I am hoping to come for the Blue Jackets game this Saturday. I was wondering if anyone has hotel recommendations? There will be three of us and we'd like to keep it cheap, but preferably not in a scary part of town. Also wondering where the best places to part are or if there are shuttles to the arena, and if there are any notable hockey places to visit.
(If there is a thread already like this please direct me to it)
There's a Drury next to Union Station. It's like $90 per night. I think there's also a hotel in Union Station. Those would be closest to Scottrade. If you stay near Scottrade, you could probably park at your hotel and walk to Scottrade, though it will be ridiculously cold. You could also park at Union Station for the day, even if you are not staying there.
I believe the MetroLink will be running, so you may try staying somewhere Downtown and taking the MetroLink to/from the game. There are quite a few options.
From my understanding of it, the worst areas of town are in North City, and there aren't any hotels there anyway. Although, in a city, there's always a chance for crime.
If you need groceries, there is now a grocery store in Downtown, as well as CityGourmet (former City Grocer (I think)) in the Bell Lofts. They provide gourmet meals I think. They used to provide fresh produce, but Schnucks does that now. Finding groceries was a problem when we've stayed Downtown before, but there is a Schnucks Downtown now.
You can try looking around Downtown St. Louis on Google Street View. Might give you some kind of idea where everything is at. I think MetroLink is $2.25 each way if you want to ride it. I've ridden it before without any problem, although that was during the day.
There are quite a few hotels Downtown and a few around Union Station. You should be able to find one even on short notice like this.
I would hotwire it and keep your search in the downtown area. If you really want some help I can get you a discount at the Drury Plaza. I've got a very good friend that manages it. Soulard is a great, safe part of the City, just about 10 blocks south of Downtown. Lots of bars and you can get shuttles to and from the game at Joannies, Lywellins, Hammerstones and Johnnys (sp?) for free. I'm an old South City guy so I stay away from Downtown, the Central West End etc..good luck.
If you're driving in from C-Bus, just looking for a bed to sleep in Saturday night before driving home on Sunday, and intend to hang around for awhile downtown after the game on Saturday night, I'd look for hotel rooms on the Illinois side of the river. You're closer to home when you depart, and although the traffic is likely horrible immediately after the game, it probably clears up 30-60 minutes afterward. (Full disclosure: I'm a Missouri resident, so I have a relatively uninformed point of view as compared to Illinois Blues fans.)
Check the Casino Queen hotel, and any chain hotels in the Collinsville area along I-70.
If you choose to drive toward the arena instead of taking the Metrolink, there's $15 parking in the Scottrade Center garage, $10 parking at City Hall (across the street, north of Clark Ave., east of 14th St.), and $5 parking in a public lot south of Spruce just east of Tucker (about six blocks from the arena).