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W Minneapolis - The Foshay in Minneapolis, MN

W Minneapolis - The Foshay in Minneapolis, MN

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Within our historic skyscraper, indulge in world-class dining at Manny's and Key's Café, sip freely in the sky high Prohibition bar, cozy up in the Living Room or SWEAT® it out. Want more? Our Whatever/Whenever® service takes care of everything else.

Stay on top of the surging urban scene in 229 rooms with spectacular views of the skyline and lush landscapes, also featuring the signature W bed, fully wired technology, delightful Munchie Box, Bliss® Spa sinkside six and fabulous entertainment.

 

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Rating: 3.55

Address: 821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55402

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    Comments (130):

    1. Michelle B.
    Won't be staying here again.  Here are my reasons:  Internet was EXTREMELY slow - I was in town for business so spending literally hours over the course of 3 days just trying to get on the internet was not cool.   After calling and complaining though, the hotel did waive the $12 per day internet fee.  Rooms are cool but much smaller than comparable hotels.  If you are a guest and want an elevator at night, GOOD LUCK!!!  You will have to wait while large groups of drunk people wait to load on to the 1 elevator that goes up to the prohibition bar.  It's very clear that the bar crowd is more important to the W staff than their own guests.

    10/03/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. Hillary R.
    the only good thing about the "lounge," which is more like a meat market of cougars, tanorexics and guys with their heads so far up their own asses that you can use their backs as places to set your drink, is that it makes the over rated prohibition bar upstairs seem like a dive bar.  if you want to laugh really hard and pay nyc cocktail prices, go now!!!

    01/12/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    3. W Q.
    this is not my favorite W for amenities, but the location is great if you want to be close to everything.  the rooms are great and the shower is amazing!

    04/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Jane A.
    I really liked this hotel, but it isn't quite five stars.  I'll begin with what I did like.  It is in a great location, right downtown Minneapolis.  The people that work there go way above what is necessary.  The two men at the front desk helped us numerous times with directions and overall ideas for things to do in the area.  The room was nice, and once again, I love the Bliss products.  The lobby and observation area are nice, but the bar is really small and doesn't have a "W" feel to it.  The downside is that there was a TON of construction going on outside and they did not notify you in advance.  Not a huge deal, but it affects where you park, and just getting around in general.  I would return for sure, once the construction is gone.

    06/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Nicole N.
    Maybe I'm spoiled. Maybe I'm just tired of the W decor. I mean there was a 4 foot long vinyl silver pillow on my bed! What the hell is that for? But the heat broke while I was here, so I was mostly freezing, and the sheets rubbed me raw. 1 star for the restaurant and room service because the food while ridiculous in portion size was also pretty good. 1 star for good people watching in the bar. Es todo!

    19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Susan K.
    Unlike my recent stays at the W Seattle, the W Minneapolis, was a completely different experience, for the better that is. Superb staff, very welcoming and accommodating! Décor is super chic as what you would expect from most Ws. The Living Room bar is a great spot to have drinks with your friends or co-workers. They have a nice and cozy fireplace right in the middle of the room that can definitely do wonders on a cold day in Minneapolis. Rooms are nice too, they upgraded me to a corner suite and had beautiful city views and a cute mini-bar caddy that I haven't seen anywhere else. The hotel also has an interesting bar at the 27th floor with great views called The Prohibition. I went on a Monday, which was pretty slow, but I can see how later on in the week, it can be a fun spot....I probably wouldn't recommend going in a big group, probably best for 2-4...seating is very limited!

    01/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Dan R.
    Very nice. Just what you expect.

    30/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Erin C.
    Great views of the city, centrally located, and wonderful service characteriz the W Foshay. The lobby is very trendy, and the rooms are modern, if a bit plasticy. Love the bathroom with a rain shower head and Bliss products. We got a complimentary upgrade from the staff member who checked up in just by asking. The bar on the 27th floor is intimate while the bar in the lobby has much more of a club feel. A great experience overall!

    01/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Peter H.
    One of the best decisions I've made this year was to stay at this hotel.  I came here for a convention, and it is easily within walking distance to the Minneapolis Convention center.  The staff is extremely courteous and helpful.  The bartenders were nice enough to draw me a map of places to go and see, but nonetheless, I ended up just staying at the hotel bar because it was the place to be.  Coming from New York, it had a good mixed crowd in a vibrant atmosphere.  Decor is excellent.
    Back to the hotel itself, for free you can book a ride in a car if u needed one, but I never took advantage of this.  I had a double queen room which was comfortable and classy.  Down comforter, soft robes, an ipod adapter, well stocked minibar, and a new LCD shows the class this place has.  If I was ever in town again, I would undoubtedly stay at this hotel.  Price is worth it especially with all the deals they have going.

    20/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Missy R.
    Nice staff, well decorated room, great use of an old building.

    09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Jen B.
    I finally visited this place last weekend for a friend's b-day. We met up at the Living Room Bar on the ground floor of the hotel. It's beautiful, posh and very expensive. I ordered a bacardi/coke- $10! And it was in a tiny little glass. Granted, it was really strong, but still! I can buy a whole bottle of Bacardi at that price! Any ways, the place was ok. Lots of people trying to act like they are all high society. They all walked around with the "don't you know who I am?" attitude. Not really my thing.
    Before heading to the warehouse district we went up to her room. It was small, but pretty cool. Not worth the $189 she paid, but it was nice. Another friend inquired about a room at the front desk and the guy there said he'd give her a room for $109. Not bad.
    When leaving, a guy standing outside the hotel, who apparently worked there offered to drive us down to the warehouse dist for free in the hotel SUV. Pretty sweet perk.

    19/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. mike r.
    I was there on Saturday night and have to say I had a really good time. I have been there many other times with mixed reviews. Look it's over priced and everyone knows it. The thing I do like about this bar is that even though it is geared towards a "snooty" croud you don't really notice it. It's not over packed and the bar tenders are very nice. Now mind you everyone is going to have a very different opinion on this bar because it does catter to a higher class life style. I would never spend the whole night there because I don't want to go broke but it is a great place to at least have a couple drinks with friends and just have a good time.

    13/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Drew M.
    omg you have to read the review by chuck where he wants to kill the W designers. it's hillarious.  mmmmm....midwesterns, they taste better with BBQ Sauce.  

    This W is sexy and sooo glam it pisses glitter!!!!  If you want to stay in a glamorous dungeon, then book this hotel.  The service is terrible!  What do you expect, this is the hottest hotel in the city, the front-desk workers think they are vicariously awesome just for being the ones to work behind those LED-glowing counters.  Give them a hug for me.

    Enjoy...and follow your Wonderlust!

    14/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Sam E.
    By far the best hotel I have ever stayed at. Extremely friendly and helpful staff, super classy appearance and overall great hotel. No complaints at all. The european-style shower is especially slick, and check out the Foshay building at the 30th floor - it's a really cool experience, although I'm afraid of heights so I ended up going back down quickly. Great hotel though, have nothing bad to say.

    03/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Ryan D.
    They sure do throw around a lot of pink up in this mugg!  The lounge features super tall ceilings, a warm fireplace, and a pink glow throughout.

    Expect to pay about 18-22 bucks for a couple of drinks.

    The Prohibition lounge  upstairs has a nice view but offers tight seating and a much more claustrophobic atmosphere.  If there is a line to get in the elevator...I would pass.

    Overall its fun and hip, grab a scotch and a seat and enjoy the scene.

    28/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    16. Marilee A.
    Toto, are we still in MPLS?

