by Loren G. Edelstein | September 27, 2016

The 539-room St. Louis Union Station Hotel opened yesterday, following a $40 million transformation of the former railway terminal. Built in 1894 and converted to a hotel in 1985, this National Historic Landmark in downtown St. Louis is well known for its iconic jewel, the massive Grand Hall - a lobby lounge area with 65-foot-high ornately vaulted gold-plate ceilings on which a 3-D light show is projected nightly. 

"With its luminescent Grand Hall and eclectic amenities, this iconic property allows guests to discover all St. Louis has to offer and enriches our growing global brand," said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio - A Collection by Hilton.

Built of Indiana limestone and reminiscent of a French Castle, St. Louis Union Station retains many other charming architectural features from its past, including original mosaic tile work and a signature 280-foot clock tower.

The property has 100,000 square feet of meeting space, including the vast Midway Hall and the Regency Ballroom. Among dining options are Station Grille for fine fare, and The Market, a 1920's-themed Starbucks with an ornate drinking fountain and fireplace. In the Grand Hall, guests can enjoy local craft beers and seasonally inspired small-plate offerings surrounded by Romanesque arches and stained-glass windows.