I've never been to East Saint Louis and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what East Saint Louis is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!
Not sure what you want to see in East Saint Louis, but it can be pretty seedy. Better bet is to use priceline to find a spot Downtown Saint Louis. Everything is a very close cab/uber ride and you can typically find rooms at extremley cheap prices. <$90 for a 4 star. I am currently looking for places in west hollywood/santa monica for next weekend.