About the hotel
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Room Rate: $192 + taxes and fees
All conference events will be held at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel a former train station that is now a National Historic Landmark. The first train pulled into Union Station on September 1, 1894 at 1:45pm, ushering in a new and exciting time for St. Louis. The city known for being the gateway to the West suddenly became a gateway to all of America. Over the next several years, Union Station would become one of the largest and busiest passenger rail terminals in the world.
The station saw some of its highest traffic during the World’s Fair of 1904 and World War II. Travelers moved in droves through the station, where a regular day’s capacity of more than 100,000 people was normal, and the midway became the most popular spot to see and be seen. People like President Harry Truman, Joe DiMaggio, Joan Crawford and St. Louis baseball teams the Browns and the Cardinals all made appearances at Union Station.
Today, Union Station is a balance of nostalgia and renovation. The stylish and sophisticated Grand Hall features elegant historic touches like the original terrazzo floor, green glazed terracotta bricks, stained glass windows and wooden carpentry detailing. Anchoring the entire Union Station development will be the stunning St. Louis Aquarium. Visitors will also get a bird’s-eye view of the train shed and the iconic St. Louis skyline when they board the neighboring 200-foot St. Louis Wheel.
The St. Louis Union Station Hotel is located close to major attractions. From the first glimpse of the iconic Gateway Arch to the offbeat gems that thrive in its 79 unique neighborhoods, St. Louis has fully emerged from its shell. It has unveiled itself as a global culinary hotspot. With 170 parks, dozens of golf courses, hundreds of miles of greenway trails, plus an overwhelmiong number of performing arts venues, museums and breweries there are plenty of memorable moments to be made all over the city.
The St. Louis Lambert International Airport is about a 25-30 minute drive to the hotel. If you drive, valet parking is highly recommended and available at the Main Grand Hall entrance on East-bound Market Street. If you chose to Self Park please do so behind Maggies O’Briens next to the hotel on 20th street. There is a light rail service, MetroLink, from the airport to the Union Station which is a half a block from the hotel. The cost is $4.50. For additional information and directions, visit the hotel website.
Transportation within the city
Consult the St. Louis Metro Transportation website.
Fun Facts about St. Louis
- St. Louis has more free major tourist attractions than any other city in the country outside Washington, D.C. Visitors pay nothing to visit the art museum, the history museum, the science center and the zoo.
- One of the most popular tourist attractions in St. Louis is the Gateway Arch. On a clear day, visitors can see almost 30 miles in each direction from the top.
- Besides being where the St. Louis Zoo got its start, the 1904 World’s Fair, held in the city’s Forrest Park neighborhood, was the first time the world saw electric plugs, the X-ray machine, and the ice cream cone.
- The same year, St. Louis was the first U.S. city, and only the third in the world, to host the modern Olympics.
- Brewing company Anheuser Busch has called St. Louis home since 1852. Its signature Clydesdales are housed at Grants Farm, a local tourist attraction.
- In the center of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park is the Gateway Arch, a symbol of the city’s role as the “Gateway to the West.” This parabolic arch of stainless steel, designed by Eero Saarinen, is 625 feet high, and was opened in 1965.
- Forest Park sits on the site of the 1904 World Fair, and some of the structures here still date from that time period. The Jefferson Memorial sits on the north side of the park and houses the Missouri History Museum, which includes historical exhibits about the state, St. Louis, and Charles Lindbergh. In the center of the park, the City Art Museum has collections of art from prehistoric through contemporary works.