The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark couldn't be much closer to Busch Stadium without moving into the stands. Game time means traffic jams and crowds, but guests of the hotel have the advantage of having an extremely short stroll to their seats and back to their rooms. The floor to ceiling windows in the hotel also mean that guests who arrive late can still watch the fireworks after the game without having to ever leave the comfort of their rooms.
The rooms are done in a contemporary style, with modern furnishings. The hotel website repeatedly describes the location as chic and slick. Visitor postings on the major travel sites didn't say much about the styling. Room reviews focused on good standards of cleanliness, good views, plenty of space and comfortable beds.
The hotel is good for groups as well as professional and business travelers. There is an airport shuttle or town car reservation service available. As one would expect of a Hilton hotel, conference space and business centers are available 24 hours a day, with all the accompanying gadgetry for presentations.
Complaints about the hotel mirrored the praises. The location is fabulous for those taking advantage of the downtown without having brought a car along. The cheapest parking next to the hotel is $16 per day, with valet parking running upwards of $20 per day. Thus, carpoolers, flyers, and caravaners will get the most benefit from the location. Street parking downtown is not an option due to limited spaces and the high number of break-ins that occur.
However, it is one of the trade-offs for the location - no one can have everything! Rooms can be booked to overlook the Arch as well as the field, and package deals including passes to local attractions are available in season. For more information or to book rooms call the hotel at 1-800-551-2409.
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