Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton (7730 Bonhomme Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105), a new hotel opening this fall in downtown Clayton, Missouri, announces plans for socially distanced conferences and meetings. Located on Bonhomme Ave., just west of Hanley Road, the 268-room hotel will open after a multi-million dollar, full-scale transformation by Silverwest Hotels. With its proximity to Clayton’s Busi ness District, Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton offers redesigned in-person meetings as well as hybrid and satellite meetings options for less contact and more connection. With over 17,000 square feet of meeting space, including an open-air pool deck on the third floor, the hotel has extensive safety practices for meetings as well as a menu of unique experiences to encourage creativity, teamwork and fun amongst groups at a safe distance.
“We all hope for a way to overcome this pandemic in the near future. In the meantime, conference planning and meetings must evolve as we navigate new social distancing guidelines together,” says General Manager Andrew Hargis. “With less contact and more connection, Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton is committed to keeping meeting attendees safe, comfortable and creative. Adaptability and memorable experiences will be crucial for groups looking to gather safely this fall and winter.”
Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton has the unique ability to offer touchless in-person meetings with their extensive conference space. With a dedicated Conference Level floor, the hotel can provide distinct areas for private, socially distanced general session meetings at the Pavilion Room with over 3,371 square feet of conference space, 3 breakout rooms (Parlor I, II and III) as well as pre-function space for private meals and breaks. Two ballrooms, The Forest Park Ballroom and Grand Salle Ballroom on the Lobby Level offer an additional almost 7,000 square feet of function space for socially distanced events. For smaller groups who choose to stay and meet on the same floor, the Bonhommme Boardroom is available on the second floor, and suites can be utilized for private meetings, including one with its own outdoor rooftop patio. A sought-after meeting destination in St. Louis will be the pool deck on the third floor of Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton. With the ability to host private events for up to 200 people, the po ol deck immerses guests in the surrounding Clayton cityscape for an open-air meeting experience.
In addition to space, safety precautions will be put in place to strictly align with CDC guidelines to include: designated entrance and exit for meeting rooms; sanitation stations, including PPE; reduced seating capacities to 50% or less; AV and break sanitation; mobile service requests and mobile bill review + approval; self-parking; dedicated private meeting space floor; staff sanitation training and wellness checks; and more. For Streaming and Hybrid Meetings, guests will have access to free internet up to 250mg with flexibility to 1 GB as well as large broadcasting capabilities, satellite huddle areas throughout the hotel to create smaller gatherings as well as an in-house partnership with PSAV for event needs.
For food and beverage, Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton can replace self-service buffets with individually boxed breakfast and lunch options; redesign Hydration station set-ups; offer standard as well as elevated packaging + menu items; elimination/modification of all shared and reuse items; eliminate/reduce of non-essential items such as linens, paper, glassware. Package pricing starts at $35/per person.
In addition to social distancing measures, Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton will also offer a unique Experience Menu, where meeting attendees can take part in interesting breakout activities, such as the:
*Giving Experience: Teams work together to build snack donations for local schools. The hotel provides the snacks, sanitation materials, scoops and labels, and the team practices teamwork to divide the tasks into stations and roles. At the end of the experience, the donation is delivered to a school in St. Louis in the group’s name.
*Game Time Experience: The hotel will provide giant Jenga, Connect Four and other oversized games for meetings and network groups to utilize and play at a social distance.Communal Art Experience: Guests will exercise their creativity on a blank canvas. Groups are provided with a canvas, ink pads and pens to design their own piece of art.
*Sparkling Cocktail Lab 101: Guests will be able to learn impressive cocktail skills with a guided class from a mixologist with Le Meridien’s special focus on sparkling cocktails.Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton will blend St. Louis’ rich European heritage with a chic, sophisticated design. Located in the heart of the Clayton Business District, the hotel is within walking distance of top restaurants as well as a short drive or jog to St. Louis’ award-winning Forest Park or the Washington University campus. Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton has a passion to embrace St. Louis’ local culture, specifically in regard to the arts and cuisine. The hotel will also feature an entirely new restaurant, cocktail bar as well as coffee bar and feature over 50 works of art, including several by local St. Louis artists.
Global design firm HOK is leading the overall design of Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton and will bring an original, refined and forward-looking style to the property. Denver-based Silverwest Hotels purchased the property in 2018, and Crescent Hotels & Resorts will manage the Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton.