Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton Prepares For Fall Opening With Socially Distanced Meeting Practices In Place

Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton , 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 Business 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.Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton Prepares For Fall Opening With Socially Distanced Meeting Practices In Place

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 pool 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.

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Joe Clote

Joseph W. Clote is owner of Publishing Concepts, LLC a communications and marketing firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Mr. Clote is Group Publisher of MeetMed™ and Missouri Meetings & Events™ (MM&E) magazine, a quarterly publication read by thousands of meeting and event professionals, and producer of the St. Louis and Kansas City trade shows under the MM&E name. Mr. Clote has extensive sales and marketing expertise in the travel, tourism, fine art, insurance, and software development industries.