Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is giving guests something to celebrate: The award-winning hotel will unveil the stunning new makeover of its ballroom this fall. And a new holiday party package will allow local groups and businesses to be among the first to experience the elegantly redesigned entertainment space.

The top-to-bottom restyling of the luxury hotel’s 13,000-square-foot ballroom, lobby and 4,500-square-foot pre-function area features new silk damask wall coverings, furnishings and carpet, as well as updated restrooms. “We wanted to keep the traditional, timeless feel of The Ritz-Carlton,” says Christie Pink, director of sales and marketing. “It has a clean, almost Oriental-inspired look.” A gradually softening blue color scheme, along with hints of more jewel tones, runs from the lobby and pre-function space to the ballroom.

The redesign means more room to host larger gatherings, up to 900 guests in the ballroom and 800 in the pre-function area, for an array of celebrations—from galas, fundraisers and corporate events to wedding, anniversary and birthday festivities. “We can host a high-end wedding, then turn it around the next night for a corporate awards dinner,” Pink notes. The ballroom also can be divided in two, for a wedding ceremony on one side and a reception on the other, for example, Pink says. “This way, it can be one fluid evening.”

For November and December holiday events, the hotel’s new Holidays Wrapped Up party package offers complimentary holiday décor, including holiday trees and nutcrackers to celebrate the season. With one click on the hotel’s website, clients can choose from three holiday packages. And three special menus—luncheon, evening hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and dinner with seasonal items by director of catering Robin Albach and staff—also are available. “It is not only great food and services; we’re also doing all the decorating, and playlists can be customized,” Pink notes.

The special runs through January, but events booked and contracted by Sept. 30 also will receive a complimentary Prosecco toast and self-parking for attendees, as well as the option to feature a complimentary grand finale dessert to cap off their dining experience.

Holidays Wrapped Up is designed to take the stress out of the holiday season, Pink explains. “We wanted to streamline the process of arranging your holiday party. This is a one-stop shop, and it is all taken care of.”

From over-the-top festivities to small intimate affairs, The Ritz-Carlton has you covered, Pink says. “Whatever kind of event you can imagine, we are here to help you make it happen.”

ON THE COVER: The-Ritz Carlton, St. Louis is now offering a special holiday party package for groups and businesses in its newly redesigned luxury ballroom. For more information, call 863-6300 or visit

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