Best Hotels In St Louis

Best Hotels In St. Louis

Finding a hotel in St. Louis isn’t that hard.  There are many quality hotels that cater to all different budgets.  Here is a list of my favorite hotels.  Most of these are going to be in the Top Ten hotels for St. Louis.

  1. Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch
  2. Drury Plaza Hotel At the Arch
  3. St. Louis Union Station – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  4. Magnolia Hotel St Louis
  5. Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis
  6. The Cheshire St Louis
  7. Moonrise Hotel
  8. Marriott St. Louis Grand
  9. Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis
  10. Westin St. Louis

There are many, many more that could be added but this isn’t supposed to be an exhaustive lists of every hotel in St. Louis.

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Best Places To Live In St Louis

Here are the 10 best neighborhoods in St. Louis:

1. Peabody-Darst-Webbe
2. Soulard
3. The Hill
4. Central West End
5. North Hampton
6. Ellendale
7. Lindenwood Park
7. Skinker-Debaliviere
9. Lafayette Square
9. Saint Louis Hills

Why are these areas the best in St. Louis– and what’s with the numbering? Keep reading through to find out the method behind our ranking and for an in-depth breakdown of each neighborhood.
The criteria we used:

  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and bars per capita
  • Median home value
  • Cost of living
  • High school diploma attainment rate
  • Crime rate
  • Median household income
  • Total number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars

We started with a list of 75 St. Louis neighborhoods and ranked them from one to 75 in each criteria, based on the data, with one being the best possible score. We chose to use both the total number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, and the number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars per capita, because while it is important to have a large number of options per individual, we also didn’t want to punish neighborhoods with larger populations.

The rest of the criteria we chose are standard staples of good living; the mark of a happy neighborhood.

Once we rated each community, we averaged the criteria-level scores together and gave each an overall score. The lower this number was, the higher the area ranked. To check out the rankings of all 75 neighborhoods, jump down to the bottom of the post.

1. Peabody-Darst-Webbe
Peabody-Darst-Webbe – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Onegentlemanofverona
Known as the Near Southside Neighborhood, this area of St. Louis came in at No. 1 for scoring well in almost all of our criteria. Where it shined, though, was in education, with a high school diploma attainment rate of 90 percent.

With a population of just over 1,200, this neighborhood boasts more than 100 of such amenities– places like the newly opened Element, which is something of a mix of the three. The thing that most sets this neighborhood apart from the rest?

2. Soulard
Soulard – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Xxovercastxx
Soulard it has a crime rate 52 percent below the city’s average, a total of almost 200 restaurants, taverns, and coffee shops, and the median home price is $187,978– one of the highest values in St. Louis.

Additionally, Soulard is one of the most distinct areas in the city. It is one of the oldest neighborhood in St. Louis; the streets are lined with historic red brick townhomes that contain pubs like the famous International Tap House, coffee shops like Soulard Coffee Garden, and some of the best barbecue around, including Bogart’s Smokehouse; and the whole neighborhood seems to move at a more leisurely pace.

3. The Hill
The Hill – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user TMS63112
Residents of The Hill neighborhood won’t be surprised to find it near the top of our list at No. 3. In fact, to see what makes The Hill unique, just visit the center of this neighborhood, where St. Ambrose Catholic Church is on one corner, Amighetti’s Cafe and Bakery is on another, an import shop sits across the street, and the bocce garden, Milo’s, is on the other corner.

It’s no wonder that The Hill scored well in both restaurants, coffee shops, and bars per capita and total in the area. Residents here also make about $44,434 per household, 32 percent higher than the city’s average.

4. Central West End
Central West End – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Onegentlemanofverona
Coming in at No. 4 on our list is Central West End, which scored major points for low crime, high priced houses, and its total number of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.

Central West End has a crime rate 59 percent lower than the St. Louis average, making it No. 1 when it comes to safety and security. As far as home prices go, the average home here is valued at $265,892– 117 percent higher than the St. Louis average. With an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, it is clear that Central West End deserves this spot on our list.

Need further proof? Just grab lunch at the St. Louis Coffee Oasis & Mediterranean Café next time you’re in this neck of the woods. The gyro will be evidence enough.

5. North Hampton
North Hampton – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Google Maps
Our No. 5 neighborhood is North Hampton, which gets a really good grade for its high school diploma attainment rate of 84 percent– that’s 20 percent higher than the city’s average. North Hampton also scored well when it came to its median household income of $49,438– a good 46 percent higher than the St. Louis average.

This neighborhood is a nice area dotted with well-manicured lawns and parks, like Tilles Park, with a sports field, playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking paths. A perfect neighborhood for a picnic– and safe too, with a crime rate 25 percent lower than the city’s average.