    Living Room, I wish my Living Room were this exciting. The Sexiest Atmosphere in Town.Goosebumps & Giggles overwhelm me to think of the Juxtaposition of 60's style Comfort Foods served in this 20's Art Deco, meets 80's/90's Techno Euro Vampire Decor(my words). They play Techno Club Music to further confuse you as to what Era you are Dreaming in.Sensory Overload at it's Uber Best. Canoodle & Vogue while enthralled by the Pretty People Watching of Models, Modelizers, Business Men, Upscale Couples on 1st Dates, & Wannabes (Don't ask what category I fall into).All while snacking on new twists in Comfort Food, such as Apples & Grilled Gruyere Cheese Sandwich's & Tomato/Basil Soup, or Tater Tots & Pigs in a Blanket , while you are sitting in a High Back Leather & Cowhide Fur Loveseat that is Laced up like a Corset in the back of it,& a Fireplace that burns flames through glass shards. The Decor is SEXY.Many house specialty drinks, including one that serves 4 drinkers at the same time..They were the 1st, & still one of the very few, to serve "Absinthe" that just became legal again in this Country after over 100 year banishment. It's potency, made from Wormwood, was considered lethal.Made a Curiosity by such Movies as Bram Stoker's Dracula & Moulin Rouge.
    The Living Room is Uber Chic, Blk., White, & Purple, Over styled , & a Dream Come True of this Interior Designer/Former Jewelry Store Owner. If this"Deco meets Vampira" to Prohibition,the Foshay Family former Office's in the 20's & 30's. A series of intimate rooms with Chaise Lounges, Chandeliers,Mid Century Club Chairs in White Patent, the Former Deco still apparent, but enhanced by some Goddess of Design.This is where a intimate conversation, or an engagement might happen.A friend & I were once were mistaken for Mannequins while lounging on the Window Bed Lounge, apparently looking like plastic.Being mistaken for Mannequins/Props, happened all night, adding to the Hoot we were having.This whole place is somewhat Fantasy like--New York, Miami, Vegas,or Paris , it's over the top. Too Fabulous to be true, but with Comfort Food to balance it out.One almost expects to be bitten some Fab Vampire, not Edward Cullen (?) but elegant LeStat. A girl can Dream, but I'll settle for being bitten by the W instead, & we will, when the bill comes for the "Absinthe".
    5 Tiara's just doesn't do the place justice

    10/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Terren J.
    I stayed here for 2 weeks for work.  It's in a good location in that it's in walking distance to a lot of restaurants and Target.  Manny's Steakhouse and the Prohibition lounge in the hotel are worth a visit too.  My room was posh and modern like all W's.  However, the dark decor of the room and the hotel started to get uncomfortable after the first week.  It was like living inside a nightclub.

    15/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Jesse E.
    Obviously one of the more gorgeous of places in Mpls.. my husband & I stayed here last Valentine's Day.. beautiful. Gorgeous color scheme throughout the entire hotel, great bar, delicious grey goose pom martinis, & Manny's... Do I really have to say any more?

    20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Dakotah F.
    i was very excited to stay at the hotel for my best friends bachlorette  party, i booked a suite a head of time and was reassured early check in would not be problem, i wanted to set everything up before people began  arriving. i called the day before to make sure everything was still fine and was rudely told there is no guaranty of early check in and that i was missed informed, then the day of was told i could check in by 130 at the latest and wasn't admitted till 330, i was told i would receive a upgrade do to the inconvenience but the room we got was barely 500ft ( i booked the fantastic suite which is 600ft) we made the best of the night but upon checking out i was charged for everyone's parking even though they had asked how to pay at the front and where told they didn't not need to (this was an extra $65 on my bill. other then the friendly bar staff i would never visit this hotel again!!!!

    25/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    20. Ming C.
    Very chic and modern looking. I stayed on the 19th floor for 5 days and everything was perfect. I liked the decoration a lot.  They also have the best matress EVER. I always had the back problem but my back didn't hurt at all during those 5 days I stayed. So I am actually considering buying their mattress.

    15/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Mike G.
    The W is Hott right now! I prefer the W On Lex In Manhattan or the W in LA. For Mpls its as cool as it gets out here. If you go, go with 4 or 5 people
    like many bars in mpls if you go solo, you will be an outcast. Its usually a nice place to hang on the weekend, sometimes hit or miss. For the most part pretty fun in there.

    12/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Raedean F.
    The hotel was clean and modern. Loved the shower!!!  Overall staff was nice, friendly and the hotel was comfortable and inviting. The hotel bars are pricey.

    01/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. David K.
    Last stop on the Upscale Bar Tour and let me say, high price does not mean upscale!!
    Amazingly, you can spend more here for a drink than La Belle Vie and still feel sleazy.
    Can someone please tell me why "Ultra Lounges" are popular? Am I the only person in the world who thinks the idea of VIP bottle service at an already price-inflated bar is inane, a waste of money and just plain obnoxious?

    Made it up to the Prohibition Lounge which features a bed/couch by the staircase and the highest ratio of chicks-on-a-guys-lap-making-out that I have ever seen.

    How does this happen?

    11/11/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    24. Megan M.
    The W is just a little too hip for me, or I guess the people are a little too pretentious. This is a cool building, it's surprising Starwood actually acclimated to existing historical buildings than bulldozing and putting up trashy looking establishments.

    It is a really good location, but it is a darker feel even for a W.

    08/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    25. Jerod H.
    This review is strictly on the lobby bar not the hotel or prohibition.

    I work adjacent to the W, so I will come down here on the occasional Friday happy hour...although there is no "happy hour."   You will pay through the nose for a cocktail (14-18 bucks) and dearly for for a beer (7bucks).   If only the high prices kept the riff raff away.    On weekends, you will find this place intolerably filled with stiffs wearing suits and cougars dressed to the nines.

    The nice thing about this place is that although the place can get full of drunk dicks, the security is very good, so people stay well behaved.   The service is fairly attentive, and the seating is pretty cool.  Lots of different chairs, fireplaces, etc.  

    I'm glad they brough a W hotel to MSP...I just wish MSP didn't come to the W.

    I can't do much better than Jackie G's description...it's pretty spot on.

    13/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    26. G. L.
    I have stayed at the hotel as well as ate here at the bar (Manny's review separate, needs to be!)...

    I agree with other posters, this is not the best W hotel I have stayed at but it is certainly not the worst too... It is comfortable, modern, and attracts a great local crowd on the weekends to mingle with. Can't beat that.

    The bar experience was middle of the road... Loved the caviar deviled eggs! It was crowded (could be good or bad depending on who you are) but the crowd was inviting for a wary traveller... Modern dress for most but 'Minnesota nice' were all!

    Other than that though nothing really stood out... Just an average W hotel (can the W be average?) ;)

    15/11/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    27. Jackie G.
    So I haven't actually stayed at this W.... But the bars (Prohibition upstairs and the Living Room downstairs) are very hot right now.  And if you're looking to pay $16 for a drink and check out  cougars dressed like college co-eds this is the place to do it on weekends.  Last time I was there on a Saturday there was a line through the lobby, puke in the bathroom, a chick passed out near the fire place and a lot of women who may or may not have fallen into the "hooker or not" gray area.  

    Okay - enough of the negatives... On weeknights the scene is different and while still expensive at least enjoyable.  The decor is great - a sleek sexy mix of old school and modern.  The Prohibition bar has some great cozy conversation spaces, while the Living Room is more open and great for people watching.

    08/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    28. Leigh F.
    W as a hotel brand tends to bring out everyone's inner tabloid celeb, which seems peculiar in Minneapolis on a hot summer day. Maybe it works better during the winter, when no one expects to see the light of day. In this hotel, however, W seems to take the deep purple glam just one dimmed lightbulb too far.  It's as if they're overcompensating on the cool factor because you're in Minneapolis, not SoHo. That's disappointing, because the building, and the area of downtown where the hotel is situated, doesn't need any help. It's hip and cool all on its own.

