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Exploring the Rich History of Saint Paul’s Iconic Hotel

As the Twin Cities’ most iconic historic hotel, The Saint Paul Hotel has a rich and interesting history that many guests may not know. First opened in 1910, The Saint Paul Hotel has over a century of history — learn more about The Saint Paul Hotel’s storied history as one of the only historic hotels in Saint Paul.

First Great Age

The historic Saint Paul Hotel was first opened in 1910, in what was called the “First Great Age” of skyscraper construction. Its Renaissance revival style made it one of the most notable buildings in St. Paul during this time, known as “St. Paul’s Million-Dollar Hotel.” Overlooking Rice Park, The Saint Paul Hotel served as a community center — hosting traveling workers, government leaders, socialites, and eager American travelers.

Many Noted Guests

In 1910, its first year of operation, The Saint Paul Hotel hosted both former President Theodore Roosevelt and President William Howard Taft. Taft was there for a September meeting of the National Conservation Congress to discuss how the US would manage its natural resources. In 1911, William Jennings Bryan highlighted a notable gathering of Democrats that also included several notable current and former senators and congressmen.

Throughout the years, The Saint Paul Hotel has hosted countless dignitaries, socialites, celebrities, and notable guests. But no matter your background, the best historic hotel in Saint Paul will treat you like royalty.

Closed, Remodeled, Reopened

The historic hotel in Saint Paul operated for 69 years straight before closing in 1979. Downtown St. Paul, once a bustling hub of commerce, had gone quiet, and the Hotel was losing money. The Saint Paul Hotel remained closed until 1982, when it was renovated and reopened by new owners. In 1991, The Saint Paul Hotel was added to the Historic Hotels of America program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Saint Paul Hotel is the most luxurious historic hotel in Saint Paul, offering comfort and sophistication to all who visit. Contact The Saint Paul Hotel to book your next stay or for a proposal to host your next corporate event at one of the best historic hotels in Saint Paul.

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