Long home to the only luxury hotel club lounge experience in Missouri, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is celebrating a stunning new look with this month’s unveiling of a transformed Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge and upgraded new Club Level accommodations.
A remastered Ritz-Carlton Suite has also debuted, emphasizing breakthrough technologies, a flexible new layout, and striking new esthetics for business retreats, weddings, and VIP stays. The recent hotel enhancements all share in telling an emotional art and architecture story which honors the city of St. Louis, its local artists, and the dreams inspired by the area’s own natural and visual surroundings.
Already a one-of-a-kind destination in the city, The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge has been revolutionized by a design and services makeover which sets a new standard for Midwestern hospitality. Accessible via private key to guests staying on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level or in the new Ritz-Carlton Suite, the Lounge offers not only spectacular views of St. Louis but also a completely changed layout, with dedicated new seating areas to include a private nook with TV and balcony for families and small groups. Residentially-inspired spaces, contemporary furnishings, hardwood wall treatments, and enriched finishes, fixtures and artwork contribute to an enhanced atmosphere of supreme comfort and timeless luxury. Adding to the experience: a dramatic photography exhibit honoring the magnificent architecture of St. Louis as seen through the eyes of famed local photographer Ken Konchel.
Providing the ultimate Ritz-Carlton hotel-within-a-hotel experience including complimentary daily dining and beverage presentations, the transformed Club Lounge also has inaugurated an integrated pantry offering and chef-curated innovations encompassing a wine cuvée with eight daily wine selections, sushi-rolling classes, mixology workshops focused on cocktails and mocktails, and special presentations by invited wine experts. Every evening, locavore dining bites are also rolled into the lounge, providing a uniquely special taste of St. Louis, while the venue’s signature new Gooey Butter Cookie is available for sampling throughout the day.
Further perks for Club Lounge guests include the personalized services of a dedicated concierge staff offering recommendations for “insider-only” local discoveries, along with assistance with business needs and an in-lounge computer station.
On the same floor, Club Level guest rooms feature not only balconies but also newly remastered bathrooms with the ultimate in showers, light-up mirrors, in-shower shave mirrors and motion sensor lights/nightlights. New powder rooms have also been introduced in all Club suites and upgraded Club guest amenities have been added, as has integrated power in Club Level nightstands and desktop power access -- all contributing to the convenience of these sought-after rooms and suites. The recent Club Level enhancements follow contemporary makeovers which have already renewed all guest accommodation categories, across all floors of the hotel.
As for the dazzling new Ritz-Carlton Suite, it is a marvel of contemporary technology and design, anchored by a versatile five-bay setting, Steinway Grand piano, furnished double balcony and sweeping skyline views of the city’s Forest Park and Gateway Arch. The suite’s serene design palette is highlighted by vibrant pops of color, thanks to a custom-curated collection of St. Louis art, pottery and ceramic works from famed local artists Ted Collier and Chris Schulte.
A fully equipped office with command center, TV and in-desk power has been incorporated into the suite’s reconfigured 2,500 square-feet, as have flexible furnishing and room layout options to serve the specific requirements of individual travelers, wedding parties, board meetings and small groups of up to 20 guests. Major technology features include a suite-wide Bluetooth speaker system providing individual volume controls in each room, and a highly advanced, 65-inch 4K ART TV. The TV’s frame makes it a work of art as well as a viewing and entertainment device, as the screen can transform from television to personally selected art, photo or logo display..
Also new to suite, the master bathroom features a multi-head dual shower, soaker tub and added luxury fixtures and finishes. The second bathroom provides a dual shower with shave mirror and six showerheads on both of its walls, while the master closet includes an organizer system to serve longer-term stay needs. Additionally, The Ritz-Carlton Suite offers an intimate new kitchen with appliances perfect for baking cookies – a favorite activity noted among family guests enjoying this accommodation. Further dining can be savored in front of the suite’s fireplace, in its other dining settings, outside on the double balcony or in The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge – to which suite guests enjoy private key access.
For further details on the 300-room Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/stlouis,