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A quiet boutique hotel with a touch of old-world appeal
The Omni Majestic in St. Louis may be part of a chain, but the hotel has remained surprisingly true to the building's storied past. This is first apparent upon arrival when guests get a glimpse of the elegant facade.
There are a few parking spots in front of the entrance, but it is easiest to use valet parking (with in and out privileges) or to self-park at one of the nearby lots (the doorman can provide directions). Porter service is available.
The antique front desk offers sit-down service rather than a traditional check-in. Two brass elevators playing Jazz music transport guests to their rooms.
The lobby is decorated with plush seating areas, Persian rugs, and a baby grand piano. Business travelers are found having meetings here or in the attached Mahogany Grille -- a popular place for nightly happy hours, often frequented by locals who work nearby. The hotel receives a steady flow of clientele from nearby corporations (an AT&T branch is across the street) as well as Omni regulars.
A downtown location walking distance to Busch Stadium and the Arch
The Omni Majestic is in the heart of downtown and offers easy access to corporate offices and tourist attractions in the area. The St. Louis Arch, Busch Stadium, Citygarden, and Laclede's Landing are all within a short drive. Union Station -- once the world's largest train station and now home to dozens of shops and eateries -- can be reached by foot.
St. Louis is a thriving Midwestern city, perhaps best known for the Gateway Arch -- the Gateway to the West. St. Louis has plenty of historic character, which can be experienced by visiting the city's distinct neighborhoods. These areas are quite spread out, and most people will find they need a car while visiting. However, the hotel does offer a free shuttle service for drop-offs within a three-mile radius.
Rooms have classic, if slightly bland, decor
The Omni Majestic is the smallest hotel of the Omni chain with only 91 rooms and suites. The decor is classic, if a little bland -- white duvets, wood furniture, and long red drapes. All rooms have sitting areas with at least two chairs, bathrobes, coffeemakers, and iPod docks; some have flat-screen TVs while others have dated tube TVs.
The Premier King rooms offer sofa beds for families. The Ambassador and Presidential Suites have spacious bedrooms and sitting areas separated by French doors, as well as flat-screen TVs, whirlpool tubs, two bathrooms (one full and one half), and two private entrances.
Small fitness center with cardio machines but no weights
Located on the lower level of the hotel is a small fitness center, available free for guests. It's a clean space decorated with wood floors and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which help make the space feel larger than it is. There are a few Precor cardio machines, but no weights. Towels, a scale, and cold water infused with lemon are provided.
Portable treadmills are available in rooms upon request. The front desk can also provide a Fit Kit, along with jogging and walking paths in the area.
A few nice perks for the little ones
Casual pub fare on-site, and gourmet options in the vicinity
The casual Mahogany Grille, located next to the lobby, serves an American-style menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As its name suggests, the entire space is decorated with beautiful dark wood, as well as hand-painted murals. Look closely for historic touches, such as the large built-in clock on the corner of the bar. During the day, street-side windows bring in natural light and the restaurant caters to a business crowd. At night, the ambiance becomes a bit cozier with low lighting. Room service is also available.
The restaurant scene in downtown St. Louis has grown steadily over the decades and hotel staff can offer recommendations. A steakhouse, a French bistro, and Asian, pasta, and seafood restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.
A classic selection available on-site, and more bars in the area
This boutique hotel offers one bar -- belonging to the restaurant -- serving a range of beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic drinks. Guests can pull up a stool along the long mahogany wood bar, or plunk down at one of the wood tables overlooking the street. Due to its location close to downtown businesses, it receives a good crowd during the week for happy hour specials. Guests may also order drinks through room service.
The surrounding area offers more bars and nightlife, which can be recommended by the concierge. For instance, Laclede's Landing, which is close to the hotel, has a number of options for drinks, live music, and dancing.
Porter service, a business center, and valet parking
A few distinct meeting room options in elegant surroundings
The Omni's historic building does not have the large function rooms found at some newer hotels in the area, but there are a few on-site options for private events. These rooms have traditional decor and contain some historic touches. Audio/visual services can be arranged, and high-speed Internet access is available for an extra fee.
A romantic setting for small wedding parties and bridal events
The hotel's historic character makes it an appealing pick for wedding events such as receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and brunches. There is banquet space on the lower level for more traditional events, or guests can reserve the Mahogany Grille restaurant, a beautiful space decorated in dark wood with windows looking out onto downtown St. Louis.
Guests who book a wedding at the hotel can receive a free honeymoon stay at select Omni properties.
Elevator access and ADA-accessible rooms
The hotel's ADA-accessible rooms come with the following:
A central downtown hotel utilizing proper safety precautions
This historic hotel in downtown St. Louis, built in 1913, is traditionally elegant, with decor that incorporates original Italian marble and mahogany wood. It is the smallest property in the Omni chain, with 91 spacious rooms and suites. Rooms have classic (if slightly bland decor) and come with bathrobes, coffeemakers, and iPod docks. The on-site restaurant and bar serves basic American pub fare, and the location is central to many restaurants and top sights in the area; guests can walk or take advantage of the free shuttle for stops within a three-mile radius. Meeting rooms, free newspapers, and a small fitness center appeal to regular business guests, but there are daily fees for valet parking and Wi-Fi.