Friday October 12th, 2012 - 9:19AM
ST. LOUIS, MO—The historic, AAA Four-Diamond St. Louis Union Station Hotel has joined the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels as the St. Louis Union Station Hotel—a DoubleTree by Hilton.
Formerly a Marriott, the hotel is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management, a local hotel owner/operator with 23 hotels and venues in the greater St. Louis area, which acquired the hotel along with the entire Union Station complex.
The 539-room hotel sits on the site of Union Station, once the largest railway station in the United States. In its heyday in the 1940s, 100,000 passengers passed through its Midway each day. The famous photo of Harry S. Truman holding the Chicago Tribune headline that proclaimed “Dewey Beats Truman” was shot there as Truman boarded a train for Washington, DC, after the 1948 Presidential election. Located in the center of the city, the hotel is within walking distance to Scottrade Center, the Peabody Opera House, Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch and is 20 minutes from Lambert International Airport.
Despite the hotel’s Four-Diamond status, the historic Grand Hall and Midway are slated for upgrade starting Nov. 1 as part of a $13-million, four-year improvement project. Once staging and gathering areas in the train station, the Grand Hall and Midway comprise some 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space enhanced by archways, original frescos, mosaics and art glass windows.
The hotel also is home to the city’s Mobil Four-Star restaurant, Station Grille. Established in the late 1800s by restaurateur Fred Harvey of Harvey Girls fame, Station Grille was the epitome of service and innovation. Train passengers were able to wire in their order and find it ready and waiting when they arrived at the terminal. Station Grille will serve the brand’s signature Wake-Up DoubleTree breakfast. Additional dining options include Einstein Bagels and the Grand Hall Lounge. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.