    Nevertheless, the staff were friendly. We checked in with our 16-month old son and they quickly offered a crib for our room, placing us on the "quiet floor".  That's somewhat of a misnomer, because all the floors are essentially the same layout. The hotel restaurant is a well-known steak house called Manny's, with great food and a much more predictable level of midwestern hospitality.

    Typical W in the actual room - very modern decor - which suits our taste. Walls painted black, but spacious considering. While the rooms were clean (I have to notice that in a W???), the halls off the elevator seems aged well beyond the hotel's 2 years since opening.  

    Back to the lobby, this is where the W Foshay makes up for its other shortcomings. Tons of chairs, large bar, fireplaces, etc.  And while the Prohibition bar on the 27th floor seems like a good idea, it feels more like an old, dirty library room. It's the one area of the hotel with lots of light that would be better suited to the pink bulbs used everywhere else on the property.

    For it's history, the W Foshay should be seen. But for a modern hotel that feels less cramped and a little nicer, stay at the Westin a few blocks away.

    07/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. K G.
    It's just so PINK. And GLOWING. Makes my contacts want to leap from my eyes.

    A few quirky things. Like - the door staff very pleasantly keep the left door open but talked smack when, to avoid oncoming pedestrian traffic, I walked in the right hand door (gasp!). Or the weird sliding doors to the bathroom - sort of like a pocket door, but much nicer and tre modern. I couldn't manage to shut the door without it sliding merrily along slamming itself into the wall. Sorry neighbors. One the first floor, nice living room concept, very cool - not at all my scene although I can appreciate it.

    Other than that it was pleasant. Great chicken wings at the downstairs bar! Interesting cocktails, very tasty. Good brunch next store at Manny's. Very convenient location. And our bed was super comfy and our digs, modern and fun. A nice get away.

    17/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Jenny W.
    I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the W experience.  I only stayed here for one night over last weekend, but I found it to be very comfortable and groovy.  Isn't it interesting how expectations can really shape an experience?

    I've been to the W in San Diego, not to stay as a guest, but for various events and to have a swanky cocktail.  I appreciate the design and how lovely it is inside, but overall it's just not my scene.  Nothing cheeses me more than cool kids and their attitude, and you can sometimes get that vibe at the W.

    Not at The Foshay.  Everyone I interacted with, from the lovely front desk girl who gave me a toothbrush (forgot mine since i have to put way too much energy into putting liquids in bags--the terrorists have won, hello?!?), to the morning cafe staff who welcomed me and kindly showed me where all the coffee and snacks were.  

    Yes, the room is a bit overly 80's-chic, what with the black walls, the crazy pink vinyl minibar, and the giant silver vinyl pillow, but even though it's not my design aesthetic, it was fun to stay someplace that didn't have a floral quilted comforter and industrial carpet.  It's like playing dress up--fun for a short time.  Plus, I didn't care about the pink mini-bar when I was sound asleep with the lights out in the suuuuuper comfortable bed.  Other fun bits: iPod dock, walk-in shower, Bliss bath products.

    The Foshay is a very cool old building in Minneapolis, art-deco, built in the 1920's by tragic-American-story Wilbur Foshay.  They've turned his former living space on the 27th & 28th floors into a very cool bar called Prohibition.  Lots of dark wood and nooks and crannies with little seating areas all over the place.  The servers were very friendly, and our drunken snacks were tasty, if overpriced.  Plus, deviled eggs on their bar menu!  Jackpot!

    If you can find a good bargain online, I would recommend staying here if you find yourself in Minneapolis.  It seems to be in a good, central area of town, close to cool things to do like the Guthrie Theatre and some cool restaurants and bars along Nicolette Mall.  I had to dock a star because it IS expensive, plus, you have to be perfect to get 5 stars!

    10/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Chuck F.
    I would really like to get ahold of whoever it is that dreamed up the W designs and put them in front of a firing squad.

    They have the audacity to a##rape the Foshay. My parents who both grew up in Podunk Northern, MN went to the Foshay eons ago. It was one of the places they hit on their honeymoon when this was the tallest bldg. in Mpls. (Which probably makes me lots older then most folks that are on here but in my defense I still like a kick butt rock concert, have numerous tattoo's that were done by a body artist and still occasionally manic-panic my hair just for the hell of it).

    But this overt pretentiousness that I've encountered at every faux fake plasticine W just makes me want to throw up. From the "I'm holier then thou" front desk staff to the "Our Sh*T doesn't stink" attitude at their lounges, the W is simply the WORST invention of the late 90's-early 2000's when they first launched.

    I think they should have left their Primary Ship in NYC. I haven't been to that one but it seems to be the high point of W review's geographically.

    And my mother is now long dead but spinning in her grave about the Foshay. BLEH.

    26/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    32. Phoebe T.
    I love this place. The view from both my room and bathroom were amazing, the staff was super nice, and the roasted vegetable ravioli (room service) was by far the best meal I've had while in Minneapolis. It was REALLY GOOD. I also like how it's connected to the skywalk :) I wish I could stay here longer!

    29/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Catherine C.
    This is a beautiful hotel.  I love the Art Deco style of the architecture.  We stayed there on a Saturday and arrived early. We wanted to check in earlier, so they upgraded us to a Spectacular room (We had booked the Wonderful) on the 19th floor and the views were totally amazing!  I love the lobby area, it's dimly lit with fuschia coloured lighting and the couches in the Living Room bar are so cool. You just feel a great sense of relaxation as you enter the hotel.  Our room was very comfortable, and the hotel is situated very close to my downtown favourites like Brit's Pub, Bombay Bistro and Nicollet Mall.  I love the Valet service, love how great everything looks, and love Prohibitions bar on the 28th floor (Amazing views up there too!) This is my new favourite hotel by far, and I can't wait to go back for another stay!

    19/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Sanjay T.
    Review is from May 2011.

    I stayed here for a work trip out to Minneapolis, this was my first stay at the W as the price for the hotel room that week was within that magic range. Overall it was a good hotel, you really feel that "trendy vibe" once you walk into the lobby. The service here is impeccable from check in, to their room service to check out it was a great experience. Room svc was quick they turned it around in 20 mins after giving an eta of 30 mins. Then even called 10th mins later to check in on the food and if I needed anything else.

    14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Liz L.
    This is not one of the best W's that I have stayed at. The one in Chicago (City Center) and New York are pretty nice...It is kind of cool that it has an association with a historical building

    From: From :   tholt.com/foshay.html

    The Foshay Tower was built between 1928 and 1929 by Wilber Foshay. Foshay was a businessman who's business was creating gas and electric utilities. He had had much success in the Western states and in Central America, and his company found itself in need of a building in the late '20s. Foshay chose Minneapolis and started construction on a building modelled after the Washington Monument. George Washington had been Foshay's boyhood hero and to pay tribute to Washington, the building's design had a simular look to the famous monument in Washington, DC.

    The people at the front desk are really nice, very much about making you happy. The Bliss products in the rooms are way nice....
    The bathrooms are pretty nice as well. The bed is nice cushie and well appointed :).  I like and prefer the dark interior of the hotel.                  The neon in the lobby is a bit much for me and I could do without, I feel like I have fallen into some bad 1980's movie or Miami Vice episode. What is up with the vinyl long pillow on the bed???  Ok I cannot stand how the W rates thier rooms..."Spectacular", "Wonderful" and having to say this to the reservationist is a little weird feeling....it may jus be me...but I felt ridiculous saying it.

    Have your little bit of Miami Vice and Cushie place to sleep when you come in MN at the W Forshay :)

    24/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    36. nicole l.
    I want to give this place 5 stars...I really, really do. It's soo chic and I love Manny's, Prohibition, and The Living Room.  

