Hotel Review: Magnolia Hotel St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis is home to numerous colleges, government buildings, the Mississippi riverfront, and, of course, the Gateway Arch. Outside of the riverfront and arch area, parts of downtown become like a ghost town, with streets empty and a sparse number of cars on the roads. But one of the most gorgeous and historical spots in the downtown area is the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis. I was fortunate to get to experience this historic landmark with a media discount on my recent visit to STL. Check out my Magnolia Hotel St. Louis review.

Landmark Status

The Magnolia Hotel was previously the Mayfair Hotel and was build circa 1924. It was designed by local architect Preston J. Bradshaw, and was added to the National Register of Historical Places in September of 1979. And apparently, the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis started the tradition of placing chocolates on the pillows, started by none other than Mr. Carey Grant.



The Magnolia Hotel has a great location in downtown St. Louis. Just around the corner about a block away is a Culiniaria, a full service grocery store in walking distance. This proved quite handy, especially if you don’t have a car on your trip. The hotel is also located a quick walk from the America’s Center Convention Center and local restaurants.

And, if the Gateway Arch is your thing, the Magnolia Hotel is a mere 10-minute drive from the Arch. The Arch is located right along the Mississippi River, home to riverboats as well. The Magnolia is close to this area, making it very accessible if you wish to hit the tourist hot spots.


The Hotel

The Magnolia Hotel is absolutely beautiful. Adorned with stunning chandeliers, you can see the historic architecture and influences as soon as you walk in the door. You are immediately struck by the grandness of the hall and the intricate detailing and space. Part of the lobby is sectioned off into a posh reading room, equipped with TV, comfy chairs and ottomans, and a long work table complete with plugs for your laptop.

Also an amazing space was the second floor mezzanine level. I was attending a wedding that was held at the hotel, and the space was beautifully appointed, open, and bright. The Magnolia Hotel is a perfect spot to hold an event, especially a celebration like a wedding, in downtown St. Louis.


The Room

I was privileged enough to have a suite for my stay, and it was total perfection! The decor had clean lines but felt posh all at the same time. The couches in the living room were super comfy, and the desk for working was perfect if you didn’t want to venture down to the lobby. The room was spacious, and the complimentary Voss water was a nice touch.

The bedroom was also very spacious and comfortable. Separated from the living room with French doors, there was plenty of space for two comfortable beds. And oh, was the bed comfy! The bed and pillows were the perfect combination of firmness and plushness, and it afforded me a great night’s sleep and a couple of lovely naps.

The bathroom was divided into one area for the toilet and shower, and another area for the sink, which is perfect if more than one person is staying in the room. The entire room was clean and neat, and really quite spacious. And, of course, there were chocolates on the pillows.


The Tesla

Yes, you read that right. The Magnolia Hotel offers its guests complimentary transportation via a Tesla within a certain radius in downtown St. Louis.

I had never been in a Tesla before, and it is a sweet ride! I loved that the Magnolia offers this option for people who didn’t want to bother with renting a car while downtown. You can reserve the car for a certain time, and it will even drop you off and pick you up, provided that there aren’t conflicts with reservations. I was lucky enough to snag a ride to visit the Arch for the obligatory photos (which were really for you guys because I have spent many a moon in St. Louis in my younger days). I was able to catch a ride down to the Arch and the driver was nice enough to wait for me to hop out and snap a few shots before taking me back to the hotel.


Overall Impressions: Magnolia Hotel St. Louis Review

The customer service at the Magnolia Hotel was top notch. Whenever I needed something or information, the front desk staff was on top of it and really catered to your needs. When I had dinner at Robie’s, the hotel restaurant, the service was excellent, and the food was remarkably good as well. I had the cajun chicken club, and it was absolutely delightful!

I highly recommend the Magnolia Hotel to anyone who needs accommodations on a trip to St. Louis. It’s a great spot to stay in downtown St. Louis with great perks. I enjoyed the property quite a bit, and, should my travels take me back to STL, I will definitely be staying there again.


Though I received a media discount for this property, all opinions expressed are my own. 


I am a lawyer. I am a journalist. I am a writer. I am a photographer. And I love to travel.

19 comments on “Hotel Review: Magnolia Hotel St. Louis”

  1. Wow! This hotel sounds amazing! I have never been to StLouis but this is where I’ll stay when I get there! I love the idea of the Tesla. Very unique!

  2. Uhm…a Tesla? Okay! My boo and I have this weird thing for fancy lighting so I know we would both be in awe at the chandeliers. My birthmother and grandmother live in STL so when I finally take him to visit, I will definitely consider staying here. Good to know!

  3. St. Louis in on my list of cities to visit. The hotel looks very nice and relaxing. I love the red Tesla!! It’s beautiful! My husband loves Tesla cars.

    1. LC, the customer service was top notch. I needed to find a nail salon quickly while I was there before a wedding and they not only told me some spots but called a few to find out when I could get in! Top notch customer service!

  4. It sounds like you really enjoyed yourself. That hotel looks absolutely beautiful. Great pictures! I think the ride in the Tesla is the coolest thing ever.

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