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 really enjoyed our stay at the Hewing hotel. Close to great restaurants and core power yoga studio. Rooftop pool was nice but it would be advisable to have wait staff This should be fixed before summer as this is really an issue for guests not being served at rooftop bar while at pool facilities.
The location is fantastic. We just love the North Loop in Minneapolis! The room is definitely not somewhere I would want to spend much time. There wasn't even a desk to work at. The two large columns in the room obstructed walking and the view of the TV from the one chair in the room. I think they just put is in a crappy room. The hotel as a whole was quite nice.
The Hewing is stylish and has great attention to detail. Don't miss the rooftop bar--it's cozy and has a great view. Our room was clean, attractive and had a huge shower. We stayed for our anniversary staycation and would definitely do it again.
If you are into historic structures, the hotel building alone is worth checking out. It has massive wooden beams and brick walls- all original. The designers riffed off the Minneapolis/northern location and did a great job with the decor without getting cutesy. We had a nice sized room, good bath with good toiletries. Everything seemed very quiet because of the thick old walls. The staff was helpful and friendly, the complimentary coffee in the morning was a plus- I highly recommend the hotel.
Do note that the shower pressure is ok and that the water runs very very hot.
I read the reviews and too many seem to be comparing this hotel to an experience in the local area versus any other hotels they've stayed at. Like so many, I've yet to find a truly excellent hotel in the Twin Cities. In the case of Hewing, the design, rooms and atmosphere are well above average, but not deserving of top billing. The small things make this difference and they don't excel here. We stayed there for our wedding anniversary and they knew this well in advance. I had called ahead of time to have a certain order in our room delivered upon our arrival. When it didn't happen I needed to call to remind them. This is one of those "small bigs" that the best hotels don't miss. We also found the staff to be friendly, but not proactive. In a few words, hip seems more important than hospitable. For what we paid, we won't likely return.