Britain Inspired Luxury: The Cheshire Hotel, St. Louis




My husband and I visited the historic Cheshire Inn in St. Louis, MO last week.  We had a lovely time and were so impressed we hope to return again in October. I had an early appointment at a nearby hospital, but we figured, make the most out of a night alone!


We walked next door at the Cheshire complex to a downstairs pub and eatery, Basso.

I had a Bells Oberon and tried the  Margherita pizza (hand tossed and wood fired) made with fresh basil and cheese curds.  My husband had the Emo Cover Band pizza that included: sausage, cippolini, pancetta, mushrooms, and poblano. Excellent food.

A step across the parking lot and were at Basso…


Basso is an American twist on Italian (great beer and wine selections).  Boundary serves “a modern interpretation of comforting classics.” We chose Basso for their cheaper fare and weekday specials.


Basso Specials:  Join us Monday – Friday from 4 pm – 7 pm for these incredible Happy Hour specials:

-$5 select wines
-$4 craft beers
-$7 craft cocktails
-$4-$7 bar menu, including $7 two topping pizzas

There is also a Starbucks in the complex.

We returned back to the hotel after walking around the area for awhile, which felt safe. Quaint and well kept houses are across the street.

The Cheshire building started as a hamburger stand in 1930 and was the Bill & Blossom Medarts Old Cheshire previously.   It was newly remodeled in 2011.   It is located only 4 miles from the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Art Museum and within a short driving distance  to downtown.

This would be a perfect hotel for a getaway with your kids or just alone with your spouse.


That’s not Paddington Bear…

The decorum alone will make this your hotel of choice in St. Louis.  I only wish our kids were with us to see all the antique paintings and unusual decorations, like vases, chairs, and statues.  (Well, a date night alone sans kids was also nice!)


“It’s so iconic that when George Clooney and his producers wanted some well-known St. Louis locations for the movie “Up in the Air,” the Cheshire Inn was among them.” [1]


There is some lore that the hotel is haunted but I could only fine one or two articles engaging that conversation. There  is mention of a ghostly piano player.  (I think this is just due to it’s age and character we had no creepy vibes at the hotel.)

Now, the Fox Theatre which is about 5 miles away has plenty of spirit lore to it. Read this article on their haunted tour. 


 Each room is titled with a different British authors name and a book of their work is in the room to peruse.

We went on a “scavenger hunt” to locate the Tolkien Room (we are big Lord of the Rings fans).   We checked out the fitness center which had nice equipment and was stocked with apples and fruit bars.  Not to mention the floor to ceiling mirrors. Very cool!

Ultimately, the Cheshire was homey and welcoming. The staff was extremely nice and courteous and the other patrons were even friendly.  We went downstairs around 9pm and an older company was sitting and playing chess. It was so adorable.

We could hear the clinks of drinks and echoes of conversation from the Fox and the Hound tavern but opted out of any nightcaps.

Our room was perfect for two- the bed was comfortable, the room was super clean, and we had an amazing view of the outside pool area.

Complimentary breakfast is also served every morning at the Cheshire. I had a delicious lemon, cranberry and nut muffin, a cranberry scone, eggs, and strawberries. Yum!


My only “complaint” is for the cost of the room there was no fridge.  We survived without one however. Check out The Cheshire’s website for more details!



  1. New Life for the Cheshire. January 2011. St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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