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St. Louis' Lunar-Themed Moonrise Hotel Will Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
The Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis is filled with moon landing memorabilia. Image courtesy Moonrise Hotel
ST. LOUIS, (special to SLFP.com) - Joe Edwards, owner of the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis, has been obsessed with space since he was a child. The avid collector and developer - who has built a hotel themed around the moon and space - still has the rocketship bank he used to save his coins as a boy. It's on display in his Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis along with many rare items from the Apollo missions, the space race and aviation history.
This Midwestern city on the Mississippi River might not be on the radar as a place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but because of Edwards' love of space and his creative vision, visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the first man on the moon at his boutique hotel.
Edwards enjoys sharing his love of space with his hotel's guests. The Moonrise is stocked with display cases that are filled with his collections. Moon-themed artwork covers the walls in public spaces and guest rooms and even lunar-shaped dog treats are offered to four-legged guests at the pet-friendly hostelry. The in-house restaurant is named Eclipse as a nod to the moon theme.
"My collections range anywhere from rare items and toys to things I've picked up for just a few pennies," said Edwards. "Some of the items I have had since I was a child and some I bought at space auctions to display in the hotel." Visitors who peer into the hotel's display cases will see authentic memorabilia, including a tiny piece of the moon and a patch taken on the Apollo 11 mission and signed by all three astronauts. A telegram signed by both Orville and Wilbur Wright and a letter from aviator Charles Lindbergh of Spirit of St. Louis fame honor the early days of flight in the hotel's cases. Pop culture items abound, including a Buzz Lightyear doll, a sculpture of cartoon pinup girl Betty Boop resting on the moon, astronaut nesting dolls and tin space robots.
Edwards remembers watching the first man step onto the moon on July 20,1969. "To watch that in black and white on a little TV and to see that foot go down on the surface, wow, what a moment." Edwards met that man, astronaut Neil Armstrong, in 2011 and calls it one of the highlights of his life. Photos of Edwards with Armstrong and all of the other moon walkers can be found throughout the hotel.
Joe Edwards has been known to don a space suit for events at the moon-themed hotel. Image courtesy Moonrise Hotel
The biggest piece of space pop culture at the hotel is the world's largest man-made moon, perched on the rooftop terrace. "It's 3,000 pounds and 10 feet in diameter," said Edwards. The authentically rendered moon, custom-created for the hotel, has a light and a dark side and rotates once every 60 seconds. While not as tall as the city's Gateway Arch, it has become a popular sky-high landmark in St. Louis.
The rotating moon isn't the only unusual thing on top of the hotel. "This is the only hotel in the country where the entire rooftop is made of solar panels," says Edwards. "So the sun really is powering the moon here at the Moonrise Hotel."
The Moonrise Hotel is located at 6177 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop neighborhood of St. Louis, named one of the 10 Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association. The hotel will host a party on the rooftop under the hotel's moon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface. The free event will run from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
"I think the Moonrise Hotel does spark people's interest in the space program again," says Edwards. "When people stay here - or just stop by to see the collections - and they read about the exploits of the astronauts, they can join the whole world in reflecting on what the United States accomplished 50 years ago in 1969."
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20, 1969) under the world's largest manmade moon on the top of the Moonrise Hotel in the Loop. Lunar-themed drink specials and a special small plates menu will be available. Music by BSS Group will entertain revelers from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their best moon and space themed clothes to take part in the costume contest. The best themed attire can win a hotel gift certificate for a future one-night stay. A cosmic-themed photo booth will capture the event. Custom-designed anniversary celebration T-shirts will be available for purchase.
The Westin St. Louis Completes $11 million Renovation
The Westin St. Louis, located in historic Cupples Station, is just steps to the Ballpark Village, Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch and the federal courthouse. Image courtesy Westin St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, (special to SLFP.com) - The Westin St. Louis, located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, recently completed an $11 million renovation of the 18-year-old hotel.
