Whether you’re in St. Louis for business or pleasure, the Gateway City, known for its iconic Arch, Nelly, and Panera (or Bread Co. if you’re a real St. Louisan) is sure to be a hit getaway. Check out this list compiling everything from where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.
Where to Stay
The Chase Park Plaza
Website | 212 N. Kings Highway, St. Louis, MO
This opulent, art-deco style hotel sits in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, nestled against Forest Park. Surrounded by many of the landmarks, sights, and attractions that draw people into St. Louis, the luxury hotel is as convenient as it is gorgeous.
The Chase Park Plaza is a city within a city. The hotel offers a Mediterranean style pool, an intimate 5 screen theater, a fitness center, a salon/spa, and shopping all within its walls. It’s luxurious amenities attract A-list celebrities and offers guests and upscale experience.
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Website | 1820 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103
The St. Louis Union Station Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s refined and stylish upscale attributes, extensive amenities and high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Website | 315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
Experience a welcoming, contemporary environment with seamless travel amenities at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. The closest hotel to the iconic Gateway Arch, the downtown property is a modern retreat for all your St. Louis adventures.
Website | 6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
This pet and eco-friendly boutique hotel is an out of this world adventure. The hotel boasts an award winning restaurant, a year round rooftop twilight room, complimentary wifi, hypoallergenic duvet comforters, and the supremely comfortable Serta Enrapture Double pillow top mattresses.
From the beds to moon-themed art, all of the rooms at the Moonrise Hotel feature the first-class boutique accommodations you’d expect of a luxury boutique hotel, delivered with whimsical style and beauty.
River City Casino and Hotel
Website | 777 River City Casino Blvd, St. Louis, MO
This sprawling luxury resort and casino is only 9 miles from downtown St Louis. Sophisticated rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows (some with river views), free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs, plus bathrooms with rainfall showers and TVs in the mirrors. Some rooms include patios. Suites add claw-foot tubs. In addition there are multiple dining options including a steakhouse, a burger joint, a buffet and a pub. The casino offers over 2,000 slots, table games, and a poker room.
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
Website | 999 N 2nd St, St. Louis, MO
This upscale hotel is adjacent to the Lumiere Casino and is 15 minutes away from the Gateway Arch. Airy rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offer flat-screen TVs, WiFi and iPod docks, as well as 24-hour room service. Bathrooms come with soaking tubs and rainfall shower heads. Some rooms feature arch or river views. Suites add separate living spaces and children 18 and under stay free with a parent. When you get hungry, there’s a fine-dining Italian restaurant with a cocktail bar. Other amenities include a spa, 2 steam rooms with whirlpools, a seasonal outdoor pool and an exercise room.
Website | 6300 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO
Conveniently located minutes from downtown St. Louis, the boutique hotel Accommodations range from upscale, traditionally decorated rooms to themed suites. All have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Room service is offered.
Freebies consist of continental breakfast and evening chocolates, children’s activities and loaner bikes. There’s also a seasonal outdoor pool with a sundeck, lounge chairs and private cabanas. Dining options include a British-style pub and an upscale restaurant with wine selections. Other amenities include a fitness center and a business center.
Where to Eat
Website | 1634 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO
This small restaurant can only hold up to 36 people. It’s an intimate and elegant dining experience. A delectable Mediterranean inspired menu that offers options for a variety of diets is why so many adore this elegant restaurant. Expect VIP treatment during this intimate dining experience at Elaia.
Eleven Eleven Mississipi
Website | 1111 Mississippi, St. Louis, MO
This raved about bistro serves up Californian cuisine in the heart of Missouri. Voted “One of America’s Top Restaurants” by Zagat amongst other notable awards, Eleven Eleven Mississippi’s has quickly made a name for itself. The upscale atmosphere, extensive wine list, and delicious food are just a few reasons to treat yourself to Eleven Eleven.
Website | 3257 Ivanhoe Ave, St. Louis, MO
Farmhaus takes farm-to-table cuisine seriously! The bistro is committed to supporting local farms, organic food, and sustainable agriculture. The relaxed venue and community approach to his food has endeared head chef Kevin Willmann to locals and visitors alike.
Website | 5100 Daggett Ave, St. Louis, MO
Dining at Five Bistro is an experience that engages all of your senses. The menus change daily to reflect what’s in season and available locally. The restaurants mission is to bring guests back to a place where they didn’t have to wonder or guess where their food came from and how it was prepared. Try one of their 250 wines that come from boutique wineries in Italy, France, California, and Oregon.
Website | 360 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO
Juniper specializes in Southern classics as well as inventive dishes. The hip venue features exposed brick walls, family style seating, and exposed light bulbs for a rustic chic atmosphere. The restaurant and bar is dedicated to serving up some of the best Southern food in the St. Louis area! Their Shrimp-n-Grits, Chicken and Waffles, and Ritz Crusted Catfish are only a few menu highlights!
Byrd & Barrel
Website | 3422 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO
This casual fried chicken spot is changing the fast food game. Offering only locally sourced chicken, handmade food, and 50 local and craft beer in a fast food environment. The venue also regularly collaborate with their neighbors to host events for the neighborhood’s patrons. Byrd & Barrel is a fun and funky alternative to traditional fast food!
Website | 4605 Olive St, St. Louis, MO
This gorgeous breakfast or lunch bistro offers fresh veggies and herbs that are grown on-site, a garden patio, and delicious house made selections. Try the Osage Nutty Granola, Bison Burger, or Moroccan Chicken Salad for a meal that’ll awaken your tastebuds!
What to Do
The Gateway Arch
Website | St. Louis, MO 63102
This 630-foot stainless steel monument boasts being the world’s tallest arch. An enclosed tram transports you to the top of the arch where you can experience breathtaking views of the St. Louis area. In addition, the arch grounds offer museum exhibits, a grand staircase, and exterior lighting to enhance the experience all together.
Website | 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO
Forest Park belongs to all St. Louisans. Forest Park, officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,293 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York. It is an active participant and catalyst in the St. Louis community. Monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes combine to form a unique cultural institution that is vitally important to the entire St. Louis region.
St. Louis Zoo
Website | 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO
Recently voted Best Zoo and America’s Top Free Attraction, the Saint Louis Zoo is dedicated to connecting people to animals. We have more than 17,000 animals in our care, many of them rare and endangered, and we welcome more than 3 million visitors a year. The Zoo is renowned for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education. And as a free zoo, feel free to come back again…and again!
Website | 700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO
Busch Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals. Watching a Cardinals game is a must-do when you’re in St. Louis, especially with the iconic St. Louis Arch in the background. Cardinals fans, too, are some of the most passionate fans in baseball as the Cardinals attract over three million fans annually to Busch Stadium each season. Not only have the Cardinals won the NL pennant three seasons since moving into Busch Stadium: 2006, 2011 and 2013, but have one of the best ballparks in baseball with its setting in downtown St. Louis and knockout views of the skyline.
Website | 12th and Lynch Street, St. Louis, MO
Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, our largest and oldest brewery site was selected based on its access to the Mississippi River, the large presence of German immigrants in the 1800’s, and the natural cave formations that were used to store beer prior to artificial refrigeration. You will realize the vision that became one of the largest and oldest breweries in the nation. From the history-rich architecture – including three National Historic Landmarks – to cutting-edge brewing technology, you will witness first-hand the heritage and timeless tradition Anheuser-Busch employs to brew beer.
Website | 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes!
Missouri Botanical Garden
Website | 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.
Other fun things to do in St. Louis include visiting a “Bread Co.” and getting some toasted ravioli- a St. Louis classic! We hope you enjoy your time here and have a great visit!