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About St Louis
St Louis is a big place with distinct neighbourhoods, and choosing the best places to stay in St Louis is really dependant on why you’re here. If you’re here to feel the vibe of the city, sample some of the city’s musical wealth and see the sights, then the downtown area, by the Gateway Arch, is probably one of the best places to stay in St Louis. But those with an interest in the city’s history might find Soulard and Lafayette Square more convenient.
Indelibly tied to its position on the Mississippi River, today’s St Louis is a huge midwestern metropolis. As well as its rich cultural heritage and fascinating history, St Louis is also known for being a green and pleasant city, for its Gateway Arch - the world’s tallest manmade monument, and for its beer and baseball.
The Gateway Arch is considered by some to be the Great Plains’ own Eiffel Tower, a shimmering accomplishment which dominates the skyline. So you can’t help but see it. And you'll 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.
For a more serious look at local history you need the Missouri History Museum, the Old Courthouse Museum, the historic Botanical Gardens dating from 1859, and the Museum of Westward Expansion - to start with. Possibly followed by Eads Bridge, the first to cross the Mississippi and the longest bridge in the world when it was completed in 1874. St Louis also has some notable art collections which you can see in the St Louis Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, which is where the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers converge, the Soulard and Laclede’s Landing neighbourhoods - which are basically St Louis’ old town, and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, which is the world’s largest beer plant, are also among St Louis’ highlights.
Our pick of the best places to stay in St Louis provide the ideal base from which to explore this fascinating spot.
For central location
- The Hotel Ignacio 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.
For sheer luxury
- 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.
Best Hotels in St Louis
Hotel Ignacio St Louis (Missouri) 51 rooms from £123
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!Views - Great views from hotelSights 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.Full of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Ritz Carlton, St Louis St Louis (Missouri) 300 rooms from £337
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!Sights nearby - Gateway Arch is an iconic symbol of America.Views - Great views from hotelSpa5* Luxury - Very high service standards.