Napoleon's Retreat Bed & Breakfast

1815 Lafayette Avenue , Saint Louis, MO 63104 USA (Show map)


This exquisite 1880 second French Empire is located in the national historic district of Lafayette Square. Uniquely and tastefully decorated, each of our 5 air-conditioned rooms features queen-sized beds, private modern baths, refrigerators, HDTV, free wifi, and complimentary breakfast. Nearby Lafayette Park is perfect for a morning jog or evening stoll. The B&B is within walking distance to 8 restaurants and many quaint local shops, and 1 mile from downtown St. Louis. Highways 44, 55, 70, and 64/40 are minutes away, and all of St. Louis' major attractions are minutes away. Visit us and experience our warm hospitality, gourmet breakfasts, and enthusiasm to share all that Saint Louis has to offer with our guests.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.2
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Wish we could have stayed longer

5 on May 11, 2014

Napoleon's Retreat is everything you want in a B and B and more. A lovely house in a gorgeous location with parking available right in front, a beautiful room with a very comfortable bed, a wonderful host who wants to make it easy for the guests to have a lovely stay, and finally the most delicious gourmet breakfasts. We enjoyed being treated like valued guests, and only wish we could have stayed longer!

New Owners - Premier Experience

5 on March 07, 2012

When I originally researched this B&B it was still under the previous ownership. After making reservations with the new owners, I was slightly hesitant as new owners generally have an adjustment period. If there was one, it was relatively short, as the experience was fantastic. Stacy is incredibly knowledgable of the surrounding neighborhoods and is always willing to give suggestions. They also have taken steps to alleviate some of the issues that arose from the prior owners such as after hours calls. Breakfast - All breakfasts had a French cooking style to them and were wonderful and very filling. Every morning started with a fruit-based first course, followed by the breakfast entree. The coffee ground fresh but was weak by our standards. This should not reflect poorly on the B&B as Stacy will make stronger coffee at the request of her guests. I think that weak coffee is a St. Louis trend as none of the coffee we consumed while in St. Louis was particularly strong. Room - We stayed in the Napoleon room. Very spacious and quiet as it encompasses the entire 3rd floor of the house. It has it's own bathroom and a single person jacuzzi tub. While I did not use it my wife did and she completely enjoyed it. The sleeping area is seperate from a sitting area and allows for space if needed. Overall - A very enjoyable stay. Will visit again the next time we are in St. Louis.

Amazing, delightful hosts

5 on August 12, 2010

This was our first stay at Napoleon's retreat, the hosts were delightful. The room was impeccable and incredibly comfortable. The neighborhood was beautiful and really enjoyed walking around the park. We will definitely return.

Great location, great service

4.2 on July 11, 2010

We recently stayed at Napoleon's Retreat for a long weekend in St. Louis. The house was beautiful and clean. The food was delicious. The innkeepers did a great job of making us feel comfortable. Plus, the house is centrally located and close to a lot of fun things. We really enjoyed our time there. Thanks!

A bit of a disappointment

2.6 on May 19, 2010

The Napoleon room that we stayed in was quite large and had a separate sitting area which was nice. However, the decor was rather dated and a hodge podge of furniture. It was not up to the standards that I would expect at a classy B&B. The public areas were nicer. The most disappointing thing was the innkeepers were not very welcoming and seemed to be in a bad mood for most of the weekend. The location is good with numerous restaurants in easy walking distance.

Worth a stay

4.0 on November 03, 2009

Beautiful B&B. Awesome room. Worth a stay. Nice helpful innkeeper. Beautiful location, near nice dinner/drink area. Great bed, slept very well. Recommended!

Great Bed & Breakfast

4.6 on August 02, 2009

Always our first choice when we stay in St. Louis. The bed & breakfast is located in a great little section of the city within walking distance of a few restaurants, wine bars, etc. and with easy access to the highway. The breakfast is great and Michael & Jeff are excellent hosts.

The perfect place to stay

4.8 on July 31, 2009

We were lucky enough to stay at Napoleon's Retreat while visiting St. Louis from California. What a contrast to west coast B & B's, the value you get at Napoleon's Retreat is outstanding! We stayed in the Burgundy Room which was huge and beautifully deocorated. The rest of the Inn is just as nice. It's beautiful but still comfortable. The bath attached to the room was spacious, well appointed and sparkling. it was everything we could ask for. The garden is charming. Jeff and Michael are great hosts, they gave us really great advice on where to eat and how to get around town and the neighborhood near the Inn had super dining opportunities.


4.4 on June 19, 2009

Absolutely wonderful location, perfect spot. Love the spacious Lafayette room. Bath a little small, but adequate. nice breakfast and hospitality. Great location for nearby restaurants.

Napoleon Dynomite!

3.6 on March 11, 2009

The inn was in a perfect, fun, and interesting area. Michael and Jeff were so knowledgeable about local attractions and providing directions. The thematic decor and accompanying artwork but to a lovely weekend getaway retreat.

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Location Type



St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 18 miles

Directions to property:

From downtown and the Arch, take Market St. west to 18th St. Turn left. 18th St. becomes the Truman Parkway. Proceed 1/2 mile to Lafayette Ave. Turn right and proceed one block to 1815 Lafayette Avenue.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Saint Louis Arch, Botanical Gardens, Union Station, Scottrade Center, Edward Jones Dome, Budweiser Brewery, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Victorian Walking Park, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: After 4pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking permitted in courtyard
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Not suitable for children
  • Childcare Provided: No Not suitable for children
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Not suitable for pets
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends (Fri & Sat)
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations: To secure a reservation a valid credit card is required. Visa, Master-Card and Discover are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted. At the time of placing your reservation, a 50% deposit will be charged to your card. The remaining 50% will be charged 14 days before your arrival (30 days for holiday, special event, and reservations with rate specials). If you would like to use a gift certificate from, only *one* may be redeemed towards your reservation. The remaining balance is subject to the aforementioned policies.
  • Cancellations: Reservations for single night stays are nonrefundable. We require at least 14 days notice for changes and cancellations (30 days for holidays and exclusive bookings). Cancellations with less than 14 days notice require you to take responsibility for your entire reservation. Cancellations and changes must be made by e-mail or speaking directly with the innkeeper. Cancellations via voicemail are not accepted. Deposits are refunded if you cancel prior to the cancellation period, minus a $50.00 processing fee. Deposits for single-night stays are non-refundable. There are no refunds for early departures. Reservations held for 90 days or more have a non-refundable deposit.
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Brian & Stacy Kistler

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About the innkeepers

We relocated to Saint Louis in 2007. For over a decade, we've sought out beds and breakfasts to stay at during our trips throughout the U.S. and the world. Our innkeeper hosts shared their knowledge of the area with us, adding new depth and greater enjoyment to our stay. We also appreciated the personal touches of each inn, making each feel like we were staying with friends. Our "research" as guests has provided us with ideas of what we would like to offer in our bed and breakfast.

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  • Time Served: 8:30am Mon-Fri; 9:30 Sat-Sun
  • Serving Location: Courtyard weather permitting, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan, Gluten-free

Signature Dish

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes
We take pancakes to new heights with an Italian spin on a classic breakfast. Light, fluffy, perfectly golden pancakes are livened up with a sprinkle of lemon zest and fresh squeezed juice. The blueberry sauce perfectly compliments the delectable cakes.


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