Lunar-Themed, Four-Diamond Hotel in Saint Louis’s Vibrant Delmar Loop
Eight stories above Delmar Boulevard in Saint 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. It rotates slowly, and as it does, the eggshell color of its lighter half gives way to the sooty hue of its dark side, just like the real moon. You can get a close-up view of this at the Moonrise Hotel's Rooftop Terrace Bar, which opens in April. Down in the lobby of the AAA four-diamond hotel, you'll find sleek, sometimes The Jetsons-esque furniture sitting side by side with the towering fronds of a strelitzia nicolai plant. It’s this fashionable space theme that inspired readers of AAA’s Midwest Traveler to vote Moonrise Hotel the Best Small Hotel in the Midwest in 2012.
Walk toward the elevators and you can marvel at the space-race-era curios, which showcase 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, including polka-dot drapery that evokes images of the lunar cycles. Each of the spacious Walk of Fame suites focuses on a famous Saint Louis figure, from Sanford and Son star Redd Foxx to playwright Tennessee Williams.
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; sample items include chicken and hash, house-made strudel, and buttermilk pancakes.
Saint Louis: Eclectic Delmar Loop Neighborhood and Green Gateway City
The six-block Delmar Loop district has a Main Street feel. It's a highly walkable, funky neighborhood with more than 140 shops, eateries, and entertainment forums. These run the gamut from the casual espresso bars and hookah bars to venues such as The Pageant, a concert venue a few doors east of Moonrise Hotel. As you walk 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 Saint Louisans such as T.S. Eliot, John Goodman, and Chuck Berry.
About 8 miles east of the hotel is 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 rides to its peak to get a bird's-eye view of Mississippi River boats and nearby Busch Stadium. Doors at 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.