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St. Louis, MO Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 96
Total Sleeping Rooms 38,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 4,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 108
Convention Center Space 853,311 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 502,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 145,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $130
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $54
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $256
*Maximum for a single hotel

St. Louis, MO Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's St. Louis Meeting and Event Planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning professionals. Downtown St. Louis has undergone a transformation over the past decade, with more than $5 billion pumped into redevelopment and renovation.

St. Louis hotels continue to raise the bar of reinvestment with luxurious new and renovated rooms. St. Louis’ Convention Quarter offers every major hotel brand to include Marriott, Four Seasons, Hilton, Embassy Suites and Hyatt with up to 7,000 committable rooms.

St. Louis event venues range from the massive America's Center convention complex to charming historical sites that would be recognized by such literary figures as Tennessee Williams and T.S. Eliot (both St. Louis natives); and to clubs and nightspots where groups can hear the music for which this town is so famous.

Located in the heart of downtown, the 500,000-square-foot America's Center convention complex houses five exhibit halls, over 80 flexible meeting rooms, a ballroom, a lecture hall and the 67,000-seat Edward Jones Dome. (The Center also comprises the St. Louis Executive Conference Center and the 1,400-seat Ferrara Theatre.)

The center is within walking distance of 7,200 guest rooms and thousands of feet of offsite meeting space. Nearby, the 917-room Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel features 47,000 square feet of function space; the 910-room Hyatt Regency at The Arch provides 85,000 square feet of meeting space; the 675-room Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark offers 45,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 539-room St. Louis Hotel Union Station, A DoubleTree by Hilton also provides more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Finally, there are more than 38,000 guest rooms in the metropolitan St. Louis area. Across from America’s Center, the renovated and repurposed brick buildings of Washington Avenue offer relaxation for attendees in the form of boutiques and cafes. Larger groups of up to 11,000 may convene in such special event venues as the Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor amphitheater. In addition, both Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, and City Museum can accommodate more than 2,000 people. The City Museum, housed in the 600,000-square-foot former International Shoe Company, is a decidedly playful setting where everything is made of recycled or salvaged goods. Interactive exhibits include salvaged airplanes, a giant Slinky, a three-story-high slide, a Ferris wheel on top of the building and a treehouse brought in from the countryside.

In addition to the over 100 walkable restaurants in downtown, Ballpark Village opened in 2014 to rave reviews for not only tourists, but meeting/event planners as well. This is the first-ever sports anchored entertainment district located next to Busch Stadium home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis continues to expand and upgrade what it has to offer. It is creating its future and legacy through a $380-million CityArchRiver project that will transform the national park surrounding the Gateway Arch and create a new place to gather and celebrate in the heart of downtown. The exciting destination features a tight package for citywide meetings and events in the heart of the re-developed downtown central business district.

About St. Louis, MO / Additional Info

This beautiful Missouri city was founded as a trading post in 1763 by French fur trader Pierre Laclede and his stepson August Chouteau. Bounded by three rivers - the Missouri to the north, Meramec to the south, and Mississippi to the east - it's not surprising that St. Louis has strong ties to the water. When the Steamboat Era came to St. Louis in 1817 and river trade became more efficient and dependable, the city flourished as an inland port for commerce.

During the 1840s, immigrants from Germany, Bohemia, Ireland, and Italy began to stream in, causing the population to soar from 20,000 to 77,860. St. Louis quickly grew into a recognized location for both residents and travelers. As its reputation expanded, its size did as well, furthering growth and development, including the construction of Union Station, the largest and busiest railroad stop in the country. The city was also selected to play host to the 1904 World's Fair and the Olympics, the first games to be held in an English-speaking country.

St. Louis' role as a hub for culture and commerce is still seen in many of its present-day attractions. Laclede's Landing showcases dining and entertainment in preserved historic buildings from the city's original riverfront establishment. Replica steamboats ferry visitors up and down the Mississippi River as they did in the early 1800s. Renowned Italian community "The Hill," established by the influx of Italian immigrants in the 1800s, serves world-famous authentic Italian cuisine, including St. Louis' original toasted ravioli. Forest Park, site of the St. Louis World's Fair and now one of the nation's largest urban parks, still preserves some of the fair's original construction, along with a host of modern attractions such as the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum.

Today, the landscape of St. Louis has been greatly transformed from its humble beginnings as a small riverfront town. As the 18th-largest city in the U.S., over 318,000 people call the city of St. Louis home. Tall buildings, high-rises, and the iconic Gateway Arch populate the skyline, as do the headquarters of large corporations, such as Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto, and Purina.

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