6. Ellendale
Ellendale – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Flickr user Shelly smith CBP
This neighborhood scored points for a higher than average median household income of $54,978– 63 percent higher than the city’s average, and its impressive number of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Considering Ellendale has a population of just 1,635, this is not too shabby.

Ellendale itself is a small neighborhood and is made up mostly of residences and small businesses. Even with its size, though, it does have some important institutions, like the Principle Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad— and of course restaurants like the Piccadilly Cafeteria, which some residents might argue is reason enough to live there.

7. Lindenwood Park
Lindenwood Park – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Indrian
At No. 7– or rather our first No. 7– is Lindenwood Park. This neighborhood scored significant points for its high median income of $55,560, its median home price of $148,580, and its crime rate, which is 33 percent below the city’s average.

This neighborhood is located conveniently to downtown, Forest Park, and– perhaps most importantly– Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Store.

7. Skinker-Debaliviere
Skinker-Debaliviere – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Skinkerd
Tying with Lindenwood Park for our No. 7 spot is the Skinker-Debaliviere neighborhood. Quantity doesn’t always mean quality; but this neighborhood seems to have both.

Before we make you too hungry, let’s look at where else Skinker-Debaliviere did well. With an average home valuation of $196,554, and a high school diploma attainment rate 18 percent higher than the city average, it is no wonder Skinker-Debaliviere made our top 10.

9. Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Whitebox
The final spot on our list is another tie between Lafayette Square and Saint Louis Hills

Lafayette Square came in first in safety, with a crime rate 59 percent lower than the city’s average. This neighborhood also has some of the most valuable real estate in the area, with home prices averaging around $209,228.

This historic community is centered around a set of stately Victorian homes called the painted ladies, which surround the rolling greenery of Lafayette Park. Further back from the park are charming lofts, condos, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, like Park Avenue Coffee with delicious, gooey butter cake.

9. Saint Louis Hills.
Saint Louis Hills – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Flickr user Eric Weisser
Tying with Lafayette for our No. 9 spot is the Saint Louis Hills neighborhood. This neighborhood also came in first when it comes to safety– its crime rate matches Lafayette Square’s at 59 percent lower than the city’s average.

Saint Louis Hills earned points with a slightly higher median home value than Lafayette, at $239,530, and also for some of the highest median household incomes (an average of $63,646) and high school diploma attainment rates (87 percent) in the city.

Results?

When the numbers were crunched and the scores tallied up, the victor was clear: Peabody-Darste-Webbe is the best neighborhood in the STL.

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Things To See In St. Louis

1. The Gateway Arch— it’s a given. But you’ve got to be on-site about 10 minutes before sunset, ideally in the spring or autumn when the air is very, very transparent. And you have got to stand about 75 feet to the south and 50 feet west of the south leg (the one closer to the Poplar Street Bridge), looking at the north leg (the one closer to the Veterans Bridge). What you will see is an array of different colors more vibrant than any rainbow– really glorious crimsons and blues and greens, shimmering off the metal. The display ends as soon as the sun drops behind the horizon, leaving a reddish-orange glow until the city lights are mirrored in the Arch’s steel skin. (707 N. First, 314-655-1700, gatewayarch.com).

2. The mosaics lining the wall surfaces of the New Cathedral. With approximately 41.5 million glass pieces, this is the largest mosaic collection in the world. The best way to encounter it? Recline in the nave, if you can, and gaze up at the glowing world above. Don’t miss the Stations of the Cross, restored in 2004. (4431 Lindell, 314-373-8200, cathedralstl.org).

3. Ernest Trova’s sculptures, concealed in the wooded grounds of Laumeier Sculpture Park. It was his present of 40 sculptures– the largest public collection of this internationally known St. Louisan’s work– that made it achievable for the park to open up, and coming upon one of his Cantos or Variations amid the cedars is magical. (12580 Rott, 314-615-5278, laumeier.org).

4. The area from the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower, one of seven such towers lingering in the country. This one’s stylish French Romanesque, built in 1898 to costume a 100-foot standpipe, and a haunt of architects for its 360-degree view of the city. (Compton Hill Reservoir Park, Grand & Russell, stlouis.missouri.org/comptonhill/tower).

5. These 10 trademark artworks from our precious Saint Louis Art Museum (not all of which are on view at all times): the Egyptian Mummy Mask, the Buddhist deity Guanyin, Liu Cai’s 8-foot-long hand-scroll Fish Swimming Amid Falling Flowers, George Caleb Bingham’s The Verdict of the People, Vincent van Gogh’s Stairway at Auvers, Henri Matisse’s Bathers With a Turtle, Max Beckmann’s Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Jackson Pollock’s Number 3, 1950 and Gerhard Richter’s Betty. (One Fine Arts Drive, 314-721-0072, slam.org).

