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About Missouri

Missouri offers many of the charms of other Great Plains states - the wide open spaces, lush forests with their amazing fall shows and rolling mountains, in Missouri’s case the Ozarks - but it’s also got a couple of sophisticated cities and colourful country towns. Thus the best places to stay in Missouri range from bustling city break high-rise hotels to remote forest lodges perfect for escaping back to nature.

St Louis, Missouri’s capital, is a huge midwestern metropolis with a fascinating trading history stemming from its position on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and is probably one of the best places to stay in Missouri if you’re looking for a cultural city break.

If you’re in Missouri to tread the footsteps of Mark Twain then Hannibal is for you, and if you want to follow the pioneers then try St. Joseph.

If you’re looking for the quintessential midwestern town then try Independence - home of President Harry S. Truman, and if you’re just looking for a cheerful holiday town then Branson is for you.

Or check out some of the state’s highlights here.

Starting with capital, St Louis, known for its cultural heritage, for being a green and pleasant city, for its distinct neighbourhoods, for its Gateway Arch - the world’s tallest manmade monument, and for its beer and baseball. You can’t help but see the Gateway Arch, and will probably find the idea of taking a trip to the top irresistible.

Forest Park, the setting for the 1904 World Fair, which is still very much spoken about in St Louis, is another obvious ’must see’, and it’s just full of free attractions and activities. The kids, if you have some, will love it. They’ll also love the City Museum - it sounds dry but it’s not at all, it’s in a converted shoe factory and has a seven storey slide and a ferris wheel on the roof.

Historic St Charles and Hannibal are just outside the city proper.

Kansas City is idyllic if you love barbecues, jazz and fountains - apparently they have about the same number as Rome? They also have the National WWI memorial and Independence, where you’ll find the simple Truman Home and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library. The National Frontier Trails Museum, is just to the east.

If you’re interested in the wild west then St Joseph is for you, this is where you’ll find the Pony Express National Museum, the Patee House Museum and the Jesse James Home Museum, which is also where he was shot - you can still see the bullet hole in the wall.

The Ozark Mountains are definitely a highlight for anyone looking to escape in amongst some grand scenery. The Black River rushes swiftly, cutting its way through deep gorges and over dramatic waterfalls. The park headquarters is in Van Buren, along with many of the hotels, but Eminence is also a good base.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Missouri feature something for everyone, whether you're plannig a city break or an escape to the country

For a city break

  • The Hotel Ignacio in St Louis, has 51 large, comfortable rooms, themed around architecture, music and performing arts. There’s also a great cafe/ restaurant, but you’re right in the heart of the arts and theatre district, so there are plenty of restaurants around as well.
  • St. Louis’ Ritz Carlton is an elegant 300 room hotel in the garden district. Many of the rooms have great views, but the three restaurants certainly do. There’s also a cigar club, a wine room, and they do flashy afternoon teas.

The Best Places to Stay in Missouri to Escape

  • Big Cedar Lodge overlooks beautiful Table Rock Lake, which is also a great spot for fisher-folk. it’s a large lodge, with around 260 rooms and cabins, but it still has the feel of a wilderness escape. Just one with jacuzzi baths, fine linen and other opulent details.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Missouri, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.


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Best Hotels in Missouri

  • Hotel Phillips Kansas City 271 rooms from £105

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed just blocks from the Power & Light District's theaters, nightlife, and Kansas City Convention Center
    Luxury  -  A Hilton property set in an Art Deco building offering chic modern design, elegant dining, and a sophisticated bar
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    An elegant luxury hotel set in an impressive Art Deco building. Interiors are chic and minimalist with sharp lines and cool hues, however, opposingly, the wood-panelled bar still has a feel of old-world grandeur. Complete with a noteworthy Italian restaurant, this is a smart downtown choice. See More

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  • Hotel Saint Louis St Louis (Downtown) 140 rooms from £119

    Business meetings  -  In addition to glamorous ballroom and club lounge, ther are a range of super stylish and elegant art-filled meeting rooms
    Total relaxation  -  Stay for a weekend of indulgence where there's no need to leave to enjoy spa treatments, delicious food and killer views
    Swimming Pool  -  Stunning rooftop pool with bar and full dining services offers amazing views over the city
    Spa  -  Luxurious spa offers impressive range of massage, beauty, body, grooming and couples' treatments, alongside signature cocktails
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    Luxury hotel housed in historic landmark in St Louis downtown. 19th century architecture blends seamlessly with Art Deco style interiors to create a timeless feel with contemporary appeal. Palatial rooms, cool rooftop pool, spa, fab dining and central city location make this an ideal urban retreat. See More

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  • Hotel Ignacio St Louis (Missouri) 51 rooms from £125

