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Unclebuck
07-14-2005, 09:07 PM
I have to go there for two days on business in a couple of week. Two night stay. My business duties will be downtown, but I'm not sure I want to stay downtown or not. I almost would rather stay in a nice suburb. it is usually just easier to get around

Have never been to St. Louis before so someone answer some questions for me.

Is the downtown nice and safe. I will have some time to kill, so I want to know if there is a shopping center downtown, movie theater, other stuff to keep me busy and out of trouble. (Yes I know to stay on the west side of the river, no I won't go to east St. Louis.

My co will pay for the hotel, although there are limits on how much they'll cover, so any suggestions about where to stay downtown.

Or what about a nice suburb that's not 45 minutes to an hour from downtown.

Really any info you can give me would be helpful.

Thanks

ChicagoJ
07-14-2005, 10:00 PM
I'm usually in StL on day trips, so I can offer some opinions but not much...

From what I understand from my clients, downtown is a ghost town at night UNLESS there's a Cardinals' game.

My bro-in-law used to live out by the University - its pretty nice and there's stuff to do out there.

I've found the subway - MetroLink or whatever its called - to be much better than a cab or driving. But it also happens to be close to the airport, the PwC office, my clients, and my bro-in-law's house so perhaps I'm just lucky.

travmil
07-14-2005, 10:48 PM
Try to make your way to the area they call "The Hill". In this one neighborhood I bet there are 30+ Italian restaurants to choose from. I've sampled several, and have never been disappointed with any of them.

here ya go... (http://www.diningstl.com/TheHill.htm)

Harmonica
07-14-2005, 10:53 PM
I stayed there for a few months on business. That was 8 years ago, but if I recall, the downtown area on the West side of the Mississippi isn't bad. Stay away from East St. Louis. It's pretty rough. Clayton (just West of downtown) is a nice upscale suburban area. There's an eclectic little area not far from there, but I can't remember the name. Lots of nice restaurants and blues bars, etc. Hope that helps.

Zesty
07-15-2005, 09:27 AM
I haven't really spent a lot of time there (so I'm really no help to you), but I'm headed out that way after work this afternoon for the weekend to visit some friends who got married last month.

indygeezer
07-15-2005, 11:04 AM
I can't tell ya much about the place except it is probably my fav "big" city. I love to go down by the river and just hang around (near the arch). But we have good friends there so I stay at their place and eat wehrever they direct, therefore, I rarely figure out wher I am. I went to Union Station near Near Cardinals baseball field....absolutely dead at night. I thought downtown Indy died...but this was soooooo dead.

Unclebuck
07-15-2005, 08:15 PM
I love to go down by the river and just hang around (near the arch). But we have good friends there so I stay at their place and eat wehrever they direct, therefore, I rarely figure out wher I am. .


So you lived in a van down by the river.

Sorry, but that Chris Farley skit was the funniest skit I've ever seen

Kegboy
07-15-2005, 09:54 PM
All I can tell you is, stay away from "St. Louis-style" pizza, at all costs.

grace
07-16-2005, 10:08 AM
I say forget about work and spend the day at Six Flags...and under NO circumstances eat St. Louis style pizza. :puke: A long, painful death from starvation would be better.

Unclebuck
07-16-2005, 10:33 AM
I say forget about work and spend the day at Six Flags...and under NO circumstances eat St. Louis style pizza. :puke: A long, painful death from starvation would be better.


Sounds good to me. Well the skip work stuff. I know what I can do is stay an extra day, just say the mediation was held over an extra day. That would work and no one would know. But I know I won't do that.

Is Six Flags better than Cedar Point

travmil
07-16-2005, 11:15 AM
Is Six Flags better than Cedar Point

I've been to both, and must say that Cedar Point blows the doors off of Six Flags at St. Louis. But I'm a coaster freak and don't care about anything else.

Kegboy
07-16-2005, 02:38 PM
I've been to both, and must say that Cedar Point blows the doors off of Six Flags at St. Louis. But I'm a coaster freak and don't care about anything else.

Yep, coaster wise it's not a contest. If you had kids, though, Six Flags would be better.

Unclebuck
07-29-2005, 08:55 PM
I know no one cares. But I just got back from my three day stay in St. Louis. I stayed downtown at the Embassy Suites right on the river. Overall I was impressewd by St. Louis. Seems like a good place to live. I mainly saw the downtown area and a little of the West end, and I thought both were very nice, clean and seemingly safe.

The city seemed to have a little more character than Indy, but the traffic was worse than it should be. One thing I liked is having nice "suburbs" within a few minutes of downtown. That is one thing Indy does not have. (Well maybe the 46th and Meridian area, but that is mainly just nice older homes while in St. Louis there was more stuff going on.

Union Station was OK, nothing too exciting.

Overall I was impressed by St. Louis, but of course I missed the really bad heat so who knows what I might have thought with 100 degree heat

Anthem
07-30-2005, 11:01 AM
I was born in St. Louis.

The one in Michigan.