MCLEAN, Va.—DoubleTree by Hilton today announced that the St. Louis Union Station Hotel has joined the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels as the St. Louis Union Station Hotel – a DoubleTree by Hilton. Formerly a Marriott, the hotel is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management, a St. Louis-based hotel owner/operator with 23 hotels and venues in the greater St. Louis area, which acquired the hotel along with the entire Union Station complex.
“For more than a century, this site has been the gateway to the Midwest, first as a train station, and for the last 25 years as a hotel,” said Robert O’Loughlin, CEO of Lodging Hospitality Management, in an announcement. “When we began considering which brand would best carry on the traditions of the location and complement the rest of the St. Louis landscape, DoubleTree by Hilton emerged as the clear winner. DoubleTree by Hilton, with their warm chocolate chip cookies and authentic CARE Culture, will resonate with the St. Louis community and the visitors who travel here for a dose of genuine Midwestern hospitality.”
“The DoubleTree brand is enjoying tremendous growth due largely to the vision of owners like Lodging Hospitality Management that appreciate the value of the brand and the benefits that Hilton Worldwide can bring to the table,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “St. Louis Union Station- a DoubleTree by Hilton will be a great complement to its sister Hilton hotels in St. Louis.”
The 539-room St. Louis Union Station Hotel – a DoubleTree by Hilton sits on the site of Union Station, once the largest railway station in the US. In its heyday in the 1940s, 100,000 passengers passed through its Midway each day.
The hotel’s Grand Hall and Midway are slated for upgrade starting November 1 as part of a $13 million, four-year improvement project. Once staging and gathering areas in the train station, the Grand Hall and Midway comprise some 30,000 square feet of meeting and event space enhanced by sweeping archways and adorned with original frescos, mosaics, and art glass windows.
The hotel also is home to the city’s Mobil four-star restaurant, Station Grille. Established in the late 1800s by restaurateur Fred Harvey, Station Grille will serve the brand’s signature Wake-Up DoubleTree breakfast. Additional dining options include Einstein Bagels and the Grand Hall Lounge. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.