Hyatt Regency St. Louis completes $63 million renovation

ST. LOUIS - July 1, 2009 - The 910-room Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront at the Gateway Arch, which is owned by The Chartres Lodging Group LLC, announces its grand opening today after completing a $63 million renovation that included a top-to-bottom transformation. The hotel proudly had Cardinals' Baseball Player Kyle McClellan assist with its official opening by helping raise the Hyatt flag for the first time alongside the American flag.

"We are thrilled to have received such strong community support and are pleased we have been able to give back to the community with the creation of 100 new jobs," said Managing Director Greg Saunders. "With the hotel's transformation, one of the city's crown jewels has been reborn and this location has been re-established as St. Louis' premier address. We look forward to helping bring more business to Downtown St. Louis and further establishing the city as one of the Midwest's top destinations. We're off to a good start as we serve as host hotel for this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game."

"The Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront's $63 million renovation has had a major impact on the local economy as well as St. Louis' burgeoning hospitality package," says Brian Hall, St. Louis Convention  Visitors Commission's Chief Marketing Officer. "In addition to contributing to the multi-billion dollar developments and renovation projects throughout the St. Louis area, Hyatt's additional hospitality industry jobs will continue to have a positive effect on our region's economy."  

The luxurious new Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront is nestled at the foot of the famous Gateway Arch and alongside the picturesque St. Louis riverfront. The hotel features 910 newly designed rooms, with 350 of those offering Gateway Arch views; three full-service restaurants - RED Kitchen  Bar, Ruth's Chris and Brewhouse; a Starbucks; a [email protected] health club and 83,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 18th-floor terrace with breathtaking views of the famed Gateway Arch. Opening room rates start at $63 per room*, per night to celebrate the $63 million renovation.

Stylish Rooms with Picturesque Arch Views and Luxurious Amenities Make Hyatt Stand Out
The hotel's 910 guestrooms, of which 350 offer Arch views, feature a stylish, contemporary design with luxurious amenities including Hyatt's signature Grand BedTM and 37-inch flat screen TVs with digital videos, a new iHomeTM clock radio featuring an iPod® docking station, an oversized desk, Guestek high-speed internet access and a marble bathroom.

Business travelers will appreciate the Regency Club guest rooms, self-service Front Desk kiosks, PDA Check-In, 24-hour automated business center and WiFi access throughout public areas.

For health-conscious business and leisure travelers, the hotel features a new 3,000-square-foot, 24-hour health club, offering the latest high-tech cardio and strength-training equipment from industry leader Life Fitness®. Located on the lobby level, the facility will offer floor-to-ceiling windows with refreshing street-level views of downtown.

New Restaurants Offer Downtown Area Hip Bar, High-End Steak House  Casual Sports Bar
RED Kitchen  Bar, an electrifying nightspot and casual-yet-elegant American Grille is located in the hotel's grand lobby. Opening June 9th, it will be St. Louis' newest and most energizing spot.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, RED's menu will focus on small plates, creative cocktails, wines by the glass, and a selection of RED specialties from its in-house smoker and pizza oven.

Gourmands looking for a more fine-dining experience will enjoy the new downtown Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, renowned for its New Orleans-inspired appetizers, aged USDA Prime steaks and award-winning wine list.  Serving dinner nightly, the restaurant will feature a dining room, bar, lounge area and private dining facilities.  

For a more casual setting, there's Brewhouse sports bar that explores St. Louis' rich brewing and sports histories through its ambiance and menu, serving "brewmaster" favorite entrees and appetizers for lunch and dinner. Brewhouse is filled with 18 media rich high definition televisions complete with a state-of-the-art sound system and Nintendo WiiTM.  The bar also boasts a private "owners' box" with karaoke and is an ideal space for private parties and functions.

Arch Views  Glowing Pool Offer Event Planners and Brides New, Unique Venue
For event planners and brides the highlight of the hotel's makeover is the unveiling of the new Gateway Ballrooms and Terrace on the 18th floor, featuring 4,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor space and glass doors which slide back to open onto a terrace featuring a pool covered by a translucent deck.  Offering 83,000 square feet of function space in total, the hotel's venues also include the Grand Ballroom with 20,000 square feet of interior space and the 16,800-square-foot Regency Ballroom. For smaller events the hotel offers the Parkview Ballroom with more than 3,300 square feet of space, elegant chandeliers, and arched windows looking onto the famous Gateway Arch. There's also 18 conference rooms, 10 conference suites and three exclusive boardrooms.

Hyatt will be the only hotel in St. Louis to offer signature Personal Preference dining, which allows guests to order at the table from a menu of four-course meals, featuring a choice of four entrees chosen by the function planner.

Hyatt Offers Premier Address with Central Location
The hotel is ideally located near the city's top attractions. In addition to being at the base of the Gateway Arch, the hotel is within walking distance of Busch Stadium, the America's Center convention complex and the Edward Jones Dome, the President Casino, and Laclede's Landing, featuring restaurants, pubs, dance clubs, and live entertainment as well as such major companies as AT and Bank of America.



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