By Julia Richards | Photos Courtesy The Last Hotel
If you were inspired to visit St. Louis by BRAVA’s April travel story, consider staying at The Last Hotel in the “Gateway to the West.” Located in a refurbished shoe factory in the Garment District, the hotel opens this summer and can be booked starting July 1. Once housing the International Shoe Company, which at the time it opened in 1909 was the largest shoe company in the world, the building now hosts 142 rooms featuring original barrel ceilings and floor to ceiling windows, along with two ballrooms, a restaurant, rooftop pool and bar.
The Neoclassical stone building contains ornate metalwork and terrazzo floors, along with smaller touches that nod to its industrial past. “The hotel celebrates this history through everything from details in the interiors to a vintage shoelace machine in the lobby, making custom shoe laces for guests and visitors,” says Brigette Breitenbach, brand marketer for the hotel. Named after a last, the wooden foot-shaped form shoemakers used to shape leather, The Last Hotel immerses visitors in heritage, while pampering them in modern luxury.