Like any seasoned traveler knows, renting an apartment instead of shelling out for a hotel is the best way to experience a city like a local. And the up-and-coming Midwestern city of St. Louis is no exception.
Are you having a hard time deciding where to rent when making a visit to the Gateway to the West? Lucky for you, we’ve combed through St. Louis Airbnb properties to bring you the best of the best.
Two-bedroom downtown penthouse
Ideally located in the heart of downtown close to must-visits in St. Louis such as the Arch, Busch Stadium, the City Museum, and the Opera House, this corner unit penthouse has incredible views across the sweeping cityscape of downtown’s amazing architecture. Bonus: The apartment has been outfitted with furniture by St. Louis design hero and mid-century modern icon Eero Saarinen.
Cost per night: $105
Charming Courtyard Carriage House
One of the most charming elements of St. Louis real estate is the proliferation of carriage houses in Victorian-era homes that have been turned into bungalows for young professionals. This lovely carriage house is tucked away into a courtyard garden and was originally built to shelter horses for a 19-century family’s carriage. The two-story space is in the chic Lafayette Square neighborhood, with some of the city’s best restaurants and bars within walking distance.
Cost per night: $72
City View Downtown Apartment
This super-luxe apartment in a swank downtown building has killer views of St. Louis’ star attractions, including the famous Gateway Arch. After a long day of sightseeing, soak in the apartment’s Jacuzzi, or blow off some steam in the gym in the building. Make sure to take in a Cardinals game if you’re there during baseball season—it is the quintessential St. Louis experience, and Busch Stadium is a five-minute walk away.
Cost per night: $100
The Tiniest House in Soulard
This 340-square-foot house in one of St. Louis’ most historic, romantic neighborhoods is perfect for a solo getaway or one with a significant other. It was the home and workspace of an umbrella-maker in the early 1900s, but it is set up today like an immaculate boutique hotel. Bonus: You’ll definitely have the best Instagrams from your vacation.
Cost per night: $80
Dogtown Apartment Near the Zoo
This stunning and recently renovated apartment in the heart of funky, laid-back Dogtown is over 100 years old and features exposed brick walls, a fireplace, and exquisite detailing throughout. It is right next to Forest Park, the gorgeous park in the center of the city that was built specifically for the World’s Fair in 1904, and is very near the park’s zoo, which is always free.
Cost per night: $102
Lafayette Square Loft
The top-of-the-line kitchen, sleek, modern design, and architecture make this stunning loft a particularly serene place to stay after a long day of exploring. Bonus: A roof deck where you can lay out in the sun or cool off with a glass of wine in the evenings in the balmy St. Louis summer. Take advantage of the Lafayette Square location to try some of St. Louis’ most exciting new restaurants.
Cost per night: $113
Tower Grove Zen Nest
Relaxation is the name of the game at this super-chill Tower Grove home away from home. Bells and lanterns hang from high ceilings; décor is Eastern-inspired, and live plants fill the space, making you wonder whether you’re really in a home or simply a serene yoga studio. Two cozy bedrooms remind that you are, indeed, in a home, and you’ll be able to watch the sunrise from a balcony overlooking the Arch in the mornings to start your day.
Cost per night: $80
Skyscraper Apartment with River Views
St. Louis is called the Gateway to the West because it sits right on the Mississippi River, and you’ll have a prime view of that river when you stay in this waterside apartment, which looks over it and the Gateway Arch. In the summer, take in the 180-degree views for an extended period of time by laying out by the rooftop pool.
Cost per night: $91
Civil War-Era Abode
One of the most historic properties in St. Louis, the Whittemore Place was built by a Civil War major and has been meticulously kept up ever since. The carriage house in this 19th-century mansion is over 800 square feet, and the townhouse is so beautiful inside and out that you’re sure to be enquiring soon about moving in permanently.
Cost per night: $96
The Rabbit Hole
This charming Tower Grove apartment is only two blocks from the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is one of the most beautiful in the United States (the Japanese Festival in September attracts worldwide attention). The apartment’s décor makes it feel like a country house in the South of France with just the right dash of urban accoutrements, including, of course, plenty of rabbit-themed accessories.
Cost per night: $115