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The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Saint Paul Hotel’s design style isn’t something we can describe in just one word, unless you mash “sumptuous,” “storied” and “sophisticated” together and create a new one. Inside the towering brick building, you’ll find a design style that plays off the luxury hotel’s history — the lobby is laden with sparkling chandeliers and dark wood furnishings, and even the hallways feature gilt mirrors and striped wallpaper from another era. Rooms feature the modern conveniences that today’s guests demands, but do so with a regal touch: flat-screen televisions are tucked into large armoires, Aveda bath products rest atop granite vanities, and Bose radios sit on bedside tables with large crystal lamps.
The design style of The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Saint Paul Hotel is decidedly classical. Built to be a showcase hotel by Reed and Stem, architects of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, the hotel debuted in April 1910 to wide critical and popular acclaim. Designed in the gracious Italian Renaissance Revival style, its 12-story façade is clad in brick and stone, resting on an Indiana limestone foundation. Soaring street-level windows rise to rounded arches. Ornate doorways on the St. Peter Street façade are accented with sculpted roses and lions, while windows on the floors above open onto wrought-iron balconies. The spacious, carpeted lobby continues the graceful yet stately architectural theme.