Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
What We Love
- Opened after a multi-million dollar renovation in summer 2014
- No nickel and diming: breakfast, WiFi, a daily wine hour, local transportation and evening milk and cookies are all free
- Contemporary American restaurant, Robie’s, is a popular spot for both guests and locals
What To Know
- The 4,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom makes this a very popular venue for weddings and conferences
- Walking distance to the Americas Center, Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch
- The 18th-floor gym is open round the clock with keycard access
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The most design forward of biz-travel favorite Magnolia hotels, this St. Louis spot occupies the former Mayfair Hotel, where Cary Grant wooed a guest by leaving a trail of chocolates from the hotel bar to his pillow. The incident was said to have inspired the now universal hotel trend of chocolates on the pillow at turndown. Beyond the historic facade, the grand lobby makes a good first impression with double-height ceilings, enormous chandeliers and white colonnades, but guest rooms, by contrast, have a more homey vibe and a soothing white, gray and yellow palette. All come with faux leather headboards, glass lamps, two-tone wood furnishings and custom taupe carpets, plus essentials like WiFi, work desks, tea and coffee makers, and vanity mirrors in the tile bathrooms. The hotel restaurant, Robie’s, is named for Cary Grant’s character in To Catch a Thief, and offers contemporary American fare in a glam dining room that retains the building’s original stained-glass window. The hot breakfast buffet is included in the rate, while lunch and dinner options cover the culinary spectrum from soups and salads to pizzas and decadent desserts.
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. 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
The Cardinals were playing at home and we got priced out by some hotels and just as many were full. We booked a two room corner suite at The Magnolia with a view of the Arch. It was inexpensive, well furnished and clean.
The hotel staff couldn't have been nicer from the doormen to the chamber maids. Being a pain n the neck Easterner, I was surprised how many nice people I met working in the bar and restaurant.
By no means is this a glitzy place. On the contrary, it's a very traditional 90 year old hotel with interesting architecture and much character. Next door was the Grand Marriott in all its corporate glory. We made the right choice to stay at the Magnolia.
Staff lacked knowledge. Had to pay to upgrade our room to get a fridge to store my wife’s insulin, was told initially that dogs were allowed in the bar, then asked to leave the bar because they are not. Was charged a ridiculous $80 for in-room breakfast. Staff also didn’t know how their electric car charger worked.
This is a beautiful hotel. Easy walking distance of many attractions in downtown St. Louis. Nice lounge area for gathering. Housekeeping service left clean towels but did not make bed or replenish toiletries. Front desk staff were nice and friendly. Provided list of restaurant recommendations.
Beautiful hotel, Good location. Do not pay extra for the complimentary breakfast. Disorganized, waited an offensive amount of time for someone to even come and offer water to our table, we had to team up with another hotel guest to request someone to come. The tipping point for me was when they waited on other guests that came in later. It was not busy, just very disorganized. We are here for three nights, I believe that I will just throw away the money I spent on breakfast and drive somewhere else.
We stayed at the Magnolia hotel for 3 nights for our daughter’s volleyball tournament . Her club dictated where we stayed and we had a choice of the Magnolia or the Drury Inn approx. 15-20 mins. from the venue for the tournament .
We were very happy to have chosen the Magnolia hotel. It was basically across the street from the America’s Convention Center and was so convenient to come to and from her games. It was also very convenient walking distance to all St. Louis has to offer. Our room was very nice, clean, modern and spacious. We had a separate living area with a couch, chair, desk, bar area and a separate bedroom with 2 queen beds. The bathroom was spacious with a large closet . The beds were very comfortable. The hotel was full of teen girls but was pretty quiet past 9pm and you didn’t hear your neighbors. The service was very nice. There was someone always there at the main door to open it for you and they were very helpful with carts to empty your car with luggage. It was our first trip to St. Louis and it was very enjoyable and we were very happy with the Magnolia hotel I would highly recommend this hotel and would not hesitate to stay there again.