News & Events

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

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Celebrating our 11th season, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns this December! 
Shows are December 8 - 24, 2016. Tickets are on sale now
Call 651-228-3860 for tickets (online sales are temporarily unavailable).

Visit our It's A Wonderful Life webpage for dates and more information.




The Saint Paul Hotel Earns Its 11th MN Bride Magazine’s
“Best Of” Award

We are excited to have received the "Minnesota Bride's 2016 Best Of" award for "Best Wedding-Night Hotel". This marks the 11th year in a row that we have received this honor! 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 2016 Best Of Winners.

Special Labor Day Guestroom Rate of $139.00 per Night –
A Perfect Opportunity to Enjoy a Day at the MN State Fair

Take advantage of the last holiday of the summer and stay with us!

There are so many things to see and do — from nearby sightseeing, to shopping at Mall of America, to attending the Minnesota State Fair — there is something for everybody!

Photo above: our Deluxe King Guestroom.

Our top pick is a visit to the Minnesota State Fair, named best in the nation by USA Today readers and ranked #3 of 150 things to do in Saint Paul on Tripadvisor.

Known as "The Great Minnesota Get-Together," the fair runs August 25 through Labor Day and attracts nearly 1.8 million guests annually. It is the largest state fair in the United States by daily attendance and is located only six miles from The Saint Paul Hotel. The fair has numerous exhibits and events including 900+ entertainment shows and nearly 500 foods to try (including 70+ foods on-a-stick). More information at

Our special Labor Day rate is valid for Sunday, September 4 and Monday September 5, 2016. Rate of $139 per night, plus tax for a Standard or Deluxe Guestroom is subject to availability and 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.

Photo below: "the Mighty Midway" amusement park at the Minnesota State Fair.


Join Us for “Painting in the Park”

Introducing The Saint Paul Hotel's newest special event "Painting in the Park," a painting, wine and culinary adventure, taught by artist Johna Stern.

No artistic experience necessary! Join us for an afternoon of fun, creativity, wine and hors d'oeuvres! Uncork into your inner artist and create your own painting in a relaxing and picturesque environment.

The first two classes will be in Rice Park (weather dependent). The December class will be indoors.

Call 651-228-3860 for reservations and information. Our events are very popular, for best availability, make reservations early.

The price is all-inclusive and includes painting lesson, supplies, wine, hors d'oeuvres and two hours of complimentary parking in Lawson Ramp.

September 24, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
In Rice Park (or in the hotel in case of inclement weather)
$55 per person 

October 15, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
In Rice Park (or in the hotel in case of inclement weather)
$55 per person 

December 3, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Indoors at The Saint Paul Hotel.
$55 per person 

Two Fall Children’s Etiquette Luncheons

Our Etiquette Class emphasizes respect for others and educates children on manners and etiquette with a fun, hands-on approach. Your child will learn social etiquette, proper introductions and fine dining skills.

The class incorporates role-playing and features a three-course lunch to help children practice and retain what they are learning. This is an excellent opportunity for children to build confidence and learn important skills which make everyday situations easier to navigate.

October 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm
November 5, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Three hours, $60 per person 
For boys and girls aged 8-13

Call 651-228-3860 to register for our Children's Etiquette Class & Luncheon.

Our Etiquette Instructor, Bethany Miller, holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and is also a graduate of the prestigious American School of Protocol in Atlanta, Georgia and has a licensure from Washington School of Protocol, Washington DC in Business Etiquette & International Protocol. Motivated by her love of teaching, she established Doors of Success School of Etiquette to further assist youth and adults with their personal development and social skills.

Ms. Miller is a skilled educator working with students in elementary school, high school, college and the corporate world and has an engaging personality and makes learning the finer details of manners and social skills memorable.

Catch Outdoor Concerts at Two Great Park Venues

Music in Mears

Mears Park, Thursdays
Last concert is August 25
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Now in its 13th year, Music in Mears continues to see bigger crowds and receive numerous accolades.

Visit the Music in Mears website for the full schedule and to listen to music from upcoming bands.

Rhythm in Rice

In Rice Park, Fridays
Last concert is August 26
6:00pm - 9:00pm

New this year, this concert series and celebration has two main goals to use music as the thread to unite the multi-cultural communities of the Twin cities and to seek corporate unity through combining support of many of the large companies located in downtown Saint Paul. 

Visit the Rhythm in Rice website for the full schedule and to listen to music from upcoming bands.

Enjoy free, live music, and food and drinks for purchase at all the concerts.



