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A popular St. Louis hot spot attracting stylish guests and locals
The Moonrise Hotel, completed in 2009, was inspired by owner Joe Edwards' passion for outer space. This is evidenced not only by the hotel's name but by its decor: The LED-lit staircase in the lobby changes colors, and there are numerous space-related artifacts and art pieces on display -- many from Edwards' personal collection, such as the enlarged photo of him and Neil Armstrong. Edwards himself is something of a local celebrity for his efforts in rejuvenating the Delmar Loop neighborhood where the hotel is located.
Both the lobby and restaurant are popular places for guests to congregate, and The Rooftop Terrace Bar receives a buzzing crowd during summer months. Its backdrop of neighborhood views and the largest man-made moon in the world -- revolving day and night above the bar -- make it a great spot for photos. Both the restaurant bar and rooftop bar can stay hopping until late, especially on the evenings when there is an music act at the theater next door.
Located in the thriving Delmar Loop are near the Washington University
The Delmar Loop is a historic, up-and-coming area near the Washington University campus, with easy driving access to Forest Park and Clayton. Joe Edwards, the hotel's owner, is in large part responsible for the rejuvenation of the Delmar Loop area, and it all started with his famous restaurant, Blueberry Hill, which is within walking distance of the hotel.
Moonrise Hotel is walking distance to dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as concert venues, such as the Pageant Theatre directly next door.
St. Louis is a thriving Midwestern city, perhaps best known for the iconic Gateway Arch -- the Gateway to the West. The city of St. Louis is quite spread out, and most people will find they need a car while visiting. Self-parking is available behind the hotel, but space is limited. Valet parking is offered for a nightly fee.
Contemporary rooms with moon-themed design
The hotel's 125 contemporary rooms have beige walls, moon-themed art, and striped carpeting, as well as quality touches such as Eurotop beds, swivel chairs, and glass walk-in showers. Modern amenities include iPod docks and flat-screen TVs.
Room types include Superior King or Double Queen Rooms, Jacuzzi Kings, and Suites. The 10 Walk of Fame Suites are named in honor of St. Louis stars. Families can request connecting rooms.
Guests have free use of the small but modern fitness center
The fitness center is a small room with cardio and weight machines located on the second level next to the business center. This fitness center offers a hint of style with contemporary wallpaper and large mirrors -- but no windows.
American cuisine with a gourmet twist
Eclipse Restaurant, though located off the lobby in the historic section of the property, has cosmic-inspired contemporary decor. It attracts a good mix of guests and locals ranging from trendy young people, to business people, to families with kids who appreciate the space memorabilia. The casual but refined American cuisine includes a variety of healthy items such as salads and sandwiches as well as burgers and specialty dishes. Sample dinner entrees include Pork Chop and Peaches or Roasted Tomato and Boursin Ravioli. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus change seasonally with the equinox. Dessert includes the signature Full Moon Marshmallow Pies.
The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers snacks and small plates until late. Room service can also be ordered 24 hours a day from a separate late-night menu.
Two bars serving innovative cocktails to a youthful crowd
The hotel's two bars attract a young, stylish crowd, particularly post-work for happy hour during the week; on the weekends the action can continue until late night. When concerts at the next door theater let out, it is not uncommon for the crowd -- band and all -- to congregate to the Moonrise.
The year-round bar in Eclipse Restaurant has blue fiber optic lights. There is a full cocktail list as well as wines by the glass or bottle. Beer aficionados can choose from over 40 options from around the world.
During warmer months, the seasonal Rooftop Terrace Bar -- highlighted by the world's largest man-made moon -- is the place to see and be seen. Though the cocktail list isn't as extensive as at the restaurant bar (due to space, it has a smaller selection of liquors), the bartenders are creative and will create custom drinks from what they have access to. There are great views of the Delmar Loop district, and on a clear day, the St. Louis skyline can be seen from a distance.
With many 24-hour features, this hotel appeals to night owls
Meeting rooms, a business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout
The Moonrise Hotel attracts business travelers due to its location close to Washington University and downtown Clayton. There are a number of business-friendly amenities on-site.
A passionate owner implemented sustainability features
This modern hotel is up to date on all handicap requirements.
A safe neighborhood with extra precautions for security
The Moonrise Hotel features urban-chic design with a unique moon theme and is located in a young neighborhood near Washington University. The 125 rooms have contemporary style and quality amenities such as Eurotop beds and walk-in glass showers. Gourmet cuisine is served at the Eclipse Restaurant on the main floor, and the Rooftop Terrace Bar features a huge revolving man-made moon, not to mention great city views. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.
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