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St. Louis
Travel Guide

St. Louis

The perfect way to experience the people and culture of Missouri, St. Louis is a city with class, style and French pedigree.

Founded in 1764 by two French traders following the Louisiana Purchase, the city’s prime position on the Mississippi River made St. Louis a major port. As the city began to grow steadily, St. Louis was even given the honour of hosting the 1904 Olympics games.

Of course, the most recognisable symbol and attraction of the city is the enormous Gateway Arch – a gigantic 192m structure that is the centrepiece to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial commemorating the United States’ western expansion which began with American Independence. The Arch itself is the largest stainless steel monument in the world and Missouri’s tallest accessible building – offering stunning views across the prairies, an absolute must for any visitor to the state.

Catholicism has had an important part to play in St. Louis’ history, as evidenced by the number of superbly ornate places of worship that exist there. Showing great influence from the city’s French past, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is a stunning 5,000 capacity cathedral that is home to the largest mosaic in the world. Other key places of worship worth visiting include the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France on Walnut Street and the Saint Louis Abbey in Creve Coeur which has won many awards for its fine architecture.

Despite the beautiful architecture and churches, St. Louis is also a town where people like to have fun. For a good time, head down to the University City district and seek out the Delmar Loop – a major district for entertainment, culture and restaurants.

Named after the Streetcar Loop that formerly served the area, the Loop of today includes such attractions as the live music orientated Pageant Concert Nightclub, the Tivoli Theatre (a three screen art house cinema), and Blueberry Hill – a hugely popular music hall and restaurant that kick started the Delmar Loop revival of the 1970s. The Loop is also home to the St. Louis Walk of Fame, a series of brass plaques commemorating famous St. Louisans such as Chuck Berry, Tine Turner and John Goodman.

Of course, no trip to St. Louis is complete without sampling the local cuisine. The city is famous for several dishes but most visitors seem to prefer the toasted ravioli – a deep fried ravioli dish served as a starter. St. Louis style pizza is also a must try. Made with a very thin, cracker like crust made without yeast, this pizza is distinctively cut into squares or rectangles rather than slices. If your server asks if you want it ‘tavern cut’, that’s what they’re asking!

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Where to stay in St. Louis

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO
The price is £118 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch and World Aquarium. Dome at America’s Center and Busch Stadium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,384 reviews)
"The view from my room was outstanding."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
3 out of 5
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO
The price is £106 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium. Dome at America’s Center and America's ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,829 reviews)
"Everything you want from a hotel! Nice, clean room, amazing staff, dinner and breakfast included, plus 3 alcohol drinks per adult. We had to park off site but it was right across the street in a 24/7 locked garage so not a big deal at all. 5 minutes walk to the Arch. I have nothing bad to say about ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
3.5 out of 5
7750 Carondelet Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £87 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Downtown Clayton, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Saint Louis Galleria Mall, Washington University and The Loop. Forest Park and St. Louis ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,128 reviews)
"The room was great! We had a room with a new touch screen operated shower. Entryway of hotel is beautiful and the room did not disappoint. This stay exceeded our expectations. Only inconvenience was that we had to wait in a line for 20 minutes to check in but the staff explained it was due to people ..."

Reviewed on 6 May 2021

Clayton Plaza Hotel & Extended Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
3 out of 5
15431 Conway Rd, Chesterfield, MO
The price is £93 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Westfield Chesterfield Mall and Faust Park. Governor Bates ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (841 reviews)
Great, but smaller than it seems in the pictures.
"Overall a nice place to stay. You do have to walk around the building and up stairs to get to it, so may not be ideal if you have lots of luggage. The pictures made it look bigger than it really is, but it was plenty of space for my family of 4. The kids were comfortable on the pull-out couch. The ..."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis - Chesterfield
1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
3.5 out of 5
917 Locust St, St. Louis, MO
The price is £73 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Downtown St. Louis, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Washington Avenue Historic District and America's Center Convention Complex. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"Perfect location downtown we visited on a Sunday so we had free street parking right out front of our apartment"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2021

1 BR and 2 BR Apts Close to the Arch by Frontdesk
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
Located in DeBaliviere Place, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo ...
4.4/5Excellent! (50 reviews)
Good clean place, nice area
"The only drawback was that the listing wasn’t clear about whether or not the pool was open. We were there in April and the pool was closed even though we had one sunny hot day in the 80s. Everything else was exceptional - would stay here again."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

Kasa St Louis Forest Park Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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25 Sep 2019

Fabulous place to explore. Great museums, many are free. Downtown well worth the trip.

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12 Sep 2019

The arch is a must do, ride the tram to the top, it’s incredible!!

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17 Aug 2019

Lovely and clean! Would recommend!

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