Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch

Hotel:  Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
Room:  Regency Club King, Arch View
Price:  $109 (+ $16.46 taxes)
Category:  2

When driving into St. Louis from the north on Interstate 55, the top of the Gateway Arch emerges from the horizon about six miles from the Illinois-Missouri border. It's a 630-foot monument to the Manifest Destiny - ostentations, sturdy, and quintessentially American.  And the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch offers unparalleled views of the Arch.

View from Regency Club

Hyatt exterior
Front Entrance


Parking at the Hyatt itself is pricey ($21 for self-parking / $28 for valet), but the parking one block north next to the Crowne Plaza (the Mansion Square parking) was only $5 for a weekend night.

The front-desk staff were all Very Good-Looking People who seemed admirably competent.  I was checked in quickly and went up to my room on the seventeenth floor, designated as the Regency Club floor.



Aeron chair! Prestigious. The room isn't lavish or fancy, but it's perfectly functional. I could see the Arch from my window, but the view was almost perpendicular to the windows.

Midwestern clouds, yo

Unfortunately, the Regency Club was open, so I wasn't able to get the 2,500 Hyatt points for free. In the evening, the Club has hors d'oeuvres - tonight, it was cold cuts, fruit, and wings. Meh. Complimentary sodas (the St. Louis area is one of the few major cities in the midwest that calls them sodas rather than pops) and waters were nice; I grabbed a Diet Dr Pepper for the road.

Regency Club

Regency Club evening hors d'oeuvres

And in the morning, the Regency Club offered a continental breakfast buffet. The cold items were great - some pastries, fruits, hard-boiled eggs, and smoked salmon.

The hot items didn't look very appetizing.

What's inside? Could be awesome!

Hmm. What about the red one?

Being out of focus might actually be flattering

I took a pass on the frittata and oatmeal.

Ultimately, this is a good property - it's in a great location in downtown St. Louis near the Arch and Busch Stadium. You can do a room charge from any of the hotel's restaurants (including the sports bar or Ruth's Chris), thereby earning Hyatt points. All the staff I encountered were excellent. Biggest complaint was that the "View" rooms didn't offer easy viewing of the Arch - you had to stand right by the window to see anything.

My Hyatt Diamond Challenge:
3. Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch

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