Curio Collection Local Guide, St. Louis

We sent Diana Hernandez, a St. Louis family blogger, to St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful hotel, shoot some photos and create a Curio Local Guide. It’s full of unique tips and local secrets, just for you.

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Name? Diana Hernandez

Occupation? Blogger/Content Creator

Preoccupation? Enjoying the outdoors with my toddler and husband. We’re usually out exploring on the weekends.

How long have you lived in St. Louis? My little family and I have been living in St. Louis for about two years.

Can you sum up St. Louis? St. Louis is for everyone. There’s always a variety of things going on in the city. There is an incredible sports scene here. Be sure to catch a Blues or Cardinals game. The shopping events in Central West End are great. We have amazing music, family-friendly festivals, delicious local restaurants, extraordinary hotels and historic sites. There is a lot to love about St. Louis.

What is a perfect day in St. Louis? I’d start off my morning at Cafe Osage for brunch. There you can explore the gorgeous nursery located within the restaurant and admire all the natural plants and succulents. I would then visit Soulard Market for some afternoon shopping and pick up some beautiful organic seasonal fruit. I’d follow that by visiting Forest Park for a short nature walk to enjoy that freshly purchased fruit. Next, I would swing by the St. Louis Art Museum. I’d enjoy dinner at The Loop, where I’d meet with friends for a large yummy pizza and live music at Ciceros. Finally, I’d cap off the night with a hand-crafted cocktail at the historic Grand Hall at St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton.

What are the people like in St. Louis? I moved from a small town in Florida where there wasn’t much diversity and people weren’t very friendly. It’s the complete opposite here in St. Louis. I am highly intrigued by the variety of cultures I’ve come across. Everyone I’ve met has been unique and kind in their own way. You can find people from all over the world here!

If  St. Louis was a person who would it be? St Louis would totally be that cool aunt everyone has! Although the city is older, it still has an edgy funk to it! You can never have a dull time in St. Louis.

What was your experience like visiting the St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton? I’ve never felt so welcomed at a hotel — and I travel a lot. The team members were very attentive and service was on point! The numerous surrounding activities all within walking distance from the hotel make for endless opportunities that would cater to any taste.

From November 18th to December 30th, the hotel has a Holiday Station set up for  guests and locals to participate in wonderful holiday activities! We visited recently and took full advantage by hanging out in the Elf Lounge, visiting Mrs. Claus’ house, watching people ice skate, enjoying the water show and hopping on the Santa Express Train that took us to the North Pole to see Santa himself! My toddler had a great time.

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What was special about St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton? From the moment I walked in, I was awed by the beauty of this hotel. Every inch of the property is stunning. The Union Station’s architecture still has many original elements from the late 1800’s. The detail in every room is an intricate form of art. You can feel the historic energy throughout the entire hotel and it actually makes you feel you’re in a different era. The outside has the resemblance of a royal castle! It truly is a magical experience to stay there!

If your best friend was visiting St. Louis, what would you have him or her do? Check into the beautiful St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton. I’d love for anyone who visits St. Louis to stay there because there’s really no place like it! Start your morning by going to the fitness center; then have a delicious breakfast at the hotel.

Find your way to the popular City Museum, which is only a few minutes away. It is smart to visit the City Museum earlier in the day before it gets too crowded. There are so many cool exhibits to see and the rooftop views of downtown (and the whole city) are exceptional!

For lunch, you definitely want to go to The Hill and grab a bite at Zia’s. The Hill is an amazing Italian neighborhood in St. Louis. The Chicken Soto at Zia’s is scrumptious, but you can’t go wrong with anything there.

After lunch, head over to The Loop! This is a perfect place to do some shopping and walking. A couple of my favorite local stores are Serendipity Gallery, which is an art store with lots of detailed and unique merchandise; and Pitaya, an affordable trendy women’s clothing boutique. There are so many places to check out, so do some exploring!

After your shopping thrill, take some time to relax at Forest Park. Enjoy the beautiful grounds before the sun sets and visit the Missouri History Museum.

In the evening, head over to Central West End. Have dinner at Taste, one of our local favorites, and enjoy a few of their amazing craft cocktails. Their brick chicken is known to be one of the best plates, but everything on the menu is tasty!

To end your night, I would recommend taking a stroll through the Holiday Station at St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton. The lights and decorations are magical! You’ll love it here any time of year, but it is especially fun during the holiday season!




St. Louis

Best place to eat:

Mission Taco or Sauce On The Side

Best place to drink:

The Fountain

Best place to shop:

Anywhere in Central West End or The Loop

Best activity:

St. Louis Arch and Forest Park

Local tip:

Enjoy the free museums, festivals, and city zoo at Forest Park.

Best place to stay:

St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton