8 St. Louis Hotels We Love to Stay In
Finding interesting lodging can be quite a chore when you’re planning a trip or recommending options to out-of-town friends and family who may be visiting. If you’re a St. Louis native or coming in town for a trip, we’ve curated a list of unique, eclectic boutique hotels we love in the city.
Whether it’s an emphasis on the arts or a historic building that’s been restored, each venue mentioned below has that je ne sais quoi. Keep reading to learn more.
Located in Midtown, Hotel Ignacio is a true art-lover’s dream. Rooms are decorated with an appreciation of the city’s arts district, often adorned with large-scale colorful paintings and sculptures, with touches like exposed brick and striking views of Midtown St. Louis’ historic architecture. If you’re hungering for an even deeper art experience, visit the adjoining International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, or the Moto Museum.
One of Downtown St. Louis’ many historic gems, the Magnolia Hotel was originally built in 1924 and called the Mayfair Hotel. Look around, and you’ll see the location has strongly retained its classic charm. The hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance of America’s Center Convention Complex, Busch Stadium, and the must-visit Gateway Arch—as well as many restaurants and local attractions.
Once one of the busiest passenger train stations in the world, St. Louis’ Union Station is a 120-year-old National Historic Landmark, transformed into a 539-room hotel featuring restaurants, events and more. Enter through the elegant Grand Hall and be sure to leave enough time to take in the ornate architecture. then travel through one of several ballrooms and event spaces. The luxurious rooms at this classic Downtown spot boast some of our favorite amenities, with a classic, artistic feel.
The Hotel Majestic St. Louis
This restored 91-room historic hotel is a lesson in modern luxury, which beautifully updates the classic Renaissance Revival architectural style. In the heart of Downtown, you’ll certainly want to explore the surrounding attractions, like the City Museum, Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch and Forest Park. But it’s equally likely you’ll be taken with the decor and styling; make sure you leave to step outside and take in the building’s architectural beauty.
Perhaps the most striking visual element of this elegant hotel is the giant replica of the moon you’ll see on its roof, which can be observed in greater detail if you choose to journey up to the Moonrise’s rooftop bar and lounge. With uniquely styled rooms and a location on the thriving Delmar Loop, this is the perfect place to stay in close proximity to a number of eclectic restaurants and attractions.
The Chase Park Plaza Hotel
Built in 1922, The Chase Park Plaza has long been one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. It has since expanded to include a movie theatre, restaurant, rooftop lounge and several event spaces. The historic building and adjoining Art Deco-style tower are situated in St. Louis’ elegant Central West End neighborhood, walking distance from Forest Park—the city’s crown jewel—as well as an array of boutique shops and restaurants.
Seven Gables Inn
For a charming, cozy feel, the Seven Gables Inn in Clayton is the perfect getaway. With a warm 1920s feel, rooms include touches like four-poster beds, rich mahogany-stained furniture and floral decor—yet don’t underestimate the inn’s capacity for modern touches. Each room is fully equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and a location that’s walking distance from Clayton’s upscale shopping and restaurants.
Clayton Plaza Hotel
For another option in Clayton that’s sleek and modern—yet still cozy—you’ll love the Clayton Plaza Hotel. Try the Plaza Queen room for elegant comfort, or try one of the themed suites if you’re enjoying your honeymoon or special occasion. Get to know the local scene with a walk around Clayton, where you can easily access restaurants like Pastaria, helmed by famed St. Louis restaurateur Gerard Craft.
Cover image courtesy of Raphael Schaller.