Sure, anyone can say they provide ‘service with a smile,’ but at the Four Seasons— St. Louis’ only five-star hotel—that smile means a whole lot more. It’s no surprise that the property came out on top of U.S. News and World Report’s latest hotel rankings locally: Service ranks supreme here, from the cheerful doormen and the efficient front staff to the attentive spa personnel and the engaging folks at Cielo restaurant and bar.

Upon check-in, we were ushered to our 17th floor Luxury Arch View suite—and what a spectacular sight it was! It almost felt as if we could reach out and touch the gleaming monument from our room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. There were fresh flowers waiting for us, as well as a host of other amenities, including satellite TVs with surround sound, a private bar, an office area and a marble bathroom complete with a glass-enclosed rain shower and a deep-soaking tub that overlooked the Mississippi River.

We made our way to Cielo’s lounge area, where cocktail chef Cory Cuff officially welcomed us with his signature creations, including a lip-smacking, house-infused rose/raspberry/ thyme concoction called April Shower’s Aftermath. Then, it was time to dine. In true Four Seasons fashion, we experienced one of the most divine meals we’ve ever had: a five-course dinner and wine pairing dubbed ‘1910,’ served in the Presidential Suite by sous chef Matthew Ely and restaurant manager/acting sommelier Alec Van Meijeren. In between courses that included Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Rack of Lamb, the chef and Van Meijeren delighted us with personal anecdotes and warm conversation that made the meal even more memorable.

After breakfast in bed the next morning, we went for a leisurely walk around the Arch grounds and perused all the other nearby only-in- St. Louis sights. To help us unwind later in the day, we visited The Spa (arguably one of the best in town), where we were treated with a 90- minute couple’s massage, as well as a signature manicure and pedicure. Other uber-luxurious treatments include Caviar Serum Facial, Di- Vine Wine Body Wrap and traditional Balinese Massage. Ooh and aah, indeed.