When my friend invited me to her wedding in downtown Minneapolis I decided to check into the W Minneapolis – The Foshay for the event. In typical W style, the hotel is dark, sleek and sexy, with 229 style driven rooms. Housed in The Foshay building, which was for many years the tallest building in the city, the W retains the essence of 1920’s art deco design.
Not only is it cool to look at, it’s got great history! Built in the 1920’s by entrepreneur Wilbur Foshay for his personal office space and home, the building opened with grand event attended by dignitaries from around the world. A John Phillip Sousa marching band song was specially written for the occasion. Sadly, the building closed only months later with the stock market crash of 1929. The Foshay Tower was fashioned after the Washington Monument and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Reopening several years ago, The W Minneapolis style is hip and trendy yet preserves the art deco façade of roaring 20’s, giving it an original feel that is symbolic of that era. The rooms are large, well appointed, with very cozy pillows and beds. Each room has a 37” flat screen TV and lots of Bliss Spa products in the large marble bathroom.
Of course, the location is fantastic, located right downtown. The W is position near the best shopping, theatres, sports event venues, and great restaurants. If you don’t want to go far, the hotel is connected to Manny’s Steakhouse, a Minneapolis institution for red meat and potatoes.
I didn’t have time for the renowned spa facilities, but I did have a cocktail on the 27th floor Prohibition Bar and took a trip up to the 32nd floor observation deck for a fabulous view of the city. (Both are a must if you are staying at the W!).
Other fun perks: The hotel also has something called” Whatever/Whenever Service”, simply tell them what you want and they will try to find it in the Twin Cities. And for dog lovers, the W is a pet friendly hotel. With an extra charge per night, your pooch or cat can stay, have a walk and enjoy the same cool lifestyle as you.