St. Paul has long been known for its eclectic locale teeming with diverse options for meetings and events. From trendy restaurants to revitalized hotels and galleries to large warehouses packed with character, St. Paul offers unique options for events of all types.
“We have so many exciting changes happening in St. Paul right now,” says Jane Lewis, vice president of convention sales at Visit Saint Paul. “We now have the first InterContinental hotel in Minnesota—the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel. This hotel rebranded in November 2015 and offers 21 meeting rooms, with more than 43,000 square feet of meeting space.
“We also have two new hotels opening in 2016 and 2017,” Lewis continues. St. Paul’s Hampton Inn & Suites, with an estimated 160 guest rooms, is opening in early 2017. Retail, restaurants and condominiums will be part of the complex, which is situated across the street from St. Paul’s iconic Cossetta’s Italian Market & Pizzeria on West 7th Street. This new hotel property is one block from the Saint Paul RiverCentre, which in 2014 was the first in the world to receive the following three environmental certifications: LEED, Green Globes and APEX / ASTM.
The former St. Paul Post Office on Kellogg Boulevard is currently undergoing a complete renovation into one of Saint Paul’s newest hotels—the Hyatt Place with an estimated 149 sleeping rooms. The property will also include high-end condominiums and is estimated to open fall 2016. Overlooking the Mississippi River, this property is five blocks away from the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
With its unique architectural gems, St. Paul offers wonderful venue options for meetings or events—both large and small. The privately owned facility on 317 Rice Park has been a St. Paul landmark since 1914. Revitalization of this locale has given 317 the opportunity to become one of the area’s most distinguished event venues. For 20 to 300 people, the four uniquely appointed event spaces provide a perfect backdrop to today’s meetings and events.
In a lovely loft-style space overlooking St. Paul you’ll find A’BULAE, Minnesota’s first fully integrated event space that brings together people, events and state-of-the-art technology. From stunning high-end furnishings and finishes to its integrated light, sound and digital technology, A’BULAE provides endless opportunities to personalize the space while engaging attendees. In addition to the Saints Ballroom, the venue offers additional breakout rooms, lounges, a game room, and a stunning rooftop outdoor space offering nearly 360-degree views for up to 500 people. The beautifully preserved, neoclassical grandeur of Union Depot, St. Paul’s historic train station, serves as a perfect venue for wedding receptions, holiday soirees and other celebrations in its variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. It can accommodate groups from 20 to 3,000 guests.
If you are looking for a little bit of flexibility space for your meeting or event, check out FACES Mears Park. From intimate affairs to celebratory events on a larger scale, FACES Mears Park can accommodate a variety of events (250 reception-style, 150 for seated events). Celebrated designer Billy Beson designed the space, while Executive Chef David Fhima delights attendees with an array of options made with local organic ingredients.
Founded in 1921, the James J. Hill Center’s reference library is a private, nonprofit library that provides access to business information for individuals and small businesses at no charge. The Reading Room wows visitors with its soaring ceiling, beautiful pillars and stacks of books. “The Empire Room is one of the highlights of The Hill,” says Katie Benson, events director at James J. Hill Reference Library. “Adorned with beautiful woodwork, fireplace and a 12-foot wood table, [the Empire Room] is a great space to invite an important guest or have a meeting. And for smaller gatherings, the Great Northern Room is ideal place to hold a board meeting or planning meeting. Twelve people can sit around the conference table in executive leather chairs. The room has Wi-Fi and a flat-screen smart TV for presentations.” Used for large events, speakers, workshops, weddings, corporate retreats and strategic planning sessions, the library is ideal for gatherings from 325 standing or 250 seated.
History also abounds at the Landmark Center, which was built in 1902 and originally served as the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest. Ideal for special events, weddings, and corporate meetings, the Landmark Center, which is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul, is seen as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, public forums and exhibitions. The venue can accommodate up to 750, depending on room selection and type of meeting or event.
You can also celebrate at the Lowertown Event Center across from Mears Park, accommodating up to 250 guests and featuring incredible limestone walls, exposed wood beam ceilings and steel columns. In downtown St. Paul, the Science Museum of Minnesota offers a premier location on the Mississippi River. Brimming with spectacular views of the river, the museum boasts flexible private event space that can accommodate groups of 10 up to 300 people. Superb dining options and outstanding choice of menus help make each event unforgettable.
Meet & Eat
Louis Ristorante & Bar is the place to raise a glass, celebrate or just mingle for up to 50 guests. Inside, attendees can dine on traditional and regional Italian cuisine. Outside, enjoy a Louis signature drink and share small plates from St. Paul’s largest rooftop bar. Either way, it’s about the food and great people. Beyond that, enjoy the view.
Overlooking Mears Park in Lowertown St. Paul, PUBLIC kitchen + bar in the historic Noyes & Cutler Building was once the Wood’s Chocolate Factory. The entire facility is now a full-service restaurant and lounge, with that lower level that is ideal for private events for 20-175. Architectural aficionados will delight in the details from the over 100-year-old building that have been incorporated into the design of the new restaurant and showcase the original brick walls and wood support beams.
With extensive seating, a huge stage area, and a laid-back environment that includes 18 televisions for a sports viewing heaven, the Wild Tymes Bar and Grill is a fine destination for your next group event. Wild Tymes can accommodate up to 216 guests for an event in the entire restaurant, offering great food and a plethora of exciting entertainment options ranging from darts to karaoke.
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With 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space and state-of-the-art technology with support, The Saint Paul Hotel is a classic offering that boasts outstanding service, award-winning food and elegant, flexible event spaces for up to 350 people. The St. Paul Hotel opened in 1910 and was designed by Reed and Stern, the architects that designed the Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Today, the facility hosts a diverse array of