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  The 1925 built Powell Hall is home to the St Louis Symphony.
    Great walks  -  Forest Park is a historic urban space and worth an explore.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Located in the arts hub of St Louis with large comfortable rooms themed on architecture, the performing arts and music. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly and welcoming staff. Café Pintxos is available for all meals and whips up fantastic evening tapas. Arts and theatre on your doorstep! See More

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  • 21c Museum Hotel, Kansas City Kansas City 120 rooms from £176

    Foodies  -  Home to the acclaimed Savoy Restaurant where President Truman once ate, foodies are well-catered to at this hotel
    Local exploring  -  This hotel makes a great starting point for city exploring, set within walking distance of the main attractions
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Kansas City in the Contemporary Art Museum, book this hotel for chic city style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit President Truman's Home, now a national historic site and museum with guided tours
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    This boutique hotel offers a stay steeped in culture at the Kansas City Art Museum. The bright and elegant guestrooms feature contemporary furnishings and original artwork, in addition to luxurious bedding and city views. The historic Savoy Restaurant adds extra glamour to this chic hotel. See More

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  • The Fontaine Kansas City 132 rooms from £180

    City Style  -  With opulent, Renaissance-inspired interiors and an unbeatable location, book this hotel for sleek city style
    Local exploring  -  Set in the Country Club Shopping Plaza, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring in Kansas City
    Foodies  -  Dine at the hotel's stylish Parker Restaurant and enjoy panoramic city views over dinner
    Great walks  -  Explore Kansas City on foot with a city walk, stopping in at the Jacob L. Loose Park - the second largest in the city
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    This luxury hotel is set in the heart of the Country Club Plaza Shopping District in Kansas City. The elegant guestrooms have ornate, printed headboards and plush linens, with city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. A rooftop terrace and pool make for maximum indulgence at this chic bolt-hole. See More

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  • Crossroads Hotel Kansas City (Missouri) 131 rooms from £190

    City Style  -  Located in a historical monument and in the centre of Kansas' vibrant arts centre, a stay here opens up the city to you
    Families  -  Kids will love the Bunkroom and adults will appreciate the billiards table in the Pendergast Suite
    Sights nearby  -  Sea Life and Legoland are less than 1km from the hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    Boutique hotel located in a beautifully-resorted 1911 building. Stay in one of the 131 cosy rooms with jewel-tones, rugs and exposed brick walls and enjoy city views from the rooftop beer-garden and restaurant. The hotel is very involved with the local community; expect art exhibitions and events. See More

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  • Four Seasons St Louis St Louis 200 rooms from £244

    Romantic Break  -  For a different kind of date night check in for the 'Spa After Dark' package, including a romantic dinner and Couples' Spa Suite
    Honeymoons  -  Romantic experiences - personalised firework displays, candlelit dinners and helicopter rides - make for a memorable honeymoon
    Families  -  Kids and teens will love the special welcome amenities, teen spa treatments, movie collection and books, games and toys
    City Style  -  There is nowhere in the city with slicker service and style
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Kiwi Collection

    Iconic uber-luxury city hotel with strong sense of place. The terrace is a favoured city hot-spot with rooftop pool, firepits, pool cabanas and vibey bar. Plush but paired-back rooms are designed in Four Seasons's classic vernacular, with floor-to-ceiling city views. Romantic weekend-away material. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton, St Louis St Louis (Missouri) 300 rooms from £343

    Sights nearby  -  Gateway Arch is an iconic symbol of America.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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    Towering over the art and garden district of St Louis, this luxury hotel delivers elegance and hospitality for business and leisure trips. Large rooms with fantastic views and all the high tech gadgets. Three restaurants, a cigar club, a wine room and high tea, you'll never want to leave! See More

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  • Stonewater Cove Resort MO, Missouri 25 rooms from £390

    Families  -  Choose this resort for an inter-generational family holiday, and enjoy meals together after a day of exciting excursions
    Back to Nature  -  With a lakeside location in the beautiful setting of a national forest, this resort makes a unique retreat to nature
    Active Holiday  -  With fishing, canoeing and kayaking just a few of the activities on offer, this resort makes a great active break
    Fishing  -  Book a professionally guided fishing trip through the resort and learn the techniques of dock and lake fishing
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    This resort is nestled in the heart of the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri. Interiors have a rustic lodge feel, with wooden panelling, leather armchairs and thick rugs. The resort has a peaceful lakeside location and offers a range of outdoor activities in the forest, perfect for families. See More

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  • Big Cedar Lodge Missouri 259 rooms

    Fishing  -  Professional guides take you fishing on Table Rock Lake and the surrounding waterways.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A variety of private cabins and deluxe rooms overlooking the beautiful Table Rock Lake. Rooms are opulent yet rustic, think exposed wooden beams, taxidermy wall pieces, hot tub baths and plush linens. A sophisticated setting for your wilderness escape! See More

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