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News & Events

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

We Recently Celebrated Our 32nd Consecutive 
AAA Four Diamond Award!

We are very honored to have received this award for 32 years. All the staff at the hotel work hard to keep our hotel in "Four Diamond" tip top shape, but our Housekeeping and Engineering staff especially do everything possible to keep the hotel sparkling clean and in prime working order! 

Photos below: The celebration cake; the award presentation to Ken Boyles, General Manager; our Housekeeping staff and Engineering staff with our new AAA Four Diamond plaque.

 




The Saint Paul Hotel Received Two Awards in May: the 2015 Eureka! Award and a 5th Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

The 2015 Eureka! Award, from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, honors ground-breaking innovation across industries in the Twin Cities and recognizes companies of all sizes that have invented new products or new ways of doing things that have altered and re-energized or disrupted their own operations and their industry, as well as delighted their customers.

The Saint Paul Hotel is being recognized for leadership in environmental sustainability and a commitment to sustainability including implementing these programs: Guestroom linen and towel conservation programs, Single stream recycling for paper, cardboard, steel, aluminum and glass, Use of high-efficiency fluorescent and LED light bulbs when possible, Heating and cooling provided by District Energy, a national leader in renewable energy sources including biomass and solar, Linens, furniture, towels, soap and silverware donated to local non-profits, Energy Star rated appliances used when possible, China, silver, glass and linen used in place plastics and Styrofoam in dining and meeting facilities and reducing the waste stream and using AVEDA products in guestrooms. AVEDA purchases Green-e certified renewable energy from Xcel Energy's Wind Source program.

The TripAdvisor award, now in its firth year, celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to brands that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. We are excited to have achieved TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence consecutively for five years!



Etiquette Classes for Children, Young Adults 
and Business Professionals

We will be having three etiquette luncheon classes this fall:

Children's Etiquette Luncheon – October 10 - Our Children's class is starting to fill up!
Recommended for Children, ages: 8-13
Young Adults Luncheon – October 17
Recommended for Young Adults, ages: 17-22
Business Etiquette Luncheon – October 24

Space is limited. 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. 




Free Summertime Music!

Music in Mears, Thursdays, 

June 4 - August 27

2015 marks the 12th year of Music in Mears! Located just six blocks from The Saint Paul Hotel, between Sibley and Wacouta on 5th Street, Mears Park is a beautiful, vibrant gem complete with a stage pavilion, lawn, benches, trees and even a waterfall-filled stream in a garden. 

Thirteen weeks of music, June 4 - August 27
First show: 6pm 
Headliners: 7:15pm
See the schedule and listen and preview the bands at Music in Mears website.

 




Did You Know...?

Did you know that The Saint Paul Hotel sold almost 700 bags of compost during our second annual 'Dirt Day' event? All proceeds, after expenses, were donated to the Rice Park Revitalization Project.

The compost sale was a great success despite the rainy weather. Many people lined up in their vehicles to buy multiple 20 pound bags of the compost for $3.50 each.

Working in partnership with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, each month we send 26 tons of kitchen scraps and compostable waste to a composting program operated by the Mulch Store – reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills by 85%. The Mulch Store turns the organic and compostable waste into rich compost for use in gardens and landscaping.

Above: The Saint Paul Hotel employees along with help from Minnesota Waste Wise and the Mulch Store filling bags of compost.




What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

by Sara Orvik, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel

It’s summertime! The garden is all set to produce a spectacular amount of colorful blooms. I just finished planting 2,350 annual plants in the front entrance gardens and the window boxes. They include fragrant white alyssum, blue salvia, blue ageratum, bright yellow marigolds, pink begonias, purple cleome, raspberry Angelonia, Redhead coleus, hot pink impatiens, trailing sweet potato vine and Whopper begonia. While the annuals grow and bloom, numerous lilies and roses will add pops of color throughout the perennial gardens.

Gardening Tip for June...

Fertilizing is one of the most important tasks you can do to have healthy summer annuals. Whether they are in pots or in a garden bed, fertilizing is easy to do. At the hotel, I use a water soluble fertilizer every other week on the annuals in the garden beds and the window boxes. The fertilizer I use comes in premixed bottles. I simply connect the applicator to the hose and fertilize as I water. There are other methods which are just as good. There are slow release fertilizers which you simply mix in the soil at planting time and the granules slowly release the nutrients throughout the entire Minnesota gardening season. You can also buy powder fertilizer which you mix with water in a watering can. This works well if you only have a few pots of annuals to care for. So, whether you have a large flower garden or just a few pots, there are easy fertilizing methods you can use to ensure you have healthy colorful blooming annuals all season long.

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.

Our late-spring perennial flowers are nearing their peak, such as these gorgeous
white and purple bearded iris.




The Lobby Bar's Featured Menu Item

If you haven't visited the Lobby Bar for a while you may not be aware that there is a new menu! A few months ago we added a small kitchen to the side of our lobby enabling us to prepare and serve some new food items. 

One of the most popular new menu items is the Wild Mushroom Flatbread, pictured below. It's a Crispy Flatbread served hot with Truffle Boursin Cream, Herb Roasted Mushrooms and topped with a blend of Four Italian Cheeses.

Stop by and try our new menu! Also a reminder, JoAnn Funk will be back for Jazz in the Lobby Bar for three days during The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 25-27.

Lobby Bar webpage and new menu

Wild Mushroom Flatbread – Crispy Flatbread with Truffle Boursin Cream, Herb Roasted Mushrooms and topped with a blend of Four Italian Cheeses.




Employee Spotlight

Anjelica Pentheros, Assistant Executive Housekeeper

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
It's coming up on a year! I started on July 22 of 2014.

2. Explain your daily tasks. 
I start the day by preparing and printing charts and checklists for my staff. Throughout the day, I answer phones and delegate maintenance and guest requests. Occasionally, I'll get side tracked with my staff as we share exciting personal life plans and goals. 

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
The hotel is my second home; I feel so comfortable here. Everyone I work with and have met here has made such an impact on my life. Not to mention, it was pretty cool to bring a celebrity an ice bucket.

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
In February, the whole housekeeping team threw a baby shower for the Executive Housekeeper. It was awesome watching everyone come together to do something non-work related.

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I enjoy making homemade soaps, bath-bombs, and cosmetics. I started regularly making them about a year ago, but have always enjoyed experimenting with various natural homemade recipes I've found on the Internet.

6. If you could choose any other position at the hotel, what would it be? 
If you would have asked me that a year ago, I would have immediately said Front Desk Manager. I never would have guessed I would be in housekeeping and enjoy it as much as I do. After being here, I am absolutely, without a doubt, in love with my position; I can’t imagine being in another department. So, maybe someday I’ll be able to take on the Executive Housekeeper position.

7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
When I was little, I used to love the television show "Little House on the Prairie."  I still love the show; I watch it all the time. There is something soothing about it; it’s like a stress reliever. I’m also getting married in October.

Above: Angelica in one of our Ambassador suites.