News & Events

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

Celebrate Winter in Downtown Saint Paul!

There are so many ways to enjoy January in Saint Paul! Here are some highlights:

 • Jazz in the Lobby Bar: Friday and Saturday nights, 7pm – 11pm

 • The Saint Paul Hotel's Annual Cocoa Sale: Hotel Lobby, Saturday, January 30, 1pm – 4pm

 • Winter Jazz Festival at The Saint Paul Hotel: Sunday, January 31, 2pm – 9pm

 • The Saint Paul Winter Carnival: January 28 – February 7

 • Ice Skating with Wells Fargo WinterSkate: Landmark Plaza Park, through February 7

 • Ordway Center: Several events including SPCO concerts and MN Opera "Rusalka"

 • Science Museum of Minnesota Omnifest 2016: January 8 – March 3

Above photo: Ice sculptures in Rice Park from the Winter Carnival Ice Carving Competition.

Winter Jazz Festival at The Saint Paul Hotel

The Saint Paul Hotel will host the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's Winter Jazz Festival, Sunday, January 31 from 2pm - 9pm.

Artists will be presenting on three stages — the Ballroom Main stage, the Summit Room stage and the M ST. Cafe stage. See below for schedule and artists.

Purchase tickets in advance ($30 each) or at the door ($35 each). Limited VIP tickets will be available for $100 per ticket and will include premier seating and a meet-and-greet with headliners Cyrus Chestnut, Gerald Cannon and Francisco Mela.

We're offering a Special Guestroom Rate of $139 for Winter Jazz Festival ticket holders. Valid on Sunday January 31 only, based on availability. Offer subject to change. Call 800-292-9292 to book.

More information on the Twin Cities Jazz Festival website.

Artist performance locations and times:

Ballroom Main Stage
2:00 Acme Jazz Company
3:30 Schubert Club Hour presents Ancia Saxophone Quartet
4:30 JoAnn Funk
5:00 Jazz Central All Stars featuring Debbie Duncan
6:45 Cyrus Chestnut with Francisco Mela and Gerald Cannon

Summit Room Stage
2:00 Dakota Combo
3:00 John Penny Trio

M ST. Cafe Stage
4:00 Patty Peterson with Dave Karr
5:30 Solomon Parham with Steve Kenny

The Saint Paul Hotel’s Annual Cocoa Sale, 
The 130th Saint Paul Winter Carnival  &  Ice Skating

Cocoa Sale — Our Famous Cocoa Sale is January 30, 1pm - 4pm. Only $1.00 each for cocoa, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie bars! Each year we welcome hundreds of Winter Carnival goers into our lobby for a "Winter Carnival Royal Treat" of rich cocoa, coffee and other goodies.

The Winter Carnival — Full of exciting events including three parades, this annual carnival draws about 350,000 visitors each year! See the Winter Carnival events calendar and Winter Carnival website for more information and schedule of events. 

Wells Fargo WinterSkate — Skate at Saint Paul’s free, outdoor ice-skating rink. Located in the heart of downtown, this is a fun, winter experience for all ages. The historic Landmark Center and The Saint Paul Hotel create a beautiful backdrop for the outdoor rink, showcasing Saint Paul’s charming European architecture and ambiance. Skate rental is just $4. See WinterSkate website for more information.

Travel + Leisure Names The Saint Paul Hotel
the Best Hotel in Minnesota

Travel + Leisure bills itself as "a one-stop resource for sophisticated travelers who crave travel tips, news and information about the most exciting destinations in the world." Their latest rankings profile the top hotel in each state. Here's their write-up of The Saint Paul Hotel:

"Midwestern politeness is just one part of the Saint Paul Hotel’s charm. Doormen in top hats greet guests at this historic luxury hotel in the Twin Cities, where chandeliers and a fireplace in the lobby create a classic ambiance. The building dates back to 1910 and was designed by Reed and Stem, the architects behind New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. One T+L reader noted, 'This is a grand dame of a hotel with creative programming and excellent food.' It scored 88.267 in the World’s Best survey." See the full article and entire list of Best Hotels.

“We’re honored that Travel + Leisure has selected The Saint Paul Hotel as the top hotel in Minnesota,” said Ken Boyles, General Manager of The Saint Paul Hotel. “Our superb location, premier services, style and sophistication make us one of the country’s finest lodging experiences and we appreciate this recognition.”

Did You Know...?

Did you know that The Saint Paul Hotel raised $10,850 for Neighbors, Inc. during the special opening night charity show of our It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in December? 

Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit, social-service agency striving to reduce poverty, promote self sufficiency, and build community within the communities south and east of Saint Paul, MN.

Photo below: Ken Boyles, The Saint Paul Hotel General Manager with Heidi Satre, Neighbors Inc Events Manager.

M ST. Cafe's Featured Menu Item

Huevos Rancheros – Three Fried Eggs, Black Beans, Fresh Mini Tortillas, Roasted Tomato Salsa, Queso Fresco and Guacamole. Served with Hashbrowns or Fruit.

Stop by M ST. Cafe for breakfast, lunch or for our award-winning Sunday brunch: named to OpenTable's Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the U.S.

Enjoy this and other Menu Items at
M ST. Cafe.

Make Your Reservation at M ST. Cafe.

The Lobby Bar Featured Cocktail – Gin Berry Jam

Gin Berry Jam

3.0 fl oz Tattersal Gin
1.0 fl oz Creme de Cassis
0.5 fl oz (approx) Ginger Beer
Juice from 1/2 of a Lime
Lime Wedge for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, creme de cassis and lime juice. Shake contents for 10 seconds and pour into a hi ball glass. Top off with the ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

The Lobby Bar also features a menu with appetizers, small plate meals and desserts including monthly specials. Visit the Lobby Bar's webpage for more information.


Employee Spotlight
Amanda Lindau, Group Services Manager

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I have been the Group Services Manager for three weeks, and previously, I worked as a Guest Services Representative and Concierge at the hotel for two years.

2. Explain your daily tasks.
As the Group Services Manager, I work with all of the brides and grooms who want to set up guest room blocks, transportation and gift bag deliveries for their wedding guests. There are many phone calls, emails, site-tours, and rooming lists in my day-to-day tasks. I also sell L'etoile, the bridal-get-ready room.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
There are a lot of things that I love about working for The Saint Paul Hotel, but one of my favorites is our lobby and the fact that it is  always buzzing with people. The atmosphere is unbeatable.

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
One of my favorite memories working at the hotel was the first time that I drove into work, early in the morning, and saw all of the lights lit up in Rice Park.

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
Outside of work I enjoy exploring Saint Paul and Minneapolis; biking the amazing trail systems, hiking down by the Mississippi river, visiting new restaurants and attending Wild games. It is impossible to be bored in the Twin Cities.

6. If you could choose any other position at the hotel, what would it be? 
If I could choose any other position at the hotel I would be a pastry chef. However, in reality, I am a terrible baker.

Photo: Amanda in L'etoile, our bridal-get-ready room.