“… people who are passionate about travel tend to have open minds and really good stories,” says Meghan McEwen on her blog Design Tripper. Travel writer McEwen looks for “quirky family-owned inns and neighborhood-oriented hotels” that are different from the Holiday Inn to feature on DT. She started it 4 years ago to give such places some buzz. It’s a fun, informative blog.
But I notice that Missouri isn’t in her queue. Yet. Last summer Ruth & I stayed in a hotel in St. Louis that I believe Meghan would love, Moonrise. Built in 2009, Moonrise at 6177 Delmar is next to the popular live-show Pageant Theater. When there’s something on at the Pageant, parking around Moonrise can be difficult, and the human and automotive traffic becomes, well, let’s call it lively. In other words, the entire area probably won’t get settled and quiet until after midnight. For some, like us, this adds to the fun. For others, those who seek out private resorts with designer golf courses, this might not be your kind of place.
Joe Edwards is the brains and money behind Moonrise. You’re likely to see him at some point during your stay. He has worked hard to rejuvenate the Loop District that now claims Moonrise and some historic St. Louis landmarks like the Tivoli Theater, Blueberry Hill made famous by Chuck Berry, Vintage Vinyl, etc. Make no mistake, though. Moonrise is near urban blocks that cry out for renewal, and the Loop is the-opposite-of-lively during the day. However, new living quarters for Washington University students are rising in the next block and Moonrise is near some excellent St. Louis attractions–SLAM, the Zoo made famous by Marlon Perkins, the Chase-Park Plaza, etc. There are good restaurants in nearby Clayton and close to the hotel. Moonrise has its own dining spots, including Eclipse. We enjoyed it because it experiments and shows potential.
As you’ve probably already figured out, this boutique hotel’s theme is the moon. When we were in St. Louis again this year, we returned, asked for, and stayed in the same room, Moonstruck. The first time we checked in and saw it, I wrote in my diary, “It’s an A.” Here is an example of its art to illustrate.
One website calls Moonrise “the anti-chain”. That’s accurate. It welcomes and gifts pets. Each room sports technology docking stations. The open, rooftop Terrace Bar affords fine views of St. Louis. The staff is unusually welcoming and friendly. The Moonrise is, indeed, a place for passionate travel people with open minds. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll leave with some new travel stories, Meghan McEwan.