Since 1910, the Saint Paul Hotel has been a premier landmark hotel offering luxurious accommodations, authentic hospitality, and old-world charm. The beautiful event space is an ideal location for weddings, celebrations, and business meetings alike. Out of town guests and locals can enjoy fine dining at the St. Paul Grill and M ST Café as well as the special events hosted by the hotel including jazz festivals, vintage radio show performances, and etiquette lessons.
The hotel’s director of operations, Ken Wieber, is responsible for keeping the busy venue running smoothly. Ken understands energy production and complex mechanical systems from his Navy service on the USS Enterprise and his work as a hotel chief engineer. However, Ken prefers to be out of the energy production business and is happy to leave the heating and cooling of the Saint Paul Hotel to District Energy.
Ken appreciates that he no longer has to be concerned with the tasks of energy production. He shared, “We don’t have to worry about boilers, chillers, or chemicals. We have a team of people down the street that takes care of all of our heating and cooling needs.” The District Energy connection requires a smaller mechanical footprint than on-site production and the hotel has made good use of their valuable space with a well-equipped fitness center on the roof and the fantastic M ST Café downstairs.
The Saint Paul Hotel has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability. The staff composts or recycles 90% of its waste stream, monitors energy and water use, and serves high tea with the original eco-friendly service ware: silverware, china, and linens. The renewable and efficient energy provided by District Energy fits nicely into the hotel’s sustainability goals, and District Energy’s reliability helps the hotel to meet their mission of exceptional guest service. “Since we switched to District Energy, we have not had one guest that lacked hot water for a shower. We have unlimited hot water. We would not have that kind of reliability if we were operating our own boilers.”
At District Energy we appreciate that hotel operations require constant heating, cooling, and hot water. We are proud to provide support to the Saint Paul Hotel that provides our community with a unique luxury hotel experience.