The best thing about The Saint Paul Hotel, a 12-story gem in the heart of downtown, is its stunning lobby with marble columns, crystal chandeliers, cozy European-style furnishings, and live music on the weekends. The attached Lobby Bar serves small plates and cocktails, and a signature tea service livens up the afternoons ($30 per person). Guests head to the swanky St. Paul Grill for steaks, chops and seafood; the casual M Street Cafe serves breakfast and lunch. Another plus is the location just a few blocks from downtown attractions, restaurants and bars.
The basic deluxe king room wasn’t as luxurious as we expected for a sophisticated high-end hotel (rates start at $199). True, there was a mini bar filled with pricy snacks and beverages, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, comfortable custom mattresses with down comforters and pillows, terry-cloth robes and a complimentary turn-down service upon request. However, the room was small and plain with dark wood furnishings, beige walls and sage green accents. And it got hot during the night with no thermostat control. The bathroom was also small, but offered a sleek, modern vanity with a granite countertop and an adequate tub/shower.
Other features include a small fitness facility and a business center, but there's no pool or child-friendly entertainment. Overall, the 1910 hotel makes an elegant spot for weddings and romantic getaways, but the basic rooms could use a few improvements to make stays more comfortable.