MCLEAN, VA—Hilton has added the St. Louis Union Station Hotel to its Curio Collection by Hilton, following a $40-million transformation.
The collection is a global set of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels handpicked for travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences, according to the brand.
The hotel provides 539 luxurious rooms and suites in what was once the largest and most ornate railway terminal in the U.S., with some guestroom floors designed and furnished with a railroad theme. Built in 1894, and converted to a hotel in 1985, the National Historic Landmark in downtown St. Louis is well-known for its Grand Hall, a lobby lounge area with 65-ft. ornate, vaulted ceilings on which a 3D light show is projected nightly.
“Across the Curio collection, we take pride in offering guests unique hotel experiences that exude local flavor, so we welcome the landmark St. Louis Union Station Hotel to Curio,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “With its luminescent Grand Hall and eclectic amenities, this iconic property allows guests to discover all St. Louis has to offer and enriches our growing global brand.”
Coinciding with the hotel’s opening is a St. Louis concert at the Peabody Opera House by Grammy-nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw—who has penned a Local Guide about hot spots in St. Louis, including St. Louis Union Station—as part of the #CitiesbyCurio program.
Culinary options abound at the property, including the Station Grille on the site of the station’s original restaurant operated by Fred Harvey, a legendary 18th century railroad dining magnate; the Grand Hall, which offers local microbrews, craft ales and signature cocktails named for legendary railroad companies; and the Market, which houses a 1920s-themed Starbucks designed with an ornate drinking fountain and fireplace dating to the building’s origins.
The hotel can accommodate conferences, conventions, exhibits, social galas and events of any size in 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space that includes the expansive Midway Hall and the Regency Ballroom.
Amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and surrounding courtyard, as well as a 24-hour fitness center.
“St. Louis Union Station perfectly blends sophisticated historical features with modern conveniences and family-friendly activities, for a hotel experience unlike any other,” said Steve O’Loughlin, president and COO, Lodging Hospitality Management, property owner.