Category: Hotels
MX District is Transforming Washington Ave
The MX in downtown St. Louis

It’s been almost two years since the Washington Avenue skybridge between the old St. Louis Centre and the abandoned Dillard’s department store fell.  Since then, a lot has happened at the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district. Let’s take a look at the transformation that’s taken place on the eastern end of downtown’s entertainment strip. The famed Lindell Hotel once stood where [...]

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Cupples 9 Lands Flying Saucer
The Flying Saucer

Number 9, the building of the Cupples family currently under restoration by the Koman Group, will become home to a Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in the fall, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.  Flying Saucer is a Dallas-based restaurant chain with 15 locations in Arkansas, Missouri (Kansas City), Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Flying Saucer’s owners [...]

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Ignacio Topped with Retro-Style Neon
The man and the hotel: Ignacio

Hotel Ignacio recently added a gorgeous new retro-style neon sign atop the building. We think it’s one of the best new neons in downtown/midtown. If you have photos of  neon signs (old or new) and you don’t mind sharing, please send it to for an upcoming post about NEON, NEON, NEON. Earlier story from April 2011 about Hotel Ignacio:   [...]

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MX Development Lands Asian Restaurant
The MX in downtown St. Louis

 The St. Louis Business Journal reports that The Mercantile Exchange (MX) development has landed yet another tenant. Takaya New Asian Restaurant will be opening in the fall of this year. The restaurant will seat 120 in a 3,300 square foot space. Restaurant owner Eric Heckman, who operates Tani Sushi Bistro in Clayton will also provide food and beverage consulting for [...]

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1912-2012: Will History Repeat Itself?
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Embassy Suites Opens on Washington
The Mercantile Exchange on Washington Avenue

A new Embassy Suites Hotel recently opened between 6th and 7th Streets on Washington Avenue. The Embassy Suites brand disappeared from downtown when the franchise on Laclede’s Landing became HoteLumière as part of Pinnacle’s Lumière Place Casino development. This new hotel under the Embassy Suites flag is strategically located on the east end of Washington Avenue, literally on top of the [...]

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Hotel Ignacio Progress
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The latest updates to Hotel Ignacio Progress: Previous post of October 13, 2010: Hotel Ignacio, a 51-room boutique hotel is scheduled to open its doors in early 2011. It’s located next door to Triumph Grill and will be connected internally to the restaurant. The main entrance will be on the east side of the building, accessible through a planned courtyard. [...]

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The end of Skybridge #2
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The second skybridge that connected the old St. Louis Centre with Macy’s (Railway Exchange building) has fallen. Glass panels are now being attached to the open facade of the new parking garage that was once the St. Louis Centre shopping mall. They are identical to the panels used on the north side fronting Washington Avenue. The new entrance to the [...]

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Laurel & 600 Washington Progress


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After the Skybridge(s)

Now that all three projects secured financing, the upgrading of 600 Washington Tower (ex-One City Center), transformation of St. Louis Centre into 7th Street garage and the old Dillard’s building’s renovation into an Embassy Suites Hotel and residential apartments are now underway. With the first swing of the wrecking ball on Friday at 5PM, this critical area of downtown will [...]

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Holiday Inn Downtown Renovates

The Holiday Inn Convention Center has been a downtown staple for decades and the hotel was starting to show its age. A multi-million dollar renovation of the interior was started mid-2009 and finished earlier this year. Now, work has begun on a transformation of the exterior of this 295-room hotel. The interior renovation included all guest rooms and common areas. [...]

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Roberts’ Cyber Cafe

Part of the new renovations at the Mayfair Hotel is a new coffee bar called Roberts’ Cyber Café, an Illy brand franchise. Illy is a great tasting coffee from Italy. Complimentary wifi and newspapers are available. Entrance of the café at the Mayfair Hotel Roberts’ Cyber Café 421 N. 8th Street St. Louis, MO 63101 (314) 421-2500   Share

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Roberts Tower Update

Although the work seems to be going at a snail’s pace and even stalled completely a few weeks ago, progress is still being made on the Roberts Tower. At the adjacent Mayfair Hotel the ground floor lobby is under construction. Crews have removed a wall between the hotel and the tower. A new restaurant will be constructed on the Southeast [...]

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Drury Inn Union Station

This hotel is located directly West of Union Station. Drury Inn Union Station is located at 201 S 20th Street. Phone (314) 231-3900 Share

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Laclede’s Landing Video Tour


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Holiday Inn Select

This hotel is just a block away from Washington avenue and right next door to the convention center. Holiday Inn Select is located at 811 N 9th Street. Phone (314) 421-4000 Share

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Marriott Union Station

Completely renovated: Marriott Union Station. Share

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Drury Inn

Right next door to the Edward Jones Dome on Broadway: Drury Inn. Share

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