By Rhoda Baker
Saint Louis
Missouri
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Saint Louis has everything you need to be your vacation destination: An interesting history, fabulous restaurants, first class hotels and riverboat cruises. Lewis and Clark headed west from Saint Louis in 1804 in their search for the Pacific Ocean. They ended their expedition by returning to Saint Louis thus becoming the catalyst for Saint Louis’ reputation as the “Gateway to the West.” The iconic Gateway Arch, opened in 1965, is a symbol of that reputation and a must see part of your visit. 
 
Let EscapeWizard.com help you arrange your flight to Saint Louis by going to (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). You’ll land in Saint Louis Lambert Field (STL) just a short ride from any number of excellent hotels. Let us help you chose your hotel experience by following the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
           
EscapeWizard.com suggests starting your trip by visiting the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Museum. There you can learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition funded by President Thomas Jefferson thus starting the great migration of settlers heading west on wagon trains and stagecoaches.
           
We recommend you plan a tram ride up to the top of the 630 ft. Gateway Arch, the nation’s tallest man-made monument. And while you’re in the area, book a cruise on one of the Paddle Wheelers. The Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer offer cruises down the Mississippi River. If you’d like to spend time at the Saint Louis Riverfront we propose you explore the Riverfront Times.
           
The Riverfront area of Saint Louis includes Laclede’s Landing just north of the Arch. Its century old cast iron façade buildings on cobblestone streets house gift shops, fine restaurants and nightlife.  Pierre Laclede along with Auguste Chouteau explored the area in 1764. When temporary cabins were built in 1784, Laclede named the settlement in honor of the patron saint of the King of France.
           
The city has a vibrant history of blues, ragtime and jazz.  A Saint Louis native, Chuck Berry, pioneered rock and roll when he combined blues with country music. Saint Louis still brings you some mighty fine musicians and music venues where you can listen to live blues. You can also visit the historic home of ragtime great Scott Joplin.
                       
If your tastes run to sports, The Sporting News named Saint Louis the nation’s “Best Sports City” in 2000 and the “Best Baseball City” in 2005. During baseball season, the National League Saint Louis Cardinals still play home games in the large, comfortable Busch Stadium.
           
And, EscapeWizard.com suggests you take the 30-mile ride by car from downtown Saint Louis to Eureka Missouri for a family visit to St. Louis’ Six Flags. Six Flags offers the convenience of lockers to store jackets or, for that matter, anything you wish.
          
EscapeWizard.com thinks that no trip to Saint Louis would be complete without visiting “the Hill,” the Italian neighborhood of Saint Louis with a widely known reputation for excellence in Italian cuisine. You may need reservations at some, but whichever restaurant you choose, it will definitely be worth the effort.
           
Of course, Saint Louis’ extensive German history includes the Anheuser-Busch Company, brewing and selling Budweiser beer in Saint Louis since 1876. You can visit the brewery free of charge, and you can spend the day at Grant’s Farm, the ancestral home of the Busch family. That is where the Clydesdale horses are stabled. You can visit the stables and bring home a unique photo taken with one of the famous Clydesdales.

All in all, EscapeWizard.com promises a trip to Saint Louis is chock full of things to do and places of interest to visit, many of them free and world class. Just select the links above and book your next vacation to Saint Louis, “The Gateway to the West.”
Hotels in Saint Louis
By Scott Barker
Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis Airport
4450 Evans Place, Saint Louis, MO
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The Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis Airport is just two miles and a five-minute drive from Lambert field (STL), offering convenience and comfort in one easy-to-get-to location.  Once you’ve collected your belongings at the airport you can take one of the hotel’s 24-hour courtesy vans to the hotel or catch a quick taxi ride.  Free parking is available at the hotel during your stay “ and extended parking is available for a fee if you need to leave your car there while flying somewhere else.  Check-in time is at 4 p.m.  A small convenience store is available in the hotel lobby for any last minute shopping needs or to pick up that forgotten item.  Need cash?  An ATM is conveniently available. 

