These before and after photos show the transformation of Hotel Ignacio. The Landmarks Association recently honored the renovation effort.
ST. LOUIS — Hotel Ignacio has been selected as one of the year’s “Most Enhanced Buildings” by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. For more than 50 years, Landmarks has been a primary advocate for the region's buildings and neighborhoods.
Saint Louis University and the Lawrence Group spent nearly a year transforming the 100-year-old structure — originally home to Morgens Cleaners — into a chic boutique hotel.
The exterior of the building was meticulously restored, while inside of the structure was extensively renovated to create a sleek and modern space that maintains its historic feel.
The distinctive design of Hotel Ignacio’s 49 rooms and two suites reflect four different themes — fine art, performing arts, architecture and music —showcasing the hotel’s location in the arts center of St. Louis. No two rooms are designed exactly alike.
The major rehabilitation project, which began last June, employed four architects, 10 interior designers and 65 different subcontractors. The hotel officially opened to guests in April.
More about Hotel Ignacio:
Hotel Ignacio features the latest in amenities and comforts, including Tempur-Pedic mattresses, organic linens and Avaya Guest Media Hubs — the hotel is the first in North America to offer these cutting-edge, multi-media communication devices.
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. Other features are listed below.
The hotel’s name is inspired by Saint Louis University’s Jesuit history — Ignacio is the Spanish name for Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus.
Below is a summary of some of the Hotel Ignacio’s other attributes and amenities:
- Exercise room
- Business center
- Coffee and espresso bar in lobby
- House bikes
- Three-wheel taxi
- Internet access (plug-in and wireless) in each guest room
- Organic bath products
- Recycling stations throughout the hotel
- Green-certified products
- Ultra-high-temperature steam cleaning to minimize the use of chemicals
- Hepa filtration on all hotel vacuums to reduce allergens
For more information about Hotel Ignacio or to make reservations, visit www.hotelignaciostl.com.