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
While they spent a LOT of money and time on the lobby / bar areas focusing on the historical nature of the building, there was not much of that in the actual room. We had a corner room on the 18th floor, so a great view of a couple of building tops but beyond a modern dark color pallet .. not much else to say. It was clean, plenty of hot water, nice bed. Get to the observation deck.. great historic display inside and nice 360 degree views.
This is a beautiful hotel in an very historic building. Rooms are decorated with lots of steel and glass, yet are comfortable. Our rooms had a huge shower that delivered a lot of water. Staff was extremely helpful and nice! Great place to stay downtown.
Views are of course worth the time/ticket price (10USD) HOWEVER reception area downstairs was hectic AND the W Hotel Foshay Tower charged me twice the amount of the ticket (20USD instead of 10 and it's an 'approved' transaction).
Recommend to triple-check whatever they charge you right on the spot.
Dear Foshay Tower hotel, hope you'll read this and find a way to correct yourselves and give me an e-mail to which I can write the details of the transaction. Tour was on Thu, 7/5. Thank you.
I paid for and reserved the "Fantastic Suite" for my daughter to try on a selection of wedding dresses. Myself and my two daughters were going to be in the suite for the evening and host two of her best friends for brunch and mimosas in the morning while she tried on dresses to make a decision on the dress. I wanted it to be a special event in honor of her upcoming wedding. When we checked in to the W, the desk told me it would be a few minutes as they were getting the room ready...after nearly 45 minutes they told me they had overbooked and the "Fantastic Suite" was not available. They scrambled to get us another room however there were no suites available. I was in tears, as we stood with her dresses and our bags on a luggage cart in the lobby. The desk clerk told us they had a corner room with a King bed and a couch, it was the best available. I said I guess we will have to take it even though it is not what I reserved. I let them know I was Very disappointed as was my daughters. We were all so excited to have this as a once in a lifetime event. We went to the room and it was terrible, small, no couch and the manager had to bring a full length mirror from his office so my daughter could see her dress. The hotel did realize this was a horrible mistake and offered us to visit the steak house and they would cover the cost for dinner, the least they could do they said. The manager also came to the room with the mirror and realized it was not what we were told. He did his best and found us another room with two queen beds a bit larger however the room had large chips of paint missing on the bath door and no couch or additional seating. I would NEVER stay at the W again. When I checked out they told me everything was taken care of. I later checked my online card statement and was charged the full price of the "Fantastic Suite" I called the hotel and was told they felt they more than compensated us with dinner and a bottle of champagne. The whole event was ruined due to the hotels error of OVER BOOKING! I booked the suite not for a romantic evening, this was a special event, to make my daughters wedding plans special with family and dear friends. We only had one opportunity to do this and it was awful. This is not what is expected when booking at a "luxury" hotel.
We arrived at the Foshay on June 30, 2018 as we were attending an event at Target Field. When you enter the lobby, you are blasted with exceptionally loud lobby music that really seems out of place. It is so loud and so intrusive that you literally cannot hear anything else. We had to ask where the front desk was, and it is set so far back that you have to endure the loud intrusive music to get there.
Check in was pleasant and rooms are luxurious and comfortable. The location of the hotel is very nice for enjoying downtown and we walked to dinner at Murray's (fabulous) and then to Target Field for our event.
When we returned from Target Field, the lobby bar, which is quite spacious, had been turned into a nightclub and the noise and crowd emanating from there was even louder. There is basically no where for hotel guests to go and enjoy a quiet drink. They have the Prohibition bar on the 27th floor, which is tiny and the seating areas are hardly accomodating to a hotel of this size. Basically, you can stand around and look for a seat for one or two and hope someone leaves because the seating is few and far between or you can mingle with the 20 somethings in a nightclub atmosphere where you cannot hear anything.
We had a fabulous breakfast at Manny's the following morning and walking through the lobby bar, it really is a shame that such a beautiful space is made unusable to guests in the evening due to the nightclub that appears to be used mostly by people not staying in the hotel.
Due to the din and lack of bar space for guests, I cannot rate this hotel any higher and will not return.