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Magnolia Hotel Brings Hollywood Glamour to St. Louis
Elegant crystal chandeliers that once hung in the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas, will grace the lobby of the new Magnolia Hotel, in the former historic Mayfair Hotel in downtown St. Louis, close to the America's Center.

Magnolia Hotel Brings Hollywood Glamour to St. Louis
The Gary Grant Presidential Suite at the new Magnolia Hotel will reflect an eclectic Hollywood style in a modern setting with black hardwood floors, sectional seating, full-length silk drapery panels, antique mirrors and stunning views of downtown St. Louis.
Magnolia Hotel Brings Hollywood Glamour to St. Louis
A beautiful hand-painted tile mural was uncovered during the renovation of the Magnolia Hotel.
Magnolia Hotel Brings Hollywood Glamour to Downtown St. Louis
by Betty Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 17, 2014 - It was the era of glamour and roaring twenties when the Mayfair Hotel welcomed guests including Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Irving Berlin and John Barrymore. Over the years, the venerable hotel also welcomed dignitaries including Presidents Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson and even British rock groups including Nektar.

Fast forward to 2013, and the once glitzy Mayfair Hotel had lost the charm and glow, standing nearly vacant and in sad disarray at 421 North 8th Street.

In late 2013, Denver-based Stout Street Hospitality, which operates upscale boutique hotels catering to the sophisticated traveler, purchased the historic Mayfair. The company focuses on rebranding and conversion of independent hotels that offer a style not found in trendy hotels.

This August, the St. Louis landmark will welcome guests once more when it reopens as the Magnolia Hotel, following an ambitious six-month, multi-million renovation of the former historic Mayfair Hotel.

During a hard hat media tour through the property on Tuesday, June 17, Leigh Hitz, president and chief executive officer for Stout Street Hospitality, described the condition of the hotel as dismal. "We love old historic buildings, but there were really a lot of surprises with this hotel," she said over the din of construction crews working in the lobby.

She noted that meticulous care has been taken to restore the existing historic features of the public areas in the hotel, including the magnificent crystal chandeliers that once hung at the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas, and the stained glass windows in the Living Room. When completed this area across from registration will feature tufted settee lounge seating, marble-top bronze tables, a French limestone fireplace and library shelves of dark java wood.

Magnolia Hotel Brings Hollywood Glamour to St. Louis
Leigh Hitz, president and chief executive officer for Stout Street Hospitality, led a hard hat tour of the Magnolia Hotel, which is undergoing a multi-million renovation.
Stepping over drywall and power cords in a dusty, dark hallway, Hitz proudly noted that all the original crystal wall sconces in the hallways are being refurbished throughout the property, after workers discovered boxes of sconces in the basement. As she led the group into one of the suites being renovated, Hitz stated that all the 182 guest rooms and suites will retain their historic connection to Old Hollywood, along with the added comfort of new contemporary touches.

Spacious rooms and parlor suites will feature tufted faux headboards, ecru-woven textured bed coverings, and glass nightstand lamps. Two-toned wood furniture adorned with satin nickel circular pulls will add a touch of glamour, while full-length wall and desk mirrors will add depth to the rooms.

Guests will enjoy boutique amenities including complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, complimentary breakfast, evening reception, downtown town car transportation, an on-site fitness center on the 18th floor and a rooftop swimming pool.

Standing in the midst of lumber and stacks of drywall in the Gary Grant Presidential Suite, Hitz smiled as she retold the story of Hollywood star, who while a guest at the Mayfair, left a trail of chocolates leading his paramour to his suite. "We have chosen to keep that tradition and guests will find chocolate from Bissinger's on their pillow."

The Magnolia St. Louis will offer more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space, on the first and second floors of the hotel. "We hope to welcome business guests during the week and wedding celebrations on the weekend," stated Hitz, as she pointed to an area where a grand staircase will wind up to the elegant mezzanine overhead and a spacious ballroom, shared with the newly opened contemporary Lofts at OPOP.

Hitz stated that the Magnolia Hotel fits well with their portfolio of boutique properties in Houston, Dallas, Denver and Omaha. "We see the Magnolia as a great destiny for the sophisticated traveler."

Making their point, the tour ended with an offering of Bissinger's chocolate and a selection of delicious French pastry from the staff. Outside the hotel, a bright red Tesla, sporting a Magnolia Hotel sign on the dashboard, drew admiring glances.

Yes, Old Hollywood has arrived in red carpet style to downtown St. Louis in the new Magnolia Hotel.

Go Over the Edge at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
Go Over the Edge at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, October 4, 2014, for Special Olympics.
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch to Host Over the Edge for Special Olympics
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, June 5, 2014 - Be Extreme; Be Fearless; Rappel Over the Edge for Special Oylmpics.

That's the challenge from the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in downtown St. Louis to sports fans who would like an extreme, exhilarating opportunity to rappel off the top of a building.

Only a handful of thrill-seeking participants will get the chance to go Over the Edge (OTE), October 4, 2014.

St. Louis Metro athletes are pushing through barriers, facing their fears, and going for gold all year. Now it's our turn to show support for them. Check out this Over the Edge Video for a quick view of what others think about being extreme for Special Olympics Missouri athletes.

It has never been easier. You can use the on-line system to e-mail friends and family for donations. Accept this challenge by registering today at

The St. Louis County and St. Louis Metropolitan Chiefs of Police as well as St. Louis Fire Chief have challenged each other to go over the Edge. Now you can sign up your boss to rappel 17 stories down the Hyatt Regency. $1,000 secures you a spot on the ropes and bragging rights for going Over the Edge for a great cause.

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