You hear Ritz Carlton, you think luxury. It’s as simple as that. Besides all the amenities you expect from a hotel of this calibre, what really makes it the best place to stay in St. Louis is its location. You’re in the heart of Clayton, literally steps away from some of the best restaurants in town, and you’re close to two of the main highways. We recommend heading over to Pastaria or Sardella, depending on how deep your pockets are feeling, and enjoying some of famed chef Gerard Craft’s cuisine. The best part is that you can indulge in as much wine as you’d like and not have to worry about driving or Ubering!
The Four Seasons St. Louis may be a bit out of the way—it’s basically in the shadow of the Arch downtown—but it makes up for it in its amenities and views. The rooms are modern and luxurious, but it’s their spa and dining that makes them stand out. Their body and face treatments are so vast, we don’t even know what some of them are. When you get hungry, head up to the 8th floor and enjoy South American cuisine from James Beard winner Gerard Craft’s Cinder House. If the weather is cooperating, do it out on the terrace that overlooks the whole city! And, bonus points, that’s where the rooftop pool is.
When you’re searching for your ideal hotel, do you Google “modern eclectic British inn”? If the answer is yes, then The Cheshire is the hotel for you! Pulling up to the hotel, you’ll get definitely pick up on its distinctly British architecture, but once you get inside, things get a little more quirky. A few years back, the 80 year old hotel underwent a serious renovation that sought to balance its history with the playfulness and modernity people look for today. When you’re booking, scout out the different novelty suites, including James Bond and Passage to India rooms. The hotel’s location is A+, it has a quaint pool for summer days, and there are two beautiful on-site restaurants: Boundary and Basso. Make sure to grab a drink in ye olde pub, Fox & Hounds, too.
Some would argue The Chase Park Plaza is the hotel to stay at in town. We certainly wouldn’t turn down a night there, but the iconic hotel—which was bought by Royal Sonesta—is in the process of getting some much needed renovations. Still, if you can find a good deal, the hotel is within walking distance of everything you want to do in the Central West End, its architecture is still stunning, and it is home to two fine dining restaurants (The Preston and The Tenderloin Room) and a bar, the Chase Club.
Finally, a hotel by The Fox Theatre! And a cool one, at that. The Angad Arts Hotel follows in the steps of the 21c Hotels by embracing the visual arts, fashion, literature, gastronomy, and so on. Not only can you book your room by the type of room, but also by its color. For you gourmands, esteemed chef David Burke will be opening his first restaurant in St. Louis called Grand Tavern, focusing on modern American cuisine. One of their club lounges, The Angad Playroom, even offers board games and instruments for guests to use—but let’s be honest, you’re better off going to one of the jazz clubs nearby.
If your plans in St. Louis revolve around seeing concerts at The Pageant and/or Delmar Hall, peppered with eating & drinking copious amounts, the Moonrise Hotel is the place for you! This boutique hotel is located on The Delmar Loop, meaning you’ll never have to go far to do any of the above activities. The vibe of the hotel is a bit 60s psychedelic—Roger Sterling would definitely be into it. The hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant, Eclipse, is a great place for a drink (not so much for eating).
This might sound odd, but the most amazing part of staying at the Union Station Hotel might be their lobby. The recently renovated hotel is located in the historic Union Station, originally built in 1891 when opulence was king. The Grand Hall lobby is intricately detailed from top to bottom with paintings, tilework, stained glass windows, and more. There’s a nightly 3D light show, which is way cooler than it sounds.
Okay, so, this hotel isn't quite finished yet...but we've seen it, and we know the people behind its restaurant. It's gonna be a stunner. We promise.