If you are in search of an exclusive and first class hotel experience, I would suggest booking room at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis in downtown Clayton or the Four Seasons Hotel, located downtown along the Mississippi River, immediately. Both hotels offer impeccable service, beautiful views of the city and breathtaking interiors. Connected to the Four Seasons is the Lumiere Casino. If you’re looking to unwind without having to leave your hotel, the three-year old casino is a great place to escape and let loose! While the Four Seasons offers its own array of activities such as the Lumiere, outdoor lounge and wellness spa, the Ritz-Carlton lives up to its nearly century-old reputation as a leader in hotel luxury. The traditional interiors mirror a regal estate, ready to host its guests in the lap of luxury. Thanks to its central location (ten-minute drive from downtown St. Louis), just a step outside puts you in the center of St. Louis’ vibrant business district of Clayton. Feel free to explore the many restaurants and shops that make Clayton one of St. Louis’ most popular neighborhoods.
Bed and Breakfasts
If you’re looking for a bit more modest accommodations, there are plenty of hotels and traditional bed and breakfasts that offer exceptional service with charming surroundings to match. Nestled throughout historic Lafayette Square are turn-of-the-century homes turned bed and breakfasts. Park Avenue Mansion and Napoleon’s Retreat are two of the many popular bed and breakfasts in Lafayette Square that boast spacious and cozy rooms, keeping with the homes’ original French-inspired interior design and 19th century charm. Napoleon’s Retreat even offers its patrons a homemade breakfast served by the b&b’s small staff. The delicious entrees include Napoleon’s French toast and Belgium waffles served hot off the oven. Like its b&b counterpart, Park Avenue Mansion offers homemade breakfast, competitive location and unparalleled service. The home has been restored to its former glory giving guests an old-time vibe in a modern city. Of course, popular restaurants and shops line the streets of Lafayette Square, keeping guests busy when away from their home away from home. If you’re looking for intimate accommodations with an attentive staff then Napoleon’s Retreat and Park Avenue Mansion are some of the best places in St. Louis to find what you are looking for.
For those traveling with children, there is a lot to consider when picking the right accommodations. Location, a child-friendly staff and kid-friendly activities are all key in deciding where to stay with the little ones. One of the best places to stay that fits the specified criteria is St. Louis Union Station. A National Historic Landmark and once the nation’s biggest passenger train terminal, Union Station is now a shopping center, hotel and entertainment complex located in downtown St. Louis. A tourist attraction within itself, Union Station is an ideal place to not only to take the kids on an afternoon of adventures, but also to stay. A Marriott is located inside Union Station and with its family-friendly service and modest to luxury accommodations, the St. Louis Union Station Marriott is a go-to hotel for many traveling families.
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