News & Events

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

Spend $100 Get $100 Holiday Gift Card Promotion

For every $100 in gift cards purchased from The Saint Paul Hotel, you will receive a total of $100 in promotional cards, one each from The St. Paul Grill, Pazzaluna, M ST. Cafe, Tria and Kendall’s. Purchase Gift Cards.

Give them as gifts, or let them add to your own holiday cheer! Gift Card Promotion available November 1 - December 31, 2016. Promotional cards are valid January 1 - October 31, 2017.


The Saint Paul Hotel is Named a “Top Ten Midwest Hotel”
by Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler listed The Saint Paul Hotel among the top ten "Best Hotels in the Midwest: Readers' Choice Awards of 2016" in their "Readers' Choice Awards" November issue.

Founded in 1987, Condé Nast Traveler is one of the most trusted names in travel and was established on a simple yet revolutionary principle: “Truth in Travel." We are excited to have earned this most recent Readers' Choice Award.  See the full listing.


Don’t Delay, Make Your Holiday Plans with Us Now

Our Holiday Brochure has everything you need to plan a festive holiday season with us! Download our 2016 Holiday Brochure (PDF) or stop by the hotel to get one! It is filled with detailed information, events, menus, photos and more!

Here are some of the contents:

• The St. Paul Grill Thanksgiving and Christmas Menus (Accepting reservations for Christmas Day only, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve are full.)
• M ST. Cafe Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's brunch menus (Limited Thanksgiving availability.)
• It's A Wonderful Life menus, photos, dates and information
• Afternoon Tea schedules and information (All Holiday Teas are full.)
• Jazz in the Lobby Bar and Lobby Caroling
• Gift cards, promotional cards and gift ideas 
• New Year's Eve guestroom packages
• Local events and highlights

It's A Wonderful Life Seat Reservations Are Filling Up!

Celebrating our 11th season, It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns this December! 
Shows are December 8 - 24, 2016. Seat reservations are on sale now.

NEW this year, we are offering premium 1st and 2nd row seating for an extra $10 per person. 

Please click here to book online

Enjoy the show and spend the night! Inquire about our special guestroom rate of $40 off our best available rate for It’s A Wonderful Life (based on availability).

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

Join Us for “Painting & Prosecco”

Introducing The Saint Paul Hotel's newest special event "Painting & Prosecco," a painting, prosecco and culinary adventure, taught by artist Johna Stern.

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

Call 651-228-3860 for reservations and information.

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

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

Celebrate the Holidays at M ST. Cafe!

Gather your family for M ST. Cafe's Holiday Brunch Buffets with traditional fare and brunch favorites.

All of M ST. Cafe's festive Holiday brunches feature both hot and cold sideboard items and a grand pastry display of mini mousses, pies, petits fours and seasonal desserts.

It is not too early to make your Christmas and New Year's brunch plans! M ST. Cafe's Holiday brunches often sell out. Make your reservation soon! M ST. currently has limited availability for Thanksgiving.

Make your Reservation at M ST.

Thanksgiving Hot Sideboard 

Chef-Carved, Slow-Roasted Turkey with Natural Pan Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, Chef-Carved, Bourbon-Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Sage-Cornbread Dressing, Roasted Yams with Maple-Brandy Caramel Sauce, Whipped Potatoes, Green Beans Casserole, Seared Salmon with Sautéed Shallots, Pomegranate Reduction & Cauliflower Purée, Smoked Bacon and Breakfast Sausage, Classic Eggs Benedict, Freshly Made Malted Waffles with Caramel Bananas, Cherry Sauce and Apple Compote and Made-to-Order Omelet Station

Thanksgiving Cold Sideboard

Pumpkin Bisque, Mixed Greens & Shaved Fennel, Pears, Pickled Cranberries & Blue Cheese with Walnut Vinaigrette, Seasonal Fruit Display, Shrimp Cocktail Striped Beet Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts, Currants, Ciabatta Croutons & Frisée with Citrus Vinaigrette

Did You Know?

Did you know that starting in November you can catch Jazz in the Lobby Bar each Friday night in addition to Saturday nights? JoAnn and Jeff play both Friday and Saturday nights through the end of March. In April and May they will play Saturday nights only.

JoAnn Funk will host two special Jazz in the Lobby Bar December shows: “Deck the Halls” December 17, 7:30pm - 11:00pm with guests Gary Schulte and Steven Marking and “A Tribute to Sinatra” New Years Eve, 8:00pm - Midnight.

Did you know November is when The Saint Paul Hotel transforms to showcase its holiday splendor? Decorating the hotel inside and out for the holidays involves many people. The spectacular transformation will begin the week before Thanksgiving and takes four or five days to complete. We hope to see you this holiday season!

What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

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

  1. We’ve had a long and unusually warm fall this year. It shows in the garden. I’ve begun to trim back perennials but many annuals are still blooming, bringing color to the garden even into November. I’ll continue tidying the garden for winter for the next few weeks while I work on getting our grounds ready for the upcoming holiday season.

    This year, I’ll be putting lights on all the trees and shrubs in the garden, hanging fresh Balsam garland and wreaths from the fence and at the St. Peter entrance, filling the window boxes with spruce tips and lights, and making winter arrangements in the planters and urns around the hotel. The arrangements will be fashioned from spruce tips, balsam fir, eucalyptus, dogwood, cedar, and cranberry sprays. The sidewalks will be lined with cut Balsam Fir trees and a large Frasier Fir tree will adorn the center circle garden in front of the hotel. Once the first layer of snow has fallen, it will truly look like a winter wonderland at The Saint Paul Hotel.

    Gardening Tip for November…

    In addition to cleaning up your garden and decorating for the holidays, November is the perfect time to perform some routine maintenance on all your gardening equipment before it goes into storage for the winter. Gas powered equipment performs best with a yearly oil change, new spark plugs, and a clean air filter. Pruners can be cleaned, sharpened, and oiled. Hang tools indoors in a dry location to prevent rusting. When spring rolls around, you’ll be glad you put the work into having well maintained tools ready to go.

    Photo: Many of our garden's annuals continue to thrive as we have yet to experience freezing overnight temperatures in downtown Saint Paul — quite unusual this late in the season.


M ST. Cafe’s Featured October Menu Item ~ 
Lobster Brulée Omelet

Each month M ST. Cafe features a "Lunch Specials" menu. this month we are featuring the Lobster Brulée Omelet.

Lobster Brulée Omelet — Sautéed Lobster Meat with Onions, Tomatoes and Fennel with Bruléed Boursin. Served with a choice of Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette or M ST. Seasoned Potato Chips.

Visit M ST. Cafe and try one of our specials!  Reservations: 651-228-3855 
or Make Your Reservation online.  View M ST. Cafe's Menu page 

Photo: M ST Cafe's Lobster Brulée Omelet


Employee Spotlight
Charity Haine, Controller

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I have worked at the hotel this time for nearly two months. However I began my career with MHC at The Saint Paul Hotel just over 10 years ago. I previously worked as a Guest Services Agent, Concierge, Night Auditor and Front Desk Supervisor.

2. Explain your daily tasks.
As Controller, I oversee all daily functions of the accounting department. It is my responsibility to make sure that the department runs efficiently and that controls are in place to ensure security of the hotels assets. I work with the department managers on preparing the annual budget and monthly forecasts as well as assist with implementing payroll and operating cost controls to maintain the hotel’s profitability. Each month I am responsible for the timely preparation of the monthly income statement, balance sheet and cash flow as well as tracking all capital and renovation projects that are completed at the hotel.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel? 
Beyond being in an amazing building that is constantly buzzing with energy, my favorite part about working at the hotel is the wonderful people that I get to work with. I find that the professionalism and respect that is shown to our guests on a daily basis is mirrored in the way that people treat each other in the workplace. It is so nice to come to work and each morning, see smiling faces and people who are willing to go out of their way to help each other.  

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
One of my favorite memories is from the first time I worked in the hotel and one of my favorite pop stars was staying with us. He was going to leave the building via the back of house elevator. Something caused his plans to change and as I was working behind the front desk, he walked straight through the lobby. I had had a variety of other celebrity encounters prior to that and never had an issue, but something about this one made my legs lock up!

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
My favorite thing to do in my free time is spend time with my husband John and our two-year-old daughter Cecilia (Ceci). Ceci is on the move non-stop and loves to ask questions. I have so much fun just waiting to hear the next thing that will come out of her mouth! I also love cooking and baking, especially for groups of people. I would love to cook a Thanksgiving style meal every day for 20-30 people. For a while I was playing with the idea of starting my own catering business, but early on found out that my dislike of a dirty kitchen nearly matched my love of cooking.

6. If you could choose any other position, what would it be? 
Culinary. In another life, I was meant to be a pastry chef!

7. What is a "fun fact" about you?
I just celebrated my 10th anniversary with MHC. I started at The Saint Paul Hotel in guest services and have held a variety of positions across the company including Project Manager, Revenue Manager, Senior Suite Catering Sales Manager, and Executive Assistant for Mr. Morrissey and Mr. Jungwirth before I found my home in the accounting department.