    The rooms are modern and comfortable...the decor in this place is 5 stars without question.

    Great Service...they will get you anything whatever/whenever (at a price of course)....even someone to tie a tie at 8pm on a friday night:).

    If you stay here on a weekend be prepared to wait in lines at the elevator for the tons of people going up and down between The Living Room and Prohibition.

    01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Jennifer C.
    oh my, where should I begin.
    before the day i was checking in, i checked the website about this location and wanted to see if they had a pool or a gym, and then the reviews caught my attention and i just started reading.
    there were some good reviews and there are the absolutely bad ones, and they just all seemed to be complaining about the same things, the attitude, the room services and cleaning service. first, i thought, well, some people could be a little particular about the cleanness and the services of the hotels, and i have always liked the Ws and who'd thought it actually turned out to be THIS BAD!!!!  

    as a gold member of spg, i have always got great services upon arrival, and during check ins they'd greed and telling me all the perks of being a gold member and the special things they'd offer, great rooms, special services etc. but this time, nothing! not even a word. I had to ask them for everything like an unfavored adopted child. not to mention the person who checked me in, oh, my, did he have an attitude. i mean, you work at the W, cool, but the hotel is not yours, what's your snooty attitude for?
    as i check out the room, it is right in from of the elevator! (come on! really?) the building is really old, and you can hear everything that's going on outside of your door, and the doors on the lifts make noises every time they close and open. so i requested a different location. a staff came and showed me a room in a much much lower level, which is ... fine, if you have absolutely nothing available. so we went to check the room, and it turned out? it's right in from of the lift again! so the staff called the from desk embarrassingly and requested another room for me, and we just kept moving down! finally, a room that's away from the lift, the moment he walked out of the room and ready to hand me the keys, he got a call from the front desk, and they said the room has JUST been checked in by someone else right at the lobby at the moment! SERIOUSLY!! as frustrated as i should have been, i had to go down there to fix it myself, and finally someone who's properly trained and deserves the job find me a perfect room and did everything a from desk should do (tho, still not upgraded since the hotel was all booked) but at least an excellent location comparing to any of the rooms i was given.
    and now, the real fun comes! (so sorry for such a long complain, but this place is reallsomething!)
    every time i requested something, like slipers, qtips, or a toothpaste, nothing'd show up   for at least half an hour, UNTIL i make a second call to kindly ask them again!

    one time a staff was trying to deliver something to my room.( i was not aware of it) I was taking a nap at the moment, in my deep sleep, i heard knocking sounds, but i was so tired, the knocking didn't wake me. then a loud snapping sound made by the security lock startled me, and i quickly wrapped on my robe and went to the door. as i opened the door, i saw a staff quickly RUNNING away from my door. later he came back and told me he was just trying to deliver something. but really? you just come in?!! and when you realize someone is in the room you RAN?!

    after that incident, i had to switch on the do not disturb sign so something like that won't happen again.

    the next day i had a request for a wakeup call, and room service for breakfast.
    and? yeah, it didn't go so well either. 10 min pass the time i was supposed to get the call, the food was being delivered. luckily the staff was patient enough to knock on the door more then 3 times. as confused and so deeply in asleep as i was, i woke up and wondered where was my wakeup call? luckily i ordered breakfast. the staff who brought me the breakfast reported it for me about the missing call, and later they told me they called, but it went straight to voice mail. so, what happened was, as you switch on the do not disturb sign, nothing comes into your room, unless they physically knock on your door. ok, it'd be helpful if someone'd said something about that before you put the sign on and request a rather important wakeup call!

    finally, just one more day left to suffer here at this hotel.
    I had to rush out in the morning and forgot to leave a tip on the bed for the cleaning service. when i came back, there is no where to find the robe, and none of the lotion, shower stuff was stocked. so, sending another request for my missing robe! over an hour later, still no robe! god, this place!!!

    i mean, there are some good staff here who are properly trained, and doing their jobs the way it's supposed to be done. and there are the rest just dragging the rest down. and in addition WHO on earth rated this hotel a category 5!!! it's no where even close to 4, the way they set up the room, and the service!
    thank god i never have to come back to this place again. but honestly, this place has put a BIG shame on spg and W.

    16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    38. Jason D.
    Pros: bed, pillows, shower, location, MANNY's!!!, prohibition, living room

    Cons: loud fan in room, minifridge didn't work and wasn't fixed, small room

    21/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Christopher W.
    The great thing about The Living Room bar at the W Foshay is that it is unlike anyplace else in Minneapolis.

    The moment you walk in, you feel as though you've been transported to some posh lounge/club in city far greater than Minneapolis.  That is, untill you notice to swarm of suburbanites that have overcrowded the place - usually talking too loud as they try to show off their latest find from Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls or some retailer of the sorts.

    If you can ignore them and focus on your group, The Living Room can be a great place to swankily enjoy a cocktail before heading out on the town - it's the perfect starting point.

    Lots of fun places to sit, lounge, drink and watch.

    Cocktail prices are steep, but you can definitely tell you get what you pay for with one sip!

    Cheers!

    02/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Carol J.
    My first time staying here (I usually stay at the Marriott on the 7th). I like the atmosphere much better than the Graves hotel too. I booked a non-smoking room. However, when I got to the room, it smelled real smokey! I called front desk and they immediately send someone up to move me to another non-smoking room.

    I also asked for slippers and coffee maker and they immediately brought it up without any charges (unlike the snobby Graves that charges for coffee maker by the day)

    08/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Crista L.
    *sniff*sniff* ....I smell warmth ...&.. relaxation.....

    Upon entering the W hotel, engulfed in the aromas of italian mandarin and clementine or ginger root and cassis.... you will feel sexy. glittery. vogue. aroused.

    ((Take a sharp right, past the bar, and you will drown in the stench of raw, bloody meat coming from Manny's steakhouse))

    Enter your room and find *necessary* items such as: condoms, lube, vibrators, martini mixers, lollipops, CD's, and Blood Orange energy drinks. ((to name a few))

    Instead of taking a shower *with* your lover, watch him/her's silhouette as they shower from the sensational W Hotel bed. (insert: vibrator)

    Yeah, you can watch your lover shower from the bedroom.

    Theme song inspired: "I wanna sex you up..."

    Aside from all of that, the fitness room, *sweat*, is decent. The bar scene is punchy. Prohibition is lusty and discreet. There is no gift shop (WTF) and there is no pool.

    This W Hotel comes to you at a cheaper rate than it's less-than-sophisticated sister, the aLoft. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

    20/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Jaime W.
    The W gets a lot of flack for being exactly what it is designed to be: a hip, trendy, eccentric, modern hotel with an upscale bar on the roof. If shelling out for expensive drinks and hanging out with well-dressed patrons is a problem for you, then don't come here.  It's selling a certain vibe, and you either like it or you don't.  If you want traditional, The Grand is only a few minutes away.

    That being said, the W is my favorite of the Minneapolis-area modern lux hotels, mostly because the service has always been top-notch. Yes, the walls of my room are black, there are some weird pillows on the bed, and the mini-bar is neon. But the food is good, they have a small but serviceable gym, the beds are awesome, the Bliss products are a nice perk, and you have the option of eating in your room, Manny's, Prohibition, or The Living Room, all without leaving the hotel. Their prices are in line with other area luxury hotels. And they will bend over backwards to get you what you need.

    05/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. Ford Photography M.
    Another W!!!! The views are unreal and rooms are über chic! Checking in area is very small but the staff and the aesthetics make it all okay!!! Loved the black blankie on our bed so much, I bought one from our concierge!!!

    25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Amiee L.
    The Foshay Tower is a skyscraper in Minneapolis that has been turned into a W Hotel.

