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Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch is the closest hotel to the world-famous Gateway Arch. Images courtesy Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Receives 2018 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings Magazine
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com) - Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, a premier business and leisure hotel located in the heart of downtown St. Louis near the iconic Gateway Arch grounds, has received the 2018 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings, a national magazine and resource for the meeting planning industry.

"We are thrilled to be a recipient of the Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings," said Jennifer Byrnes, director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.

"The award is a prestigious honor within the meeting and event industry, and is a testament to the premier experience available for groups right here in the heart of downtown St. Louis," said Byrnes.

Smart Meetings' Platinum Choice Award honors the hospitality industry's top hotels, venues, and destinations that display the highest standards of overall excellence in service and amenities including ambience, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, recreational activities, dining options, technical support, and more.

Award finalists are nominated by industry professionals and the readers of Smart Meetings magazine. Each of the nominations are reviewed by the Smart Meetings editorial team which then selects the final honorees.

For more information on meeting rooms for special events, call 314-655-1234 or visit
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.

Hotel Saint Louis Lobby
The spacious lobby in the Hotel Saint Louis lobby includes the recreation of the original atrium, a new stained glass skylight and an intricate marble floor.
Hotel Saint Louis Model Room
The Hotel Saint Louis will feature 140 guests rooms, as seen in the model room, including 52 suites, 14 luxury apartments, a three-bedroom top floor penthouse, and rooftop pool. Images courtesy Hotel Saint Louis
Hotel Saint Louis to Open in Louis Sullivan-designed Union Trust Building
ST. LOUIS, (special to SLFP.com) - From the 16-story naval blue wrought-iron staircase and arched windows to the elaborate terra cotta trim, cornice, cast-iron embellishments and balustrade panels, the $68 million renovation of the new Hotel Saint Louis, located at 705 Olive St., is not only an homage to its world-renowned architect Louis Sullivan but a tribute to the city's vibrant historical and cultural breadth.

The building, which dates to 1893, opens under the auspices of an Autograph Collection Hotels by Marriott - the first in St. Louis - and will feature 140-guest rooms including 52 suites, 14 luxury apartments, a three-bedroom top floor penthouse, spa, rooftop pool and bar, among other compelling and one-of-a-kind amenities.

The street-level restaurant's moniker, Union 30, is a reference to the building's original name, its order of listing as a City Landmark, and the fact that there are only 30 Sullivan buildings left in existence. The restaurant opens into Hotel Saint Louis' spacious lobby that includes the recreation of the original atrium, a new stained glass skylight and an intricate marble floor. Union 30, is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The restaurant area features an expansive marble-topped bar, uniquely curved high-top cushioned bar chairs, gold circular hanging lights and large rectangular windows. Executive Chef Matt "Birk" Birkenmeier and team have conceived of a thoughtful and diverse offering of St. Louis-style comfort food that also includes a wide array of gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Hotel Saint Louis is being brought back to life by Amrit and Amy Gill, owners of Restoration St. Louis, and only the second owners in the history of the building.

"Hotel Saint Louis creates a unique sense of style and vitality in the epicenter that is downtown, a place where people want to live, work, play, and vacation," said Amy Gill, co-founder of Restoration St. Louis. "We're thrilled that we can be part of this vibrant renaissance occurring all around us, made all the more meaningful with the partnerships we've fostered with local businesses in terms of providing them a platform for visibility for their products at the hotel - and, really, what better way to unveil to the world, what a gem St. Louis truly is?"

Working in association with BSI Constructors, Inc., Checkmate Design, and SPACE Architecture + Design, Restoration St. Louis made a concerted effort to stay as true to the original Sullivan design as possible throughout the two-year project. Except for some alterations in 1924, the exterior of the building is in its original form. The Gills even left intact the multi-story mural of ancient Greek architecture that adorns the hotel's exterior back wall.

Form Skybar, the rooftop bar, is named for Sullivan's famous motto, "Form follows function," and will open in early 2019. In a nod to some of his other design inventions, the bar will feature one-of-a-kind steel I-beam tables and marble flooring. There are also large rectangular windows that provide sweeping views of the city's skyline with the south-facing wall opening for spectacular open-air views.

The Gills bring a hearty dose of St. Louis style and humor to the trappings of the new hotel. Guest room amenities will include windows that open; TOTO Washlets, a first for St. Louis hotels; a vintage record player and several vinyl albums curated by Tom "Papa" Ray, owner of Vintage Vinyl; originally designed wallpaper that reflects Sullivan's design; rugs and headboards that are patterned after the iconic Gateway Arch; and art work commissioned by area artists Fern K. Taylor and Muny scenic designer Andy Cross.

Gill said in an effort to "save the universe," all guests will receive a metal water bottle upon checking in and will be encouraged to fill it up at water stations located in the hotel. A card on the bottle will direct guests to the bar if they want something stronger - where they can order a locally brewed beer made from the city's renowned water source. The St. Louis Water Department's logo appears on the bottle. In another Go Green twist, cards on guests' beds encourage water conservation with the words "we could warsh your sheets."

Meeting rooms are named after local celebrities Vincent Price, Betty Grable, Maya Angelou, Josephine Baker, and T.S. Elliot, and feature original portraits of each against a backdrop of the city's Fleur di Lis seal. The Adler Club Room is named after Sullivan's business partner, Dankmar Adler. And, of course, a large blue and white painting of the architect himself hangs in the lobby. A 4,400-square-foot ballroom will be completed in early 2019.

The hotel is also supporting local businesses by showcasing their products. Some of these include granola bars by Banner Road Bakery Company of Webster Groves, Barr Co. bath products, Pearl Vodka, and a red wine called Esto Vir, commissioned by LeBarge Winery and produced by Chaminade graduate Pierre LaBarge. The City Museum, located a few blocks from the hotel, has a floor dedicated to Louis Sullivan artifacts and has agreed to loan pieces to the hotel. Steve Butcher, former manager of the Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop, will serve as the hotel's general manager.

Residents in the apartments on floors 13 through 15 will have access to the latest in technology including a Tesla charging station, VRV heating/cooling systems, and WiFi in their all-inclusive rentals.

An official dedication will take place on March 2, 2019. The hotel is now accepting room reservations. Call 314-241-4300 or email info@hotelsaintlouis.com for more information.


St. Louis Union Station Hotel
U.S. News & World Report has selected the lobby of the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, as one of the top twelve most beautiful entrances.
St. Louis Union Station Hotel Lobby One of Most Beautiful
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com) - The Grand Hall of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel's, lobby continues to awe visitors and guests at the historic landmark, located at located at 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

U.S. News & World Report recently selected the lobby of the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, as one of the top twelve most beautiful entrances.

Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) invested more than $40 million in the property since 2012. The project included renovating the historic Grand Hall, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, to include an award-winning 3-D projection mapping light show, new furnishings and a 65-foot-long bar.

Beyond the history and the food, the Grand Hall Experience at Union Station is complete with the first of its kind high-definition projection mapping experience in the United States.

Projected on the Grand Hall's 65-foot tall ceilings and across the entire space, the 3D entertainment is made up of 30 vignettes, all stretching the barrier of creative design, innovation and story-telling. The Grand Hall Experience begins on the hour every evening between 5pm and 10pm. For more information, call 314-621-5262 or for reservations, visit
St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

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