News & Events

 Updates, events and news for the hotel and surrounding area!

The Saint Paul Hotel Earns Its Tenth
Consecutive Minnesota Bride “Best Of” Award! 

The Saint Paul Hotel just received "Minnesota Bride's 2015 Best Of" award for "Best Wedding-Night Hotel." This marks the tenth year in a row that we have received this award! We humbly extend a sincere thank you to Minnesota Bride Magazine and to all who voted for us!

Minnesota Bride Magazine's "Best Of" awards are readers' choice awards, based on votes from thousands of newlyweds recognizing the state’s top, local wedding professionals. See the complete list of 2015 Best Of Winners.


It's A Wonderful Life Seat Reservations On Sale Now!

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Playnow in its 10th year at The Saint Paul Hotel, invites audiences to enjoy playwright Joe Landry’s acclaimed take on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life, accompanied by a three-course luncheon for afternoon performances and a three-course dinner for evening shows. 

Click here to book online and reserve your seat. Reservations on sale now!  Price: $65 for Lunch Matinee and $85 for Dinner.

It's A Wonderful Life Information Flyer and Menu (PDF)

Price: $65 for Luncheon Matinee and $85 for Dinner Evening performance. All-inclusive price includes performance, meal, coat check, taxes and service charge.

The Luncheon Menu features a soup, entrée and dessert. The Dinner Menu features a salad, entrée and dessert. The menu entrée for both seatings is Pork Chasseur — Seared Herb Pork Loin 
with Truffle Potato Puree, Broccolini, Grape Tomatoes & Chasseur Sauce. 
Dessert is Dulce de Leche Cheese Cake with Pecan Graham Crust and Chocolate Mousse. 

2015 Performance Dates

Lunch Matinee Performances:
Thursday, December 10, 1:00pm
Friday, December 11, 1:00pm
Saturday, December 12, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 13, 1:00pm
Wednesday, December 16, 1:00pm
Thursday, December 17, 1:00pm
Friday, December 18, 1:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 1:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 1:00pm

Dinner Evening Performances:
Thursday, December 10, 7:00pm
Friday, December 11, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 13, 7:00pm
Thursday, December 17, 7:00pm
Friday, December 18, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 20, 7:00pm

The American Film Institute (AFI) selected It’s a Wonderful Life as its “Most Inspiring Movie of All Time” in a 2006 “100 Years—100 Cheers” retrospective.

We invite you to join us for our equally inspiring "Live Radio Play" version!

Special Offer: Labor Day Rate of $139.00 per night plus tax for Standard or Deluxe Guestroom

Take advantage of the last days of summer and plan a stay at The Saint Paul Hotel!

This is a great opportunity to attend The Minnesota State Fair, the second largest state fair in the United States and the largest in the Midwest! The fair attracts nearly 1.8 million guests annually and is located only six miles from The Saint Paul Hotel. The Minnesota State Fair runs August 27th through Labor Day.

The special Labor Day rate is only valid on Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7, 2015. Subject to availability. Offer subject to change.

Enter promotional code LABOR under Special Rates when reserving online at or call 651-292-9292 and mention the promotional code LABOR at the time of reservation.

Etiquette Classes for Children, Young Adults 
and Business Professionals

We will be having three etiquette luncheon classes this fall. Our Children's class is sold out, but there is still space left for the Young Adults and Business Etiquette classes.

Children's Etiquette Luncheon – October 10 - Sold Out
Recommended for Children, ages: 8-13
Young Adults Luncheon – October 17
Recommended for Young Adults, ages: 17-22
Business Etiquette Luncheon – October 24

Please call 651-228-3860 to register.

Click on our Etiquette web page link for more details and to see the Etiquette Luncheon menus.

A recent St. Paul Pioneer Press article "Lessons in dining etiquette – for prom and beyond" features our new Etiquette Instructor, Bethany Miller along with The Saint Paul Hotel's Etiquette classes.

Above: Bethany Miller of Doors of Success School of Etiquette and one of her Children's etiquette classes. 

What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

by staff writers of The Saint Paul Hotel 

Our garden is in full bloom! The lilies are coming to the end of their blooming period, but the gorgeous perennial hibiscus are now open and will continue to bloom into Autumn. Some other perennials that are still in bloom are Russian sage, catmint, perennial salvia and phlox. 

