Mississippi River Hotels

by Meg Jernigan
The Hernando DeSoto bridge crosses the Mississippi at Memphis.

The Hernando DeSoto bridge crosses the Mississippi at Memphis.

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The Mississippi River originates in Minnesota’s oldest state park (Itasca), traverses 10 states, and empties in the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans. Along the way, the river passes through great cities like Saint Louis, Memphis and Baton Rouge. Mississippi River hotels reflect their place along the waterway, with luxury hotels in big cities and rustic inns in smaller towns.

Inn on the River

Overlooking the Mississippi River in Trempeauleau, Wisconsin, the Inn on the River offers budget-friendly rooms during the week, with rates climbing to the low-moderate range on weekends. The village, located 16 miles north of La Crosse, is on the Great River Road, a scenic highway that parallels the Mississippi from start to finish. Railroad buffs staying at the Inn on the River enjoy watching trains along the tracks on both sides of the river. The town supports a large curling club and is home to a national wildlife refuge. Inn on the River requires a two-night minimum stay on weekends from May through October.

The Red Stone Inn & Suites

The Red Stone Inn occupies a 15-room Victorian mansion, built in 1894, on the Mississippi River. Located in Dubuque, Iowa’s historic district, the inn offers rooms with private baths and, in some cases, whirlpool tubs. The common areas of the inn feature Victorian detail like rococo plasterwork, dark wood and stained glass windows. Many of the design elements are original, including a hand-carved bird's-eye maple fireplace mantel. Nearby dining options include a supper club, Asian restaurant and brewpub. Package deals at the Red Stone Inn include accommodations, tickets for the Fenelon Cable Car, and admission to the Mississippi River Museum.

Natchez Grand Hotel

Natchez, Mississippi, featured in the Natural Wonder category of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Places of a Lifetime” in 2001, sits on a bluff overlooking the river. The Natchez Grand Hotel, located on the bluff, offers both standard rooms and suites. Guests booking a suite receive a complimentary bottle of wine and in-room massage is available by appointment. Canal Street Pub has a large selection of craft beers on tap or by the bottle and serves upscale pub grub for lunch and dinner.

Millennium Hotel St. Louis

Millennium Hotel, located on the banks of the Mississippi adjacent to the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, has 780 standard rooms and 29 suites. Busch Stadium, the Old Cathedral, the President Casino and the Old Courthouse are within three blocks of the hotel. Top of the Riverfront restaurant, on the 28th floor of the hotel, revolves 360 degrees, affording panoramic views of the city and the river. The restaurant is open for dinner and Sunday brunch. The hotel’s Millennium Hybrid package rewards guests who drive a hybrid vehicle with a room upgrade and breakfast.

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