From my room in the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis I had a clear, unobstructed view of The Gateway Arch – this city’s most iconic structure – through wall spanning windows. It was clearly visible from the rooftop pool deck too, and an especially spectacular sight when it glowed after dark amid the brightly lit St. Louis skyline.

But there is so much more to this five-star luxury hotel than just stunning views of this gateway to the west. During our trip, we enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast; assisted in crafting a multi-course Italian meal; and also enjoyed poolside appetizers in the evening. Decadent spa treatments were part of our Four Seasons St. Louis experience too. Water features abounded, from the rooftop pool to a restful water ‘reservoir’ that flanked a two-story glass wall beside the expansive lobby area.

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Bright art and Arch views complemented a neutral guest room palette at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Photo by Lisa Waterman Gray

In my room, neutral tones complemented bright white linens and a cushioned headboard as well as bright abstract paintings. A comfy upholstered chaise became my favorite spot to sit while working on my computer. I found a Keurig coffee maker and a variety of packaged snacks plus wine glasses and a cork screw. The enormous bathroom included a glass-walled shower beside the ultra-deep bathtub. Even in here I found wall art, as well as a small TV screen embedded in the vanity mirror.

Decadent Dining at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

On the early November evening when we arrived, the hotel staff served our small group a massive hors d’oeuvres buffet on the rooftop, with the glittering St. Louis skyline as backdrop.

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There are beautiful night views from the rooftop deck. Photo by Lisa Waterman Gray

Tables were beautifully decorated with fake fall leaves, multi-colored gourds and hay bales. Decadent cinnamon and nutmeg hot chocolate was served with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, cinnamon liqueur, homemade marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles and, of course, whipped cream.

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Chef Colucci teaches class. Photo by Lisa Waterman Gray

Our next stop was a small hotel kitchen, where a massive wood slab table was set with china, silverware and multiple wine glasses. We would help to prepare a multi-course Italian meal under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Gian Nicola Colucci. This prearranged custom experience reflected the hotel’s desire to share its culinary expertise with guests, and included wine pairings.

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Freshly prepared ravioli…

During the next several hours we learned how to make fresh ravioli and squid ink pasta. We watched as Colucci crafted tiny gnocchi, served thin-sliced beef and roasted vegetables, atop a rustic wood cutting board, and then perfectly cooked scallops topped with tomato bits and fresh herbs. The meal ended as we each decorated a personal serving of deconstructed tiramisu.

On the last evening of our visit we met in the dark and cozy hotel bar for a freshly prepared craft cocktails and premium wines. The next morning at Cielo, a large plate of cut melon, interspersed with berries, awaited us on the long table. A wood serving tray groaned beneath the weight of warm, house-baked pastries and a large quinoa bowl full of dried fruit.

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The ultimate crab cake…

Coffee and mini-smoothies arrived as we anticipated our entrees. I ordered a beautiful, veggie-laced omelet with roasted potatoes. Across the table, I admired a crab cake topped with dual poached eggs and hollandaise, plus a side of guacamole.

Ultimate Pampering at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

The spa experience, at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, paired ultimate pampering with tranquil surroundings.

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Relaxation abounds in the hotel spa.

Twelve treatment rooms, private lockers, spacious, lighted vanities and a comfortable, light-filled waiting area created comfortable luxury.

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The spa includes a beautiful waiting area.

Whether you want your chakras balanced, enjoy aromatherapy paired with massage or prefer deep tissue work, you’ll find many choices here. When was the last time you requested ‘massage enhancements’? Use of hydrating coconut oil, or dry body brushing, are two choices. This full-service spa is also a great place to pamper your nails, schedule a body treatment or enjoy a soothing facial.

By the time my incredibly relaxing Four Seasons Signature Massage ended all I could think of was wrapping myself in my cozy robe. I took a short nap before our evening ‘dine-around’ outside of the hotel.

During a future visit to Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, I will be sure to take a rooftop swim while admiring the city skyline, and perhaps grab a quick bite from the snack bar. I may even rent a private cabana for some extra quiet, and to shield against summer sun. I will also work off that fabulous food on a hotel treadmill or colorful yoga mat in the spacious exercise room.

Known for its quintessential Midwestern hospitality, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is located in the heart of the city, at 999 N. 2nd St., St. Louis, MO. Call 314-881-5800 or visit online at http://www.fourseasons.com/stlouis/.


Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with accommodations (meals and other compensation) for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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