LOCATION: JUST THE ICING ON THE CAKE FOR THE ADAM’S MARK HOTEL
By Stephen Lindsley
Location is often a main catalyst in a hotel’s success, but for the Adam’s Mark Hotel in St. Louis it is more like the icing on a very delicious cake. Perched on a hill overlooking the Gateway Arch and the surrounding Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the hotel is also a short walk from the new Busch Stadium and an only slightly longer walk from the Edward Jones Dome, where the Rams play. When the morning sun illuminates the downtown St. Louis skyline, the Adam’s Mark is literally beneath the shadow of the Gateway Arch. If ever a hotel was located “in the heart” of downtown St. Louis, the Adam’s Mark would be it.
While its location at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets in St. Louis can be viewed as a key to its popularity, stepping inside the lobby of the Adam’s Mark may be enough to convince even the most hardened of road warriors that this is not your run-of-the-mill hotel. The centerpiece of the three-story atrium with marble and mahogany accents is a pair of signature nine-foot-tall bronze horses created by Venetian artist Ludovico De Luigi. The hotel also prides itself on the ease and speed of guest check-in, even during times when hundreds of convention attendees arrive simultaneously. So pay close attention – this could be you!
The Place to Meet
Meetings and events are an Adam’s Mark specialty, and its opulent facilities are a stunning reflection of this philosophy. Successful Meetings magazine acknowledged this by presenting the
St. Louis Adam’s Mark with its 2005 Pinnacle Award, which is based on specific meetings and events criteria. Boasting an impressive 76,000 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 3,500, the Adam’s Mark is among the largest meeting and convention hotels in St. Louis.
A short escalator ride up from the lobby leads to the second floor meeting space. The broad walkway that stretches along the entrances to the Promenade Ballroom is referred to as “pre-convene” space, and here it comprises 10,400 square feet – able to accommodate a reception for up to 1,600 guests. And that is just the hallway! The Promenade Ballroom itself is a total of 16,800 square feet (200’x 84’), and appointed with the same opulent detail that graces the lobby. This room can be further subdivided into six rooms or any combination of them, and configured for classroom, theater, reception or banquet duty.
Also on this level are nine breakout rooms lining the western wall. Three of these are arranged in specific boardroom configurations; the others are open to customized arrangements. These rooms range in size from 416 to 1,066 square feet, and each has windows overlooking Fourth Street, including the grandeur of the historic Old Courthouse nearby.
All of this alone would attract a wide range of potential meetings and events, but the largest spaces are yet to come. The fourth floor of the Adam’s Mark boasts the 19,758-square-foot St. Louis Ballroom, which plays host to some of the area’s most venerable debutante events, such as the Veiled Prophet and Fleur de Lis balls. The St. Louis Ballroom can be subdivided into eight smaller spaces – the two larger center sections are each 5,217 square feet, and the six outer rooms are 1,554 square feet apiece. The pre-convene space on the sixth floor is large enough to host a 2,300-guest reception at 14,600 square feet. It leads to the Rose Garden room at the southeast corner of the building, affording stunning views of the Arch and riverfront to the east, and the park to the south of the hotel. This room is 3,300 square feet, and can host up to 500 for a reception, 240 for a banquet or 200 in a classroom setting. A perfect combination of elegant décor and one-of-a kind views, the Rose Garden room is highly sought after as a wedding reception venue and for other upscale functions.
Regardless of the size of your group or the room(s) you choose, an in-house multi-media department is ready to cater to the needs of those who wish to take advantage of the latest in high-tech communications gadgetry. Full audio/video capabilities are available, and a T-1 connection insures high-speed Internet connectivity.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Often, what sets a hotel apart from its competitors – aside from location, guest service and a comfortable bed – is its food and drink offerings. At the Adam’s Mark it is clear that food and drink have always been a top priority. Beginning with breakfast, Chestnut’s is known for casual dining and comprehensive buffets, but especially for its Sunday brunch. When as many locals as guests line up for a hotel’s Sunday brunch, it must be something special. Certainly the breakfast offerings are excellent any day of the week, but in St. Louis, the Sunday brunch at Chestnut’s is legendary.
Adjacent to Chestnut’s is Tiffany Rose, which is open to the lobby and often features a lunch buffet. Afternoon tea is served here as well, frequently accompanied by live entertainment. The pace here is relaxed, and the service is attentive. Late in the afternoon Tiffany Rose becomes an elegant, cigar-friendly lounge where guests and friends gather for cocktails under the enormous crystal chandeliers.
Just a few steps from Tiffany Rose is Faust’s, which is known for its new American and continental cuisine, including wood-fired steaks, chops and seafood, plus a wide range of appetizers, desserts and wines.
Nightlife is an integral part of the Adam’s Mark experience as well. Stepping inside the lobby doors from Fourth Street, a visitor is presented with a decision to make. On the right is Player’s, an elegant sports bar with cozy booths and a well-stocked bar that shimmers with televised sporting events. It can be shoulder-to-shoulder during a Cardinals playoff game, or pleasantly subdued when you need a spot to confer with a friend or co-worker over a few drinks.
Across the hall is AJ’s, a watering spot which has become legendary in a town that boasts quite a few. The happy hour at AJ’s has been a downtown tradition for many years. More spacious than many of its counterparts, AJ’s is also known for the top-flight DJs that ply the room and get the crowds dancing. A typical evening at AJ’s starts strong and just keeps getting stronger, the crowd becoming larger and more frenetic the later it gets. No, this is not your average sleepy lobby bar. On the right night, AJ’s is a full-tilt party machine, a place to see and be seen.
By the Numbers
In all, the Adam’s Mark in St. Louis offers 910 guest rooms including 96 suites. Of the suites, 48 are two-bedroom and 34 are one-bedroom. The concierge level features private check-in, a private lounge and boardroom and complimentary breakfast. On the top level of the hotel can be found two pools plus a sauna and whirlpool. The outdoor pool is glassed-in with spectacular views of the Arch, the river and all that lies beyond. Racquetball courts and a complimentary health club are also found on the top level.
For more information about the Adam’s Mark Hotel in St. Louis, call 800-222-ADAM (2426) or 314-241-7400 or book online at www.adamsmark.com. For group inquiries, call 800-766-MEET (6338).
(Stephen Lindsley is a contributing writer from St. Louis, Mo.)