The Central West End is the ideal place to enjoy characteristic St. Louis atmosphere. Fill your days with the sights and sounds of this charming neighborhood, where grand historic buildings meet modern stores, restaurants and attractions. Stop at some of the fascinating local museums while you are here.

Find some of St. Louis’ best-preserved historic streets in the Central West End. Much of its architecture dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1904, the city held the St. Louis World’s Fair, turning this area into a favorite among chic, wealthy citizens. Famous people who once walked these streets include literary greats Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, Sara Teasdale and William S. Burroughs.

Discovering eclectic stores and cafés filling the Central West End is a highlight of any trip. Many of St. Louis’ tourist sights are concentrated here too. Make sure you stop at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, a stunning building with ornate paintings reaching all the way up to its high ceiling. Admire the detail of the extensive mosaic collection in the basement museum.

Continue your spiritual journey at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art. The collections here draw items from across many different faiths and nations. See how artists working today are bringing new perspectives to the age-old theme of faith.

Another novel attraction is the World Chess Hall of Fame, which is home to the world’s largest chess piece. Look for this impressive object, which stands outside, as you approach. Inside, learn about World Chess champions and see their stories told through medals, trophies and other personal items.

The Central West End is easy to find due to its location in the heart of the city. Go on a sunny day to enjoy Forest Park, a peaceful green space that is the pride of the area. If it starts to rain, step into the St. Louis Art Museum or the Missouri History Museum, both housed in the park.

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Top Hotels in Central West End

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Parkway Hotel
3 out of 5
4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis
Aug 8 - Aug 9
4.3/5Excellent! (1,969 reviews)

"Very nice! A little too expensive! Great service. Convenient to hospital."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2019

The Parkway Hotel
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The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
4.5 out of 5
212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.4/5Excellent! (1,936 reviews)

"The property was beautiful. It was a throwback to the 50’s, amazing architecture, high vaulting ceilings, attention to detail everywhere you looked. The rooms were gorgeous and well appointed. We had a really bad experience at the Chase Club as the service was just plain bad. We noticed that everyone ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2019

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
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Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End
3 out of 5
4630 Lindell, St. Louis
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.6/5Good! (626 reviews)

"The location was perfect! Just around the corner are restaurants within walking distance as well as a grocery store. We had several locations we wanted to visit in St.Louis, the location was perfect! The neighborhood was great! I felt safe walking back and forth to the surrounding stores."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2019

Holiday Inn Express St Louis - Central West End
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Kasa St. Louis Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4567 W Pine Blvd, St. Louis
Aug 20 - Aug 21
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Great place & great location!!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019

Kasa St. Louis Apartments
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Central West End Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
4045 Washington Ave, St. Louis
Jul 24 - Jul 25
3.8/5Good! (43 reviews)

"It worked out fine for us. We really just needed a place to sleep and shower. And all of that was fine. The location worked well for us. Owners were pleasant and accommodating."…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2018

Central West End Bed and Breakfast
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2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Central West End
St. Louis
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Lovely apartment in a great area of the city

"We got off to a rocky start due to some delays, however after that, everything went well. The instructions provided were clear and easy to follow. People were friendly and informative. Just a wonderful get away! I would come again in a heartbeat."…"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2018

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment Central West End

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