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
Where do I begin? Lovely old building & location was very good. Rooms adequate but pillows like sleeping on rocks & very dark, no extras like shower caps, ear-buds, body lotion, etc. One wee bar of soap so if someone is in shower and someone else wants to wash hands, too bad. Had to steal toilet paper from housekeeping cart (parked all day in hall) because housekeeping did not replace toilet paper roll. In room bar 2 chipped glasses. Public rooms VERY dark. Had to keep iPhone with me (flashlight function) when using elevator or fetching ice from machine because NO light in ice machine room or elevators to see floor buttons. No baggage delivery to rooms that I noticed... everyone took their own luggage from registration up to their room(s). No city street maps available.
great location in downtown.
gorgeous décor - love the floors and the ceiling.
the rooms were beautiful and lots of space.
love the bathroom, love the rain shower.
great hospitality and very friendly and professional people
they do have valet parking.
like very much the fact that they have a "courtyard café" right beside the lobby where you can sit and have meetings and work in your laptop.
and do have fresh coffee and hot water for tea in the lobby all day for the guest.
the place is great early in the morning when there are not that many people in the lobby. it is very overwhelming at night because of the bar in the roof and the bar at the entrance which it was packed every night.
enjoyed the stay.
Hotel is located downtown so everything is walkable from there. It’s an iconic hotel attached to the Foshay tower. Quite a happening place in the evenings and the weekends, great bar downstairs attracts quite a crowd to party. Check in was efficient and staff are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are small, comfortable beds. The hotel has an observation deck which is quite cool.
My review is entirely influenced by my visit to the 30th floor museum that tells the story of The Foshay and its reclamation as a modern hotel. I really enjoyed the exhibit and the 360 views of the Twin Cities from the outside viewing deck. The time and details they took to restore The Foshay is incredible.
I enjoy the W brand and the W Minneapolis met all of my expectations. I tolerate the over-the top design and club lighting/music so long as the property delivers on quality customer service and necessary business amenities, i.e., modern technology, a quality bed, a functional workspace, and a super shower. The Foshay came through from the moment Agatha graciously checked me in at 1:30am and let me know that late-night room service was still in play. I appreciated the timely and impeccable housekeeping provided by Martha each morning, as well as the concierge team that helped me navigate the light-rail system, overhead walkways, and the range of good restaurants in the surrounding area.
I was here on business but will definitely come back if my professional or personal travels return me to Minneapolis.
Rooms are dark, crowded, not much space to move around; bathroom very ... cold, simple, and not inviting... maybe it's just not my style. Couple dinning outlets right on property, good food, nice service.