St Louis


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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.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in St Louis, expand your search to include all our Missouri recommendations, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.


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Best Hotels in St Louis

  • Hotel Saint Louis St Louis (Downtown) 140 rooms from $153

    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 $160

    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.
    Full of character
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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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  • Four Seasons St Louis St Louis 200 rooms from $313

    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 $439

    Sights nearby  -  Gateway Arch is an iconic symbol of America.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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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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