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
- 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
As always Ritz Carlton standards of service exceed expectations. For those who have not had the experience of staying at a Ritz, the St. Louis Ritz exemplifies the standard excellence the brand has established. From the check in experience through the last interaction with valet staff, our stay was marked with hospitality that rivals Southern hospitality in Nashville. I will be returning!
These guys are pros! Well worth staying! Service is top notch. Room, restaurants, bellman, and valet are all synchronized to perfection. We stayed for two nights. Awesome location too. Will be back someday!
This Ritz lives up the reputation. Very classic style. Rooms are updated and nice. The beds are really great. Staff was all very professional and accommodating. The lobby bar is a fun place to hang out. They had live music in the evening. Overall a great experience.
I stayed here for work for 2 nights. I loved the rooms, the bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was luxurious and I loved the pressure valve on the shower. The room offered a huge TV and a refreshed color pallet. When you enter the room it feels like it has a small foyer and that lends to the feel of a unique and luxurious room. My rooms were on the 4th floor and faced the expressway/light-rail –the noise was not noticeable and since it was a work trip the room was primarily for sleep. The rub is really with the Ritz-Carlton’s “participation” in the Marriott Rewards program, so if you’re not a Marriott person there shouldn’t be any issues. To summarize my experience, holding status with the Marriott Rewards program is really not recognized or appreciated by the Ritz Carlton. With all the rooming options available through Marriott –including SPG and Gaylord properties I’m not sure that I would go out of my way to stay with this brand again. Unfortunately I had issues with reservations on this stay and I thought that I was treated as a sub-standard customer. The issues required me to work at solving the problem with the Ritz, meaning I was compelled to call the property a couple of times and wait for call backs, even after I was promised a call back by the front desk. When I'm out of town for work -the last thing I want to do is to deal with the property I'm staying at to ensure they do what we agreed on before I arrived. While the property is beautiful, comfortable and in a great neighborhood, as a Marriott rewards member, I felt as if I was unwelcome or a nuisance they were obligated to host and unfortunately, I was really turned off by this brand.
The hotel is located in an affluent neighborhood (Clayton) and not located in downtown St. Louis.
My room was spacious and gorgeous. The restaurant downstairs serves an amazing breakfast buffet.
The staff were generally friendly and nice. However, I have stayed at other Ritz Carlton properties that had nicer rooms and more polished service.