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“Exceptional experience in the historic site”

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Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 7 Saint Paul B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado
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“Exceptional experience in the historic site”
Reviewed 2 November 2011

You walk the Summit Avenue, looking at gorgeous old houses and wonder what it's like to live in such houses? The B & B stands only two blocks from the Summit Avenue in a quiet neighborhood and you get a feel of living in a historic house. The building materials such as frames and all wood works are truly exceptional, you hardly come across such houses nowadays. We went there in the night and it was all dark, so it was a bit hard to find the B & B. You need to know the address, otherwise it can be missed. Bill was still up and welcomed us in spite of the time we arrived. The house is over 100 years old, and you can see many nice old furniture and old photographs of his family on the walls. Our Iminijaska Suite was large and had beautiful windows, through wich we could see other historic houses in the neighborhood. The B & B stands in a very convenient location, a walking distance to Selby Avenue where many restaurants are, Summit Avenue where James Hill house and the Cathedral are, and Grant Avenue where stores are. There are not many guest rooms, so it is very quiet, homely and you can get to know & enjoy talking with other guests at dining rooms. Breakfast was very good. First day Bill served us fruits, toast and Quesadia. On the second day, we had french toasts and fruits, and everything was very tasty. The room was warm in spite of the late fall season, and had a refrigerator and there were soda pops and water. We went to the kitchen if we could have hot drinks, then, Bill made cups of hot tea for us. He was always attentive, friendly and made us feel like staying at home. How many times do we have opportunities to stay at a beautiful old house in a historic site like this? We stayed at many nice but half-commercialized B & Bs before, but this was really a homely, nice, and memorable experience.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fairview, Tennessee
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

This is the only B&B in St.Paul and offers a private, warm, homey lodging. It is located in a quite area close to major roads and fantastic old homes with lots of charm. If you like the B&B experience, you cannot go wrong with staying here. We sat in the kitchen and chatted with the owner and were made to feel like welcomed friends.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Charming, attractive, memorable? Check. Friendly? Comfortable? Double Check. Did I consider that writing a positive review would publicize it and then it would always be booked when I visited St. Paul? Triple check, but the world needs to know about this place.

Located on one of the prettiest blocks in St. Paul's most stunning neighborhood, Cathedral Hill B&B is at first blush just another well-tended Victorian home. But inside is a riot of woodwork and antiques, meticulously and lovingly restored (a woodworker was hired to restore the extensive original woodwork in the house and it took him 14 months). The decor is carefully selected to reflect the early 20th century, after the gas-lit era but before the roaring Twenties. Ask the proprietor, Mr. Gray. He'll happily sit down and regale you with stories and details. Or ask him while he's serving the waffles or preparing the fresh fruit. Helpful and avuncular, he's the quintessential host; present but not hovering, attentive but not solicitous; purveyor of endless early-morning coffee and good humor; and preparer of really delicious scrambled eggs. One morning we had breakfast outdoors, a casual and sunlit affair. Other mornings we were treated to the formal dining room, where the sterling pitchers and crystal were put to full use.

We stayed in the King Room, which was comfortable and inviting. The only disadvantage to this room is that its bathroom is across the floor. However, it was private to the room, and boasted an enormous tub, and we never felt overly inconvenienced. Anyway, the short walk afforded a view of more fine antique furniture lining the hallway.

Cathedral Hill sets the standard.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

Bill Gray has taken what was his family home and turned it into a first class B and B, running as high quality and reasonably priced Bed and Breakfast as you'll find in the Twin Cities. Located just off beautiful Selby Ave (home of Garrison Keillors Common Good Books), Bill will offer you everything imaginable to make your stay comfortable, optimizing all the best sights and dining in the vicinity. The home is spacious, with beautiful touches and comfort. Breakfasts on the back porch were equisite. Bill really has it going on--I can't think of a place in the Twin Cities that offers better value (and I've stayed at a half dozen).

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Bordentown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

We have stayed in many B&B's and this ranks as one of the very nicest. The house is gorgeous and lovingly maintained. The neighborhood is fascinating and within just a short walk are great restaurants and shops. What made our stay special, however, was the kindness and graciousness of our host, Bill. On learning that we were in St. Paul to visit our daughter who is a student there, he insisted that we invite her to join us for breakfast at no extra charge. He even gladly catered to her vegan diet. Our room was beautiful, quiet and immaculate. The only "drawback" to this gem of a B&B is its size (actually, of course, it's a virtue). It has very few rooms so it's wise to book ahead.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast

Property: Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast
Address: 488 Holly Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2206
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Saint Paul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Paul
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,453 - ₹ 10,693
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 1896 Victorian, in the beautifully walkable historic district of St. Paul, combines pure comfort and true elegance. We offer the choice of a hot or self-serve breakfast, as well as high-speed and reliable WiFi and satellite TV. You can also take advantage of a private meeting space in our Victorian parlor. Nearby are historic residential architecture on Summit Avenue, shopping and fine dining on Selby and Grand Avenues, our beautiful downtown, several colleges, and fascinating museums. We're 15 minutes away from the airport, Minneapolis, and the Mall of America. ... more   less 

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