If you haven’t yet, go back and read the Tips to Enjoy Stay-cation/Vacations, it gives you some great tips on how to keep that rejuvenated feeling afterwards.
So the Saturday after my birthday, we grabbed up some much needed supplies for Judah and escaped in the early afternoon and went to Embassy Suites St. Louis Downtown.
|Can’t forget the Potty Seat!|
It didn’t take us long to get there, but I do have to mention that there isn’t any real parking at this hotel. Embassy Suites offers valet parking at $20, which isn’t bad if you are going to be driving around because the other parking lots there won’t let you out without a fee and they’re only a few dollars cheaper. At least this way you know your car is in good hands and the valet parking attendees are really nice.
However, I know many people would prefer to actually park at their hotels themselves and if that is the case, Embassy Suites also has a hotel about 15 min away at Embassy Suites St. Louis Airport, which would be a great idea if you are traveling out of state; it’s literally right across from where the airport is located. The real positive to actually paying the Valet parking at the Downtown location is that it’s at the heart of everything and you can walk everywhere.
Our St. Louis hotel is the centerpiece of the Mercantile Exchange District, offering the best in dining, entertainment and shopping and the National Blues Museum and Theater. Access attractions such as the Gateway Arch on the banks of the Mississippi River, Busch Stadium (home of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals), the City Museum, Scottrade Center (home of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues), and Lumiere Casino. Visit Washington Avenue, a thriving entertainment district with designer shops, furniture stores and art galleries. Explore Forest Park, the base for St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, St.Louis Art Museum, Muny Opera and several golf courses. Enjoy events such as the Mardi Gras, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The other neat thing about this location is that it is directly opposite the America’s Center Convention Complex, which is great if you are a sports fan and it will be right next to the National Blues Museum! Plus, you are directly on the strip where there are lots of shops, restaurants (like Pi Pizzeria where President Obama had a pizza) and attractions like the City Museum.
So, back to our stay. We were all pretty amazed by the room. It had enormous windows and was extremely spacious. It kind of gave us the feeling of home and we liked that, we hate being cramped into a hotel room. Our little tot was dancing around from the moment he walked in.
We got settled in and let Judah play with all the cars he brought before setting out for a walk. You know the most important thing about your hotel is your distance to a Starbucks right? I mean you can’t stay in a hotel that doesn’t have espresso nearby, that would be awful! So of course, the first thing we actually did was go on a hunt for the closest Starbucks. Let’s play Blue’s Clues! I’m standing at the Starbucks, can you see find where Embassy Suites is?
I was really loving the location of this hotel in relation to everything, especially my coffee. We walked around for a long time and popped into all the stores. This little exotic shop that I am not going to be able to remember the name of, was my favorite. The store owner just got back from a trip to Asia and there were thousands of artifacts inside! These are authentic dresses and I really wanted to take them all home.
|Exotic little shop down the street from Embassy Suites.|
- Every night my son has a bowl of cereal as a snack, we brought cereal but we forgot milk. (They have fridges!) So we called down to room service to get a glass of milk and found out that it would be $4 to get one glass of milk, plus the charge for delivery ($2) and then an expected tip. In total it would have cost us $6 for that little carton of milk you can see with the breakfast tray. Thankfully, the bartender downstairs was really super nice and let us just go down and buy a large glass of milk for $2 (equal to 2 of those cartons).
- The other slightly blemished part was the shower. The shower-head is great, it has 3 features for massage, rain and regular showering but the water pressure in the hotel wasn’t good at all. Thankfully my husband took a shower first because it wouldn’t have been enough pressure to wash out my hair, so opted out of that. It may have just been the room we were in or the fact that it’s summer and everyone is conserving water due to the temperatures here, but I wanted to make a note. On the upside, they have some great showering / lotion products and my husband would really like to buy a whole stock of their facial soap! They have Crabtree & Evelyn Botanical Naturals Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Facial Bars; plus Lotion. It was really nice.
I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador Program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Embassy Suites Hotels and received a one-night complimentary stay at an Embassy Suites Hotel to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.