Marriott Rewards (including Ritz-Carlton) - We need some help with a weekend in St Louis
Jan 5, 08, 8:06 am
We have a couple of the free night certs. (cat 1-4) that we would like to use for a weekend in St louis. Our 7 year old son wants to go and see the monster truck show at the dome that weekend. Any advice on which property to chose that is close to the dome and has a pool? Thanks in advance for your help, Jeffrey and April
Please consider the Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown! It's right off I-64/US40 at Jefferson. A fairly new property, overlooked by families. We stayed there last year for son's college graduation - free parking, easy access to the expressways, great free breakfasts, relatively new property so the rooms were in great shape and the staff enthusiastic and helpful. You'll have to drive anywhere you want to go, but that's the only downside. (When you are there, check out the St. Louis City Museum, not too far away)
Jan 5, 08, 9:15 am
I agree with lskohn in that the Residence Inn on Jefferson would be my first choice. This is a really nice newer property that seems to be rather kid friendly with a pretty nice pool etc. They have a great breakfast buffet and one of the best happy hour buffets in the Marriott system. All free too! You didnt say if you were driving, but if not, you'll have to take a cab to the dome from here.
A second choice would be the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel on Washington. If you prefer the old-timey full service hotel experience, this is the place. The building is a classic and they do have a pool. It is closer to the dome (I think walkable). Beware you will pay for parking, pricey breakfast, HSIA etc.
I do NOT recommend the Courtyard on Market St. Not so nice of a property, no free breakfast and poorly managed (IMHO).
I hope this helps and if you get the chance, consider taking the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour.
Jan 5, 08, 9:38 am
The Renaissance is definitely walkable, but as the previous poster stated, you pay for internet, parking, and food. I probably wouldn't stay there unless I had a bonus buck coupon or other discount.
Jan 5, 08, 11:01 am
I would go with a Residence Inn if I was with my family. Also, with a 7-year old, you might look in to the Childrens Museam because it is pretty cool too.
Have a Great Trip.
Jan 5, 08, 12:21 pm
Thanks for all your fast replies! I think you made our choice really easy!!! We will go with the Residence. We are just driving from kansas city so we will have our own car. Again, we appreciate your help!!! Jeffrey and April
Our 7 year old son Parker thanks you also for finding a kid friendly place!
If you are driving from KC, a few tips:
I-64 is closed from just inside the bypass (I-270) to I-170. You can come in I-70 to I-170, then drop down to I-64 East.
Depending on what other sightseeing you plan, it might be helpful to know that Jefferson is closed from just south of the Residence Inn to Chouteau. The city is rebuilding a bridge. You won't have any trouble getting to downtown via Jefferson to Market. However, if you want to access I-44 you will have to detour to Compton (West of Jefferson) or Truman (East).
I have stayed at this property a couple of times and agree with the others positive experiences. There were plenty of families when I was staying there so I think the word is out!
One correction to a previous post: Parking is NOT free. It is $10/day. You may get creative and think you can park on the surrounding streets, but it is not an area I would want to leave my car.
Jan 5, 08, 5:39 pm
You might also want to look at the Residence Inn-Gallaria
It is a little further west but there are tons of shopping/resteraunts within walking distance and in a much safer area.
And, it is next to the Metro station that you can take downtown with a stop at America's Center(Dome)
Parking is free and they have a nice evening buffet (free beer)
With the closing of I-64, you would have to take I-70 to I-170 south but there is an exit off of I-170 close to the RI.
Jan 5, 08, 7:02 pm
Does the Gallaria have a pool? I could not find that on the link.
Whichever of these that we choose, how to we go about booking the room using our free night certs? I have one in my account and the wife has one in hers? Can I book it online or do I need to call and do it that way?
Thanks again for all the help!
Seasonal Outdoor pool, heated. (https://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/stlrh-residence-inn-st-louis-galleria/) I would call the hotel directly and make sure it will be open.
Jan 5, 08, 7:35 pm
I would try the Renaissance Hotel or Suites, its about 4 blocks for the Dome. This is a full service hotel with everything you need.
You might also want to look at the Residence Inn-Gallaria...
I stayed at that property about a month ago and, while the surrounding area is much nicer, the property itself is pretty tired - especially compared to the new downtown RI.
Feb 17, 08, 5:40 pm
I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who helped me with this trip. We ended up staying at the residence on jefferson, and except for all the construction around it, it was PERFECT! My wife and son both LOVED it, and the last marriott we were at is the marriott resort and spa on the river in bangkok, so that's all the more impressive they liked this! It was packed with kids while we were there, birthday parties in the lobby and everything, so hopefully the business people staying there are there M-F!
Everything we wanted to do was abt 10 to 15 mins away, even with the whole 64 thing.
The front desk was awesome, both day and night. This morning at checkout Renee was on the phone with MR for 30 mins trying to figure out how to pull an award from my wife's account that didn't show up in the computer.
Anyway, thanks again for the help, and will be back asking again for our next trip!
Jeffrey,April, and Parker