Friday, December 7, 2012

Checking In: The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis

I had no clue what to expect during my recent visit to St. Louis, Missouri. When I had asked a friend about where to stay in his hometown, he immediately suggested The Chase Park Plaza Hotel without missing a beat, "It's the best hotel in all of St. Louis," he noted. So I bypassed all the typical chain hotels that I was scrolling through online and booked into this historic hotel that was bursting with character.
When I stepped into my deluxe one-bedroom suite, I was beyond impressed with how comfortable and clean it looked. The Chase Hotel was built in 1922, but the interior has been updated with modern classic decor and furniture. It doesn't feel like you're staying at your Grandmother's house, just because it's a historic hotel. Right next door sits The Park Plaza Hotel which was built in 1929. In 1946 the two hotels were purchased by one owner and The Chase Park Plaza was created.

Dancing down the long halls, you can imagine Frank Sinatra, Sammie Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin hanging out after their shows at The Chase Club. The hotel has hosted every US President from the 1920s to the 1990s! The hotel fell into a state of disrepair during the 1980s and was restored again in 1997 with a $250 million dollar renovation. The building now hosts a mix of hotel guests, executive apartments and private residences and you can't help but feel nostalgic again for The Chase Park Plaza's glorious past.

Our room was fully-equipped with high-speed internet, two televisions, a full out living and dining room and luxurious toiletries from Gilchrist & Soames. We had a lovely view of Forest Park, located directly across the street from our hotel. When the weather's nice, it's the perfect place to start your morning with a jog. Inside the park lies the St. Louis Zoo, The Art Museum, History Museum and Boathouse - all within walking distance of the hotel. We were initially tempted to stay downtown near the arch and the Cardinals stadium, but we are SO glad we chose the Forest Park neighbourhood instead.
Right around the corner was a bustling street of hip cafes, cool boutiques and a large variety of Thai, sushi and unique bars and restaurants. It has a mom-and-pop feel and isn't overrun with large chain restaurants making it feel too touristy. I really encourage you to get a local taste of St. Louis - especially the BBQ, it's not to be missed!

I couldn't help noticing the smell of popcorn when I checked-in to The Chase Park Plaza. What did I learn? A movie theatre is attached directly to the lobby of the hotel and the smell of popcorn was wafting through. If it's snowy or raining or if you just want to nest, the idea of rolling downstairs and seeing the latest flick in their licensed theatre is incredibly appealing and such a unique feature of this hotel.
In the warmer months, the hotel features a heated outdoor pool and a bustling scene of loungers and poolside bar service. If you're feeling active or in St. Louis for business, there's no excuse for not working out when there's 18,000 square-foot fitness centre in your basement! A salon and spa uses Aveda products and offers massages, facials and other treatments.
I would definitely stay at The Chase Park Plaza again and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend this hotel to friends and family who are visiting St. Louis. It's not a cookie-cutter hotel, the staff are very attentive and you really can't beat the location. The hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway and St. Louis is a fantastic city to explore, eat and shop in. To learn more

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Photos also courtesy of The Chase Park Plaza

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