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
- 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
I stayed here 1/18 for a business conference. It was an easy Uber ride from the airport —they dropped me off at the front door which made it easy in a downtown location. Check-in took awhile as they only had two clerks. They weren't overly friendly, yet not overly professional, but decent. The overall stay didn't scream "SUPER" customer service, but it was good.
The room had a great view with huge windows on multiple walls of the room. The decor was super modern, tasteful and clean. However, no matter how many curtains I opened, or lights I turned on, the room was dark! If you stay in winter with little sunshine, it's challenging to work or read. The room was decent size with enough space for my things and a spacious closet with plenty of hangers. They even had a small space heater in the closet that you could use. The room temperature stayed nice and warm, so I didn't need it.
My photo shows the variety of stuff with the mini bar which I didn't touch. The desk area had a lot of room for working with ample plugs and ergonomic chair. The bed was comfortable enough with good pillows.
The bathroom was clean and big. Lotsa of counter space for my items, but the large window right by the toilet was a little odd.There were plenty of large towels, the stand up shower was large with a "rain shower" head. The upgraded amenities were a nice surprise like shower gel and even separate face wash.
The floor was quite quiet, no issues, but the night life here was lively. Granted, I was here the weekend before the Super Bowl, so it was pretty crazy, but the bar and restaurants were PACKED with night life. I personally loved it, but if you want quiet night life, this isn't your place. There were nice places all over to convene and relax with friends which made this a very social place to be. It reminded me of a lower-level JW Marriott vibe.
Their service for having a conference there was great. Food was kept warm, staff was friendly, they helped us get to the rooms we needed. Meeting rooms were well appointed and quiet—all upstairs. Like a whole different world up there.
There are restaurants EVERYwhere within a quick walk. Very centrally located. If I'm ever in Minn. again (non-business), I'd like to stay here and enjoy more night life.
I booked a room for a proposal weekend. A couple days before I received an email from my “W Insider” Lisa (side note, I signed up for the Marriot rewards program. That may have been why I received correspondence). I informed Lisa of my plans, and she assured me that my room would meet my needs (great view, HDMI port in the TV). She informed the staff of my situation, and they were very accommodating. Brandon was the main staff member I was working with. He was fantastic and went out of his way to make my stay and weekend special.
The room was amazing. I booked a “Fantastic Suite”. It was a corner room on the 24th floor. There was a couch, a desk, and a table with chairs. The main room had a TV, and the bedroom had one as well. The bathroom was large. There was a tub, and a shower with a rainfall showerhead. The views of the city were great.
We had dinner at Manny’s, which is an upscale steakhouse attached to the hotel. It’s expensive but delicious. There are two bars in the building, the Living room is on the ground floor, and the Prohibition Bar is on the 27th floor. On the day I was there, both areas had a dress code. The Living room had a club atmosphere. Prohibition bar was more upscale. I didn’t stay in either space because I felt unwelcome. There are plenty of other spots in the area to grab a drink and appetizers.
Overall, it was a great experience. The W staff was so thoughtful, and made my weekend the best weekend of my life. Special shout out to Lisa and Brandon for taking care of me
I stayed 3 nights on business. Room was so dark I couldn’t read, and I actually had to use my flashlight app to push the buttons in the elevator. Also there were major problems with the service. I called down to the front desk for a wake up call because I had a very early morning flight out, but got no call. Luckily I woke up on my own. I also asked for the front desk to call me a cab for that morning, they asked what time I’d be down, I told them, but alas no cab was there when I needed it. It was a long wait for a cab and I was nervous I was going to miss my flight. These are all major problems with a hotel that is supposed to be 4 star, and I will not return for these reasons, despite the fact that the room was clean and the bed was comfortable.
We rented a two bedroom suit for a birthday get-together. The suite size was great. We were asked prior to the evening by the concierge if there was anything we needed. We asked for extra glasses - there were none in the room so we had to call. The kitchenette was void of any type of kitchenware. No plates, no napkins, absolutely nothing except the pop and booze for purchase in the fridge. No garbage cans except for the small ones in the bathrooms. While the room was a good size for entertaining, the furniture and placement was very poor. One of the chairs was broken, one was off in a corner under a lamp and could not be moved. The carpet was warn through in places. There was not a coffee pot to be found for the morning, only an espresso machine. The expectation was a bit higher for the name hotel and the price. The location was what we were looking for and that was good for us. City view was great
We stayed at the W Minneapolis in December 2017 for a weekend. The best part about the hotel is the building and it's location. It was very convenient to walk to the US Bank stadium, and loads of good restaurants. We had dinner at Manny's, which was fantastic. The service at the hotel was average and informal, but I don't mean that in a negative way. The informality of it all is perhaps in keeping with the younger vibe of the W brand. We enjoyed our stay, and wouldn't mind staying there in the future.