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
Modern touches in this classic building. I loved the color scheme. Check in was a breeze. We were offered a chilled spiced wine, which was meh. However, she didn’t explain how the elevators operated. After a few laughs, we figured it out. We stayed in a room on 21st floor. Our floor plan was “Spectacular.” Floor to ceiling windows were impressive. We loved the view of Minneapolis city life below. I liked the purple rain shower. The King bed was comfortable. No extra blankets in the room, but the room had its own thermostat. The room is on the small side. The in room refrigerator was locked. If we wanted to open it, we had to call the front desk. Dust clinging to the corners and from sprinkler. Other than that, the room was very clean, so IDK why that is overlooked. We didn’t see it at first Bc the lighting is inexplicably dimly lit. Overall, we enjoyed our stay as a couple. Check out The Prohibition Bar, & eat at Hell’s Kitchen across the street for dinner or brunch. Hotel is walking distance from Nicollet and Hennepin Avenues.
Nicely appointed rooms, great hotel for meetings, awesome downtown location which made the visit just more enjoyable, the City of Minneapolis has these sky walks and one connects to the W which makes access even better during the cold weather. Front Desk Staff was very welcoming, A+++ for them
Was totally and pleasantly surprised by this W. Rooms were great. The pairs of holiday socks provided to each guest was a nice and pleasent surprise. Very comfortable and well appointed. The bar was great and next to Manny’s steak house, a Minneapolis institution!
Let's start wtih Okay.... When we arrived, I mentioned it was our 5 year anniversary hoping we would get an upgrade. We were only there one night to see Hamilton. No upgrade...but, an hour into our stay, there was a knock on the door. Free wine and chocolate. We felt special. Now the Horrible...After the show, we went to the bar on the 27th floor. Very expensive! That aside, after we had one drink each, I asked for the bill, had it charged to the room. I added $3 tip. When I received my bill in the morning, the tip was moved to $8. I complained at the front, not about the $5, but about the experience of being taken advantage of. Two day later, I received an email to fill out the complaint form. After I did, I received an email stating the she looked up the receipt and since the total on the bill looked like a 9 instead of 4, the tip was $8, not $3. Basically, saying it's my fault and have a nice day. Week later, I get a call from the assistant manager of the front desk (not even a manager at this point). We have an appointment time. I call on time and she has to take 5 minutes to gather my material and remind herself what happened. Why was she not ready? That aside... after all the communication I've had, previously writing and talking with them, she says she wants to see what happened. We go through it. She basically apologizes that I felt betrayed and was taken advantage. She felt cold and un-compassionate. I will never stay at this establishment and I advise you don't either. I wasn't even offered a coupon for the next stay. She ended with "I hope you give us a chance to gain your trust". She didn't care.
Great location in Downtown Minneapolis. The room was updated and comfortable. Staff could have been friendlier. The only greetings I received during my 4 night stay were from the door men. I left a voicemail with the concierge because I was hoping to get a facial. This W does not have a Bliss Spa but they did slide a menu under my door with alternative options that included spas a couple blocks away. The bar's customer service was less than subpar. Dare I say it, they were rude. The room was great but I would not stay here again due to lack of friendliness from the staff.