    Randomly today I came and stayed here for one night while I was in town for work and it happened to be the grand opening of the hotel. So, let me tell you this is going to be the happening hot spot for downtown Minneapolis for a little while....as I walked up to my room at 11pm on a Wednesday night it was packed in the lobby and there was a line to get to the 27th level bar, Prohibition.

    All I can review on is the rooms and they are "ok" - they are a little 80's for me and the since it's their first night service was a little slow. I called to the whatever/whenever service for a band-aid and well....it's been 6 hours and really nothing. Also, our flat screen TV is a little crocked on the wall.

    I think the have a potential to be a great hotel and the people here are really friendly enough....so here's hoping!!

    13/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Alex R.
    I was stricken by how dark the entry and lobby of the W are. I did, however, like the decor and the art - very chic, very "W". After checking in, I headed up to my room. When the elevator reached my floor, I noticed even in the dim lighting how dirty the carpets were - at 6 p.m. one would have thought they'd have been vacuumed (I rarely notice these things).

    My room was a "spectacular room" - a larger, corner room with a lots of windows and a spacious, modern bathroom. The rain-shower was soothing and the W has the best bathrobes of all the hotels I have experienced.

    The bedding at the W was beyond comfortable. I did not like the fact that there was no coffeemaker in the room (you are invited to join them in the living room for coffee or to request a coffeemaker). Internet access was billed at $12.95 per day (such a ripoff). The W's fitness center was impressive - an excellent variety of free weights and machines, as well as punching and boxing bags. (I loved that they also provided chilled towels and complimentary bottled water.)

    Overall - an excellent hotel for someone looking for a luxury hotel without the traditional, classic trimmings. Great service too!

    10/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Ding Dong D.
    there was a toe nail on the carpet.
    Which wouldn't disturb me if either of us had clipped our nails, or if it had been there when we checked in.
    But it showed up the next day.
    The style of the W clashed with the deco style of the Foshay itself.
    But hey, it was a free room, right?

    27/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    47. Herb F.
    The good:

    Excellent location, beautiful rooms, fun bar with gorgeous views atop the tower.

    The bad:

    The entire 8th floor smelled like steak.  Seriously.  The steakhouse at street level apparently somehow sends its exhaust directly to this floor, and during dinnertime, it felt like we were working the kitchen.  Unpleasant to say the least.

    Overall, a nice stay, but don't let them put you on the 8th floor, unless you like smelling like ribeye.

    21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Ruth B.
    We were there for a nephew's wedding and could not get the 'wedding" rate.  Number of rooms set aside were used!  The place is eye candy.  Attractive but Small rooms.  Paying $285 for room, $30 for parking and then they charge $13. For wi-Fi!  Outrageous!  Returning at night, to get back to the elevators (estimate it is 40 -50 feet from the front door) you have to push your way through drunks, hookers and  Lord knows what that have spilled out of the bar.  Frightening!
    The one star given is for the door men.  They were friendly and right there!

    11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    49. Jessie W.
    Great atmosphere and drinks, but doesn't make up for the poor service. I would go again, but hopefully their staff gets some better training. I would try it out again for sure!

    25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    50. Shell K.
    I stayed here for my best friend's wedding. We were very impressed by the hotel's lighting, furniture and just overall vibe- in both the downstairs area and our room. We got a larger corner room on the 18th floor with lots of light and I personally thought the wide shower/bathroom was pretty cool. We received a room discount for the wedding ($129 per night), which I thought was reasonable given the overall experience, valet service and free coffee at Manny's :) Additionally, my fiance really enjoyed breakfast at the Keys restaurant downstairs (apparently they have good bacon), and the entire ambiance for the second floor wedding really made the night.

    However, I am only giving it four stars because the drinks seemed WAY overpriced. $8 for a bottled beer? $10 for a vodka club soda? Vegas isn't even that pricey! Additionally, the front desk was a little snobby. You would think since we were part of a large wedding (250 guests and 80 rooms blocked), they would appreciate a large group who were clearly bringing a lot of money to the hotel over the weekend. But when I asked for a room key or access to the bride's suite on the 24th floor, they constantly made us ride down to the lobby and have a staff member swipe us up. This rubbed me the wrong way as we were bridesmaids trying to get ready on the big day and it did cause some delays. If they invested in their customer service as much as they do the furniture, I would give them a five.

    02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Lawrence B.
    Loudest hotel I've been in since I was at spring break in my teens. Would never stay here again, rather sleep in car. Plus front desk gave another guest our key by mistake so as my gf and I were attempting to enjoy tub, we were interrupted by a stranger. Save your money stay ANYWHERE else.

    05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    52. Hilary C.
    My company put me up at The W Minneapolis for three expensive nights. There were things about it I just loved, and things about it I didn't love so much.

    The cons:

    The hotel is extremely dark. The desk clerk at check-in referred to the ambiance as "moody", and indeed, it was. There's very little natural light, and what the designers installed is cool and dim. It was like walking into a cave.

    The rooms and much of the furniture in them are painted black. I was on the 4th floor, and my room looked out onto a brick wall (the Brooklyn view, the room service waiter called it). Again, very little natural light.

    To top it off, it was overcast and raining. The whole effect was one of being dropped into "Blade Runner". How dark was it? So dark that I could not find the light switch in my room until after a careful exploration of the walls by touch.

    The pros:

    The service was excellent. The youngish staff was well trained and responsive. If you even looked confused, they were all over it, answering questions, opening doors, holding an umbrella. Excellent.

    Once I found the lights in my spacious room, I discovered a lovely bed heaped with pillows, bolsters, a silky-soft afghan, and excellent-quality bedding. I slept like a rock under the down blanket.

    The bathroom was large and well-appointed with a rain-style shower head. The Bliss toiletries helped offset the dark, depressing atmosphere of all the black paint and furniture with their bright, lemon-sage fragrance. An interesting architectural detail was the frosted glass wall in the shower that was part of the bedroom. A magenta colored bulb in the shower stall cast a soft pinking light into the bedroom when I left the light on in the shower. I like a little light when I sleep in a strange room, and this unusual glass wall allowed a very subtle light into the bedroom area. Nice. The towels were clean and soft.

    The room had a nice work desk and comfortable ergonomic chair. WiFi was $12.95 per 24 hours.

    If you want drinks and snacks, the room is stocked with a bar, snacks and necessities. How about a first aid kit? Sewing kit? "Get lucky" kit? Seriously. You can guess what's in the get-lucky kit.

    I loved Prohibition, the hotel's bar and nightclub. It has a great view of the city and attentive staff. Also check out The Living Room lobby, where you can hang out in comfort and style. All it needs to be perfect is more light and WiFi, but I guess the hotel doesn't want the mood spoiled with laptops.

    I had a couple of good meals at The W. The catered food for the event I was attending was just OK

    You will love downtown Minneapolis. It's full of Art Deco architecture, has an outdoor mall and a light rail system (I took it back to the airport--excellent) and has a vibrant, interesting restaurant scene within walking distance of The W.

    Bottom line: If you like noir, you'll love this historic hotel in beautiful Minneapolis.

    19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Nathan N.
    Classy from head to toe.

    As a local, I rarely get a room in my own city, but a night to celebrate a promotion included a night at the W, right!?

    The valet was the first impression of Class. They called me Mr Nerland and took our ungodly amour of clothes out of the back and made it all quick. Check in was a breeze and so welcoming.

    The room was amazing and one of the nicest and creative feel with it's hot pink, black and white decor. Loved the pink cocktail bar and full wall glass mirror. Spacious bathroom that could host it's own party.

    Beds were perfection and hard to escape in the morning.

    Living Room on the first level is a be seen spot- so pull yourself together and look your best or stay home :)

    Only point of disappointment was no pool or hot tub area which was wanted after a night on the town.

