Most travelers coming through St. Louis will seek out a hotel downtown under the assumption that the city’s hub is where the most attractions are.  While there is some truth to that, there are also advantages to staying away from downtown.   One of the best features of St. Louis is the great variety of neighborhoods and entertainment districts.  From that perspective, downtown is just one of many destinations areas.   Staying in the Central West End, Midtown, Clayton or the Delmar Loop can give you easy access to Forest Park (Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum and Science Center ), while also placing you closer to Grants Farm, the Cathedral Basilica, the Magic House or Six Flags than if you stayed downtown.   It would also give you an expanded selection of restaurants.  Each of the aforementioned neighborhoods has a few great restaurants, as do the nearby Hill, Maplewood, Brentwood, and Webster Groves areas, and they'd all be an easy drive.  As an added bonus, there is often free parking at hotels away from downtown.

Some hotels away from downtown that have been recommended on Trip Advisor include the Chase Park Plaza, Moonrise, Drury Forest Park, Hotel Ignacio, Ritz-Carlton and the Fleur de Lis or Grand Center Inn B&B ’s.   Since the business center of St. Louis has migrated west over the last 50 years or so, more and more hotel options have become available.

Of course, there are good reasons to stay downtown as well, with the Arch, City Museum, Citygarden, Busch Stadium, Edward Jones Dome and Wahington Avenue entertainment district all nearby.  During warm weather months, you can count on lots of tourists waking around the central corridor, roughly between the Arch and the Citygarden.  If you stay downtown, some nearby neighborhoods with great dining include Lafayette Square, South Grand, Soulard and Benton Park .