Saint Paul Hotel
Despite the greeting by a doorman in a top hat, there’s a delightful lack of pretense at this historic luxury hotel. Yet it doesn’t come at the expense of impeccable service (or a genuine midwestern smile)—you can order any international newspaper you like, and it will be waiting at your door each morning. Completed in 1910 by Reed and Stem, the architects behind New York’s Grand Central Station, the hotel’s lobby features Waterford chandeliers and a fireplace designed to encourage lounging. In the 254 guest rooms, reproduction furniture and heavy floor-length drapes complement the soothing palette of neutrals. The hotel is also home to a lush English garden, two restaurants, two bars, and a fitness center with panoramic views of the city and the Mississippi River.
Tip: A full-time seamstress will fix a loose button or hem your new pants in time for dinner.
Room to Book: No. 1026, one of the hotel’s 10 Landmark Suites, for its coveted corner location with windows facing Rice Park, the hotel garden, downtown St. Paul, and the Capitol building.
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