New hotels open in historic California, Missouri buildings

The Pennywell St. Louis, a Hilton property, and the Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown have opened in historic buildings in Missouri and California. 

Pennywell St. Louis Downtown

The newly renovated Pennywell St. Louis Downtown, a Hilton Hotel, was developed by Rockbridge and is housed in a late 19th-century bank. The hotel has a fitness center, contemporary co-working spaces and a lobby lounge. The property also has The Pennydrop Bar + Kitchen, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on shareable plates. 

The former Merchants-Laclede National Bank, now home to The Pennywell, originated in 1885. Designed by Jacky Arena Interiors, numerous historical elements, such as the original 1888 vault doors, vintage décor and intricate architectural details, echo the location's place in the city's history while gold and green accents lend a nod to the building’s financial past. The property's 195 classically influenced guestrooms have modern amenities and pops of color. 

The Pennywell is close to America's Center Convention Complex and has a total of 5,113 square feet of event space appointed with trendy fixtures and marble, hardwood and metal finishes.

Hyatt House Sacramento (Calif.)/Midtown

Twenty Four Seven Hotels has opened the 128-room Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown in California. The adaptive reuse project, owned and developed by Hume Development, repurposed the former Eastern Star Hall, which is located in the middle of Sacramento's art, music and cultural scene.

“The Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown is the perfect marriage of the classic and the contemporary, providing the latest amenities and services in a setting that draws heavily from its nearly century-old history to provide a uniquely Sacramento experience,” Amanda Hawkins-Vogel, COO, Twenty Four Seven Hotels, said in a statement. “This hotel is an extension of our presence in Northern California and marks our first opening this year with two more to come in 2023. As the newest hospitality offering in the city, we expect the Hyatt House Sacramento to quickly take its rightful place as the segment and market leader for business and leisure travelers.”

Located in the Sutter District, the pet- and family-friendly hotel is near Capital Mall, Crocker Art Museum and the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Guestrooms are designed to mimic studio apartments, with kitchens in 87 rooms. The Hyatt House also includes four suites with separate bedrooms, two of which are specialty owner suites with high ceilings and Restoration Hardware fixtures. Hotel amenities include a 24/7 fitness center, guest laundry facilities, a business center and 700 square feet of flexible meeting space. The hotel also has Star Lounge, a full-service restaurant and bar, on the third floor. The lounge is overseen by Chef Graham Forbes, formerly the chef de cuisine at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.

The Romanesque Revival-style building first opened in 1928 as a Masonic women’s meeting place and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While keeping the major architectural features of the historic building intact, the renovation included the redevelopment of five floors within the original structure that includes the lobby, restaurant, fitness center and meeting space, as well as the addition of a new three-story annex that includes additional hotel rooms. The hotel’s history is incorporated throughout the building by using the original front doors, tables, plaster, brick and a repurposed pulpit as the host’s stand.