The Twin Cities’ top address simply oozes sophistication, from its elegant rooms with king-sized beds and plush chenille chairs to the wood-paneled bar lined with black and white portraits of local stars. This is where St Paul’s great and good come to have afternoon tea – or even to get married – and the hotel has hosted everyone from JFK to Charles Lindberg. The location is unbeatable for St Paul too, right across from Landmark Center cultural center and within easy walking distance of the river.
The so-called “Twin Cities” (about 20 minutes apart by car) regularly feature in lists of the best places to live in the US – but don’t mistake low crime rates, cleanliness and order for dullness; this is a place that loves life and lives it to the full, with some seriously impressive restaurants, bars and other great things to do.
Minneapolis is the livelier and more modern of the pair, and you’ll find dozens of parks, a gorgeous riverfront along the Mississippi and three major sports stadiums within about a mile of each other here. St Paul retains a more stately air, its cathedral and Capitol buildings presiding over Downtown from their respective hills.
Though St Paul tops the charts when it comes to hotels, with elegant Saint Paul Hotel attracting accolades aplenty, Minneapolis is the better place to base yourself, with a wider range of hotels and the chance to stay in the city’s vibrant Downtown. Location is key when it comes to these top 10 hotels.