AAA Four Diamond Hotel in St. Louis’s Vibrant Delmar Loop
Eight stories above Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis's Loop neighborhood, there's a 10-foot-wide, 3,000-pound model of the moon—the largest model of its kind in the world. You can get a close-up view of it at the Moonrise Hotel's Rooftop Terrace Bar. Down in the hotel lobby, you'll find sleek, futuristic furniture, sci-fi artwork, and colorful lighting. This fashionable space theme helped inspired readers of AAA’s Midwest Traveler to vote the Moonrise Hotel the Best Small Hotel in the Midwest in 2012.
Walk toward the elevators and you can look at space-race curios including signed memorabilia and a certified moon rock from the personal collection of Moonrise Hotel owner Joe Edwards. Furnishings and decor in superior rooms feature a lunar motif, too.
Eclipse Restaurant—one of _St. Louis Magazine_’s Best New Restaurants of 2009—specializes in American fare served in a retro-chic dining room. The breakfast menu rotates seasonally; in the past, available items have included chicken and hash, housemade strudel, and buttermilk pancakes. For dinner, try the pretzel crusted trout or a 12-ounce rib eye.
St. Louis, Missouri: Eclectic Delmar Loop Neighborhood and Green Gateway City
The six-block Delmar Loop is a funky, highly walkable neighborhood with more than 140 shops, eateries, and entertainment venues. You'll find everything from casual coffee shops and hookah bars to venues such as The Pageant, a concert space located a few doors east of Moonrise Hotel. As you stroll through the neighborhood, you're simultaneously visiting the St. Louis Walk of Fame—the sidewalks on Delmar are embedded with brass stars and bronze plaques etched with the biographies of famous St. Louisans such as T.S. Eliot, John Goodman, and Chuck Berry.
About 8 miles east of the hotel stands the iconic Gateway Arch, which is the tallest national monument in the National Park Service system at 630 feet—more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. You can take a ride to the top for a bird's-eye view of the Mississippi River and nearby Busch Stadium. The visitors' center and the Museum of Westward Expansion at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial open at 8 a.m., lines get long around 10 a.m., and the day’s tickets for tram rides to the top of the arch sometimes sell out in the afternoon.
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