Since the purchase in October 2012, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) has invested more than $40 million in the property. The project included renovating the historic Grand Hall, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, to include an award-winning 3-D projection mapping light show, new furnishings and a 65-foot-long bar.
The station’s Midway was re-established as a convention and exhibit hall and the property’s 539 hotel rooms were branded as the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton™ under LHM’s ownership.
Recently, nine beautifully restored rail cars began leaving the National Historic Landmark train station for private, three-hour excursions around the St. Louis metro area’s rails. Corporate outings and pre-planned rolling or stationary events are now available under the train shed, including receptions, smaller meetings and parties.
Beyond the train excursions, Union Station owner LHM has announced major changes and enhancements designed to transform the National Historic Landmark train station.
The existing mall area is set to be converted into 48 train-themed hotel rooms and 30,000 feet of private event space bringing the total number of hotel guest rooms to 587 and total event space to 137,000 square feet. Guests will receive a personalized train ticket for their room at check in. Inside the new train-themed rooms, high-end features include 50-inch TVs with sound bars for an in-room theater experience, hardwood floors and walk-in showers.
The St. Louis Wheel, a 200 foot tall observation-style Ferris wheel, will be installed near the Hard Rock Café and will be open year-round. The wheel will feature 42 fully enclosed gondolas, each seating up to eight adults. One VIP gondola will feature leather bucket seats, a stereo system, and a glass floor for a unique viewing experience.
The project will transform the property’s existing indoor and outdoor retail and entertainment spaces with a new food-train park under the facility’s massive train shed, added green spaces, light shows, and a fountain and fire show at the lake as a focal point of the new outdoor experience.
Across from Union Station are Aloe Plaza and the magnificent Carl Milles’ Fountain with elaborate bronze sculptural pieces representing the meeting of the rivers.
Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street, between 18th and 20th Streets. The historic building is north of I-64 and just four blocks west of Scottrade Center. The landmark is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.