W MinneapolisWell it was Dec 30th, and I had one more suite night to burn up, and shockingly there was a really good rate at the W Minneapolis, for the 31st, New Year's Eve. My suite night got me from a standard room to at least a corner room. Not a suite, but well, as you'll see, it was larger than standard.
The Foshay is a 1929 historical landmark modeled after the Washington Monument, and was originally an office building. It's a tad small so the rooms tend to be spatially challenged, but they do what they can with it.
ArrivalI drove up I-35 to downtown Minneapolis. Traffic was super light. I go to check in and I had assumed the W would have a private New Year's Eve party, which would be an additional cost. I was floored when I found out it was included in the room. I got two tickets so I called my Editrix and asked if she wanted to go. What was labeled under "obviously yes".
The RoomWell, nothing is far from the elevators in this place, and my room was no exception. It wasn't cramped but it didn't feel big either. The bathroom though was quite large and useable.
DiningOk, let's just call this drinking. Manny's, a stupidly high-end steak house is attached and that's where breakfast is, but for a W the draw is the bars. Prohibition on the 27th floor (the ENTIRE 27th floor) and the Living Room on the ground floor. In most hotels, you have "food & beverage" or F&B - at W, you have B&F.
FacilitiesSo they have a gym, it's workable, and a museum. Plus a lot of event space which seems key to the property's feel.
SummaryTHE party hotel in Minneapolis, no arguments can be made successfully to the contrary. The New Year's Eve bash was well done and quite a fancy to do. The rooms are small but the bars are super nice.
There is no lounge, the regular rooms are pretty small so opt for a larger one, and lower floors actually have bigger rooms due to the narrowing nature of the tower.