All of the property's 255 oversized, modern loft-style rooms and suites were completely renovated to include new furniture, lighting, bathroom fixtures, paint, carpet and soft goods. The lobby underwent major changes including a new 1,800-square-foot Westin Executive Club Lounge and the expansion and rebranding of the hotel's restaurant space.
The new restaurant, Quattro Trattoria + Pizzeria, is a 140-seat restaurant serving modern and fresh Italian dishes in the shadow of Busch Stadium. As part of the improvements, Quattro Trattoria + Pizza features a new entrance located at 8th Street and Clark Avenue - allowing direct access into the restaurant and new 30-seat bar, which has direct views of the stadium and comes complete with phone charging stations.
Guests with access to the Westin Executive Club Lounge can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and light snacks and beverages throughout the day.
For guests looking to maintain and elevate their wellness routines on the road, the hotel has incorporated the Westin brand's iconic RunWestin programming, which offers guests access to on-property run concierges who regularly lead groups on running tours in and around downtown St. Louis. Guests also can benefit from the brand's Gear Lending program and borrow top of the line New Balance workout attire for only $5 per day - freeing up valuable luggage space.
"We listened to our guests and made the upgrades today's travelers want to experience," said Lance Misner, general manager of The Westin St. Louis. "The St. Louis market is highly competitive, and it's crucial for our hotel to stay fresh and updated to provide a premier experience for our guests. I'm confident guests will be delighted by the changes we've made while continuing to enjoy our personalized service Westin is known for."
The new space was designed by Chicago-based Whitespace Interiors, and St. Louis-based BSI Constructors completed the five-month renovation. The hotel, operated by HEI Hotels & Resorts, remained open during construction.
"This is the first major renovation of The Westin St. Louis since it opened in 2001. After we acquired the hotel in 2017, our goal was to fully update and enhance all areas of the property to continue to meet or exceed our guests' expectations," said Patrick Lowery, principal and co-founder, Lennox Capital Partners, the owner of the hotel. "We are excited for the future of downtown St. Louis, and we look forward to providing a first-class experience for our visitors and guests."
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Receives 2018 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings Magazine
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch is the closest hotel to the world-famous Gateway Arch. Images courtesy Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com) - Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, a premier business and leisure hotel located in the heart of downtown St. Louis near the iconic Gateway Arch grounds, has received the 2018 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings, a national magazine and resource for the meeting planning industry.
"We are thrilled to be a recipient of the Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings," said Jennifer Byrnes, director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.
"The award is a prestigious honor within the meeting and event industry, and is a testament to the premier experience available for groups right here in the heart of downtown St. Louis," said Byrnes.
Smart Meetings' Platinum Choice Award honors the hospitality industry's top hotels, venues, and destinations that display the highest standards of overall excellence in service and amenities including ambience, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, recreational activities, dining options, technical support, and more.
Award finalists are nominated by industry professionals and the readers of Smart Meetings magazine. Each of the nominations are reviewed by the Smart Meetings editorial team which then selects the final honorees.
For more information on meeting rooms for special events, call 314-655-1234 or visit Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.
St. Louis Union Station Hotel Lobby One of Most Beautiful
U.S. News & World Report has selected the lobby of the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, as one of the top twelve most beautiful entrances.
ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com) - The Grand Hall of the St. Louis Union Station Hotel's, lobby continues to awe visitors and guests at the historic landmark, located at located at 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.
U.S. News & World Report recently selected the lobby of the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, as one of the top twelve most beautiful entrances.
Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) invested more than $40 million in the property since 2012. The project included renovating the historic Grand Hall, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, to include an award-winning 3-D projection mapping light show, new furnishings and a 65-foot-long bar.
Beyond the history and the food, the Grand Hall Experience at Union Station is complete with the first of its kind high-definition projection mapping experience in the United States.
Projected on the Grand Hall's 65-foot tall ceilings and across the entire space, the 3D entertainment is made up of 30 vignettes, all stretching the barrier of creative design, innovation and story-telling. The Grand Hall Experience begins on the hour every evening between 5pm and 10pm. For more information, call 314-621-5262 or for reservations, visit St. Louis Union Station Hotel.
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