New hotel opens in St. Paul’s West 7th neighborhood

Downtown St. Paul has a new hotel alongside a remnant of the city’s past.

The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott opened Monday next to the city’s oldest surviving fire station on Grand Avenue close to W. 7th Street on the outskirts of downtown.

“We are pleased to introduce Residence Inn hotels in the downtown St. Paul area,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn, in a statement.

The Hope Engine Company No. 3 firehouse, which was built in 1872 and operated until 1965, had been destined for the wrecking ball as part of the hotel development until neighbors and local history advocates organized to save it two years ago.

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