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
We booked the Hewing for a weekend getaway with friends. The hotel is situated in an old warehouse district with close proximity to downtown, the river and many modes of transportation. In addition, many great restaurants, cafes and shops are all within a few blocks. The vibe of the hotel is Minnesota meets industrial chic.
Checking in was efficient and we were in our room very quickly. Everyone greeted us with smiles. The room was a mix of brick walls, subway tiles and a barn door. Wool blankets and down duvets are a nice touch. Our bathroom was quite spacious, had good water pressure and was immaculate. If there was a complaint, it is that only one side of the bed had plugs for charging cell phones. Toiletries are from Grown Alchemist.
We opted for breakfast in our room, but the restaurant downstairs looked quite nice and was never very busy (at breakfast). Coffee and water are available at the elevator bank in the lobby. The workout facilities in the basement are a decent size and offered several ellipticals, treadmills and bikes, in addition to free weights. The hotel also offers bikes that you can use.
Things to know: (1) the hotel is a four block walk from the airport light rail, (2) the rooftop bar is cool, but becomes quite a scene in the evening - it is manageable during the day and affords a nice view and (3) the rooftop pool is quite small.
We would happily return to the Hewing. The combination of style, comfort and service were perfect.
While in MN for a work trip for me, my husband and I decided to stay someplace fun and were happy we picked the Hewing. The hotel was awesome. The staff was great. And those pancakes at breakfast, were amazing. Be sure to squeeze on those love your melon throws, they’re so snuggly.
Nice place, reminded me of a renovated building in SOHO but they treat dogs better than kids so if your bringing the family don’t book here. Hotel policy is kids are not allowed at pool. Two barking dogs two doors down from the room.