The 2012 Best of St. Louis issue is fast approaching. Have you voted yet? Go do it now before it's too late
! Have you finished debating the finer points of the 2011 issue
? We haven't, hence this list. While researching contenders for a certain Best Of category last year
, we realized our town has a heap of great establishments that could have won the award. If you're looking for a place to celebrate an anniversary, get away from the kids for the weekend or a place to house the in-laws on their next visit, you can do much, much worse than these nine hotels.
Hotel Ignacio (3411 Olive Street; 314-977-4111)
One of the newest hotels accommodating guests in St. Louis is housed in the beautifully rehabbed Morgens Building in midtown. The former laundry-cleaner site was named one of the city's "Most Enhanced Buildings" by Landmarks Association of St. Louis, and with Hotel Ignacio's 49 modern, uniquely designed rooms, and two suites, it's easy for a visitor, or local on a staycation, to see why. The hotel's stylish exterior and midtown location add to its attraction; Ignacio is within walking distance of the happening Grand Center and Saint Louis University, and it's connected to the Triumph Grill. The real sparkle of this jewel, however, comes from the elegance and comfort found within its rooms. Each room, of which no two are alike, showcases one of four design themes: fine arts, performing arts, music or architecture. Visitors to the boutique hotel can enjoy paintings and various little touches that highlight each theme, all while resting on a Tempur-Pedic mattress or doing business on the in-room tablet-style media hub.
Cheshire Inn (6300 Clayton Road; 314-647-7300)
Can't afford the trip to jolly old England? Not to worry; the Cheshire Inn brings a corner of wee Britain to the Gateway City. The boutique hotel was built in the 1920s and underwent extensive renovations and reopened in the summer of 2011 retaining its classic Tudor style. Feeling whimsical? Pop into one of the Cheshire's novelty rooms decked out in themed décor. Enjoy a romance worth faking your death over in the Renaissance -themed Romeo and Juliet room or bring your PP7 and a girl with an anatomically punned name to the James Bond room, awash with 1960s mod touches and images of non-Lazenby 007s. Of course, if novelty is not your cup of PG Tips, the Cheshire features regular rooms, thick with comfort and refined elegance. The luxury hotel also offers poolside rooms, spacious mini-suites and daily tea service.
Millennium Hotel St. Louis (200 South Fourth Street; 314-241-9500)
St. Louis may not be famous for romance, but that doesn't mean we don't have what it takes to heat things up, and Millennium Hotel St. Louis offers the perfect opportunity for a romantic getaway any time of year. Start your day by lounging poolside with a cocktail. Then head back to the room to freshen up and take the elevator to the top for dinner at the Top of the Riverfront, a rotating restaurant that is the go-to destination for Valentine's Day and other special occasions. Beyond the romantic vibe, the 28-floor hotel boasts spectacular views of the city, and tourists can easily walk to all the downtown attractions or hop on the MetroLink to visit the rest of our fair city.