Best New Building - 2009
Don't judge a book by its cover. Or a building, especially if it's a hotel with a rotating moon on its roof. Behind the unassuming exterior of the Moonrise Hotel — the latest project of Loop entrepreneur Joe Edwards (cf. Blueberry Hill, the Pageant, Pin-Up Bowl) — is a visually magnetic mashup of lunar pop culture and a homage to the bygone era when we celebrated interplanetary science. Visitors will immediately notice the multicolored, incandescent staircase in the lobby and various interpretations of the hotel's celestial namesake hanging on the walls, from satellite images of the moon to photos of Edwards posing with men who have walked on it. Ten of the hotel's 125 rooms are "Walk of Fame" suites, each dedicated to a person enshrined on the Delmar Loop's Walk of Fame (another Edwards-abetted project), with art honoring their life and works. As of late summer, room rates for a weekend night started at about $169, depending on demand.
I sent my friend here for wedding night but now I know he was not faithful to wife Hopey so sorry for her. He needs to make it up but he is now sleeping with all he can in Houston and Carbondale and St Louis and Albuquerque want to be US doctor but probly wont happen. Sorry Hopey.
Wow, I am surprised to see that the guy I was dating had a "honeymoon" at this place. Really? I know he wanted immigration, but did he really get married to gain a green card? Shame on his lawyer wife if she knew what he was up to.
I love this place!! Always a good time. Many fond memories in March/April 2010 when my girlfriend was visiting from another state. Highly recommend.
What is wrong with people?
I confess I haven't seen the inside, so I can't comment on that.
But the outside is an embarrassment. It's a crashing bore.
My husband and I spent our wedding night here as a result of a good friend's thoughtfulness, and it was absolutely wonderful. Every person I dealt with from the hotel's staff was extraordinarily helpful and friendly, and our room was great: quaint, charming decor and luxurious amenities too. I was pleased and surprised to find such a wonderful place in a part of town where there has been no such business for as long as I can remember. I highly recommend this hotel for townies and visitors alike.