St Louis, Missouri, with its famed Gateway Arch, is one of the crown jewels of the American Midwest. With plenty of history, a modern outlook that is supported by a range of nationally and internationally successful businesses, and a fondness for sport that challenges the more famous cities along the coasts, this is a city you’ll fall in love with the moment you arrive. It’s also a city with plenty of culture and fun things to do. It has been fondly remembered in song by WC Handy, as well as the film “Meet Me In St Louis” featuring Judy Garland. It has all of this, and a wonderful skyscape that has to be seen to be truly appreciated. Perhaps you could book yourself into one of these hotels with rooftop pools in St Louis, and see for yourself what the fuss is about.
A spectacular hotel with a famous name, the Four Seasons is a perfect location from which to experience the delights of St Louis. Each room offers a view of the famed Gateway Arch, while there are deep, sunken baths in every ensuite bathroom to offer a maximum of luxury. In the bedroom itself, you’ll find a flat-screen TV and a minibar, although if you fancy something to eat or drink then you’d do well to try out the on-site restaurant and bar combo called Cielo.
Then, of course, you can take to the roof to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool and more of those epic views of this fabulous city. For a relaxing nightcap, head out to one of the best piano bars near the hotel.
City Place is one of St Louis’ most in-demand hotels, so if you can book a room for the time you’ll be in the city, make sure you do so as quickly as you can. The rooms are sumptuous, with air-conditioning throughout as well as a wealth of cable channels on a flat-screen TV. Your room also includes a desk - great news if you’re on a working holiday, as is the free Wi-Fi and on-site business centre - and there is also a fitness centre so you can fit in a workout while you’re here.
After that, why not cool off with a relaxing dip in a rooftop pool with stunning views? Great for couples, this hotel is close to many romantic things to do in the city. Attractions nearby include the Old Courthouse and The Dome At The Centre Of America, which is ideal if you’re in town for a huge concert.
City Place Downtown St. Louis Hotel
Address: St Louis
If neither of the above options are to your taste, then worry not! St Louis has dozens of great hotels - while only the ones above have rooftop pools, the ones you’ll read about below are pretty special too, all offering their own pools and plenty more besides.
The HoteLumiere is something a little different from most hotel offerings in St Louis. As well as having excellent dining options that include freshly-rolled sushi and classic American diner fayre, there is also the small matter of an on-site casino that is one of the true high-points of any stay in St Louis. There’s access to an indoor swimming pool and hot tub as well as a fitness centre.
All of this, and it’s within easy walking distance of the arch as well as being just a six-minute drive from Busch Stadium. Coffee lovers would also love to know that there are plenty of must-try cafes located quite close to this amazing hotel.
Outside of St Louis city centre, the Hampton Inn and Suites is an excellent place to base yourself for a sight-seeing trip in the surrounding area, with St Louis zoo half an hour away by car, and is also a short trip from Cahokia Mounds State Park, a popular location for long walks and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the form of the oldest pre-Columbian city in all of North America. The hotel itself is special - by staying here you’ll have access to a full breakfast buffet, newspapers delivered to your door, and the intriguing-sounding “cookie hour” every evening.
Guests who book into this delightful hotel will find themselves at the heart of St Louis city centre, close to all of the major amenities. As the name suggests, you’re right next to the Gateway Arch, and there is a wealth of other sight-seeing options including Kiener Plaza and the Scottrade Center, home of the St Louis Blues ice hockey team. Staying on a sporting bent, you’ll also be near to Busch Stadium, where you can watch the famous baseball club the St. Louis Cardinals.
Guests here will love the free (hot!) buffet breakfasts, and a microwave and refrigerator are supplied in all rooms. For some sumptuous dinner, you can head out and find the best seafood restaurants near the hotel.
This hotel has “the Arch” in its name, and with good reason - it’s pretty much right next to the iconic St Louis landmark, which you can access on foot within a matter of minutes. Refreshments within the hotel are of a high quality, and it is home to Tigin, an Irish pub whose name means “Small One”. There’s an excellent restaurant, too, and bedrooms feature high-speed internet and flat-screen TVs as well as extremely comfortable beds.
This is a great place to stay in comfort and with wonderful views, and you won’t be short of things to do even before you leave the hotel. If, however, you’d want to fully experience the city, we highly suggest going to one or two of the best rooftop bars in St. Louis.
A fully non-smoking hotel, this Sheraton location offers the guest a city-centre location with stunning views and excellent proximity for amenities such as the city’s light rail system and the Scottrade Arena. Within the hotel itself, there’s plenty to enjoy too. An excellent fitness centre offers a view of the city’s skyline. You can relax by the pool, or on the rooftop sun deck and, in the on-site restaurant, there’s classic American-style dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The “ballpark” in question is Busch Stadium, home of the St Louis Cardinals baseball team, and this classic Hilton hotel is right next door to the park making it a perfect location for sports fans on a stopover in the city.
The numerous on-site restaurant options include pizza, American cuisine, and a Mike Shannon’s with steakhouse and seafood options. Fried chicken lovers would be thrilled to know that the top fried chicken spots in the city can easily be reached from this hotel. Although there is no rooftop swimming pool, there is a bar up on the roof, so you’ll certainly have a relaxation option with spectacular sights to see.
Refinement is the keyword at the Embassy Suites St Louis. The hotel is very classily decorated and the suites are excellently appointed. There is a high level of convenience, with fridges, microwaves and coffee-making facilities in every suite. You can also enjoy a light lunch or dinner at the Atrium cafe which, as the name suggests, offers natural light in daytime and splendid panoramas of the city in the evening. Guests at this hotel will find themselves less than a mile away from the Gateway Arch and Lumiere Casino, and public transport links are excellent.
The site of the former Union Station, built in 1894, is a real showpiece of the city of St Louis. While the trains now run to and from a more modern station nearby, the beautifully ornate building now hosts shops, an entertainment complex, and this excellent boutique-style hotel that receives excellent reviews from all who stay in it. Each room offers a flat-screen 37-inch TV, while the Grand Hall lounge offers cocktails and light bites every evening. Best of all is the fantastic lobby, with Tiffany-style stained glass windows. A classic hotel in a perfect building.
Perfect hotel options in the stunning city of St Louis
In a famous film set in this city, Judy Garland sings the words “Zing, Zing, Zing! went my heart strings”, and you’ll sympathise with her words the moment you see the St Louis skyline. The above hotels are just a few of the luxurious options for a place to stay, and there is not a single bad choice among them. Book into any of these St Louis hotels, and you’re guaranteed a wonderful holiday.
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