I’m always reluctant to try new hotel chains when I’m not too familiar with them. Having had experience with working for a national chain, Lisa and I were used to staying with the company hotels.
However, since neither of us is in the hotel industry any more, we have been able to try new places when we travel. It used to be that we targeted major chains that we were familiar with.
Sometimes, those hotel chains were not available in some of the places we’ve traveled. So, we’ve been challenged to try new places.
Drury Hotels was a new chain to us. We spent a weekend there during our recent St. Louis trip. We actually stayed in Chesterfield, which is about a 20-minute drive from downtown on Interstate 64.
The chain is based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It’s about two hours south of St. Louis. There are 125 hotels located in 21 states.
We stayed at a Drury Plaza hotel. The company has several brands – Drury Plaza, Drury Inn and Suites, Drury Inn, Drury Suites and Pear Tree Inn by Drury.
The plaza hotel is on the upper scale end.
Our hotel was fantastic. Front desk service was professional, yet personal. They treated you in a friendly manner. The staff was very helpful in answering any question we had.
The lobby was elegant looking. It was spacious, yet warm.
Our room was outstanding. It was a double queen-bedded room. It never bothers us if there is more than one bed in the room. For some people, it can be an issue. I’ve never understood that.
The bathroom area was nicely decorated. The shower had three dispensers – shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. So, you don’t have to use a bar of soap (which is also included) if you don’t want to.
Our room was spotlessly clean. You can tell the staff enjoys what they do, when the room is as clean as you can expect.
Our view wasn’t the greatest (not the hotel’s fault). It was a gray, wet day when we checked in, so when you looked out the window, you saw a gray, wet view.
The bed was quite comfy. I slept well. Sometimes, when we travel that’s not the case.
The hotel offers a complimentary “Kickstarter” breakfast. When I heard the word “Kickstarter,” I automatically thought bagels and frozen fruit.
It was a full buffet breakfast. They offered eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy. Oatmeal and fruit were also available. You had a choice of juices, coffee, and even soda pop.
In addition to breakfast, the hotel offers a manager’s reception nightly with drinks and snacks. We were out each night, so we didn’t participate in the reception. One day, we will. One day we will.
However, the hotel offers free popcorn and soda nightly. We did take advantage of that.
The hotel has a nice fitness facility. There are weights, as well as cardio machines. I used the treadmill a couple of days. They had three treadmills, an elliptical and a stationary bike. I wasn’t a fan of the elliptical. I just wasn’t comfortable with the movement.
The Drury Plaza has an indoor and outdoor pool. Despite freezing temps, a few teenagers and an adult were swimming in the heated pool outside. There is also a whirlpool near the indoor pool.
The hotel is located basically across the street from an enclosed mall. The Chesterfield Mall provided a nice walking area for us as we browsed through some of the stores. We caught a movie at the AMC Theater there. Dinner followed at Fatburger. We used to have one in Omaha, but it faded away…twice.
We enjoyed our stay at the Drury Plaza. We believe we have found a preferred hotel for future trips in the areas serviced by Drury – southeast, upper Midwest and southwest states.
If you are looking to check out a Drury hotel for yourselves, check out their website – Here
Disclaimer: Our stay at the Drury Plaza was sponsored by the St. Louis CVB. However, all opinions and thoughts are ours.