    24/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Lisa M.
    Cool drinks and atmosphere!

    On our second to last stop for the evening, we had a quick cocktail in the lobby of the W - The Living Room.

    I had a beautiful lemon/blueberry/vodka delight!  It was my best drink of the evening - BY FAR!  Dining Companion had a Stella.  We sat on some really cool couches by the window listening to the music and just chatted.  Very comfortable, but a bit loud.

    If I were given the choice between this and Prohibition, I would check out the lobby again.  I believe it's the same drink menu.

    26/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Dana T.
    After a fun concert in St. Paul, a group of us decided to venture down to the W - Foshay for the after party.  Contemporary, sleek and sophisticated.  The large entrance and lobby immediately drew you in.  Sso I was excited to check it out.

    We didn't even have to leave the hotel to bar hop, as there were two bars located directly inside. Prohibition and The Living Room. Prohibition (upstairs) seemed to appeal to a diverse crowd, with people of all ages... As the Living Room (downstairs), very spacious seemed to attract a slightly younger crowd.

    I would recommend this hotel to young-out-of-towner's looking to stay somewhere fun in the cities, or even to someone visiting on business.  Manny's Steakhouse is located on the corner, and Hell's Kitchen and The Melting Pot are across the street if your looking for other dinner options.

    20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Jessica S.
    Bar is tiny. Food is super fried and was disappointing. Was happy to get 1 drink and head out immediately.

    11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    57. dan g.
    2nd stay here... overrated. Understaffed, valet was goofing off,  desk staff was snooty. Elevator room key didn't work.

    Nice decor, but $300+ to stay in Minneapolis? Rip-off.

    19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    58. Vinny V.
    Let me preface by saying I'm a Platinum member at Starwood hotels. I get treated a little better than the rest of the pack.

    With that in mind, this is a W Hotel. Like all other Ws around the world, they are supposed to be "hip" and "trendy" and whatever other adjective you can think of and can be related to fancy cocktails.

    If you are looking for a very nice place to have some pricy drinks with your friends, this could be the place. The rooms are not that big or comfortable. You get killed on parking, internet, water, everything. But it's a W...is COOL.

    I was going to a Timberwolves' game so this was perfect for me in terms of location. I did not visit either of the bars at the top but heard good things from the locals.

    Also, they have a sponsored program with certain car maker where they can drive you nearby at no charge. I tried to book it but they were too busy.

    Lastly, staff will refer to the elevator as "lift." Try not to crack up laughing like I did.

    For more info about my Minny W adventure, go here: trippingtothebeat.wordpr…

    01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Tim A.
    I thought $30 for valet was expensive.. little did I know that price includes the vaporizing of your brake pads  :(
    (see picture)

    I had washed the car 2 days prior, I live in Minneapolis and didn't do any freeway driving in-between the wash and trusting the vehicle to the hotel. I was VERY surprised by the condition in which my car was returned to me! I normally park underground, so I had never seen so much bird poop! The Valet service at the W Minneapolis must park vehicles offsite in a field somewhere...

    After complaining, I was offered $75 to get the vehicle detailed... considering BMW brake pads run about $750 I didn't even bother to reply as I've had my last interaction with this hotel.

    09/02/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    60. Sara L.
    Very cool hotel with excellent service during my visit.  Check in and out was really fast and the door and desk staff were super helpful and friendly, they even held my bags almost all day after check out at no extra cost.  The room was smaller than many hotels but the bathroom was huge and gorgeous!  It had a rain shower and lots of toiletries if you needed them.  The bed was very comfortable and linens were fresh-smelling.  I loved the decor of this hotel; it was dark in lighting and overall decor but I liked that modern vibe, though, I could see it not being everyone's taste.  FYI for those going to the airport, the towncar options the doormen offer is maybe $1-2 more than a cab but far nicer.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. David S.
    The observation deck alone is worth it, not to mention the awesome bar Prohibition. The rooms are beautiful and the staff is great.

    Don't forget to stop below at Key's and get some great breakfast.

    30/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Elizabeth S.
    Ultra super-dooper modern. Hot pink everywhere. Overstuffed armchairs in the lobby. It's a slick presentation. The hallways seem a little prison-like, but that's fun too! Price tags on every little thing (Examples: a book with pages falling out = $75; a huge $8 bottle of Evian blocking the alarm clock), but I'd rather know before taking/using instead of waiting to get the bill.

    The Living Room is good, especially when it's quiet. Unfortunately, Prohibition was closed during our Thanksgiving stay. The biggest downside is no luxury features like in-house spa or pool. To get a massage, you have to give six hours notice and there's a $120 charge just to get the rubby folks to come to the hotel.

    Very professional staff. Clean room. It was fun to get Manny's dessert to go. You can definitely order Manny's through room service, but they charge an additional surcharge and, yeah, just throw on some pants and get it yourself.

    07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Jessica A.
    Stayed here a few times, and have always had a great experience.

    Again, it's great being an SPG Platinum as I've been upgraded to some gorgeous suites here. The suites have been a 1-bedroom with a large bathroom, nice large sitting/entertaining area with a round dinner table.

    The bathroom... yes, this I loved. Large bathroom, large walk-in shower with the rainfall shower head, large soaking tub, and Bliss amenities.

    Check-in front desk agents have always been friendly and recognized my platinum status. (Appreciated...)

    The bar downstairs (and the Prohibition bar) are like a big party! It's been fun every time. And that... is why I choose to stay at W's when I do -- for the party ambiance. If it's gonna be a fun weekend with friends and/or family, I stay here. The lobby bar just kinda sets the stage for the rest of the night/weekend/whatever....

    If you choose not to park with the valet, there are plenty of meters on the streets. (Just make sure you check the snow removal signs if it's winter.)

    But... if you take the light rail, it's a short walk for a couple of blocks. And if it's ridiculously freezing outside, you can connect to the W through the skyway walk system.

    Have fun!

    07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Mark G.
    We decided to block our rooms at the W for our wedding guests and our suite the night of. Everything went off without any issues.

    The staff were very attentive and catered to our needs. Danielle especially was great to work with in planning the event and making sure we had what we needed.

    We rented their EWOW Suite for five days and had food catered and a bar brought in. The bride and bridesmaids all got ready their the morning of and had a great time.

    The hotel itself is a little dark but in typical W fashion. The rooms are modern and trendy and the bar was great.

    My only complaint, and this is due to safety, was that I couldn't easily go to another guest room on a different floor. If your room was on the 26th you weren't going to the 28th. That made it a little tough when trying to get something to another person without having to meet in the lobby.

    Having Manny's and Keys downstairs is another plus. The Kobe Benedict was fantastic!

    I'd recommend this  to anyone that wan't a trendy hotel in the heart of the city with plenty around to do. All of our guests loved it!

    27/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    65. Kelsey O.
    Stayed here on our wedding night and loved it!  What a beautiful place!  So modern and fabulous.  Since it was our wedding night they upgraded our room to a suite upon arrival.  We loved the room and our stay.  Also had room service for breakfast and it was delicious!  Would definitely come back :)

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Gregg B.
    I dont know how this hotel has such few stars. the common area is really nice. the rooms and bedding are great. it has a nice fitness room and the walkway is just up the escalator. Plus,the location is great. I will be back

    04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Gouda F.
    My wife and each ordered a shot of tequila. The bar tender makes them and mumbles under his breath "that's $26" sheepishly and ashamed as he should have been for not giving us a heads up that it would be ridiculously overpriced. Avoid.

    30/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    68. Stephanie S.
    I have stayed here several times and always enjoy my experience here. The hotel has a decent gym (compared to others), and is located near Nicollet Mall and several restaurants. It's a nice place to stay if you are in town on business.

