I travel some in my work and spent three nights this week in a very cool hotel, the Hotel Ignacio in St. Louis. I usually choose the an inexpensive chain hotel for most work travel and know what to expect. Because I was attending a workshop held at Saint Louis University, I really needed to stay at this location.
I highly recommend it if you don't mind being near the university as opposed to other St. Louis attractions. I didn't have time to visit any attractions, but most of them are free. So, this might be a good vacation city for you. Hotel Ignacio has a special summer rate right now.
Here are some cool notes about this hotel.
#1. The mirror on the wall is really your flat screen television.
#2. You can try out a Tempur-Pedic mattress if you have always wanted to sleep on one. I already have one at home, but I have been on an intense search for the perfect pillow. I have pillow issues. My current one is made from the highly sophisticated materials but feels like a concrete slab. I loved Hotel Ignacio's pillows. I did not stuff one in my suitcase, but I really wanted it.
#3 The decor is very artsy - minimilist- unique. Yes, this objet d'art placed on the bedroom wall seemed to beckon to me.
Looking out my window, I could see a sandbox below with a bronze female nude half in and out of the sand for climbing purposes. Hmm... I will say no more.
#4 They offer you a loaded Kindle for the night if you forgot your reading materials.
#5 Café Pintxos - This is the hotel cafe. I had a breakfast that was the best I've had in a while. Plus, my two eggs, wheat toast, and yummy non-greasy breakfast potatoes were $5.
#6 They will lend you a bicycle.
#7 Their desk staff is super nice.
#8 Free wireless internet
In other news, I had the most intensive airport security check EVER. I went through the "show everything" scanner in my home state. I was then patted down for weapons/explosives/chocolates. Well, I guess they really didn't care if I had chocolates. And I didn't have any of the other items listed. On the return home, I had the "spread your legs wide while I pat up and down your inner and outer thighs" check. My husband said it was because I look dangerous. I never wear a skirt to travel, but I did this trip home. I will not do that again.
In the airport parking garage, I returned to find my vehicle had a dead battery. It's only 102 degrees outside. At least I was in the garage while I waited for my husband to rescue me with jumper cables.
The hotel was really one of the highlights of my trip.
Have you stayed at a great hotel? Did it have a terrific pool or restaurant? Allow pets? Put cookies on your pillow?