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The 8 best hotels in St Louis

Planning a midwestern getaway? Check out our top picks for the best hotels in St Louis

Written by
Ellen Prinzi
Brock Wilbur
Alex Floyd-Douglass

The perfect midwestern weekend away can be found in St Louis, and finding an equally-perfect lodging for your adventure is just as important as what you'll do once you're there. Luckily, there are both affordable and high-end options at your disposal in Gateway City. And it’s worth taking into account that while most of the city’s hotels are downtown, some of the best attractions, restaurants, things to do, and neighborhoods are spread out – so staying downtown isn’t necessarily the best way to experience all that the city has to offer. If you're wondering what there is to do though, there are a ton.

If you're a loyalty member, then you'll find that the hotel scene in St Louis is full of all the usual suspects – but if you’re looking for something more authentic and local, this list also includes boutique stays that boast movie theaters, casinos and cozy pubs in them, as well as historic locations and even one lunar-themed hotel. Far out. 

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Best hotels in St Louis

Four Seasons

1. Four Seasons

One of St Louis’ most luxurious stays, The Four Seasons boasts a world-class spa, breathtaking views of the Arch, an on-site casino, a large outdoor pool and hot tub on an eight-floor sky terrace, and a restaurant helmed by a James Beard award-winning chef. As you’d expect, the 200 rooms and suites here are contemporary in styling and filled with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and it’s all conveniently located downtown near all the city’s best museums, Busch Stadium, and the business district on Washington Avenue.

Moonrise Hotel

2. Moonrise Hotel

In town for live music or visiting nearby Washington University? The hip Moonrise Hotel, located on St Louis’ most famous street, Delmar Blvd, is your spot. Enjoy some of the city’s best restaurants, from BBQ to Thai food, plus multiple concert halls, movie theaters, and boutique shopping all nearby. As you might guess from its name, the Moonrise is playfully lunar-themed, with a retro-chic vibe and luxury amenities. The rooftop lounge and bar stays open late and is always packed with a lively crowd. 

The Ritz-Carlton

3. The Ritz-Carlton

The Arts and Garden District of Clayton is 15 minutes west of downtown St Louis, and the Ritz-Carlton is the premiere lodging destination in the area. Being steps away from some of the city’s best dining and minutes from Forest Park make it an excellent choice for families and couples alike, but if you don’t really need to leave you can enjoy two restaurants, a fitness center, and the swanky lobby bar, which plays host to weekend bands. Like at most Ritz properties, expect elegance, comfort, and nothing but the best in hospitality.

The Chase

4. The Chase

The Central West End is one of St Louis’ most walkable neighborhoods, and The Chase is one of its most recognizable landmarks. Look out over beautiful Forest Park from your comfortable room, then head down to explore the many shops and restaurants in the area. Traveling without a car? No problem. The nearby Metro Link can easily get you both downtown and to Clayton. The swanky hotel features a movie theater, and classic dining and drinking options, including the cocktail-forward restaurant, The Preston. During warmer months, the pool is an oasis in the city and a mandatory amenity during humid STL summers.

Cheshire Hotel

5. Cheshire Hotel

Location, location, location – plus a side of Old English charm – make a stay at the Cheshire a memorable experience. The amenities of Forest Park are footsteps away, and you’re in between both Clayton and the Central West End. Though the on-site restaurants make it easy to not even leave; don’t miss the cozy Fox and the Hound pub, along with two of St Louis’ best restaurants; Boundary, and the hip subterranean eatery Basso. There’s even a roomy Starbucks for caffeine and a makeshift office. During warmer months, the Cheshire pool is a favorite of locals and guests alike.

Union Station
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6. Union Station

A multi-decade renovation has brought this historical building – once the transportation hub of St Louis – back to life. The Grand Hall is the hotel’s crown jewel, featuring 65-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceilings, intricate artwork, and a nightly light show. Whether you choose to stay here or not (and we advise you do, for the 539 spacious, beautifully styled rooms and the outdoor pool), it’s worth swinging by for a drink. Besides its stunning interiors, the hotel is right in the heart of downtown and, Hockey fans take note, the Blues play next door.

AC Hotel St. Louis Chesterfield
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7. AC Hotel St. Louis Chesterfield

AC Hotels’ latest new hotel in St Louis is now hosting its first guests. So if you're looking for somewhere new, this is the place for you. Located in the heart of the city’s upscale Central West End district at the eastern edge of Forest Park, this hotel wiill give you quality, timeless European design, comfort and true authenticity. Spend time in the AC Kitchen for all your breakfast needs, and come evening, enjoy tapas and cocktails at the AC lounge. 


8. Magnolia

After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation in 2014, this luxury boutique hotel is a welcome addition to the downtown lodging options. The dining and shops of Washington Ave are steps away, and the City Museum and the Arch grounds are within walking distance. The lovely rooms are part modern, part soothing old Hollywood glam – a winning mix of pristine white linens, ecru woven textured bedding and gentle touches of color here and there. Dine on-site at Robie's Restaurant and Lounge or take a complimentary car within the downtown area to a hotspot of your choice.

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