This year has been a great summer for gardens across the Twin Cities. With several good soakings of rain and moderate temperatures, even those who haven't been as diligent about watering have been able to enjoy flourishing gardens! Along with all the rain and sunshine, creating abundant plant and flower growth, you probably have noticed weeds have been abundant as well! If you don't have a chance to pull weeds right away, be sure to at least pull them before they flower and go to seed, to prevent even more weeds.

With August now underway we are encountering dryer weather. It is important to continue to water and fertilize your plants. Don't forget about any young trees and shrubs you may have. Trees constantly lose water to the atmosphere. Water is the single most essential resource for tree survival and growth. Lack of water severely damages young and old trees alike, and sets-up healthy trees for other problems. For new trees, avoid frequent light watering, which promotes shallow root growth susceptible to summer heat stress and winter injury. Instead water infrequently but deeply. A 20 gallon tree watering bag is a great way to water new trees. Fill it once a week during the growing season for the first two years to keep your young tree healthy.

Gardening Tip for August...

August is a great time to order spring bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, for your spring garden. Plant them in September and come spring you will be rewarded with beautiful blooms after the long winter.

Special note…

The Saint Paul Hotel and its garden are one of the stops in the Rice Park Tours on the third Wednesday of each month starting in June and going through September. More information about this and other summer walking tours.

M ST. Cafe's Featured Menu Item

The Heartland Omelet – This item is on both the M ST. Cafe Menu and our In-Room Dining Menu.

Enjoy this hearty breakfast at M ST. Cafe or in the comfort of your guestroom while staying with us.

Heartland Omelet – Three Eggs with Sugar Cured Ham, Aged Amish White Cheddar Cheese, Bell Peppers, Onions and Toast, Served with Hashbrowns or Fruit

View M ST. Cafe's Menu page

Make a Reservation at M ST. Cafe

Did You Know...?

Did you know that in addition to a beautiful English flower garden outside the hotel, we also have beautiful flowers and a variety of plants and palms inside the hotel?

Just inside our main entrance, a grand bouquet of flowers welcomes each guest. This enormous vase of flowers and greenery is lovingly refreshed twice a week by our florist.

The vase itself is 13 inches wide x 14 inches high. With the floral arrangement added, the whole display often reaches five feet high from the table top and four feet across. 

We have 21 plants in our main floor lobby including 9 palms. Additionally we have 24 palms and plants on our lower level and palms and plants in our event spaces and in each of our guestroom suites.

Since 1910, The Saint Paul Hotel has had palms in its lobby and other areas of the hotel. In fact when the hotel first opened, the main event space (now our Promenade Ballroom) was called "The Palm Room" and contained many palms along with a water fountain which cascaded water from a huge lion's head into a basin of marble.


The Lobby Bar Featured Cocktail – Blueberry Margarita

Blueberry Margarita

1.5 fl oz Tequila
0.5 fl oz Cointreau
0.5 fl oz Lime Juice
0.5 fl oz Crème de Cassis
Lime Wedge, a Bordeaux Cherry or a few Blueberries as garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients except the garnish. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and purge contents into a cocktail glass with a salted rim.

Serve with a lime wedge garnish and a Bordeaux Cherry or two blueberries on a skewer.

A delicious, margarita with an exotic depth of flavor, creating an intriguing, well-balanced contrast between sweet and tart.




Employee Spotlight

Kia Burton, Sales Coordinator and Business Travel Concierge

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
In total I have worked for the hotel for just over a year.

2. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I love the hospitality in my co-workers; it’s not just the industry we work in but truly a trait that everyone here embodies. I also love interacting with guests and getting to know our regulars.

3. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
One of my favorite memories was when I told this woman that she looked just like this actress and then asked for her ID (at check-in) only to find out that it was her. She hadn’t let the hotel know she was coming so it was a surprise I wasn’t ready for as a newer hire. Luckily she had a great laugh over it and was surprised I even knew who she was! Also I have really enjoyed getting to know my co-workers while at work as well as outside of work. I have made some lifelong friendships here!

4. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I enjoy trying new things, and am hoping to try rock climbing next. I also love watching movies and listening to music. I get made fun of because I still buy CD’s and DVD’s and have a nice little collection!

5. If you could choose any other position, what would it be? 
I would like to be an Assistant Guest Services Manager.

6. What is a “fun fact” about you?
I come from a very large family which includes 10 siblings and 25 nieces and nephews. I also have three Godchildren!

Above: Kia seated in our Lobby Bar banquette area.