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
Boutique hotel w small rooms. Limited amenities. No coffee before 6:30. Exercise room is small but I was the only person there. Restaurant and bar were great. No concierge. Directions from hotel staff were not useful.
I've stayed at the Magnolia a number of times over the past months, and have been consistently happy with the quality of the room, the hotel lobby and bar, and the friendliness of the staff, who have been very helpful and flexible on several occasions. As a Marriott elite member, I've felt welcomed to the hotel as well. Definitely make sure to grab a cookie and some milk in the evening before bed!
The bed/pillows in this hotel were amazing, probably the best I've ever slept on. The hotel is quite old and it shows a little bit but everything is clean and service is swift and friendly. It's close to the Arch, the subway on 8th and Pine and a supermarket just a 3 minute-walk away. There are a few restaurants close by, but I had the impression that downtown St Louis is a bit devoid of life (at least compared to cities as Nashville, Chicago,...) so there aren't all that many restaurants downtown.
All in all, a well recommended place to stay if you need to be downtown.