The Lobby Bar Featured Food and Cocktail  

Reviver Martini

5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
½ oz Lilet Blanc Liqueur
½ oz Cointreau Liqueur
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Orange Slice or Orange Twist for garnish

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass and add garnish.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato
& Pancetta Flat Bread

Our highlighted "Daily Features" menu item for August is a special Roasted Heirloom Tomato & Pancetta Flat Bread: Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, Crispy Pancetta Touiles with Garlic Oil and Balsamic Reduction.



What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

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

Though the bold colored lilies are coming to an end now, the garden is still bright and colorful. The perennial hibiscus has started to bloom and will continue to throughout August. The Russian sage is buzzing with honey bees and the phlox are filling the garden with color and a sweet fragrance. All of the annuals are filling in well and continuing to bloom — my personal favorite is the ‘Berry Blend’ lantana. Its tricolored flowers are definitely worth looking for.

The herb garden I planted this year is doing very well. Sage, lemon grass, rosemary, oregano, lavender, thyme, and French tarragon are adding wonderful aroma and texture to the garden. Redhead coleus was added for some extra color and compliments the herbs nicely. Guests have been enjoying picking a leaf or two to smell while passing through the garden.

Gardening Tip for August…

Garden centers will soon be displaying their fall bloomers. Mums, asters, flowering kale, grasses, and pansies can all brighten up your garden and containers as we near the beginning of fall. Many of these plants will withstand frost better than summer annuals, extending your gardening season well into the fall. August is also the time to order bulbs. Plant them in September for a beautiful display in spring!

 Photo: One of our giant hibiscus flowers blooming. This blossom is about eight inches in diameter.


M ST Cafe’s Featured August Menu Item – 
Ahi Tuna Sliders

Each month M ST. Cafe typically features four items for their "Lunch Specials" menu.

August specials are an Heirloom Tomato Omelet, Ahi Tuna Sliders, Raspberry-Chicken Goat Cheese Salad, and Strawberry-Chicken Spinach Wrap.

Ahi Tuna Sliders – Seared Ahi Tuna with Guacamole and Napa Cabbage Slaw Tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette, on Two Sesame Seed Sliders Served with a choice of Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette or M ST. Seasoned Potato Chips.

Visit M ST. Cafe this July and try one of our specials!  

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

Did You Know?

Did you know that The Saint Paul Hotel has an employee softball team?

Our co-ed softball team is comprised of past and present employees and is called the "St. Paul Aints." The name is a tongue-in-cheek derivative of our famous "St. Paul Saints," an Independent Professional Baseball team, whose home field is just a mile from the hotel. 

Our Aints team plays slow pitch softball in the City of Saint Paul's Softball League with five other co-ed teams. The Aints played 12 games this season, won 11 of them and were crowned the 2016 league champions! The team is managed by our Chief Engineer Joed Sayer, who is also featured below in this month's Employee Spotlight. This is his seventh year managing the team.


Employee Spotlight
Joed Sayler, Chief Engineer

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I’ve been here just over 12 years and have been the Chief Engineer for the past seven years.

2. Explain your daily tasks. 
I manage the engineering department. I make sure we on task with the day to day repairs and maintenance of our electrical, plumbing, HVAC and kitchen equipment. I also do the planning for our future projects and upgrades. This includes everything from scheduling, payroll, budgeting/invoicing, departmental inspections, fire inspections, researching new products and continuing to make the building run more efficiently. We have an awesome department, they ensure everything in our hotel is well-maintained and runs as smoothly as possible.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
Our co-workers! There are a lot of people here that go above and beyond their normal duties to make sure things get done. It truly is a great place to work.  

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
Two memorable experiences were having the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul and helping build a replica of our hotel for a parade during our centennial in 2010.

You never know what might happen at any given time. I remember getting an emergency call because of a “snake” in a guest room. Four of us rushed to the room with shovels, nets and brooms to catch it, but it ended up being just a small worm in a potted plant. It was carefully taken outside and released unharmed. 

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I like to hunt, but I love to fish. I enjoy playing softball, football, golf and pretty much any yard game. I also like pool, ping-pong, darts and other competitive games.

6. If you could choose any other position at the hotel, what would it be?
I would probably be a chef. I enjoy grilling at home and would like to learn all of the different cooking techniques.

7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
My mom is from a family of 10, so needless to say we have a big family. We are all pretty close, and we get together every holiday and also go up north for a week-long vacation each year. Everyone always asks how we can stand to be around each other for a whole week — the secret is…beer!

Above: two photos of Joed – one of him in the engineering workshop and another of him playing on our employee softball team.