6. Mastodon State Historic Site, where archaeologists unearthed both Clovis arrowheads and mammoth bones, proving humans and prehistoric creatures existed side-by-side. Learn more about Missouri’s oldest Native American cultural site, and see a fully assembled (and fully intimidating) mastodon skeleton. Or just hike the 425-acre site, feeling the enormous cache of ancient history beneath your waffle stompers. (1050 Charles Becker, Imperial, Mo., 636-464-2976, mostateparks.com).

7. Theodore C. Link’s Union Station as it deserves to be seen– not as just another mall, but as an architectural marvel. The trick? Bring only enough dough to pay for parking or mass transit, thereby precluding consumerist temptation. Appreciate the Market Street monolith as one of the metro area’s preeminent prodigies. (1820 Market, 314-421-6655, stlouisunionstation.com).

8. Forest Park’s Art Deco masterpiece, the Jewel Box conservatory; its masterful renovation left each facet of glass sparkling and gave the wild orchids room to breathe the light. Tennessee Williams sent Laura here for solace in The Glass Menagerie. (Forest Park, 314-531-0080, stlouis.missouri.org).

9. Eagles fly while you stand gravity-bound on the Chain of Rocks Bridge, gazing jealously through binoculars on a chilly January weekend. Even better, try watching them dive for fish in the churning waters at Lock & Dam 24 in Clarksville. Well worth the drive.

10. The Wainwright tomb at Bellefontaine Cemetery, its domed limestone decorated with Louis Sullivan’s signature foliage patterns and as serene as a Buddhist temple. Commissioned upon the tragic death of young Charlotte Dickson Wainwright, the tomb is considered one of the masterpieces of American architect Sullivan, who created the modern skyscraper and mentored Frank Lloyd Wright. A great place for pondering mortality. (4947 W. Florissant, 314-381-0750, bellefontainecemetery.com).

11. The Altar of Answered Prayers at the Shrine of St. Joseph, erected by parishioners who, after praying to.

St. Joseph, were spared from the cholera epidemic of 1866. Or you can kiss the relic containing a sliver of bone from St. Peter Claver’s shin, which– as attested to by the Vatican– healed a German ironworker, Ignatius Strecker, who developed necrosis of the ribs after being struck in the chest by an iron spike. For a more contemporary brush with divinity, travel to Cahokia’s Holy Family Log Church, its chalice used first in 1698 and three centuries later by Pope John Paul II. (1220 N. 11th St., 314-231-9407, shrineofstjoseph.org. Holy Family Parish Log Church, 116 Church St., Cahokia, Ill., 618-337-4548).

12. The Saint Louis Zoo penguins. Their habitats are welcome relief in July, but if you go on a dreary, drizzly day in the fall, you can watch them waddle for hours, uninterrupted. Spot your favorite Gentoo, Rockhopper or King penguin winging through the icy waters of the Penguin Cove, then go out to the tidal pool to see the Humboldt penguins and their pelican pals through the rush of a 22-foot waterfall. (One Government Drive, 314-781-0900, stlzoo.org).

13. The Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos in Eureka. His materials were humble– cement, junk jewelry and Missouri stone– Brother Bronislaus Luszcz’s collection of sculptures is powerful as both spiritual testament and public art. His grottoes dedicated to Mary, Joseph and St. Francis glitter with 1950s brooches and pearl clip-on earrings, and the statues were poured from standard lawn-saint molds, but Brother Luszcz’s longing for the ineffable transformed the everyday into the transcendent. (8 miles outside Eureka, Mo., 636-938-5151, franciscancaring.org).

14. Shaw Nature Reserve sans camera, guidebook or binoculars. Let your feet and curiosity be your tour guides. There are sufficient prairie, marshland, woodland, forest and glade areas to lose yourself to that giddy place where you hear and smell and feel rather than think, finding yourself without any need to peer at plaques or rifle through your birding guide. Sometimes forgetting the definition of “angiosperm” is a very good thing. (Highway 100, 636-451-3512, shawnature.org).

15. The Piasa (pronounced PIE-uh-saw) monster (“the bird that devours man”), re-created high on the bluffs of the Great River Road. This prehistoric pictograph, carved deep into stone and painted, was first recorded in 1673– and it scared even the Jesuits. (Illinois Highway 100, Alton, Ill., roadsideamerica.com).

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