RFT Names Best St. Louis Bed and Breakfast - 2010

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Each year the Riverfront Times announces their Best of Things to Do in St. Louis awards. This year's award for best St. Louis Bed and Breakfast goes to The BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn located in the St. Louis suburb of Alton, IL.

The RFT Riverfront Times 2010 Best of St. Louis Awards have been announced. And the winner in the bed and breakfast category is . . . The BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Or, according to the RFT website, rather than bed and breakfast, perhaps “Bed and Graze is a better term. The dining room features a 24-hour chocolate and hot-beverage buffet. An antique wooden buffet holds crystal tiers and dishes filled with everything from dark-chocolate-drenched fruit to Hershey's Kisses.”

Owners, Jim and Sandy Belote, mused, “Or, with the chocolate buffet, triple sheeted feathered beds, and choice of gourmet or continental breakfast each morning, how about The BEALL MANSION All You Can Eat Chocolate Bed and Breakfast?”

The mansion was built in 1902 and 1903 by Z B. Job, Sr. as a wedding gift for his son and his son’s bride. In 1909 it became known as The BEALL MANSION when it was purchased by Edmond Beall—mayor, senator, industrialist, and financier.

After changing ownership numerous times and after decades of deferred maintenance, the Belotes purchased the mansion in 1996. According to the Belotes, much to the disappointment of their bankers, contractors have been working on the property ever since.

The Belotes said, “We know we were crazy to undertake a project of this scope and detail without any public funding or financing. But that’s okay, because sometimes it takes crazy people to get things done.

“We find great satisfaction in knowing that the mansion has been restored to its original glory. From its incredible architectural detail to its fine antiques and artwork—when guests walk through the doors they are transported back to a more relaxed, romantic and genteel time.”

Today each guest room is lavishly appointed and features a private bath with Italian marble floor and whirlpool for two or claw foot tub, digital cable, DVD, and complimentary Wi-Fi. King rooms also have a fireplace with hand carved mantle and gas logs.

In addition to overnight accommodations, The BEALL MANSION has been the location of a made for TV movie and an episode of the popular BBC TV series, “While You Were Out.” It is also a popular St. Louis area venue for weddings and receptions, small meetings, and corporate retreats. Narrated tours and group tours are available to the public by appointment.

Past awards include Illinois Magazine Readers Poll “Best Illinois Bed and Breakfast”, “Best of City Search St. Louis Romantic Hotel”, and “USA Top 100 Gold Inn & B&B”. The property is TripAdvisor Popularity Index rated #1 for Alton bed and breakfasts and inns.

The BEALL MANSION An Elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn is located 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, on Millionaire’s Row in Alton, IL. It is in the Middletown Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information visit http://www.beallmansion.com or mobile site http://www.beallmansion.mobi, email bepampered(at)beallmansion(dot)com or call 618-474-9100, toll free 1-866-The-BEALL (1-866-843-2325).

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