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
- 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
This hotel is BAD. It is completely overpriced, services are not good, there aren't food options, cleanliness is probably the worst. The hotel was VERY EXPENSIVE for the kind of perks it has. Thy don’t offer not even complementary breakfast for the price!!
In my room I found traces of blood on the bathroom door and on the shower!! As well as on 2 of the towels!!!! The containers for the shampoo, conditioner, body wash were rusty and dirty!!!! Hot water takes FOREVER to come out! Seriously it was the worst experience I've ever had in a hotel that's supposed to be nice and clean. I even feel like I should get a refund for my stay because it was so unpleasant!!!
Also, the bathroom door was locked from the inside so I couldn’t open the door. It happened twice (I didn’t close the door at all!!) this is not cool! Srsly
STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. Stay at the Marriot next door, it is 100 times better in every way!!! I am so so disappointed. I think this place should close, seriously!
I came to town, for the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) code conference of 2018.
I will try to maintain my focus but just to let you know they had me at the front desk when they shared that there were free milk and cookies every day from 8 PM to 10 PM!
From the very gracious front desk, and easy check in process, to the spacious and elegant room, to the service and features of the Robie restaurant and bar, to even the extended services out of the meeting facility in catering teams, this was a front to back fabulous property experience.
The ice cold milk and freshly baked cookies, are literally behind the wall of the bar, no need to ask the bartender, simply walk around the bar!
I will use his public forum to admit that I had two😉 of the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!
The Christmas decorations are sublime, and rounded out with classic carols playing over the P.A. System. Love me some Bing!
Thank you Magnolia team, your service exemplifies your charming southern name!
Beautiful, historic hotel. Very nice, clean rooms. One thing this hotel needs is a Concierge because the staff does not seem to be able to answer questions: where to dine, suggestions of sights or times or locations of sights to see, etc..
I stayed at the hotel for a business meeting. The meeting rooms were well set up and the food served delicious. The lobby bar offered a nice selection and was a nice place to wind down. The hotel is historic and is beautifully done. There were a couple of wedding going on while we were there, but the noise was at a minimum. Exercise room was adequate, no pool. The room was a suite and was extremely spacious and comfortable. Very clean and well kept hotel. The staff was extraordinarily helpful, so nice. My only dis-satisfier was that there was not a fridge in the room. I would expect that to be there. Walking distance to numerous hotels, the arch and the blue museum.
As Marriott reward members, we accidentally tried to check in to the Grand right next door when that's where our GPS landed us. Luckily the staff there and at the Magnolia across the street quickly adjusted and got us checked into the right hotel and got the truck moved over to the correct garage.
The difference between the two hotels was striking. The renovated Grand was bright and open with a huge lobby and bar area. The Magnolia is darker, tighter and more historic. However, we had no complaints with our stay. Service was fine (wouldn't say stellar), bar area great and location fabulous. Room was fine. Extremely comfortable king-size bed off-set a bit by the small room/bathroom, but we weren't in the room very much at all, so not a show stopper. We got got better rates at Magnolia, but if we could land similar rates at the Grand, would probably do that one next time.