Recently-opened St. Paul hotel impresses the Boston Globe

The 149-room hotel opened in September on the banks of the Mississippi.

A new hotel in the historic former Post Office building in downtown St. Paul is getting the right kind of attention.

The Hyatt Place opened in the old customs building on the banks of the Mississippi this past September and judging by the early reaction, Hyatt has a hit on its hands.

Chris Morris, the travel editor for the Boston Globe, felt compelled to write a review after a quick trip to the Twin Cities to attend a friend's wedding.

You can read her piece, called "A new favorite where I least expected it," right here, as she explains she only ended up there because husband took advantage of the hotel's proximity to the wedding and a cheap introductory deal to make the booking.

"It was immediately clear to us that he’d stumbled onto something special," she writes. "As soon as we walked into the lobby, we wished we were staying longer."

The hotel has retained many of the original features of the 1933 building – which is on the National Register of Historic Places – which was worthy of mention, but Morris says it was the room "that impressed us most."

"It was our room that impressed us most. The windows are 13 feet tall, and the height of the ceiling is breathtaking. The decor is modern, the bed comfortable, the bathroom spacious and stylish," she wrote.

The Pioneer Press reports the 149-room, five-level hotel opened on Sept. 15 and was the downtown area's first new hotel since the 1980s.

It's getting rave reviews on TripAdvisor as well, with an average rating of 4.5/5.

"Hyatt Place has done a great job keeping some of the architectural charm of the old St Paul Customs House," one reviewer said. "Welcoming staff, excellent complementary breakfast, good fitness center and pool. Highly recommend."

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