All of the BW hotels along Interstate 44 through St. Louis were full so we explored possibilities in the greater SL area. We found this hotel in Alton which was about 20 mi out of the way but decided to try it. What a surprise! The hotel was very nice. Lots of stores and shops nearby. We didn't try any of the restaurants in the area but there were many available. We did get frozen yogurt at ChillOut-great place! We loved visiting downtown Alton early in the morning before we left the area to resume our trip. Many historical buildings and of course the river.