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Central West End, MO
St. Louis

Central West End

Enjoy this relaxed area, the ultimate destination for a lazy afternoon. Browse unique stores, admire artworks and sip coffee at sidewalk tables shaded by trees.

The Central West End is the ideal place to enjoy characteristic St. Louis atmosphere. Fill your days with the sights and sounds of this charming neighborhood, where grand historic buildings meet modern stores, restaurants and attractions. Stop at some of the fascinating local museums while you are here.

Find some of St. Louis’ best-preserved historic streets in the Central West End. Much of its architecture dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1904, the city held the St. Louis World’s Fair, turning this area into a favorite among chic, wealthy citizens. Famous people who once walked these streets include literary greats Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, Sara Teasdale and William S. Burroughs.

Discovering eclectic stores and cafés filling the Central West End is a highlight of any trip. Many of St. Louis’ tourist sights are concentrated here too. Make sure you stop at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, a stunning building with ornate paintings reaching all the way up to its high ceiling. Admire the detail of the extensive mosaic collection in the basement museum.

Continue your spiritual journey at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. The collections here draw items from across many different faiths and nations. See how artists working today are bringing new perspectives to the age-old theme of faith.

Another novel attraction is the World Chess Hall of Fame, which is home to the world’s largest chess piece. Look for this impressive object, which stands outside, as you approach. Inside, learn about World Chess champions and see their stories told through medals, trophies and other personal items.

The Central West End is easy to find due to its location in the heart of the city. Go on a sunny day to enjoy Forest Park, a peaceful green space that is the pride of the area. If it starts to rain, step into the St. Louis Art Museum or the Missouri History Museum, both housed in the park.


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Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
4630 Lindell, St. Louis, MO
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥12,544 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Located in Central West End, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. St. Louis University ...
3.5/5Good! (852 reviews)
"When their construction is finished, this will be an excellent hotel. We hit it in a phase when it's not quite ready from their renovations. The individual rooms were quite nice with luxury showers and very comfortable beds. The lobby area is under construction and you had to enter at a strange place. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End, an IHG Hotel
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥19,806 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Central West End, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. St. Louis ...
4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Beautiful facility. Great gym, and a wonderful pool. Easy walking distance to restaurants."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
Aloft St. Louis Cortex
Aloft St. Louis Cortex
3 out of 5
4245 DUNCAN AVENUE, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥13,842 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Central West End, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Forest Park, and Barnes Jewish Hospital. St. Louis University ...
4.2/5Excellent! (88 reviews)
"The hotel itself was lovely. Nice friendly staff upon check in all the way to check out. Only thing I didn't like was they didn't have a continental breakfast."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Aloft St. Louis Cortex
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
3 out of 5
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥14,938 per night from Jul 23 to Jul 23
Located in Central West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and World Chess Hall of Fame. Cathedral Basilica of ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,425 reviews)
"It is located adjacent to an interesting neighborhood. I enjoyed being there."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis Forest Park
MONTCLAIR - Modern CWE Apts near BJC by Zencity
MONTCLAIR - Modern CWE Apts near BJC by Zencity
4.5 out of 5
18 S Kingshighway Blvd, Apt #6A, St. Louis, MO
Located in Central West End, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Forest Park and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Barnes Jewish Hospital ...
3.8/5Good! (20 reviews)
Great room!
"I loved the place! There was doorman and I felt safe. My only gripe is that there wasn’t free safe parking."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2020

MONTCLAIR - Modern CWE Apts near BJC by Zencity
Spacious CWE Apts near BJC by Zencity
Spacious CWE Apts near BJC by Zencity
4502 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO
The price is ¥18,248 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Located in Central West End, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Forest Park and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Surprisingly spacious apartment
"The property was very clean. It had everything we needed - enough rooms and beds for the whole family, a complete kitchen with dishes, etc., a small washer and dryer, and a good sized family room. Views out of the windows were a highlight which looked out onto the beautiful scenery of downtown. Check-in ..."

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2021

Spacious CWE Apts near BJC by Zencity
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