St. Louis’ Best Hotels
$ Under $150
$$$ Over $250
Best Place to Pamper Yourself: The brand-new Four Seasons St. Louis ($$$, 999 N. 2nd St., 314/881-5800, www.fourseasons.com/stlouis) is perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the city. Soak in the marble bathtub, stretch out on the chaise longue (while taking in a stellar view of the Arch and the Mississippi River), or head to the seventh floor for a spa treatment.
Best Room with a View: The recently renovated Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark ($$, 1 S. Broadway, 314/421-1776, www.hiltonstlouis.com) brings new meaning to “field of dreams.” Spacious, pretty rooms overlook the city — or, if you’re lucky, provide the perfect view of Busch Stadium’s infield.
Most Historic Hotel: Built in 1922, the Chase Park Plaza ($$$, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314/633-3000, www.chaseparkplaza.com) is a true St. Louis landmark. But this hotel doesn’t rest on its laurels: Rooms are large and luxuriously appointed, on-site dining is first-rate, and visitors will find plenty of entertainment options, including live music and a five-screen movie theater.
Most Chic Bed-and-Breakfast: Forget frilly bedspreads and outdated plumbing fixtures: Dwell 912 ($$, 912 Hickory St., 314/599-3100, www.dwell912.com) is a bed-and-breakfast for the 21st century. The furniture is sleek and chic, and amenities like wireless Internet and flat-screen televisions will delight the modern traveler.
Most Romantic Accommodations: The stunning Fleur-de-Lys Mansion ($$, 3500 Russell Blvd., 314/773-3500, www.thefleurdelys.com) is an object lesson in opulence and romance. Ask for a room with a Jacuzzi — and consider springing for the Ultimate Romantic Getaway Package, which includes a four-course dinner, a carriage ride, and in-room massages.
Best Place to Pretend You’re Robin Hood: Reserve the “Treehouse at Sherwood Forest” room at Cheshire Lodge ($$$, 6300 Clayton Rd., 314/647-7300, www.cheshirelodge.net), and you’ll be sleeping on a vaulted bed beneath an indoor tree canopy. Other quirky room options include “The Captain’s Quarters” and “The Raj”.
Best Boutique Hotel: Life is sweet at the Tudor-style Seven Gables Inn ($$$, 26 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314/863-8400, www.sevengablesinn.com). Rooms are meticulously decorated, with an eye toward beauty and comfort. Bathrooms are stocked with Aveda products, and gourmet candies from local chocolatier Bissinger’s await each night.
© Brooke S. Foster from Moon St. Louis, 1st Edition