News & Events
Updates, events and news for the hotel and surrounding area!
The Saint Paul Hotel Earns its
31st Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award
We are excited to be awarded our 31st consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award. Only 5.3% of the 29,000+ AAA approved hotels make the Four Diamond list. Complete AAA Diamond list.
The AAA/CAA brand, AAA Approved® designation for hotels and restaurants and Four Diamond Award® ratings are among the most well-known and respected trademarks in the global travel industry.
The Saint Paul Hotel is Named a Top Hotel in Minnesota
by U.S. News and World Report
This is the fourth year The Saint Paul Hotel has been recognized by U.S. News on its “Best Hotels” list of 2014. According to U.S. News and World Report, “the new rankings identify the best hotels based on three factors that are combined to determine how each property ranks. First, we gathered the hotel's recommendations and accolades from reputable travel publications. Second, we collected the hotels' expert ratings, which are assigned by other travel media. Lastly, we pooled hotel guests' opinions from their comments in online user reviews.” The highest-ranked properties have been identified as the Best Hotels in their respective destinations.
“It is always an honor to be recognized as one of the top hotels in Minnesota,” said David Miller, General Manager. “These honors belong to our employees, as they are our best asset, providing unmatched customer service.”
“A Winter Jazz Break” February 7th at The Saint Paul Hotel
Join Us for “A Winter Jazz Break” with Pianist Jon Weber
and Singer Pianist JoAnn Funk, February 7th from 7pm-11pm.
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival and The Saint Paul Hotel welcome internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, Jon Weber, preforming in the Promenade Ballroom with his Twin Cities trio. A $5.00 cover provides seating and cash bar.
Jon Weber is a well-known virtuostic and stride pianist. His show, "Rising Stars", can be heard on Minnesota Public Radio. More about Jon Weber.
Also performing, singer pianist JoAnn Funk, and her duo partner, bassist Jeff Brueske, will be in the Lobby Bar. No cover charge. More about JoAnn Funk.
More February Fun at The Saint Paul Hotel
and in Downtown Saint Paul
Valentine's Day Weekend – February 14th-15th, 7pm-11pm
Join JoAnn Funk and bassist Jeff Brueske as they welcome tenor sax player, Pete Whitman for a "Romantic Jazz Weekend" of Jazz in the Lobby Bar.
Red Bull Crashed Ice Returns for a Third Year – February 20th-22nd
Come down and witness all the excitment first-hand as Red Bull's Crashed Ice comes to Saint Paul for a third year and the only North America stop! Red Bull Crashed Ice.
OmniFest at The Science Museum of Minnesota – Through February 28th
Enjoy five different Omni movies during OmniFest along with Science Museum exhibits. Science Museum
The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the Minnesota History Center – Through March 16th
Meet the drys, wets, gangsters, flappers, lawmen and suffragists of America’s most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup in "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition," at Minnesota History Center.
As the city of Saint Paul became a center of operation and a haven during Prohibition for such notorious gangsters as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Roger "the Terrible" Touhy and others.
The Saint Paul Hotel has its own colorful history from the late 1920s and early 1930s when gangster Leon Gleckman (called “The Jewish Al Capone” ) turned Suites 301-303 of the Hotel into his personal offices from where he controlled almost all of the gambling in the city and most of the bootlegging.
Did You Know...?
Did you know that the city of Saint Paul was just named the Best Romantic Getaway in North America by 10best.com – the travel division of USA Today, Readers' Choice contest?
Did you also know that the Lobby Fireplace of The Saint Paul Hotel was selected as the Seventh Most Romantic Spot in Saint Paul? Here are the Top Saint Paul Romantic spots.
According to 10best.com, Saint Paul is "...the smaller, quieter and, many say, the more sophisticated of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul offers diverse romantic offerings, like leisurely paddle-wheeler rides along the Mississippi, beer tastings, ice skating and a thriving performance arts scene."
Rice Park, our grand "front yard", was voted the Fourth Most Romantic Spot and offers year-round horse and carriage rides which can also be booked through our concierge.
Here is a great video by Visit Saint Paul highlighting "Romance in Saint Paul," including The Saint Paul Hotel with comments by David Miller, General Manager.
What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel
by Sara Orvik, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel
It’s February, and the garden is resting peacefully underneath a thick blanket of beautiful white snow.
This is the time of year I design and plan this year’s spring and summer annual gardens. I’ve submitted our spring viola order and summer annual order to the greenhouse so they can plan their plant production schedules. I ordered 1,764 viola plants to be planted in April and 1,778 summer annuals to be planted in May!
I look forward to designing our English garden and creating new color schemes and arrangements of flowers to enhance the entrance of the hotel. Each summer, I take note of which annuals perform the best in our garden. I take into consideration each plant’s height, bloom color, foliage color, water needs, deadheading requirements, fertilizer requirements, light needs, disease resistance, and rabbit resistance. All of these characteristics are important to consider for a successful garden.
Gardening Tip for February...
February is a good time to prune your crabapple trees. Also, if you started your forced bulbs at the beginning of November and removed them from their cold temperature treatment area last month, they should be blooming soon for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
The St. Paul Grill Dessert of the Month
Red Velvet Cake, a Southern Classic – soaked with Grand Marnier Syrup and layered with Cream Cheese Icing, served with Butterscotch Caramel and Chocolate Curls.
Enjoy this and other signature menu items at The St. Paul Grill.
The Lobby Bar February Cocktail – Honey Citrus Fusion
1-1/2 oz Bacardi Light Rum
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc Liqueur
1/2 oz honey ginger Simple Syrup
3 oz Soda Water
1 Lemon Wedge for garnish
Fill a 16 oz cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Bacardi, Lillet Blanc and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Purge into a cocktail glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Risha Vincent, Lobby Bar Bartender
1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?
I will have been at The Saint Paul Hotel for nine years this April.
2. Explain your daily tasks.
My daily tasks involve setting up the bar for nightly business, being attentive and courteous to our guests, taking beverage and food orders, giving out complimentary snacks, taking ownership of requests and creating a sense of recognition for the Lobby Bar so guests will return. I also get to create delicious cocktails for the season.
3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?
There are so many favorites about working for The Saint Paul Hotel. One of my favorites is the five-star service that all departments give to our guests so they have an outstanding visit while in the Twin Cities. I've been inspired in many ways by watching so many employees work so hard to achieve this. I also love all the festivities we have around the hotel which bring in local guests. We have many "regulars" in the Lobby Bar; it's GREAT!
4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel?
The best memories for me are looking back to day one of the Lobby Bar opening in 2005 and watching the transformation over the years and how its become busier and busier. Also being selected Employee of the Year was an absolute honor. Plus all of the long-lasting friendships I've made — which have enlightened me and given me so much knowledge to carry with me through the rest of my career. I absolutely LOVE that!
5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I love to cook and entertain, travel, cycle, workout, read, listen to KFAN, watch BRAVO, thrift shop, and do fun things with my daughter Jaide.
6. If you could choose any other position at the hotel, what would it be?
Opportunities are endless in the hospitality industry. Cross-training in other departments would be fun; I would enjoy learning in the kitchen or quite possibly concierge.
7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
I can hula hoop like a kid!!!