The Lafayette Square neighborhood, located just 1 mile from downtown, is among St. Louis' most picturesque areas and one of its hottest redevelopment sites, with new condos and townhomes sprinkled among the historic homes. Named after the Revolutionary War hero who visited St. Louis in 1825, Lafayette Square surrounds beautiful Lafayette Park, an oasis of greenery within the urban landscape. The park, which dates from 1836, is the first public park west of the Mississippi River. Before or after relaxing in our gardens, the park is perfect for a jog or a stroll, and don't forget to check out the beautiful swans in the lake.
The stately 1870s and 1880s "painted ladies" that frame the square have been called the finest and largest collection of Victorian-era architecture in the country. The area also has won the title of one of the "Prettiest Painted Places" in America. Drive around the 30-acre park to sample the neighborhood's architecture and enjoy Victorian luxury just a mile from the Gateway Arch. Annual House & Garden Tours take place in June and again during the holiday season.
Within 50 feet of the mansion, begins our delightful restaurant and shopping district, which has acclaimed restaurants of all kinds, including a chocolate bar, wine bar, fitness center, gift shops and various salons. Don't forget to visit our unique pet store, "Four Muddy Paws", where you can shop for a gift for your special dog or cat waiting for you at home!
Rich and inviting, the neighborhood offers an idyllic setting after a long day of sight-seeing or business without having to get back in your car to dine or drink or socialize.
St. Louis the city will be at your feet during your stay at the Park Avenue Mansion. The inn is just one mile south of downtown, Union Station and Anheuser Busch Brewery, and one and half miles to the Arch, convention center, Busch Stadium, and the world-class Botanical Gardens. Two and a half miles is Forest Park, which houses the St. Louis Zoo (chosen best in the country), the Art Museum, History Museum and Muny Opera. A fifteen minute walk will have you at the nearest MetroLink station which will take you to Forest Park, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis University and Washington University.
Guests frequently ask if our neighborhood is safe. Lafayette Square is one of the safest neighborhoods in St. Louis. We're an urban area, however, so we urge our guests to use the same common sense and precaution as you would in any large city.
The Park Avenue Mansion provides easy access to I-70, I-44, I-55, I-64 and Hwy 40. Need cash?. ..... there is an ATM is a block away, only 8 blocks from the Metro-Link and Amtrak, and 16 minutes from the airport.
We have purposely created a plush haven where our guests can retreat from busy lives and relax. Uncompromised comfort coupled with our legendary hospitality makes for a beyond boutique experience at the Park Avenue Mansion. We think you'll agree that this St. Louis Bed and Breakfast sets the standard for hospitality and grace while graciously sharing the area's rich history.
Perfect for an unforgettable romantic getaway or honeymoon, we're also perfectly suited to accommodate your small wedding or other social or business event with uncompromising poise and style. Our facilities offer a feeling of warmth and a level of service that isn't easily found elsewhere.
Whether for business or pleasure, a first time guest or a treasured recurring guest, we are committed to making your stay here an exceptional experience.
Long before the Cardinals were the Cardinals, baseball was played in St. Louis. The very first baseball diamond, in the state of Missouri, was laid out in Lafayette Park in the early 1850's, by Mr. Jere Frain, who showed the "locals" how to play the game. Today, the "Perfectos" still play vintage baseball in the park, which is directly across the street from the inn.
Lafayette Square Restaurants
Coffee, Gooey Butter Cake
Wine Bar & Shop
American Grill, Micro Brewery
New American, Happy Hour, Live Music
French American, rooftop seating
Fresh Croissants, coffee
Lafayette Square Shops & Services