Review: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
When I'm back in St. Loiuis visiting friends and family I usually book a room at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. This high rise in downtown St. Louis has been several hotels, including a former Marriott, but in its most recent incarnation it now fall into the Hilton family. The hotel has undergone a major facelift in the past few years and is now a sleek, modern hotel with a good list of amenities.
The hotel's broken into two towers, east and west. Located at the corner of Market and Broadway, the hotel is a block from Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, and just a few blocks from the Gateway Arch. If you've never been to St. Louis, this hotel is good walking distance to several attractions in downtown.
The hotel's front entrance is on Broadway and they offer both valet and self parking. The lobby is modern and chic. There's a Starbucks as well as a frozen yogurt place right in the lobby. On the backside of the lobby, past the front desk, is Mike Shannons restaurant. The cuisine is steaks and seafood and there's a large bar for watching sports.
My main complaint about this hotel is the front desk. During my last two stays there was no dedicated Hilton Honors check in line. Well there was, but it was roped off. If you are a Hilton Honors member make sure you double check and that it's added to your reservation.
The rooms in this hotel are nicely updated, but beware the bathrooms are small. It's not Hilton's fault, it's the building they inhereted. Ask for a room with a view of the ballpark. The view is great despite the empty lot that will soon become the Ballpark Village.
One of the coolest attractions at this hotel is the 360 Bar. It's located on the 26th floor of the hotel and has, as the name suggests, 360 degree views of the city. The bar is a mix of indoor and outdoor seating and features a light bar menu and full list of adult beverages. While I've never watched a baseball game from this bar I'm sure the view and atmosphere is awesome. One tip, if you are going to 360, go early. It gets busy and they restrict how many people are allowed in. The velvet rope line is in the hotel lobby by the elevators.
We'll soon have a St. Louis city guide, but here are some attractions you may enjoy that aren't far from this hotel.