bikes for a leisurely ride along the charming riverfront, lined with art galleries, clothing boutiques and the iconic Gateway Arch. Continue your westward expansion to Pappy’s Smokehouse, where the Memphis-style ribs rival St. Louis barbecue, or join the locavore crowd for a farm-fresh, four-course meal at the Local Harvest Cafe.
How to Get There
Our family stayed at this hotel, and our room was so warm we couldn’t sleep, woke up sweating, and were generally uncomfortable in the room. It was July in St. Louis, but it was not that hot outside.
We called up engineers to check out the air unit, and each said it is working "up to specifications" - meaning it was pumping out cool air. But we were still sweating in the room. I talked to the manager in charge, and he was very polite - obviously trained in dealing with complaints from customers - but he refused to acknowledge something is wrong with the room. Finally, a nice engineer agreed with us - it is hot in the room. Management wouldn't acknowledge the issue, which made me nuts. All they had to do was say, "yep, I see what you mean, and let's address it." Instead, it felt like they were more concerned with me asking for some points back, or for something for "my troubles."
We finally ran the air in another room all night, and that air unit put out enough volume of air to cool the room. It wasn't the best, but it worked in the new room.
Stay away in the summer, the air conditioning units are just not good enough to cope with the hot and humid St. Louis weather.
I was surprised to find such a throwback in the middle of a relatively modern Clayton. The lobby hails from the first half of 20th century, with low ceilings, dark wood paneling throughout, and girthy dark leather furniture.
But the rooms are up-to-date, spacious, and well-maintained.
I will gladly come back to this hotel when I'm in the area
By far the best hotel in Clayton. Outstanding service, consistent quality. Truly a wonderful place to stay.
The lobby bar/restaurant is relaxing and the service warm and helpful.
Gym is new and outstanding.