    19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. Melissa P.
    Too Crowded. Good music.

    08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    70. Tom C.
    I stayed a couple weeks ago along with a couple coworkers.  They both liked their room and the service but were turned off by the "too trendy" feel of the place.  Personally, liked it all.  Feels really cool walking by the Living Room lounge through a dark, semi-purpley lit wide entry way.  The front desk service was very friendly and helpful with a "whatever you need, we can handle it" vibe.

    The room was well appointed with comfortable bed and nice, big walk-in shower in the bathroom.  I would stay again for sure but worry that in the winter months, The W not being attached to the downtown office centers via the bridge system might be a real downer.

    16/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    71. Randall N.
    I'm so torn on this place. On one hand I love the decor and the shwankiness of the joint. The small plates you can get at happy hour are delish and I feel like a classy wench when I'm in here. On the other the price tag and the people makes me want to run away. I usually don't let other people dictate my enjoyment of a place. I couldn't get beyond it here when I got to the bar with the rest of the bachelorette party and the nice ritzy bar I was expecting had turned into a gold digger on the prowl haven of a nightclub. Pardon the judgmental attitude that is about to spew forth. It was wall to wall old rich men and young stuffed into a dress 2 sizes too small women. My friends and I must have been bothering people just by being there because if I had a nickel for every dirty look we were thrown and every time a bartender ignored us I would be able to pay off my student loans. the only reason my friend and I got a drink was because the only friendly person in the place bought us one for being a part of a bachelorette party and told us he wanted us to have fun. Other than that I was rudely bumped in to several times. Some  

    I like this bar but not past 9pm. Apparently once it turns into a club the people get rude and snobby. The staff wasn't much better in this area. I'm sorry I don't drive a BMW and have a trust fund but that doesn't mean that I'm not capable of spending money in your establishment.

    24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    72. Hale L.
    Wifey and I decided to celebrate our 1 year anniversary here because it is one of a few 4 star hotels in Minneapolis and walking distance to most places downtown.

    The room is contemporary with a few splashes of art deco mingled in. The cabinet that houses the fridge contained many essentials for a happy stay. The booze selection is top shelf! We're used to a queen at home, so sleeping in a king size bed together was great. There was enough blanket that I didn't have to strip Wifey's side of the blanket for myself. (and i didn't wake up from bruises because I stripped Wifey's blanket in the middle of the night) It's like having our own separate beds, but not.

    Let's talk about the shower with a rain shower head. The sliding door leads to a black granite lined space with room to fit half a dozen people. Wow! The only thing lacking from the bathroom is a nice tub to soak in.

    Service was excellent! They managed to bring flowers and dessert up to our room prior to arrival. Fresh, huge strawberries with three dipping sauces and a dozen roses. The strawberries were awesome!!!

    Downstairs, on a Saturday, they have a swanky lounge which blares dance music and fills up with people in search of a good time and some company. We decided to hang out at the Prohibition upstairs because we wanted something more intimate than a dance party and strutting dudes trying to attract future mates.

    The only downside. And this is big. We barely slept and not because Marvin Gaye was belting "Let's Get it On" (wink, wink). The AC fan was loud and kept turning on and off all night. So before you got used to the background noise, the thing would turn off. My hypothesis: the fan blew directly on the thermostat and before the room actual got to the programmed temperature, the AC shuts off prematurely.

    So, great service, great location next door to Hell's Kitchen and Manny's, luxury room with amenities, rain shower head, lively night life and lovely bed with lots of room to maneuver.

    26/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    73. Cindy D.
    I had never stayed at this location but I've seen their rooms. They seemed nice and clean.

    This place is fun to hang out with friends on friday and saturday night. I like the lounge a lot where we can sit and talk while the music is playing in the background. The only thing is you have to 'dress up.' I don't mind dressing up, wearing the same clothes that is! :)  Let's see the people there are either stuck up or nice. They will check to see what you are wearing or if you have any style at all. Sometimes I don't know whey i still go there.

    Btw there are alot of good looking people there ;)

    12/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Beverly H.
    This was a wonderful choice for our 1 night in town.  The bed was very comfortable, and the staff was very friendly.  They held our bags for us while we explored the city on the day of checkout.  Room service was excellent and the food was great.  I needed some personal care items and they brought them up promptly.  There were free newspapers and tasty lemon water in the lobby.  The little extras really make a difference.  We enjoyed having breakfast at the restaurant downstairs in the morning.
    The hotel has a darker nightclub feel with pink lights, etc.  I prefer brighter, more sunny places personally - but it was great for one night.  This is all a matter of preference.  
    The only reason I do not give 5 stars is because we paid extra for a special "rain forest shower bliss" and the shower was not much different than any others I have experienced.  If I could go back, I would have went for the standard shower and saved the money.

    09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Rand K.
    Underwhelmed for the price.

    Elevator cards rarely worked.  Annoying.

    Shower joke worthy in terms of the water stream.  Shower head emitted a slender stream that didn't cover enough space.

    Bed comfortable, and room very clean.

    Valet car service timely, no waiting.

    meh.

    09/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    76. Luke C.
    Full disclosure, I never stayed here but my parents did so I was able to see the rooms.  The rooms were great!  Very opulent and clean.  There's a mini bar in the rooms too!  The bar downstairs is a fun spot to hang out as well!  The location is right downtown and within walking distance to all the restaurants and sports/concert venues.

    29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. MN D.
    I stayed here Friday night after Thanksgiving. The room rate is very reasonable considering it was a holiday I was shocked about with the cost of parking. Be prepared to pay at least $30 for overnight parking. Lucky  I parked my car and had a ride. The room is beautiful and rooms are very comfortable. If you can find a reasonable rate for this hotel I give it four stars

    03/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    78. Kelly C.
    While I know that the W is known for having an atmosphere more reminiscent of a night club than a hotel, there are still some expectations for a hotel for business (or pleasure).  

    This W has the swanky lobby, the lounge music in the hallways, and the in-room design that is so posh that half the time you can't quite figure out how to turn it on.  But all of that is what the W is about, it's the brand and they do it well.

    This particular W though was short-staffed at check-in on a Monday night with only one person.  Most of all, for me at least, the gym is the size of a shoebox with no windows, and when I went to workout at 6:15am there were no available machines (not a bike, treadmill or elliptical) and already a line of people waiting.

    23/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    79. Joe I.
    This is not a review of the hotel, but rather the experience of a person attending an event at the hotel.  The phrase "trying too hard" ran through my mind at least a dozen times over the two or so hours I was at this place.  The horrid lighting in the lobby, the ugly and odd draping mixed with what would be cool if they just left it alone architecture...  The food was average at best, the service a bit snotty and the drinks overpriced.  I had a good time while I was there, but I would not seek this place out if I were hosting an event.

    04/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    80. Fontane L.
    I would give the W Hotel Minneapolis negative stars if I could.  I am FURIOUS!

    I am 7 months pregnant and traveling to Minneapolis for a conference.  Of course, all hotels in the area are completely booked.  The W Hotel management decide last minute (i.e., on my 30 minute cab ride to the hotel at 5:00pm) that they would not be able to accommodate me that evening, or any of the three nights that are PREPAID for my reservation that was made over a month ago.  This us UNACCEPTABLE and INEXCUSABLE.

    I find the lack of professionalism and caring completely appalling for a hotel of this caliber.  They left this as a problem for Hotels.com (who I booked through) to sort out, and left no apology or concern for me as a customer.  Overbooking their rooms is an administrative mistake on their end, not mine, especially since I have several colleagues who booked at a much later date than I did -- they all stayed at the W Hotel.  When I went to talk to Ms. Vega, the manager who made this decision, she was unapologetic and had no convincing reason for why they could not accommodate me.  I was in the cab, on the way to the hotel, ready to check in.  They still had unoccupied rooms for which the guests had not arrived.  There was no explanation of why I was chosen for the "off" list.

