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“All we hoped” 5 of 5 stars
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488 Holly Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Saint Paul B&B and Inns
Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“All we hoped”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We were welcomed for a last minute one-night stay and could not have been happier. The 2-room suite was perfect for traveling with our son and the house was very easy to find, even arriving at night. The B&B is in the middle of the Fitzgerald Walking Tour, and a wonderful base for exploring the historic area.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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130 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed in the second floor suite recently--very comfortable surroundings, in this distinguished old house. The many rooms are characterized by intricate woodwork dating from a bygone era. Bill Gray, the owner, is hospitable but not intrusive. Breakfast is good and not too much to eat. Plus the guest can specify time and menu! Highly recommended for any one visiting St. Paul.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Westport, Ct
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51 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

My son and I were utterly charmed by this wonderful historic house. We were even more delighted with the lovely proprietor, who made us feel completely at home. This is a Victorian mansion filled with gorgeous carved woodwork on a lovely street, a few minutes from Macalester by car. Breakfast was delicious. Warm and welcoming, and totally a pleasure.

Room Tip: We stayed on the second floor in a lovely twin room; note though that the bathroom was across the ha...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Juneau, Alaska
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Bill Gray, the proprietor is a gem of a person. Hospitable, and a great conversationalist over breakfast. Oh, and the B&B is very elegant, and located in a nice neighborhood. Treat yourself and stay with him.

Room Tip: Choose a second floor room (fewer stairs to deal with)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, CO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We went here for the weekend and it was very nice! A great place to stay in St Paul, so close to Grand Ave and all the nice things.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peace Dale, Rhode Island, United States
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Cathedral Hill while our son was doing a visit down the road at Macalester College. The inn is located in a fantastic neighborhood for walking, dining and shopping and Bill had provided a very good walking tour guide in our room information. For those from the Boston areas, the neighborhood reminds me of the best of Brookline, Cambridge and Boston's South End.

The inn itself is great, very well appointed and comfortable for the guest. Bill is a very congenial host and makes a mean scrambled egg! I would love to be there in the summer to be able to sit in the garden.

As, unfortunately, I had some work to do during our stay so I can comment that the wireless internet is fast, as I was able to download a large file while accessing my work desktop via VPN on a small netbook.

While our son did not choose Macalester, my wife and I believe we will be back to Cathedral Hill to spend some more time in St. Paul and enjoy Bill's hospitality.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Canto Room in the king bed configuration and it was a great night's sleep and w...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 488 Holly Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Saint Paul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Paul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 simple or hot 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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