Take an Exclusive Look Inside Hotel Saint Louis

A word didn’t quite exist to fully capture Hotel Saint Louis’ fusion of historic and contemporary elements, so the developers made one up.


Designed more than 120 years ago by the famed architects Louis Sullivan, Dankmar Adler and their protege Frank Lloyd Wright, the Union Trust Building stood nearly vacant on Olive Street since 2013 until it was purchased in 2015 by Restoration St. Louis. Following a $67 million overhaul, the building has been resurrected as Hotel Saint Louis: a 140-room luxury hotel with a signature ballroom, rooftop pool, two signature restaurants, and a lavish guest experience. And while Hotel Saint Louis captures attention with it’s sleek design and technological sophistication, it’s the homage to historical integrity that makes it a destination unlike anything St. Louis has ever seen.

From the first step into the lobby, you’ll be captivated by aromas from Union 30, Hotel Saint Louis’ flagship restaurant which draws its namesake from the building’s original title, Union Trust, in tandem with its placement as number 30 on St. Louis’ Historic Landmark list. Drawing inspiration from St. Louis culinary traditions, Chef Birk works in the hotel’s million-dollar kitchen to put creative twists on down-home favorites like the Red Hot Riplet Catfish PoBoy and Smoked Hog Jowl Toasted Ravioli.

But we can’t stop here—there’s still fifteen more floors to explore.

As you cross under the stained glass roof towards the 125-year-old brass elevator doors, you’ll see the analog dial approach the number one as the elevator descends. Once you step out onto one of the upper floors and peer through the windows, you’ll see firsthand the original architectural elements that adorn the outer structure of Hotel Saint Louis: clean lines, lush Celtic touches, and bearcat heads carved into the outer corners all fit seamlessly together to create a compelling visual spectacle—and you haven’t even stepped foot into your room.

Hotel Saint Louis prides itself on combining the best elements of a luxury hotel with the comforts of tradition, and the rooms are no exception. While you take in your room’s custom artwork that complements the building’s original artistic vision, take in the sounds of a selection of vinyl records provided by Vintage Vinyl and curated by Hotel Saint Louis staff on your room’s personal record player.

Additional perks include Electric Mirror bathroom televisions, heated Toto Washletes (you read that correctly), a cupboard stocked with St. Louis snacks like Red Hot Riplets and Bissinger’s, and of course, a mini bar full of St. Louis beer.

Now that you’re well-rested and well-fed, it’s time to get down to business.

Make your way to one of Hotel Saint Louis’ meeting rooms, all of which are named after legendary men and women who have roots in St. Louis: Josephine Baker, Vincent Price, Maya Angelou, T.S. Eliot, and Betty Grable. What’s more, each room features a vibrant portrait of its honorary St. Louisan by the acclaimed local artist Fern Taylor.

After a long day of work or travel, you deserve to unwind at the full-service spa where you can indulge in all kinds of services from hot stone treatments to hot shaves. But the rest and relaxation doesn’t stop at the spa: atop Hotel Saint Louis is Form Skybar, a rooftop bar named in reference to Louis Sullivan’s design philosophy, “Form Ever Follows Function,” Form serves up eclectic cocktails and specialty plates beside the rooftop pool with a view that rivals any other in the Gateway City.

As you sit atop Hotel Saint Louis, gaze over the city, and reflect on everything from the architecture to the potato chips in your cupboard, it’s plain to see: this place is about as St. Louis as you can get.

Here’s the full video tour of Hotel Saint Louis, along with some additional looks inside the space. To learn more or book a visit, head over to hotelsaintlouis.com

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Dominic Vaiana

Dominic Vaiana is a writer in St. Louis.


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