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.