W Minneapolis – The Foshay
What We Love
- Prohibition-style cocktails served at the 27th-floor lounge
- The 24-hour room service
- You can arrange for a private massage after working out in the 720-square-foot fitness center
What To Know
- Valet parking is available for $30 per day
- Pets are welcome for $100 deposit and an additional $25 per night fee
- The W’s splashy look may not appeal to more staid types
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The former stomping grounds of Midwestern business tycoon Wilbur Foshay, the 229-room W Minneapolis pays homage to its Prohibition-era roots, with flashy Art Deco interiors updated with geometric red and fuschia rugs, buttery leather chairs-for-two and naughty low lighting. Starting at 275 square feet, contemporary rooms are for today’s titans of industry with high-tech amenities like iPod docks, media libraries and 37-inch LCD TVs. Meat-lovers will enjoy the dry-aged, corn-fed Midwestern beef served at Manny’s, the hotel’s American steakhouse. And night owls can linger in the swanky lobby lounge before heading up to the 27th-floor bar, which serves Prohibition-style cocktails like the Original Sin (tequila and vanilla-hazelnut tea extract with Vietnamese coffee and coconut water ice cubes).
In the Area
In the heart of Minneapolis’ bustling downtown, the hotel is a prime jumping-off point for exploring the Twin Cities. A short walk or bike along the pedestrian-only Stone Arch Bridge will land you in the Theater District, where independent companies like the Guthrie stage such classics as Pride and Prejudice. Stroll through the 11-acre Sculpture Garden, which features works like the iconic Spoonbridge. Hark back to your mall rat days at the 4,200,000-square-foot Mall of America in the South Loop, or visit the boutique-lined Grand Avenue in St. Paul for local handicrafts and jewelry at Bibelot and high-end kitchenware at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Kick back with local hipsters with slow-roasted pork sandwiches and a glass of sangria at the Creole-style Brasa Rotisserie or go haute with foie gras meatballs at James Beard award-winning chef Isaac Becker’s 112 Eatery.
How to Get There
The Foshay tower was the tallest building in Minneapolis when I was a kid and it held a dramatic sense of awe in my childhood. On a recent trip to visit a client, I had the pleasure of staying in the buildings newest incarnation. Now renovated and owned by Marriot Bonvoy and in its “W” brand architecture, the Foshay is a pricey place to stay.
Check in was decent-my room was not available till 4pm so I waited about an hour to check in. Also the front desk shift changed in the mean time so I had to re-identify myself and go through process again.
The walkability of downtown Minneapolis makes this spot very desirable with many restaurants and activities within blocks.Then there’s always the train if you need to go beyond walking distance.
The hotel and rooms were relatively poorly renovated - seems the contractor cheaped out on the infrastructure- due to the size of the tower itself and construction techniques, you can hear everything going on in the hallways and even in rooms nearby. I’m always turned off by the $6 bottle of water next to the sink with the sign ‘drink me!’ as well.
But the amenities were good and a mini bar allowed for personal items to be stores without incurring a charge. Linens are very high quality, as was the valets service. Walkable neighborhood. Decent Bar
A solid 4 out of 5.
Greeted each check in with a drink of apple cider, beautiful architecture throughout, nicely located, rooms are perfect, historical but hip. This hotel is a happening place at night on the main floor at Manny’s. Great bar with views. Even boosts a museum and observation deck.
The bar on the first floor is rockin’ in after 10 PM and Manny’s restaurant is attached. They have a prohibition bar on the 28th floor and the rooms are clean and modern. Came here for a business trip and all amenities are basically right here.