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Four Seasons St. Louis is an oasis in the middle of the STL, an exciting yet solidly Midwestern city in the state of Missouri. It gives guests with kids the option of elevating their St. Louis experience. You no longer have to be okay with staying at a mid-priced, middling hotel. Allow the fantastic amenities offered by the Four Seasons hotel brand to take your family vacation up a notch.
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is a resort-style high-rise hotel located within walking distance of the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Near the heart of downtown’s entertainment district, guests can access the best of what St. Louis offers. One of the best parts of this hotel is the stunning views of the Gateway Arch, the most recognizable landmark in St. Louis. The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel let you take it all in.
One of the most iconic and well-known parts of the hotel is the 650-foot ribbon of illumination that curves up and over the edges of the building. It comprises more than 500,000 LED lights that can create an unsurpassed show of 16 million colors and multitudes of patterns. Visitors and locals alike are treated to a dazzling, unique skyline nightly. If you are lucky, you’ll get surprised with a Pac-Man animation!
Why Four Seasons St. Louis works for families
- A DVD player is available upon request, and guests can access a CD/DVD library, including children’s movies.
- A mini-refrigerator is available on request, complimentary.
- Guests can request complimentary use of a humidifier and air ionizer.
- The hotel is pet-friendly and can provide needed pet accessories.
- The outdoor fireplace on the 8th Floor Terrace Deck provides a cozy atmosphere year-round.
- The outdoor pool and poolside dining is available in warmer weather.
- Babysitting services are offered in-room.
- Children receive special welcome amenities at check-in.
- Four Seasons St. Louis offers complimentary children’s toiletries.
- Families have access to puzzles, books and board games to use during their stay.
- Premium wifi is included in the room rate.
- 24-hour business center
- A stocked mini-bar can be locked.
What doesn’t work
Four Seasons St. Louis has a modern, elegant feel which may not give you a super family-friendly vibe. Though the staff is extremely welcoming and down-to-earth, you won’t see too many children walking through the hotel halls.
The hotel is located in the heart of the downtown St. Louis entertainment district, steps away from Lumière Place Casino, the pulse of St. Louis. This city retains some of its French character from its earliest origins. It is named after Saint Louis IX, after all!
The Fours Seasons has a scenic address on the west bank of the Mississippi River, near the iconic Gateway Arch. It is easy to explore the city and its abundance of museums, restaurants and dynamic fun attractions, including City Museum, America’s Center, and Laclede’s Landing.
Rooms and Suites
Arch View Room
When I visited, I stayed in an Arch View Room. The wall of windows meant I could wake up to the sensational view of the Gateway Arch. The room was bright and airy and offered plush linens I seemed to sink into.
Riverfront Studio Suite
When you need a little more space, book the 700 square feet. Riverfront Studio Suite. It overlooks the iconic Stan Musial Bridge. The separate sitting area creates a cozy place to watch the boats glide down the Mississippi River.
Arch One-Bedroom Suite
With over 1000 square feet, the Arch One-Bedroom Suite lets you spread out, relax and feel more at home. The suite includes a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and a bonus guest powder room.
One-Bedroom Luxury Suite
Enjoy 1,600 square feet in the One-Bedroom Luxury Suite with an extra-spacious bedroom, plush living room and a dining area made for entertaining. The suite allows for views of the Mississippi River and Gateway Arch and a stunning city view.
Beautifully appointed with luxe custom furniture, this suite has a decidedly residential feel. The top-floor suite offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch from its impressive wall of windows. The nearly 2700 square feet include a dining area with seating for six and an adjoining pantry, as well as a comfortable living room, King bedroom and two bathrooms.
Four Seasons St. Louis Restaurants
Cinder House Restaurant
Guests will find Cinder House perched on the eighth floor, which is also the floor where elevators to the guest rooms are located. (The front desk and concierge are on the first floor by the valet parking area.) I was blown away by the impressive views of the Gateway Arch and the mighty Mississippi River.
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Cinder House is sophisticated, yet families will enjoy a warm, easy feel too. Led by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Gerard Craft, the menu has a South American flavor with wood-fired meat, vegetables and fish. The bold flavors of the swordfish and the sweet potato soup were absolutely delicious.
