Couples know they’re in for something special the moment they walk into Union Station’s Grand Hall.
“Union Station is over 125 years old. It’s an icon in St. Louis, but most people haven’t been inside its award-winning lobby,” says Blaise Pastoret, director of restaurants with Lodging Hospitality Management. “There is nowhere like it in the world.”
Exquisitely carved arches that have been restored to their original grandeur — back when the hall was the centerpiece of one of the nation’s busiest train stations — soar 60 feet overhead. These ceilings are the canvas for colorful 3D light shows that take place at the top of the hour from 5 to 10 p.m. Nestle in at a table for two and revel in the elegant atmosphere over small plates and drinks. “The cocktails are spins on classic recipes, and they are all named after old train cars,” Pastoret says.
Of the more than 500 recently renovated rooms at St. Louis Union Station Hotel – a Curio Collection by Hilton, the Clock Tower suites are the most luxurious. Here, romance meets modernity: Tufted furniture, brocade curtains and contemporary artwork accent each room. “The Clock Tower suites are a really unique opportunity for couples to come in and enjoy a beautiful historic property and upscale experience,” says Cameron Schoeffel, Union Station’s director of sales and entertainment.
Stay, play, eat and drink
Hotel guests can take the weekend to even greater heights — literally — by booking rooms that include tickets to some of Union Station’s best loved attractions. “We’ve got great date-night packages that include a ride on the St. Louis Wheel in a climate-controlled gondola, and they also include drink tickets for Anheuser-Busch beer and canned cocktails,” Schoeffel says. For the most picturesque views of the city, take a spin on the wheel at sunset.
Pastoret says that couples particularly enjoy strolling through Union Station’s Train Park area, where they can play a round of mini golf or ride the historic carousel, then hit the Train Shed for casual American fare. “We do St. Louis–style thin-crust pizzas, anything from an oyster po’boy to a burger to scallops or steak. There are also a lot of options for appetizers and small plates,” he says. Drinks are another highlight. “Train Shed has a list of 25 classic cocktails, all of them under $10, that we do very well.”
While there’s plenty to do within the Union Station complex, if couples are looking to party late into the night, Pastoret recommends taking a quick ride down Market Street to Hilton at the Ballpark — one of Union Station’s sister properties — to Three Sixty, its stylish rooftop bar. Three Sixty is one of downtown’s most popular places for nightlife — doubly so when the Cardinals are in town and you can watch the game unfold 400 feet below.
“It’s St. Louis’s highest rooftop bar, and it’s the best sightline that you can get into the city,” Pastoret says. Three Sixty brings local brews, globally inspired cocktails and innovative cuisine. (Its spectacular wood-fired pizzas are not to be missed.) Food is served until 11 p.m., and drinks flow until at least 1:30 a.m.
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