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
Recently was in Minneapolis for business trips and had the wonderful opportunity to stay at the W Foshay. From start to finish my experience was 5 stars. Let's start with my room. I had a very modern room overlooking the city. The lights at night were beautiful and during the day I felt like I was working in the sky. DOMENICA, who is the most amazing hospitality leader I've ever had, greeted me upon arrival with a bottle of champagne. It happened to be my birthday week, but I'm not sure they knew that and to be greeted with a bottle of champagne and a card addressed with my name wishing me a great stay was not something any other hotel had done before. For this reason, I will always remember the W. Secondly, the ambiance. I'm an executive who also likes to enjoy and it was wonderful to be around similar minded people who I met at the gym, the steakhouse, or the club area at the top. Going to the top of the hotel at night was gorgeous and the service continued to be excellent. DOMENICA, if you're reading this, please know how grateful I am for my amazing experience! You are the best and so is the W! I will be back!
Stayed at the W Foshay. Nice room. Comfy bed. Was there for my anniversary. We never eat from the mini bar but decided to splurge on drinks. Fully aware that the bottle of absolute was 36 and the club soda was 5 we went for it. Wasn’t aware of the 15 dollar restocking fee! Never do the mini bar!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spoke to the front desk after returning home and they said they would talk to finance but that this was standard practice. Lesson learned.
We've stayed a few times in the last month and the service has been consistently excellent. As Bonvoy members, we received special treatment from the "Wherever Whenever" team for the special occasions that we were celebrating which was lovely. The rooms are spacious, clean, and nicely done. The location is great with a few small lots with affordable rates available near the hotel for overnight parking.