This week, Saint Louis University unveiled Hotel Ignacio, a stunning new boutique hotel in Midtown St. Louis.
It's just the latest development in a long line of University projects that have enhanced the neighborhood SLU has called home for more than a century.
"Hotel Ignacio is another important investment in our community," said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "Exciting developments are taking place in our Midtown St. Louis neighborhood, and this project will help sustain that momentum."
To move forward with the project, SLU tapped the expertise of local design and development firm, the Lawrence Group, which became a project partner and is part owner of the property.
"We have a deep commitment to revitalizing St. Louis, so it's rewarding to work with an institution so connected to our city and with Father Biondi, whose leadership and vision have been essential to Midtown's resurgence," said Steve Smith, president and CEO of the Lawrence Group.
Hotel Ignacio's home is a circa 1910 building at 3411 Olive Street that had sat vacant for years. Extensive renovations to transform the structure into a chic, modern hotel began last May.
The first thing guests will see when they arrive at the hotel is a garden-like courtyard. Once inside, they can feel at home in the living room-like lobby, which features luxurious furnishings, a sleek fireplace and artwork from the University's museums and galleries lining the walls.
Hotel Ignacio's guest rooms reflect four distinct themes - architecture, fine art, performing arts and music - that showcase the hotel's location in the heart of St. Louis' arts district.
Although no two rooms are designed exactly alike, they all offer Tempur-Pedic mattresses as well as organic bamboo sheets and towels.
Hotel Ignacio also has the distinction of being the first hotel in North America to offer Avaya Guest Media Hubs - cutting-edge, multi-media communication devices - in all of its rooms.
Guests have a number of food options available to them, including Café Pintxos, a Spanish tapas and wine bar in the lobby; and Triumph Grill, which is connected to the hotel and is providing room service.
To run the property, Saint Louis University engaged the services of the St. Louis-based firm, EQUIS Hospitality Management. EQUIS has a five-year contract.
"Although the distinctive design is impressive and the amenities are outstanding, we believe it's the exceptional and highly personalized service Hotel Ignacio will offer guests that will keep them coming back," said Michael Mullenix, the chairman and CEO of EQUIS Hospitality Management.
And about that unusual name: It's a tribute to Saint Louis University's Jesuit mission and history. Ignacio is Spanish for Ignatius, the saint who founded the Society of Jesus.
Below is a summary of some of the Hotel Ignacio's other attributes and amenities:
Tours are available from 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 7, 8, 11, 13 and 15 for members of the SLU community who would like to see the hotel. Call Rachel Crowley, director of sales, at 314-562-5080 to learn more.
For more information about Hotel Ignacio or to make reservations, visit www.hotelignaciostl.com.