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Hotel at a Glance: The Hotel Majestic St. Louis
Behind the gold double doors of The Hotel Majestic St. Louis, more than 100 years of history blend with modern amenities to create a 4-star experience. Guests can rest up on plush two-poster beds or lounge in wingback chairs in rooms outfitted with flat-screen televisions and free WiFi.
- Downtown St. Louis is right at the hotel’s doorstep—Gateway Mall and America’s Center Convention Complex are within walking distance.
- Distance from the Gateway Arch: less than 1 mile
- Best way to start the day: the free hot breakfast
- Daily workouts can be done in the fitness center, which is equipped with cardio machines and free weights.
St. Louis, Missouri: Urban Park Space and Brewery Tours in the Gateway City
The first thing you notice about the St. Louis Gateway Arch is its height: at 630 feet, it’s the tallest manmade monument in the United States, and it dwarfs the other buildings of the St. Louis skyline. Less obvious is the fact that the Arch is exactly as tall as it is wide, stretching out along the banks of the Mississippi River. You can take a ride to the summit for a bird’s-eye view of the city’s skyline and riverboats riding the Mississippi. Make sure you get to the Arch before 10 a.m.; after that, the lines start to get long, and tickets sometimes sell out in the afternoon. A few miles down the river, you’ll find the headquarters of brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which began producing there in 1852. On a tour through the red-brick brewery, you can sample beers and visit the stables where the company keeps its iconic clydesdale horses.
Nearby Forest Park’s more than 1,200 acres of green space are also worth a visit. Contained in this space is the Saint Louis Zoo, which corrals hundreds of species in several different habitats; it’s frequently cited as one of the best zoos in the country, and entrance is free.