The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
What We Love
- Incredibly convenient location in the elegant Central West End of St. Louis
- Vibrant nightlife; the hotel's Cafe Eau is a staple of the local bar scene
- Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights throughout December with the exception of 12/25
- Five-screen movie theater just a few steps from the lobby
- Fully-equipped underground gym spans 18,000 square feet
What To Know
- Eau Bistro is currently closed for renovation
- Great getaway for friends and couples; patio area is a scene until 1 a.m.
- Room service ends at midnight and starts up again at 6 a.m.
- Last renovated in 2008
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
It’s difficult not to be taken with the Chase Park Plaza, which dates back to the roaring twenties. The stately facade overshadows those of its Central West End neighbors, and the chandelier-lit lobby harks back to another, grander time, with its gleaming marble floors, ornate crown molding and colorful flower bouquets. It’s no surprise this space has hosted Hollywood celebs (Frank Sinatra, George Clooney) and a dozen past U.S. presidents.
Bed and Bath
Built in 1922, the old-school hotel has 338 rooms and suites — deluxe, one-bedroom and two-bedroom — spread over 11 stories. A tasteful palette in beige, cream and navy blue contributes to the elegant vibe, and though the rooms’ electronics are a bit dated, the comfortable bed and soft, pure cotton sheets more than make up for it after a busy day spent out and about.
There’s practically everything you could want here: a Mediterranean-style outdoor pool (open April through October), a five-screen cinema just off the lobby and five restaurants. Chaser’s Lounge, which sits in an alcove along the bustling lobby, provides the perfect perch for listening to live jazz and people watching. In the hotel’s Café Eau, a live cover band rocks out with Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” and a small group of revelers shimmy near the stage. Cozying up near the patio’s glowing firepit, which is flanked by columned archways and potted palms, is an ideal way to wrap up the evening after exploring one of St. Louis’s lively neighborhoods.
In the Area
Nearby, Crepes Etc. brews the best hot chocolate — topped with homemade marshmallows — in town. Larger than New York’s Central Park, the 1,300-acre Forest Park offers an 18-hole golf course, a free zoo, museums and an open-air theater. Hidden behind the West End’s towering buildings, the ivy-covered patio of Scape American Bistro serves fruity cocktails like the Tall Ginger and the Razberry Martini. Or stay out late at Mandarin, an exclusive lounge where bottle service is a must. The largest collection of mosaics in the world is right down the street; head to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and take it all in.
How to Get There
Wife and I spent the weekend at the Chase Park Plaza in St Louis. Which is incredible and literally an escape within the city. If you are looking for a one stop area with dining, night life, bars/lounges, restaurants, shopping, spa/massages, beautiful pool to lounge and even a movie theater then this is the place. The Chase park itself is beautiful and priced well below what you may think. The check in desk was extremely helpful thanks to Janice, she provided perfect service and made our check in smooth, comfortable and actually got us more excited about the stay.
When my husband & I lived in the CWE 2000-2003 our family members stayed at the Chase Park Plaza regularly and we frequently visited it for the restaurants, bars, gym, and cinema... so when we were coming back to StL recently for a family trip it was no question that we wanted to stay here. The main lobby personnel were fine, but not the fall-over themselves helpful that you'll find at most high-end hotels. I was sad they no longer maintain the amazing flower arrangements on the central table at the entry; I know they must have been costly, but they really made the entire entry feel so grand. We stayed in a 2-bedroom suite on the 6th floor. While the "bones" of this grand old hotel make it a lovely place, it's obvious it's not being kept at the same standard it once was. The baseboards and woodwork are covered with scuffs and scratches, the carpets are very worn, the furniture has stains and chips. Instead of a comforter, beds had a thin blanket sandwiched between two sheets (and when we attempted to find more warmth by adding the blanket from the closet we found it disgustingly dusty and unusable). The robes are plush and high quality with the hotel monogram, but worn; the one I used had a broken belt-loop and was frayed. There's no mini-bar or snacks, just 2 bottles of water for purchase. After being out most of the day we returned at 5pm to find out room unserviced; when I called to inquire if we would be getting housekeeping that day the person I spoke to seemed to be nudging me into just accepting new towels.The pool was lively and a lot of fun; they have a full bar there with food service from the restaurant. The basement gym and its locker rooms are very good even compared to most top hotels. But it's the historic building itself and the location that are what really make this hotel; those attributes are unquestionably wonderful. I just hope that Sonesta decides this property is worth the investment and that management steps up their game a bit or this hotel will certainly descend into decline. I've stayed at the Ritz-Carlton up the road in Clayton twice for work recently; the prices there were similar but that hotel is being managed/maintained much better.
The Chase Park Plaza is very fortunate to have Ebone Green on their staff. She is the ultimate problem solver and customer service extraordinaire and does everything with a smile on her face that is very infectious! I have stayed in this hotel on many occasions and the facilities are great but it is the people that make the organization special. I know that my stay is going to be great whenever I see that Ebone is on duty.
Good location in the Central West End. Generally clean and comfortable. The front desk staff was not particularly knowledgable and the waits to check in and check out can be pretty long. The gym is in the basement and pretty dark.
I really enjoy the Chase Park Plaza. It is in a great location - across the street from Forrest Park and on the corner of the Central West End ("CWE" in STL parlance). The hotel is historic, but well done and not stuffy. I really enjoyed my stay there. I visited all three restaurants, the pool, and the spa, so I did the full deal. Housekeeping needs to step up the game (slow and inefficient), but room service is excellent and very timely. Go to a movie, go to the spa, go to the pool. All are great.