Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four Diamond Hotel Ignacio
Hotel Ignacio is located in Grand Center, a neighborhood known as the arts center of Saint Louis. There are several cultural institutions within walking distance of the boutique hotel, including the historic Fox Theatre, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Powell Hall—home to the St. Louis Symphony. The hotel is similarly themed; you'll find an art gallery in the lobby, and each guest room comes with a creative theme ranging from fine or performing arts to architecture or music.
- Borrow a bicycle to pedal around the campus of Saint Louis University, which neighbors the hotel.
- Grab a meal at the onsite Café Pintxos, which serves breakfast in the morning, or at Triumph Grill for dinner and drinks
- In-room amenities: Tempur-Pedic mattresses and Internet access
- Pet-friendly digs are available for an additional fee.
Saint Louis, Missouri: Urban Park Space and Brewery Tours in the Gateway City
The first thing you notice about the 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 Saint 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.
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. At high noon, sunbeams create a natural light show on the geometric façade of the Jewel Box, a 1936 art-deco greenhouse in the southeast quadrant of the park. To the north, there's the Boathouse, where you can rent a pedal-powered boat to explore Post-Dispatch Lake.
Though it was originally a hub for railroads and the fur trade, Saint 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-brick brewery, you can sample beers and visit the stables where the company keeps its iconic clydesdale horses.