For larger groups of up to twelve, Cinder House offers Dia’s Room, a private wood-paneled dining room where guests can enjoy a relaxing family-style meal.
Located just outside the main dining room, centered by a roaring fireplace in cooler months, sits the Cinder Bar. Stop by for sips and snacks with the best skyline views in town. Sit inside or outside (weather permitting) and have a drink of the beer that made St. Louis famous, Budwiser, or opt for a premium cocktail, a glass of wine or a locally made craft bourbon from Still 630.
In-Room Dining (Room Service)
It is imperative that a luxury hotel offer room service and this Four Seasons doesn’t disappoint. During my quick two-night stay, I relished ordering breakfast from the in-room dining menu. I sat at the stately table wrapped in the cozy down-filled comforter, watching boats glide down the Mississippi and past the Gateway Arch. While listening to inspiring music, I eased into the day with stillness and reflection. I could have stayed there for hours. The deliciousness of the chocolate croissant helped too!
Four Seasons St. Louis has curated a collection of special pieces that represent and symbolize the nearby St. Louis landmarks. The art collection located through the public areas in the hotel is magnificent. The $7 million modern art collection is museum-worthy. A recent redesign finished just this year added a curated collection of pieces representing the city of St. Louis. The Four Seasons St. Louis website says the artwork program was inspired by “the contrast between the flowing motion of the Mississippi River and the sleek, steel structures for the which the city is known.” Find pieces in the lobby, on the 7th and 8th floors and in the guest rooms.
Guests can be sure to get their workout in with the 24-hour fitness center. They have cardio machines, free weights and even Peloton bikes. Personal training is available on request.
Top Golf Swing Suite
The Top Golf Swing Suite is the only one in downtown St. Louis. Found on the eighth floor, near the restaurant, this fun gaming space offers a country club-like ambiance for up to 20. There are plush leather lounge seats along with two simulator bays that allow guests to play virtual golf and other video games on a giant screen. Guests can also watch live events on the humongous screen. This interactive space includes the following games:
- Topgolf target game
- Zombie Dodgeball
- Hockey Shots
- Baseball Pitching
- Carnival Classic and more
Family Movie Night
After exploring downtown St. Louis, taking in a game at Busch Stadium or wandering through Union Station, spend a quiet night in the room with the Four Season’s family movie night. It includes a complimentary in-room movie (with popcorn)!
Four Seasons St. Louis takes a modern approach to the resort-style offerings on their 8th-floor rooftop deck. Look for an upscale outdoor pool, a splash pad and private cabanas. When the weather cooperates, guests can dine al-fresco as the Mississippi River churns below.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is a font of tranquillity, offering luxury spa treatments. There are twelve glamorous treatment rooms and a menu of indulgent services. The co-ed relaxation lounge has the same breathtaking views found throughout the hotel. Soothe yourself in the whirlpool hot tub and relax, inhaling the scented air of the steam room at this full-service spa.
Holidays 2022: The Santa Suite
After several years of limited holiday offerings, Four Seasons St Louis is back with more holiday offerings than ever. Surprise the kids with the festively-appointed Santa Suite at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. The hotel’s elves will turn one of the Riverfront Studio Suites into a magical holiday wonderland with welcoming seasonal bedding, Christmas trees adorned with sparkling ornaments and twinkling lights and other jolly décor. It’s a super way to enjoy the holidays in St. Louis.
The suite has a king bed, a sofa bed and an open room for a rollaway or crib, allowing guests to celebrate the season together. Kids may even catch a glimpse of The Polar Express train from the floor-to-ceiling windows as it rolls down the track below.
Santa Suite Experience includes a yummy hot cocoa welcome amenity delivered to the suite and a complimentary holiday movie to watch before bed. In addition, guests receive a $50 breakfast credit toward in-room dining. Go ahead and linger longer.
Bottom line: This hotel alone is worth a trip to St. Louis.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are well known for its luxurious touches and exceptional service; this hotel is no exception. I felt wrapped in luxury from the moment I stepped out of the Uber and was ushered into the bright, airy lobby filled with a delicious scent I could never define. I hope to come back in summer with my family to enjoy the outdoor pool, the Top Golf Swing Suite and drink in those amazing views.