All-American St. Louis

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Other attractions around the city definitely worth visiting—and they all offer free admission—are the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, which houses exhibits on local breweries and the storied 1904 World’s Fair, as well as artifacts from explorers Lewis and Clark; the Saint Louis Science Center and its 700-plus hands-on exhibits; the Saint Louis Zoo with more than 6,000 exotic animals; and the Saint Louis Art Museum, the only building that remains from the famous 1904 World’s Fair.

What travelers definitely won’t miss—even if they tried—is this city’s almost fanatical love for baseball. Even on weekends when the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t in town, you still regularly spot fans out and about sporting their red St. Louis Cardinals gear. And at L’ove STL—a gift shop located inside the luxury entertainment and hotel complex, Lumiere Place—Cardinals fever is abuzz as the store is stocked with everything from Cardinal-themed T-shirts, jerseys and mugs, to key chains and more. Travelers will also find it difficult to find a TV broadcasting something other than a Cardinals game. In fact, Burger Bar, also inside Lumiere Place, boasts small flat-screen TVs at every booth to make sure everyone has a front row seat for the baseball game. Burger Bar, incidentally, is an All-American burger joint with a twist—the menu here features a wide range of creative burgers including a Surf & Turf Burger with Black Angus beef and grilled lobster and the $60 Rossini burger with Kobe beef, sauteed foie gras and shaved truffles.

where to stay When it comes to accommodations, luxury clients will be pleasantly surprised with a stay at Lumiere Place. Opened in late-2007, this luxury complex is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River and a short walk from the Gateway Arch. Lumiere Place features two hotels, HoteLumiere and the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, the only Four Seasons in the state of Missouri.

HoteLumiere features 294 all-suite accommodations, the Cascade lobby bar and lounge, a health club and pool. Here, guests will also find the 75,000-sq.-ft. Lumiere Place Casino, featuring approximately 2,000 slot machines, 55 table games and a dedicated 13-table poker room. Restaurants include House of Savoy, an Italian and Tuscan grill; SLeeK steakhouse and ultra lounge; Asia, featuring a menu of Chinese-, Japanese-, Thai- and Vietnamese-inspired dishes; The Kitchen Buffet & Bistro; and the aforementioned Burger Bar.

Take the skywalk to the other side of the complex and you’ll find the 19-floor Four Seasons hotel with 200 guestrooms and 14 suites, each with floor-to-ceiling windows that boast views of the Arch, downtown skyline or the Mississippi River, plush bedding, L’Occitane bath products, LCD flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and daily turndown. Suites also offer separate bedroom, living and dining areas.

The hotel also features a sky lobby on the eighth floor that overlooks the rooftop pool area. A popular area for taking photographs, the sky lobby shows off impressive city views. During Recommend’s stay, we came across a few starry-eyed newlyweds posing for pictures here.

Located on the seventh floor of the hotel, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis is a delight. Not only are the treatments excellent, but the prices are also pretty competitive—think $130 for a 90-minute Swedish massage. The 12,000-sq.-ft. facility features 12 treatment rooms, including two suites for couples; and several whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and relaxation lounges. Treatments include indulgent Swedish, aromatherapy, deep tissue and Balinese massages; wine, mud and seaweed body wraps; as well as an array of body scrubs and facials.

Dining options at The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis include Cielo, serving upscale Italian cuisine and fine Italian wines; and the adjoining Cielo Bar, which features a tapas-style menu, with wine and cocktails.

Currently, HoteLumiere is offering a Casino package for $169 per night that includes overnight accommodations, complimentary parking, two drinks at the Cascade lobby bar, half-off a meal for two at The Kitchen Buffet & Bistro, 15 percent off all retail purchases at The Shops at Lumiere Place and two Bonus Buck coupons (buy in for $20 at the casino and get $5 free). Use promo code CPR when booking.

There’s also the Baseball package, ideal for guests who want to experience a St. Louis Cardinals game. With rates starting at $279, this package includes two tickets for prime seating, transportation to and from Busch Stadium, two drinks at the Cascade lobby bar, complimentary parking, a Lumiere Place souvenir and in-room Internet. Use promo code Card2 when booking.