My husband had a business meeting to attend so I thought I would tag along and explore St. Louis, Missouri and since we had never been, decided to make it a little mini-vacation. We booked our room at the Hotel Lumiere but after arriving early, and our room not being ready, we ended up moving to the Four Seasons for $49 more a night. The difference in price was well worth it as the rooms were simply heavenly and I would bet that the view from their lobby floor/bar area is the greatest view of St. Louis period.
The Four Seasons Hotel is a gem nestled in a not-so-safe part of town, Laclede’s Landing. The lobby is on the 8th floor and also there is the hotel’s main restaurant and sleek bar, Cielo. Cielo offers al fresco dining, weather permitting, on the rooftop which gives you a great view of the lovely pool, cool water fountain, and a view of the Gateway Arch in the background. The food was delicious and the service slow but thorough. The hotel connects to the casino, Lumiere Place, which is sprawling and has hundreds of slot machines. We were surprised you had to register and use an ID card to even enter the gambling areas, but you do redeem points that can be redeemed for things such as food and apparel, while gambling. The casino was incredibly clean and contemporary. We enjoyed lunch at “The Kitchen” upon arrival which was tasty and affordable.
Our hotel room was simply amazing. Plush, down duvets, Ipod docking station, a huge Italian marble bathroom, and terry bathrobes were only some of the favored amenities. The hotel also had a supply of taxis available, something Hotel Lumiere was in need of.
We did some shopping at the Plaza Frontenac and St. Louis Galleria malls. They are spread out from the Laclede’s Landing so you will need a cab to get there. Fare is around $35. For noteworthy meals, our favorite was Al’s Restaurant. This 83 year old restaurant is a gem featuring steaks, lobster, seafood, chops, and pasta. There is not a printed menu, but your server will impressively rattle off the 60 or so vegetable/side dishes and show you the choices for cuts of meat. A true dining experience.
St. Louis offered some memorable events such as actually riding up the 630 feet inside the Gateway Arch in a little 5 seater tram, to the top where you can exit the pod and walk around and take pictures. You will have a great aerial view of the city and the historic Old Courthouse from here. The Museum of Westward Expansion is located on the premises, too, featuring an impressive Lewis & Clark exhibit.
My favorite part of the trip was a visit to the St. Louis Zoo. I found the zoo to be very clean, it contained a wide variety of animals, and was laid out so that you can see everything and find your way around. The hippos were the best offering I have found in a zoo to date. Also, do not miss the penguins and polar bears.