Summit Avenue's First Boutique Hotel

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The Davidson Mansion

The Davidson Mansion, built as the home of Watson Davidson, a real estate executive who amassed a fortune working for James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway, is a magnificent English Cotswold Manor House styled mansion. At the time of its completion in 1915, it was one of the finest homes ever constructed in St. Paul, and is still to this day.

The Davidson is located on a double lot, with extensive gardens, on historic Summit Avenue, the longest avenue of historic Victorian homes in the United States, a national treasure.

After a meticulous renovation, it has been transformed into a breathtaking nine unit boutique hotel – the finest of its kind in Minnesota.

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Featured in The Washington Post

The Davidson was named a "Local fave" in Melanie D.G. Kaplan's article "Things to do in St. Paul".

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Attractions & Dining in Cathedral Hill

The Davidson is located in one of the nation’s largest intact Victorian era National Historic Landmark Districts. Cathedral Hill is St. Paul’s most beautiful and romantic walkable neighborhood.

Within easy walking distance are magnificent mansions, public parks, the Cathedral of Saint Paul (modeled after St. Peters in Rome), the James J. Hill Mansion, and the restaurant & shopping districts on Selby and Grand Avenues.

The Cathedral Hill District overlooks Downtown St. Paul which contains numerous restaurants, museums, theaters, the Xcel Energy Center, RiverCentre, and the West Seventh Street restaurant district.

Many of Saint Paul’s finest restaurants are located within a few blocks of the Davidson, including three of its most famous and romantic that are sister Commonwealth Properties establishments: The University Club of Saint Paul and W.A. Frost.

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Dining Out in Cathedral Hill

As a guest of The Davidson you will receive preferential booking at these properties.

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Membership Privileges

As a guest of The Davidson, you can enjoy complimentary membership privileges at the University Club of St. Paul and the Saint Paul Athletic Club.

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Recreation & Dining

The University Club of Saint Paul

A short walk from The Davidson, you can enjoy the University Club as if you were a member, including fitness, dining and events.

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The Saint Paul Athletic Club

While you are staying at The Davidson, you may work out at the Saint Paul Athletic Club in downtown Saint Paul.

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