Room options range from one king bed to one king bed with whirlpool bath, a king deluxe with sofa bed, and rooms with two queen beds.  All rooms include free internet access (Wi-Fi and wired connections), a mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker.  Catch your favorite television programs or movies on the standard 32 inch flat screen HDTV.  When it comes time for sleeping you can rest in comfort on the patented Garden Sleep System beds which uses a self-contouring technology to conform to your body shape and size.  Special room packages are sometimes offered featuring extras like a room-service breakfast or wine.

Meet your fitness needs in the complimentary fitness center with its free weights and cardio machines, or relax in the pool or hot tub.  If your dinner plans do not include a night on the town, enjoy dinning in the full service restaurant on the premises.  If you do want to get out and enjoy the sights, they are not far “ the Hilton Garden Inn is eight miles from city center and 10 miles from the Gateway Arch.  Public transit “ Saint Louis’ light rail or MetroLink is available from the airport and will take you right downtown.

When your trip is over take the short five-minute trip back to the airport.  Check out time is noon, but later times can be arranged (sometimes for an extra cost).  The Hilton Garden Inn offers such great convenience and comfort, click this link to book with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Louis
By Summer Brons
City Place Hotel
200 North Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO
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Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the City Place Hotel (formally the Crowne Plaza hotel) provides visitors with the ultimate in comfort and convenience. The many offerings in dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife around this exciting city are easy to explore from the doors of this elegant hotel.

Enjoy great proximity to the Busch Stadium, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis Zoo and the Laclede's Landing entertainment district, all while admiring views of the infamous Gateway Arch. An excellent choice for both the business and leisure traveler, the City Place Hotel puts St. Louis at your fingertips.

Ample on-site amenities are ready to make your stay at the City Place Hotel as carefree as can be. Take advantage of a well-equipped 24-hour business center, stay on top of your workout routine in the 24-hour fitness center, take a dip in the beautiful rooftop pool with stunning views of the city, then grab a bite to eat at the City Place Hotel own restaurant.

Union Grill serves up unique flavors with side of eye candy. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the restaurant showcase the beauty of St. Louis as you savor meal or relax with a cocktail in the 24-hour lounge. Room service is also available from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM for those who prefer the privacy of their room.

After a long day exploring St. Louis, you'll gladly welcome the comforts of your City Place Hotel guest room. Each room includes a cozy bed, 27" television, premium cable, wireless internet access, a work desk, coffee maker, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Upgraded suites are also available for those in town for an extended stay or celebrating a special occasion. Members of the Priority Club Rewards program will also earn points for their stay here.

When your travels find you in St. Louis, look no further than the City Place Hotel downtown for your lodging needs. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Louis
By Jessica Beck
Hyatt Regency Saint Louis
315 Chestnut Street, Saint Louis, MO
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Located in the center of all the downtown action on the riverfront and adjacent to the infamous Gateway Arch, you are guaranteed a true authentic St. Louis experience. The friendly concierge staff eagerly awaits your arrival and will assist you with any questions or concerns. They will be sure to let you know all the hot spots in the city. Containing over 900 rooms, including 60 suites, this Hyatt will be sure to find you your perfect room that meets all your needs.

Hyatt offers only the best for its hotel guests. Enjoy a rejuvenating workout in the fully equipped 24-hour StayFit fitness center. Hungry? Hyatt offers three different restaurants for you to choose from. If you are craving elegance, check out the on-site Ruth’s Chris Steak House for a mouth-watering filet mignon. Stop into the RED Kitchen and Bar for a tasty Italian meal. Grab some brews and a delicious burger at the Brewhouse Historic Sports Bar and celebrate St. Louis’ long history of breweries and sports. In need of a latte or tea to jump start your morning? Be sure to stop in to the on-site Starbucks conveniently located in the lobby.

