News & Events
Updates, events and news for the hotel and surrounding area!
Our TripAdvisor Awards for 2016
Certificate of Excellence and Green Leaders: Gold Level
We are excited to earn a sixth Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor along with a Green Leaders Gold Level certification for our environmental sustainability. The Green Leaders program showcases a variety of eco-friendly hotels which are all committed to green practices.
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, now in its sixth year, celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to brands that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
It accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five.
Three Fantastic Concert Series to Enjoy this Summer
Rhythm in Rice
Brand new is Rhythm in Rice, happening each Friday in Rice Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through August 26. 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 in the park.
This concert series and celebration has 2 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 St. Paul.
Music in Mears
Music in Mears returns to Mears Park for its 13th year! Concerts are each Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through August 26. Enjoy free, live music, and food and drinks for purchase in the park. Visit the Music in Mears website for the full schedule and to listen to music from upcoming bands.
Music in Mears has truly blossomed and continues to see bigger crowds and receive numerous accolades.
Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Twin Cities Jazz Festival, back for an 18th year, is free, family-friendly event attracting over 40,000 people! The festival is spread out over three days from June 23-25, multiple venues and times and includes our own Jazz in the Lobby Bar, Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Full schedule here.
Please note the Chris Lomheim Trio will be substituting for JoAnn Funk on Thursday and Friday. JoAnn will play on Saturday.
The Lobby Bar Featured Food and Drink
4 oz Vodka
0.5 oz St-Germain
0.25 oz Lime Juice
0.25 oz Grapefruit Juice
Lime or Grapefruit Wedge
and a Cherry for garnish
(we use Royal Harvest Bordeaux
Fill a 16 oz cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients except the garnish. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and add the garnish.
"St-Germain has a "mélange curieux." A curious mixture of flavors, neither passion fruit nor pear, grapefruit nor lemon, St-Germain hints at each of these and yet none of them exactly." – from St-Germain's website
Our highlighted "Daily Features" menu item for June is the Carnitas Tacos: Mojo Braised Pork Shoulder with Shredded Red Cabbage, Scallions, Fresh Cilantro, Lime Queso Fresco and Salsa Verde.
What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel
by Becca Gross, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel
The peonies have started blooming in the gardens at The Saint Paul Hotel, welcoming the summer garden season. Catmint, shrub roses, false indigo, and irises are all in bloom, making for a colorful array of flowers for early June. Daylilies and more roses will continue to open up throughout the month.
In the South garden, there is a new herb garden. Herbs are an important feature in traditional English Gardens. Historically, they were grown in “kitchen gardens” for culinary and medicinal use and they add interesting textures and fragrance to the landscape. This year’s herb garden features thyme, sage, lavender, French tarragon, lemon grass and some coleus for color.
More annuals will be planted in the next two weeks, including salvia, angelonia, morning glories, gomphrena, coleus, impatiens, cleome and sweet alyssum. As the spring violas start to fade in the heat, these summer flowers will take their place. In total, over 2,000 annuals will be planted this summer.
Did you know our purple allium flower was recently featured on KARE11's "Grow with KARE" segment? Here is a link to watch the video.
Gardening Tip for June…
Early June is the perfect time to plant summer flowers in your pots and window boxes. To create a stunning arrangement, include three elements: thrillers, fillers, and spillers. A “thriller” plant should be the star of your arrangement. Typically, they add height and a little wow factor. Elephant ears, grasses, and upright fuchsia are all great candidates to fill that role. “Fillers” are typically more horizontally growing plants that add color to what would otherwise be empty space in the pot. coleus, impatiens, petunias, begonias, and alyssum are excellent choices for fillers. Lastly, spillers are planted toward the outside edge of the pot to cascade down the side. Sweet potato vine, vinca vine, lysimachia, calibrachoa, and lobelia all have the trailing habit that makes for a good spiller. Following this simple recipe will make for beautiful arrangements that add a lot to any porch or front entrance.
Photos above: left side - German iris and gas plant; right side - allium (an onion flower)
which KARE11 just featured on Grow with KARE.
Did You Know?
Did you know that our Doorman, Jon McConnell, was featured on WCCO TV's "Minnesotans to Meet" segment?
We're proud to have him as our own! Jon has been with us for nearly 25 years and appeared on the WCCO Mid Morning show in May. Watch the segment on WCCO.
Jon McConnell, Doorman
1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?
I have worked at The Saint Paul hotel for 24½ years, In August it will be 25 years.
2. Explain your daily tasks.
I welcome guests to the hotel and I assist guests both inside and outside of the hotel and help with any requests they may have.
3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?
Being part of a great team and providing the highest level of service possible to our guests.
4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel?
Making lasting relationships and friendships with guests and co-workers. However playing hockey with Woody Harrelson, I will never forget.
5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf and tennis, exercising, yoga, eating, going to movies and coaching and playing hockey.
6. If you could choose any other position at the hotel, what would it be?
I really enjoy my position, but, if had to choose another one it would be the gardener because I like being outside.
7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
I was a United States Tennis Association Level 4.5 National Champion.
Photo of Jon outside the hotel's main entrance.