Best Hotel - 2007
Hyatt Regency St. Louis
Beyond the generic postcards and T-shirts that announce you've been somewhere in name only, just past the kiosks hawking Beanie Babies and sunglasses in a mall that looks like an airport's concourse, you'll find the Hyatt at Union Station. Ascend its ornate staircase and you'll be in the cavernous Grand Hall and feel miles away from The Fudgery. Theodore Link got it right when he submitted his architectural plans for this majestic space back in 1891, purposefully using arches throughout to symbolize St. Louis as a gateway city nineteen years before Eero Saarinen was even born. Take a seat on one of the red velvet chairs beneath the 65-foot ceilings, order a drink from the bar and watch the sunlight fade through the stained-glass windows in the Grand Hall Lounge. One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Hotels of America, our Hyatt is a throwback to bellhops and ballrooms. But there are modern touches, too, including an automated business center and express check-in machines. Weekend room rates vary according to occupancy, but weekday rates can be as low as $169 nightly.