Luxury accommodations in Minnesota’s state capital city.
By Hope S. Philbrick
If you mention to a Minnesotan that you’ll be staying at the Saint Paul Hotel, be prepared to hear some envious oohs and ahhs.
“That’s the best hotel in the state,” a family friend told me.
Doesn’t a grownup deserve the best?
Located in Downtown Saint Paul—the state’s capital city and the elder “twin” (by 13 years) to Minneapolis—the Saint Paul Hotel was built in 1910. A member of Historic Hotels of America and consistently ranked among the nation’s top hotels, the Saint Paul Hotel has a reputation for old-world charm and European-inspired elegance. It has earned a AAA Four Diamond rating for 29 consecutive years and a place on the Condé Nast Travelers Gold List—the only Minnesota hotel to earn this distinction.
Located just steps from Rice Park, the Mississippi River and several attractions, the Saint Paul Hotel is a place where romance and luxury endure in classic style. Elegant décor and attentive staff members lend the place an upscale, refined vibe.
Expect to be pampered, from the moment you pull up to the front door and are greeted by a valet to the time you check out and reluctantly hand your room key to whoever is helming the main desk. During your stay, whether you retreat to the privacy of your guestroom, linger in the breathtaking lobby, grab a stool at the bar or order a meal at one of the hotel’s two restaurants, or stroll around outside snapping photos, you’re in for a sensuous treat.
Book a Landmark King corner room for a view of Landmark Center and Rice Park. You’ll find a work station and seating area, but the lure of the four-poster king bed with custom-designed mattress may prove irresistible.
The oohs and ahhs you’ll hear? Your own satisfied sighs as you slip between the sheets, sink into a pillow, and grab some deep ZZZs.
- 254 guestrooms, including 31 luxury suites
- Complimentary Internet access
- Complimentary newspaper delivered in the morning to each guestroom
- Rooftop fitness center offers panoramic views
- On-site dining includes The Saint Paul Grill and M Street Café—don’t miss the wild rice soup!
- Room service available 24 hours a day
- Turn down service available upon request
- Aveda bath products
- Odds of Encountering Children: Lower on weekdays than weekends, when there are more business than leisure travelers. This hotel is a popular wedding destination, so you may spot a flower girl or ring bearer.
- Paper, cardboard, steel, aluminum and glass recycling
- Light fixtures retrofitted with high efficiency fluorescent and LED bulbs to the extent possible
- District Energy heating and cooling; the power company is a national leader in providing reliable service from renewable sources including biomass and solar
- Linens, furniture, towels, soap and silverware donated to local shelters
- Energy Star -rated appliances sourced when possible
- China, silver, glass and linen used in place of plastics and Styrofoam
- Aveda products offered in every guestroom; Aveda purchases Green-e certified renewable energy from Xcel Energy’s Wind Source program to offset 100% of the electricity used for their headquarters, primary production and distribution facilities located in Minnesota.
What To Do…
For some grownup fun, head to Summit Brewing Company for a free brewery tour and tasting—tours can fill up, so sign up in advance here. Launched in 1986, Summit brews a range of award-winning beers. Tours begin with a slide-show presentation detailing the brewery’s history and beer production process, then step inside the brewery for a behind-the-scenes peek at the facility, and conclude in the beer hall where samples are poured. Expect to be joined by a festive, enthusiastic crowd of participants.
The Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
“If you don’t like Saint Paul, you’ve got a screw loose.”
—Brian Williams, Anchor, NBC Nightly News
- Saint Paul is the second most populated city in Minnesota
- The Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis together make up the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States
- There is no sales tax on apparel or shoes in Minnesota
- Famous folks from Saint Paul include: Loni Anderson (Actress), Charles Schulz (Cartoonist), Garrison Keillor (Author & Radio Personality), Herb Brooks (1980 Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Coach), Warren E. Burger (Supreme Court Justice). F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author), Dewitt Wallace (Founder of Reader’s Digest) and more
- Saint Paul’s Summit Avenue boasts the longest stretch of preserved Victorian architecture in the United States
- Target, Best Buy, 3M and Pearson’s Candy are all based in Saint Paul
- Saint Paul has 26 miles of Mississippi riverfront—more than any other city on the entire river!
- On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Freedom to Marry Act into law allowing same sex couples to get married
– Photo Credits: Saint Paul Hotel reflection and Saint Paul on the Mississippi River by Nattapol Pornsalnuwat; remainder © HSP Media LLC
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