The Southern Hotel

146 South Third Street, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri 63670
Innkeeper(s): Mike & Cathy Hankins
 
  • Introduction

    2010 Recipient of the Mathews Preservation Award Presented
    by The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

    U.S. COMMERCE ASSOCIATION AWARD for BEST of STE GENEVIEVE BED & BREAKFAST

    Oldest Longest Operating Hotel or Lodging Establishment
    in the United States West of the Mississippi

    "Voted by inn-goers as one of the Top 15 Most Romantic B&B/Inns ln the US"
    "Voted by inn-goers as one of the Top 15 Best Cookbooks ln the US"
    "Best Bed & Breakfast Reader's Choice Awards Rural Missouri one of top 3"

    You're cordially invited to enjoy the fine accommodations of this 200-year-old landmark. Step gently into the time when riverboats plied the mighty Mississippi and weary travelers looked forward to the hospitality of this famous hotel.

    At the SOUTHERN HOTEL the graciousness of the past is carefully blended with modern comforts to make your stay a very special experience. This graceful Federal-style building was built in the 1790's. It has been operating continuously as a hotel since 1805 and was reported to have the finest accommodations between Natchez and St. Louis.

    Each of the romantic guestrooms contains a collection of country Victorian antiques and delightful "whimsies".

    When visiting the SOUTHERN HOTEL please feel free to walk in the garden and enjoys its peace and surprises. April is the month to see the wisteria.

    Upon your arrival at the SOUTHERN HOTEL you will find on the first floor two parlors , a game room and a dining room. A quilt is always in progress, a permanent tribute to the guests who now stay with us forever.

    The Music Parlor

    Furnished with Victorian antiques, the music parlor features a signing quilt, pump organ and baby grand piano. Before departing, guests are invited to sign the quilt in progress. As a permanent tribute to our visitors, the first quilt is on display in the second floor hall and past quilts are used in the guestrooms. The pump organ still works for those with plenty of stamina. If piano is more your style, there is plenty of sheet music available.


    The Saloon Room

    For much of the building's life the Saloon Room did indeed function as a saloon; a place where local folk could gather, have a friendly libation and catch up on the news. Our guests are welcome to join us for a social hour from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. each evening.

    The Game Room

    The first pool hall permit west of the Mississippi River was issued to this hotel in 1812. Today guests are invited to use our "Southern Hotel" pool table, which was made for the Southern Hotel in St. Louis in 1875. To commemorate their twenty-fifty anniversary, A.E. Schmidt Company handcrafted twelve special edition pool tables for the Southern Hotel in St. Louis. The hotel in St. Louis was named for and after our Southern Hotel in Ste. Genevieve. That Southern in St. Louis burned down in 1877. Only one of the twelve pool tables survived the fire. We have that table here for your pleasure and hope you will enjoy a good game and some quiet time. Our table is in championship condition and is considered a classic nine-foot standard.

    There are nine spacious bedrooms, five on the 2nd floor & four on the 3rd floor. Each of our nine bedrooms has its own bath. Eight with a ball and claw foot bathtub, pedestal sinks w/brass fixtures and toilets. These tubs seem appropriate to encourage our guests to step away from their usual routines of life. A relaxing soak with a good book or good company is just the thing for our stressful lives. Dolly DuFour, a local artist, has masterfully painted the exterior of each tub to complement the theme of the rooms. The themes were chosen based on our extensive collection of antiques and a desire to offer something a little special in each bedroom. Our ninth room is located on the 2nd floor and has a step-in shower.


    There are four bedrooms on the third floor. Each bedroom has its own bath with a ball and claw foot bathtub, pedestal sinks w/brass fixtures and toilets. NO SHOWERS. These tubs seem appropriate to encourage our guests to step away from their usual routines of life. The themes were chosen based on our extensive collection of antiques and a desire to offer something a little special in each bedroom. A relaxing soak with a good book or good company is just the thing for our stressful lives.

    The new and old, all precious and comfortable here for you to enjoy. Our research seems to show that this was always a place of happiness and good living, we hope you find it so. There are many stories, for each and every room, too many to relate here. Just ask when you come to the SOUTHERN HOTEL, we're proud of this project and always pleased to talk about it.

    The SOUTHERN HOTEL is located in the Historic Down Town at the Square.

  • Garden and Missouri Art Studio

    The Wonderful Garden at The Southern Hotel April is the month to see the WISTERIA. The garden changes many times during the year and you may enjoy it at any time.

    The Missouri Art Studio "Mosart" is open from 10 to 5 p.m. all year round. We offer the fisrt only of its kind, a gallery devoted exclusively to juried artists of "The Best of Missouri Hands". Early risers will often take a cup of coffee and stroll through the garden, browse the Mosart Studio and enjoy the morning quiet while on the swing under the grape arbor. We must always remember to stop and smell the flowers as we go.

  • History

    Largest Oldest Brick building in North America West of the Mississippi

    "Appointed DuPont Country Inns Chefs Advisory Panel"

    "Nominated 1 of MID-WEST Ten Best Inns"

    In December of 1985, out of curiosity, we came to Ste. Genevieve to look at a wreck of a building, only to discover the beginning of the rest of our lives. Over the next months we learned a great deal about the history of the building and the "doability" of the restoration. Because of the long history of providing lodging since 1805, our desire to return it to a Bed and Breakfast Inn seemed proper and would provide a much-needed asset to the community.

    We began the restoration in July of 1986 and moved in August. When you come to the Southern Hotel, you may view the photographic evidence of the restoration as the albums are in the Saloon. Start with the blue one.

    We know that this beautiful Federal brick building was built in the 1790s as a private home. The porches, belvedere, wing and sample room were added soon after the original building. The newest feature to the house is the dormers, put on in 1870.

    Joseph Vorst, who bought the building in the 1860s, named it The SOUTHERN HOTEL and promptly painted the name on the north side.

    Follow the footsteps of the pioneers through Missouri's oldest and most historic town. Ste. Genevieve has the greatest concentration of French Colonial buildings in North America.

    Ste. Genevieve is the ideal place to stay for several days to visit sites of historic interest and natural beauty on both sides of the Mississippi. Within an easy drive are Hawn State Park, Pickle Springs Natural Area, Hickory Canyon Wildlife Refuge, Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area, Mark Twain National Forest and historic Kaskaskia Island. Take the ferry across the river to experience other French historic sites--Fort Kaskaskia state Park, Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher and the Pierre Menard Home.

  • Directions

    "One hour south of St. Louis"

    • If you are on Interstate 55, when you reach Exit 150, highway 32, turn east.
    • When on Highway 32 at 55 you are 5 miles from Ste. Genevieve.
    • Stay on highway 32, thru the highway 61 intersection, to the Historic Down town section.
    • You will now have crossed the railroad tracts and will be stoped at 4th and Market, just ahead is the Cathlic church with the huge steeple.
    • Make a right turn go one block to 3rd and Market.
    • The SOUTHERN HOTEL is at 3rd and Market, LOOK RIGHT!!!

    REMEMBER 55 and 32 and ONE BLOCK TO THE RIGHT