As you walk into your luxurious guest room, take in your room’s spectacular views of either gorgeous downtown or the fascinating Gateway Arch. Enjoy your complimentary deluxe Portico bath amenities and Aquafresh® Extreme Clean® toothpaste. Relax on your plush and cozy Hyatt Grand Bed while watching cable or an in-room movie on your 37-inch flat screen television. Wake up each morning to your favorite tune using your iHome alarm clock stereo with iPod® docking station. Keep your leftovers from delicious hotel or local restaurants fresh in your provided refrigerator. Get down to business using your spacious work desk and high-speed internet access. There are hypo-allergenic rooms available for allergy sufferers. Upgrade to one of the suite options and enjoy a separate living area and other luxury accommodations catered to your additional needs.

Check-in to the Hyatt Regency to enjoy deluxe accommodations and an unparalleled experience in downtown St. Louis. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Louis
By Sarah Hay
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis - Westport
1973 Craigshire Road, Saint Louis, MO
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Saint Louis visitors can feel completely at ease when they arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Saint Louis-Westport. From the free shuttle service offered by the hotel to the Lambert-Saint Louis Airport, just six miles away, to the close proximity of the hotel to the Westport Plaza business district, only a mile away, guests at the DoubleTree know they are staying at the perfect location to experience all the sights of Saint Louis. The Saint Louis Zoo, Busch Stadium and Gateway Arch are all nearby, as is the Science Center, and many shops, restaurants and regional attractions.

There are 327 guest rooms here, all of which come with a host of standard amenities, such as 32 LCD flat screen televisions, refrigerators, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards, exclusive bath products, massage showers, MP3 clock radios, work desks with ergonomic chairs and high speed Internet access (for a fee). Upgraded rooms include standard amenities, plus pull-out sofas. Check-in is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m. Pets are allowed, for a fee.

The DoubleTree offers guests an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and fitness center, and there is also a complete children’s menu available, as well as cribs, for families with little ones. If you’re hungry, Copperfields restaurant has a varied menu, and the lobby bar is open until 1 a.m. Laundry and valet services are available, and if you’re in the area for work, there is a complete business center on site.

The business center offers printing, videoconferencing, express mail, fax and copying services, along with audio/visual equipment rentals. If you’re planning an event, the hotel offers over 12,000 square feet of meeting space, and can host up to 600 guests. The next time you find yourself in Saint Louis, plan to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Saint Louis-Westport. The experts at EscapeWizard.com can find a great rate for you here, just follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Louis
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel Saint Louis
191 Westport Plaza, Saint Louis, MO
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No matter what your reason for visiting the Saint Louis area, the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel Saint Louis is a great option for your stay. Located in the West Port Plaza area, this hotel offers convenient access to the entire city and is close to many of the major corporate office and universities in the area, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and DePaul University. For those looking to be entertained, you will be excited with the proximity to Aquaport, the Zoo, Six Flags Over Mid-America Saint Louis and several golf courses. West Port Plaza itself offers many restaurants, shops and entertainment spots, including the Funny Bone Comedy Club and Dave & Buster’s.

This entire hotel was recently renovated, including all of the guest rooms and suites. All of the rooms now feature flat screen, high definition televisions and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Some rooms offer views of the lake. Wireless high speed internet access is available for a small daily fee. Sheraton Club rooms are available, and offer additional amenities such as free bottled water, health club access and complimentary breakfast in the Club Lounge.

You will never run out of dining options, with access to over 20 restaurants in West Port Plaza and in the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel Saint Louis, a sister hotel located right next to the Westport Chalet Hotel. Options include the HardRock Cafe, the Kobe Japanese Grill, and the Saint Louis Bread Company. You can also visit the Lucerne Restaurant, located right in the hotel, and sample American cuisine made with fresh ingredients from the area. The Lucerne Lounge is in the lobby and is a great place to grab a drink or meet with colleagues or friends. Also, during the summer, you can grab a drink by the pool at the Tiki Bar. In addition to the outdoor pool, there is also a Business Center, and a fitness center and indoor pool at the sister hotel next door.

EscapeWizard.com can help you book your room now when you click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).