What We Love
- The beer bundt loaf at Tullibee restaurant, which does Nordic dishes with a local twist
- Retro Faribault Woolen Mills blankets (made in Minnesota) in each room
- It’s very pet friendly, with dog beds and free treats
What To Know
- Bicycles (custom-made for the hotel) are available for taking spins around the city
- The 24-hour gym has punching bags and gloves for use
- There’s a charge to access the rooftop bar and sauna (open year-round), even for guests
- Free WiFi
Entering the lobby of the Hewing feels more like entering a wilderness hunting lodge than any downtown hotel, what with those tools hanging on walls and the occasional set of antlers. But the space, with its roaring fire and warm blankets, is superbly cozy and more chic than cheesy. The former warehouse building once stored farm implements, and many details from the original structure remain, including the high ceilings and pine beams. The rustic-chic aesthetic continues in guest rooms, which feature patterned wallpaper and leather armchairs, plus spacious bathrooms and mini-bars well-stocked with local fixings. Better to save your thirst for the downstairs bar, though, where clever cocktails made with ingredients like aquavit and bee pollen have been drawing locals en masse. During the day, you’ll see laptop-toting guests settle in at the long tables to bang out emails before sightseeing. Take one of the hotel’s loaner bikes for a spin around town, but be sure to return before the day is done to try out the hotel’s well-reviewed Tullibee restaurant, which blends Nordic traditions with local ingredients—expect smoked fish, elk tartar, and charred vegetables.
In the Area
The North Loop is fast becoming one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, and it’s a lively area for exploring on foot or on one of the hotel bikes. Just a couple of blocks away (and across the street from each other) are two restaurants worth booking in advance. The Bachelor Farmer specializes in heavy-on-the-vegetables dishes that are made from local produce, while the slightly more elegant Spoon and Stable gets creative with wild nettle gnocchi and a grilled bison strip loin. Just around the corner is The Foundry, an upscale home goods shop that sells exactly the kind of handmade soaps and wood-backed brushes you’d need to recreate the Hewing look at home. And baseball fans will love that Target Field, home to the Twins, is a quick half-mile walk away.
How to Get There
Great hotel, in fantastic location. The staff are extremely friendly/helpful, the rooms are spacious and beautifully designed. The lobby/bar/restaurant has a really cool vibe, again with amazing design. The food was delicious/reasonably priced!!!
Rooms are well appointed, the first level lounge and restaurant lively on weekends, and the staff very pleasant and gracious. Perhaps the finest hotel in Minneapolis. The rooftop spa is outrageously luxurious on cold winter days.
We went to the rooftop last weekend with a group of coworkers, we paid the daypass but we could not use the Sauna, the Sauna Society person told us we had to pay $ 20 per person to use the sauna.... that’s crazy, finally we ended up pulling out in a rude way.
The most beautiful Hotel, beautiful room, comfy beds, vaulted ceiling! Just a luxurious up to date hotel. Fun atmosphere, great bar and sitting area. We stayed for a wedding, so we didn't get to hang out at the Hotel as much as we would have like to. We would stay again.
We stayed a night at the Hewing and it was a very enjoyable experience. The only reason for not giving it a 5 star rating was that our room was not turned over completely and we had old robes and pool towels in our closet. We informed the staff and they were very understanding and apologetic. They comped us some drinks and sent over a cheese platter, more than making up for the mishap. The rooftop hot tub was amazing. It was a very nice night.