ST. LOUIS, MO—The historic Mayfair Hotel yesterday reopened its doors as the Magnolia Hotel.
Managed by Stout Street Hospitality, the property closed in late 2013 for a multimillion-dollar renovation and has reopened as a boutique property.
More than 100 people attended the opening celebration, which featured local dignitaries such as Executive Director of the St. Louis Development Corp. Otis Williams, Alderwoman Phyllis Young and President of the Explore St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission Kathleen Ratcliffe.
A magnolia garland was strung between a 1925 Ford Model T representing the year the hotel originally opened and a Tesla, the house car for the new hotel. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird helped open the property by sitting in the Model T as it pulled away and broke the garland, signifying the opening of the hotel. Fredbird then led guests into the new property and was the official first check-in at the property.
A St. Louis landmark, the Mayfair Hotel was purchased by Stout Street Hospitality, which incorporated it under its Magnolia brand. Stout Street Hospitality preserved the property’s historic character and features, while integrating boutique elements and design. In its heyday, the hotel welcomed the likes of Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Irving Berlin and John Barrymore, as well as Presidents Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the hotel offers 182 guestrooms and features complimentary breakfast, an evening beer and wine reception, and town car transportation.
The interior design of the property was under the direction of Feltus Hawkins Designs of Nashville, TN, with architectural design by Guy Thornton Design of New York and Denver.