News & Events

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

The Tradition Continues ... Classic Ballroom Brunch 

Mother's Day Ballroom Brunch, Sunday, May 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Currently all of our tables are FULL. We are only taking names for our WAIT LIST now.
Call to be added to the WAIT LIST: 651-228-3860 

With our grand spread of magnificent food offerings and The Saint Paul Hotel’s unmatched service and elegance, our Spring Holiday Brunches provide a can’t-miss family gathering that all generations will enjoy.

Our Mother's Day Ballroom Brunch features six lavish food stations
Salads • Seafood Ice Display for Shrimp • Carvery • Entrée and Vegetable Station •  Breakfast Station • Pastry Chef’s Grand Dessert Display

Our Ballroom Brunches are now pre-paid: $45.00 per person • $19.00 per child, age 4-10 • children under 3, free. Price includes service charge and tax. Two free hours of parking at Lawson ramp.

Mother's Day Ballroom Brunch Menu PDF

Mother's Day Brunch 
at M ST. Cafe

Sunday, May 8, 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Brunch favorites include a sumptuous array of offerings from M ST.'s Hot and Cold Sideboards.

Items include Classic Shrimp Cocktail, Chef Carved Salt-Crusted Prime Rib, Chef Carved Herb-Mustard Crusted Salmon, Seared Cod with Bay Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Manilla Clams with Sofrito Sauce, Roasted Carnival Cauliflower with Caper Vinaigrette, Chicken al Lambrusco with Pearl Onions, Roasted Marble Potatoes and Pan Sauce, Eggs Benedict, Malted Waffles, Made-to-order Omelet Station and Dessert Display with Assorted Cakes, Confections and Pastries.

$29.95 per person • $12.95 per child, age, 4-10 • children 3 and under, free. Up to two free hours of parking at Lawson Ramp (between St. Peter Street and Wabasha on 5th Street). M ST. Cafe's Brunch web page.

Reservations: 651-228-3855 or Make Your Reservation online.

The Saint Paul Hotel wins “Best of 2015” Award

We are excited and honored to win Minnesota Meeting + Events "Best of 2015" Award for "Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Less than 300 Guest Rooms)". Winners of these awards are chosen by meeting planners, event planners and suppliers. See the entire "Best of 2015" list.

From Minnesota Meetings + Events website: "The annual Best of Awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service."

Lobby Bar Featured Menu Item – Beet Salad

Along with the Lobby Bar's regular menu, there is also a "Daily Features" menu. This month we are highlighting the Lobby Bar's Beet Salad. A sweet-savory "gourmet bite" salad of Roasted Stripe Beets with Honey Goat Cheese, Blood Orange, Candied Walnuts and Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Be sure to catch Jazz in the Lobby Bar with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske before they take their summer break. They play each Saturday night now through May 21. They will be back for Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 23–25 and back in September for the fall/winter season.

Beet Salad with Honey Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts from the Lobby Bar's Daily Feature's menu.

“Luxury for Your Garden” Annual ‘Dirt Day’ – May 19

We will soon host our third annual "Dirt Day" and again sell bags of compost made from the hotel's organic waste to benefit the Rice Park Revitalization Project.

Stop by in front of the hotel on Thursday, May 19 to buy compost from 11 am - 5 pm, or until we sell out. Last year the compost sold out by 3 pm. 

Working in partnership with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (a nonprofit affiliated with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce), we have been recycling all of the organic waste from our restaurants, banquet and food service. 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.

What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

by Becca Gross, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel

After a warm but wet March, we had a glimpse of spring at The Saint Paul Hotel before the weather turned chilly again. Some of the daffodils and crocuses have already started blooming. More spring flowering bulbs are on their way. Very soon the garden will be green again with trees and shrubs leafing out, signaling the beginning of my busiest time of year.

In addition to the yearly spring plantings in the garden beds, some bigger projects are starting now. Installation of a new, state of the art irrigation system has begun. The new drip irrigation system will help conserve water, while creating healthier, happier plants (and a gardener with more time for other tasks like weeding and deadheading!). After this project is complete, and the front spruce trees have been replaced, I’m looking forward to getting the violas planted in the garden. Come visit the garden when you have the chance—it’s the place to be in Spring!

Gardening Tip for April…

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start a few plants from seed at home. Starting plants from seed is easy and fun. A few containers, some potting soil, seeds, and a fluorescent light will be enough to get you started! There are plenty of plants that benefit from a head start to our short gardening season in Minnesota, including tomatoes and other edibles, several herbs, lettuces as well as a variety of annual flowers. It will still be 6-8 weeks before most of these plants can be put outside, so give them a head start indoors now!

Photos: Above – Our new irrigation system being installed. 
Below – Early spring daffodils blooming.

Did You Know?

Did you know originally on The Saint Paul Hotel's lower level there used to be a billiard room?

When the hotel was constructed, most of the lower level had to be hewn out of solid rock and sandstone. The billiard room was a handsome room with beautiful woodwork and several stately billiard tables. It occupied a fairly large, square space underneath the lobby.

Employee Spotlight
Paul Harris, Lobby Bar Server

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I've worked at The Saint Paul hotel for three years. I started as a Busser at The St. Paul Grill and also at M ST. Cafe. I transitioned to a Host and Server at M ST. Cafe and now I am a Bartender and Server for the Lobby Bar. I also occasionally bartend at The St. Paul Grill.

2. Explain your daily tasks. 
My daily tasks are bartending and serving in the Lobby Bar.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
My favorite part about working at The Saint Paul Hotel is having the opportunity to work in different positions with so many wonderful people.

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
My favorite memory of working here was interacting with a couple who were celebrating an anniversary. The woman told me about the amazing night she was having. Her husband had planned a special evening full of surprises, which included dinner, a visit to the mansion where they were married, and a horse and carriage ride with a bottle of champagne—just like the night of their wedding! After touring the mansion, they rode in the carriage to The Saint Paul Hotel and were dropped off in the circle. Since the evening involved many scheduled events, they hadn't had time to order dessert at the restaurant. After arriving at the hotel, they came to the Lobby Bar where I met them and had the pleasure of serving them a nice bottle of Cabernet and a Creme Brûlée dessert! The couple listened to JoAnn Funk (Jazz in the Lobby Bar) while enjoyed their wine and the Creme Brûlée. I congratulated them, and thanked them for allowing us to be part of their special night.

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
Outside of work I love playing sports and doing anything athletic. 

6. What is a “fun fact” about you? I can do back flips!

Photo of Paul in The St. Paul Grill, where he also occasionally bartends.