St. Lou is…Back
St. Louis is a place where history and magic collide, and the result is a destination like no other. In the heart of a revitalized downtown, a vibrant new hospitality district continues to grow. With some of the finest hotels, restaurants, museums and entertainment venues you’ll find, St. Louis is truly a great choice for your next meeting or event.
Why You Should Consider St. Louis
Centrally located in America’s heartland, St. Louis is an easy drive or quick flight away. St. Louis provides meeting attendees a delightful experience (hotels, restaurants, attractions and entertainment) without all the hassle and expense they’ll find in one of those overpriced convention destinations. During their downtime, St. Louis will keep your delegates entertained with world-class sports, theatre, live music and more that are all within reach.
City Arch River
St. Louis is creating its future and legacy through a $380 million CityArchRiver project that is transforming the national park surrounding the Gateway Arch and creating a new place to gather and celebrate in the heart of downtown. The improvements will provide unique and memorable event spaces throughout the grounds and the museum under the Arch.
Designed by world-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the project is scheduled to finalize in 2017. When the project is complete, a new park built over the lanes of Interstate 70 will connect the Arch grounds directly to downtown St. Louis’ central business district. The new park will provide a pleasant and safe green space for pedestrians walking to the monument from the historic Old Courthouse, downtown hotels and the America’s Center Convention Complex.
The park site will increase with 11 new acres, a renovated historic Old Courthouse and an expanded Museum of Westward Expansion. The museum will explore America’s western journey and the important role St. Louis and its people played in the growth of the United States.
New event space beneath the Arch will give groups an opportunity to use the museum as an off-site venue for events and performances. Guests can ride the elevators to the top of the nation’s tallest man-made monument for 30-mile views of St. Louis and the Mississippi River. Outside on the Arch’s park grounds more than five miles of new paths are under development along with additional green space and pedestrian and bike-friendly lanes to encourage activity in the park and along the Mississippi River.
National Blues Museum
Opening in April 2016, the National Blues Museum will feature innovative, interactive and technological exhibits. The Museum explores and preserves the historic significance of the Blues as the foundation of American music, celebrates the genre’s various styles, and recognizes the musicians who created, sustain and advance the art form.
The 23,000-square foot facility will include multifunctional space for performances and events to accommodate anywhere from 15 to 450 guests. Granting visitors blues music education, programming and opportunities to create blues music in a mixing booth. Notable musicians that became legendary names in the entertainment industry are to be featured in the museum. The museum will cover the powerful role and influence of blues musicians and the blues genre as the foundation of American music.
The blues transformed America and St. Louis is an excellent city for the National Blues Museum as it is centrally located between just hours Memphis and Chicago in America’s heartland. St. Louis is an integral part of long history of the music that helped shaped our nation and telling the stories of pain, sorrow and life. Blues music has the ability to convey raw, genuine emotion and transform it into a visceral and cathartic experience, giving meaning and substance to every other type of music that has derived from it.
With some of the most premier hotel brands in the industry, including Marriott, Four Seasons, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Drury, Holiday Inn and Hyatt, there are more than 7,000 available guest rooms in downtown St. Louis and more than 38,000 rooms in the metropolitan area. More than 1,750 of those rooms are newly remodeled and all within steps of America’s Center.
Some of these projects include:
The historic Magnolia Hotel St. Louis opened in summer of 2014. This boutique hotel offers 182 rooms, 4,500 square feet of executive conference center space and a 2,500-square-foot ballroom.
The Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel raised its flag after a $30 million renovation transformed St. Louis’ largest hotel. All 917 guest rooms have been completely re-modeled in a comfortable and contemporary design. The Lobby comes alive with a new Marriott Great Room anchored by a spectacular Lobby Bar.
Also adjacent to America’s Center is the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Convention Center. A $15 million renovation renewed this property into a modern, boutique-style hotel reflective of the historic nature of the building. Each of its spacious 165 rooms has been completely updated.
The Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown – Convention Center, which is on Ninth Street next to America’s Center. The hotel has undergone a full renovation of all 293 rooms, corridors, lobbies, pool deck, fitness center and front desk.
With an enhanced hotel room package, first-class restaurants, nightlife and amazing venues, St. Louis is truly where you want to book your next meeting or event.
Ease of Access:
Lambert- St. Louis International Airport
- Average of 500 flights daily
- 68 non-stop destinations served
- Located only 12 miles from downtown
America’s Center: Located in the heart of downtown, the America’s Center Convention Complex provides more than 502,000 square-feet of continuous exhibit space with 80 versatile meeting rooms, 1,400-seat Ferrara Theatre and the 30,000 plus-seat Dome at America’s Center, providing planners with unparalleled flexibility and accessibility.
“If you haven’t thought about booking St. Louis recently, then we’ve got some news for you. Our region and convention package has unparalleled momentum with new investments and projects that are sure to turn the heads of tourists and meeting attendees. After taking a look at all we have to offer, you’ll know why we say…St. Louis is back, and you will be too!” – John Bettag, Vice President of Sales
Explore St. Louis is your one-stop shop to make your next meeting or event an equitable success. To start planning your next meeting, visit www.explorestlouis.com.
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