Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel
800 Washington Ave, St Louis, MO 63101
800 Washington Avenue, St Louis, MO 63101, United States
Yes, this hotel is large and Yes it is a convention hotel, but don’t let that scare you. You will still get great Marriott style service, excellent accommodations and fine food. Part of this hotel is on America’s National Register.
The Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel is a hotel located on the Washington Avenue Loft District in Downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It consists of two wings. The main wing consists of the former Statler Hotel building, which is 256 feet 23 floors tall and covers half a block, with a modern addition covering the other half of the block. The Suites Tower, across the street, is the former Lennox Hotel.
The Hotel Statler building was designed by George C. Post and was built in 1917 as part of the Statler Hotels chain. It was the first air-conditioned hotel in the United States. When Statler was bought by Hilton in 1954, it became The Statler Hilton St. Louis. It was again renamed The Gateway Hotel in 1966. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Gateway closed for a planned renovation in 1987, but never reopened.
With the opening of the Cervantes Convention Center across the street and developers clambering for more hotel rooms, the hotel seemed an obvious choice for renovation, though it sat vacant for a decade after the completion of the convention center, subject to decay and several fires. Cleanup work began on the hotel in November 1999 at a cost of $5 million. The hotel was then renovated from 2000 to 2002. At this time, a new addition,was constructed to the east. It was originally to have had 38 floors but was eventually reduced to match the height of the existing hotel. The hotel was renamed the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. For a while the historic Lennox Hotel across the street operated as a separate Renaissance hotel, the Renaissance St. Louis Suites, but the two hotels were eventually combined into one operation. The complex has a total of 917 rooms.