Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast

488 Holly Avenue , Saint Paul, MN 55102 USA (Show map)


Our 1896 Victorian in the historic district of St. Paul, combines pure comfort and true elegance. We offer the choice of a simple or hot breakfast. Our other amenities include free and reliable high-speed WiFi, and private meeting space in a Victorian parlor. We're located in a beautifully walkable neighborhood that offers Victorian residential architecture, historic sites, fine dining, and great shopping.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

A Charming Historic Bed and Breakfast

3.8 on September 09, 2016

A Very lovely Victorian Home in a beautiful neighborhood of historic homes. The owner Bill made us feel very welcome in his charming home. He left a great binder full of details for our visit. Listed us a walking tour with great directions. My husband and I enjoyed walking the tour and seeing the beautiful homes. And so many restaurants on the tour to pick. We had a tasty breakfast in the morning and were able to a interesting chat with Bill about the history of his home.

Who wouldn't want to stay here?

5 on November 04, 2013

This lovely old house is nicely furnished with period pieces and gorgeous woodwork. It's set in a quiet neighborhood close to many of St. Paul's best eateries and great shopping. Bill sent us information regarding check in and breakfast beforehand which made everything easy for us. Our room was prepared as we'd requested and there was plenty of on street parking available. Kate's breakfasts were delicious and varied (we stayed a week) and there were many little extras in our room to ensure a comfortable stay. What we liked best about Cathedral Hill was Bill and his staff. They always went out of their way to assure we had everything we needed to make our visit fun and easy.

Charming and Elegant Bed and Breakfast

5 on April 08, 2013

When we first opened the door to the Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast we were in awe. The woodwork was absolutely beautiful and it invited you in to a wonderful experience. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and unique. The host, Bill, was wonderful. Not only does he cook a great breakfast but is a wonderful conversationalist. Bill makes you feel right at home. He suggested places to visit as well as giving us history of St. Paul. We would highly recommend staying at the Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast and We will be returning the next time we're in St. Paul.

Home away from home in St. Paul

5 on October 26, 2009

Bill and Katy are wonderful hosts who make you feel right at home. The house and rooms are lovely, and the breakfasts are fresh, delicious, and well-prepared. Information about the neighborhood helped us find a great place for dinner too.

Very comfortable

3.2 on October 22, 2009

Our stay at the Cathedral Hill was very comfortable. The room (Master Suite) was nice and very spacious. Our hosts were very polite and we really enjoyed walking over to Selby Ave dining and having a few drinks. The breakfast the next morning was good, but nothing gourmet.

Very comfortable and convenient

4.6 on July 13, 2009

Would definitely stay here again. The owners were very helpful, house was gorgeous, bed comfortable, etc! Walking distance to Xcel Center is why we chose it in the first place.

like old friends

4.6 on June 22, 2009

Bill and Katy are like the old friends you want to come and stay with. Not only for the comfort of their home and delicious breakfast, but it's their warmth, and the love they put into their B&B. After breakfast we would hung around before heading out in the afternoon. They have a beautiful quiet patio in the back where we could sit and read. Or we watched a video from their excellent collection. We also took walks. It was a wonderful stay.

A dreamy experience

5 on June 16, 2009

Our plane was late in arriving didn't get to B and B until around 3am. Owner happily opened front door and briefed us cheerifully before we went to bed. Beautiful victorian home. Charming decor and rich woodwork. Bed was huge and probably the best mattress I've ever slept on. No expense spared. Wonderful book, DVD and game library. We would have had no trouble staying entertained if we had a rainy day. Breakfast was generous, tasty and healthy. Bathroom included a variety of shampoos, soaps, and general sundries. Bath towels were large and high quality cotton - not the small less absorbant ones so often used. Mini - fridge with Britta Pitcher of water and a nice supply of sodas was provided in our room. With only 3 rooms at the B and B we really felt special. Looking forward to our next visit to St. Paul. Best B and B experience we've had and we've stayed at quite a few - particularly in New England.

Sleepless in St. Paul

5 on June 11, 2009

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the lovely oak lined Holly Ave off Summit. Delightful, quiet, impeccable service and a scrumptuous breakfast to send me off on my business day.

Wonderful home and service

4.6 on June 09, 2009

We enjoyed our stay at Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast. It's a wonderful and beautiful house located in a nice neighborhood close to many restaurants and bars. The rooms are large, the showers are hot and sheets are clean. Breakfast was always a treat and we felt welcome coming in and out of the home. My only grip was that the couch in the larger suite is a bit dated and uncomfortable. We only watched a little TV, but ideally the couch would get upgraded. We'll be back!

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Rooms & Rates

Mississippi Room

The king bed in this lovely 2nd floor room can be changed into two twins. The room's amenities include TV with satellite and a DVD player with DVDs, free and reliable high-speed Wi-Fi, refrigerator, and a street view through large oaks. The private bath has a claw-foot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $189 - $189

Dakota Room

This cozy 1st floor room has a queen bed and a view of our flowery patio. Other amenities include a large flat screen TV with satellite and a DVD player with DVDs, free and reliable high-speed Wi-Fi, and refrigerator. It has a private bath. Not handicapped accessible.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $169

Iminijaska Suite

The comfortable 2nd floor master suite consists of a luxurious bedroom with a king bed, connected by french doors to a large sitting room with a queen sofa bed, and a private bath. The suite is suitable for a couple, a couple with children, or a women's get-away. Amenities include a TV with satellite and a DVD player and DVDs, free and reliable high-speed Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, and street views.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $219 - $219

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Location Type

Historic District, Urban


Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.) 8 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, - Mall of America- Many near-by colleges- Great architecture, including Summit Avenue- Interesting parks- Beautiful libraries- Waterfalls- Walking and biking trails, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Sports venue, Tours, University, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fireplace, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling , On-street parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 4-6
  • Check Out:: 11
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 7 are welcome. Please ask about younger.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: None.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation less than 8 days before the reservation will result in a charge against your credit card for the length of your stay. There will be no refund unless we can re-book the room. Regardless, a $15 bookkeeping fee per room will be imposed on ALL cancellations.
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Bill Gray

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About the innkeepers

My wife and I opened our B&B after our seven children moved out and we were done with our computer consulting business. There we were with a 10 bedroom Victorian mansion, no desire to move, and a passion for hospitality. A B&B seemed like the obvious choice. Since my wife's death in 2010, I've run the B&B with helpers, and enjoyed welcoming guests from all over, each with their own interesting stories to tell.

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Served Breakfast of the Day or Self-Serve

  • Time Served: Served 8:30, Self-Serve 6-10
  • Serving Location: Back Patio, Front Porch, Breakfast Room, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Let us know any other special dietary needs.

Signature Dish

Special Homemade Granola
We make a batch of our Special Homemade Granola every few days, so it's always fresh and delicious. Chock full of dried fruit and oats, it's scrumptious with Greek yogurt or milk, and proudly offered as part of every meal we serve.

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