Local Hotels Get Creative During a Holiday Season Without Travel
St. Paul Hotel holiday suite

Local Hotels Get Creative During a Holiday Season Without Travel

With occupancy rates as low as 18 percent, the Saint Paul Hotel, Hewing Hotel, and Afton House Inn appeal to local cabin fever.

With Covid-19 cases setting new records every day and health and government officials pleading with people to stay home for the holidays, business looks bleak for hotels. Occupancy rates in Minneapolis are hovering around 18 percent, according to the latest numbers available from Meet Minneapolis. With business travel wiped out and tourist trips at a minimum, some hotels are getting creative, and playing on local cabin fever in hopes of drawing holiday business. Here are four options.

The Saint Paul Hotel Holiday Suite

For the entire month of December, guests can stay in a “holiday-filled” room at the Saint Paul Hotel. The Holiday Suite features a Christmas tree in the parlor, decorations throughout the room, wrapped gifts addressed to each guest, and a $15 breakfast credit per person. Plus, Santa-worthy milk and cookies delivered with the turndown service. Use code HOLIDAYSUITE when booking. Up to four guests are allowed per booking.

Hewing Hotel Private Dining Suites

Hewing Hotel is offering a private dining experience perfect for those craving both luxury hotel service and their own bed at the end of the day. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the hotel transforms a limited number of guest rooms into intimate dining suites compliant with the state’s current restaurant mandated pause and contactless guidelines. Chef Nyle Flynn’s 7-course tasting menu matches the hotel’s Minnesota-appropriate “woods and lakes” theme. Reservations are available on Tock. Dinner costs $110 per person, plus a $65 3-hour room rental flat fee. Wine pairings can be added for an additional $65, and guests who choose to stay the night will receive a 10 percent discount. Up to four guests are allowed per booking.

Afton House Inn

Similar to Hewing, the historic Afton House Inn is offering a romantic dining experience in a limited number of its jacuzzi/fireplace rooms. Now through Dec. 30, in addition to its Menu to Go service, Afton House Inn is serving a special 4-course private dinner with wine pairings. Dinner costs $55 per person, plus a $30 2-hour room rental flat fee. Up to four guests are allowed per booking.

Rand Tower Hotel

The newly opened Rand Tower Hotel in the historic Rand Tower just announced the In-Room Dining Escape, a six-course meal crafted by chef Andy Vyskocil and served to parties of two to six inside one of the hotel’s guest suites. Available Dec. 18 to Dec. 30, the experience is $125 per person with a three-hour room rental fee of $75. The hotel is also offering holiday meals to go.