Stylish Crowne Plaza Rooms near St. Louis Airport
The first thing you notice about the Gateway Arch is its height: at 630 feet high, it's the tallest manmade monument in the United States, and it dwarfs the other buildings in the St. Louis skyline. Less easy to notice right off the bat is that the arch is exactly as tall as it is wide, and it stretches out along the Mississippi River. The tall, silvery parabola is symbolic of the city's position as a "gateway to the west."
Today, the main gateway to St. Louis is Lambert Airport, located about 20 miles outside downtown. Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport is located less than 1 mile from the tarmac. The hotel has a glittery look that recalls the arch; there's blue-mirrored glass on the exterior. Inside, the hotel almost feels like its own mini city: there's an indoor lagoon and an eight-story atrium and lobby area crisscrossed with multi-tiered levels.
Downstairs, the attached TGI Friday's prepares crowd-pleasing dishes such as Jack Daniel's–glazed ribs, Cajun shrimp, and chicken pasta. After dinner, a complimentary hotel shuttle can take you to area attractions up to 3 miles away.
Each standard and executive-level room is spacious, decked out in comfortable chairs, and has white down duvets and dark wood furnishings. Windows either look out over the sunlight-flooded atrium or face the outdoors so you can wave a hanky at planes that depart nearby.
St. Louis: Friendly Big City in the Midwest
On the eastern side of Missouri and close to the border of Illinois is St. Louis, located right in the heart of America's heartland. Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport is about 20 miles from downtown.
Though it was originally a hub for railroads and the fur trade, St. Louis eventually became known for being the headquarters of brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which began producing there in 1852. On a tour through the red-bricked brewery, you can sample beers and visit the stables where the company keeps its iconic clydesdale horses.
Crowne Plaza is situated in an area called Bridgeton, lined with nearly 8,000 well-maintained, single-family homes built in the 1960s. A suburb nearby, Hazelwood, holds a speed park where kids and adults race miniature stock-cars around the hairpin turns on a two-story track.