    One can only provide conjecture,  but I am convinced that Ms. Vega probably saw that I got a better deal on the room than some others (since I booked early on), and decided to boot the pregnant woman despite the fact that the Hotels.com agent had explained my situation to her.  That I am pregnant, it's rainy and cold, and that I was adamant about not having to search around for another hotel given my condition.  She had some lame excuse about a room repair issue, and blamed Hotels.com for my troubles.  This is the W HOTEL'S administrative problem.  You told the agent that you were overbooked...do not accuse the messenger of lying to me...she has no motivation to lie to me, and MS VEGA had all the reason in the world to lie to me in an uncomfortable face-to-face confrontation.

    She should be ashamed of herself, and I promise you I will be writing Starwood Hotels about this.  Money-grubbing, unprofessional, and complete lack of concern for their clients.  That is how I would sum in my experience with the W Hotel Minneapolis.

    29/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    81. Peyton M.
    Cool building and my room was nice....except all three windows looked out to the brick wall of the next door building. Seriously, a brick wall for all three windows. The service was very good- esp room service. The woman brought my food, was very sweet & even called about 5 mins later to check on me.
    Biggest negative- I forgot my iPhone charger and called as soon as I could. The security checked with housekeeping because the room had already been cleaned but I was told "nobody turned one in." My bad for forgetting it, but it still sucks when people steal stuff. Shouldn't haven't have left housekeeping a tip!

    20/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    82. David C.
    You will probably mistake this place for a nightclub when you first walk in.  They do everything they can to keep this place 'chic'.  Their beds are nice and comfy, and the rooms are pretty big.  Standard ammenties like flatscreen, wifi, and a stocked minibar.  

    From a work perspective, this place is great.  Lots of dining options in the surrounding area, almost direct access the skyway, and a very central location.  They have a full gym, not just treadmills.  The rates are pretty decent.  I'll definitely be back.

    06/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. Jon S.
    I always thought I was never hip enough for W's (and I probably am not) but I definitely enjoyed my one night stay here on a Thursday night.  My SPG Gold status earned me a small complimentary upgrade (I can't keep up with their parlance but it was either Spectacular or Fabulous instead of being just Wonderful).  The room was nice but had some quirks.  I swear my bathroom was 2/3 the size of the bedroom with three narrow windows (great views of the city... hopefully no one got a good view of me).  There was a magenta colored metal drum that functioned as a bar right next to the work desk.  Plus there was barely enough room to move in the rolling desk chair before it bumped into the base of the bed.  However, the quality of the furnishings and the amazing bed (I slept very well) made the room.

    The building is a historic skyscraper and the hotel lobby is stunning and has been meticulously restored.    I grabbed a drink at the bar downstairs.  I arrived late and just wanted a drink and the bar downstairs appealed to me more than the more swinging bar upstairs.  Also, the gym was more than adequate.  Would like to stay here again.

    02/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Ben D.
    Maybe I am being harsh, but I really don't think so... This place is just wayyyyy too much for my taste. Too much terrible music plays from the DJ booth, too much money is paid for the food which can be found elsewhere for cheaper (sometimes it even tastes better), too much paid for the drinks, and too much attitude and snobbishness from the posers that seem to frequent here.

    It wasn't just one specific thing that ruined my night out here, it was really the entire experience. The only thing that even made it CLOSE to worth while is not having to pay the coat check. Otherwise, I can assure you that I will not be back for food, drinks, or parties.

    I don't care how cool the decor is, or how fancy the glass that my drink is in looks... I need to actually ENJOY myself, and I didn't.

    04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    85. Joe T.
    This was one of the best hotel experiences I've had in a while. First off, the place is really clean, which is important. Second, the atmosphere was both run and relaxing. I came to see the city, but ended up spending about half my visit in the hotel because it was so nice.

    Parking was expensive.. $30 per night, but the valet was fast.

    The minibar was completely unreasonably priced, but the $5 Happy Hour drinks made up for it. I'd stay here again just for the cocktails.

    I was also disappointed that the upstairs bar (Prohibition) was closed on Sundays, because it was really a great place to hang out and I wanted to relax up there with a view of the city on my final night in town.

    The shower was nice, but the door didn't really close and the pressure wasn't great.

    The elevators were a bit of a pain to operate and my key card somehow stopped working and I got locked out of my room because of it. The front desk helped fix it quickly though.

    The room was nice, but has zero in-room privacy. You can see into the shower from the bedroom (good or bad, depending on the situation) and the bathroom door closes, but doesn't have a seal (you will know every detail of what is happening in the bathroom if you are anywhere in the room). This is all fine if you are staying in the room by yourself, or with a spouse (in some cases), but you wouldn't want to share the room with friends or a new boyfriend/girlfriend... could be embarrassing.

    Did everything mean my expectations? No. Would I stay here again? Probably, yes.

    27/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    86. Mere W.
    We were having our hardwood floors refinished and we needed a place to stay for the night downtown.  We found a great deal for a room under $100 on Hotels.com .  Our stay was great!

    The room was really comfortable and had a mini-fridge that we could use.  This was helpful because we went to the local liquor store (Haskell's) to get some ingredients for cocktails before dinner.  The room also had plenty of glasses for us to use which was helpful.  The bed was also heavenly.  If nothing else the stay was worth it for the great night's sleep!  The bathroom was also nice.  The shower was large and had a rainfall showerhead which was luxurious.  Lastly the bathroom vanity was relatively large which was helpful to get ready before we headed to the Opera.  

    Lastly, they have an Acura car service that will take you to places within 5 miles of downtown Minneapolis.  The service was free and allowed us to get to our friends house before our night out.  If you get over the annoying voiceover when you get in the car, it was an enjoyable and convenient experience.  It was really easy to book and refreshing that we didn't have to get a cab.

    The staff was very friendly for our entire stay and I would gladly stay again for a staycation.

    03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    87. Angie S.
    This by far the fanciest hotel I have ever stayed in!  We were guests here for a birthday party downtown and got a nice king bed room.  The viewed sucked since it was just of the tops and sides of neighoring buildings rather than a city skyline view.   I suppose that is because we got the cheaper room in this expensive hotel.  

    The shower in the bathroom was semi-see-thru into the main room and the water came out as it was raining from the ceiling.  The main floor has awesome decor in the bar and seating area.  For a unique experience, travel to the top of the building, Foshay Towers, for beautiful views of the entire city.

    02/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Jessica D.
    Had a lovely little staycation with my husband and we stayed here. We loved the happy hour at Living Room and a later drink at Prohibition. Yes, the drinks can be expensive, as in any downtown bar, but they are of good quality here and worth the price paid! We stayed in a Cool Corner Room, which was very spacious and had cool, modern decor and amenities. The rainfall shower was amazing and the bed was super comfy. I didn't want to get out of either! The rooms are very dark, as is the rest of the hotel, but it was fine for our romantic stay. There are excellent dining and entertainment options in close walking distance. Stay away from the mini bar and room service if you don't enjoy wasting tons of money. I would stay here again in an instant! Very cool building and architecture!

    24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    89. Carlin L.
    Old school Foshay with some new school class of the "W Family". I'm not sure the origin of the building (need to Wiki it), but it adds a very interesting feel to the ambiance. I'm not sure if it was because of my company, but I also receive an amazing price for my room, so the economics seems more than reasonable as well.

    Check it out next time you're in Minneapolis don't-cha-know!

    Tip: Grab a drink during happy hour at their top floor bar between 5-7 PM.

    08/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    90. Suzy C.
    I've stayed at this hotel three different times and every time I have had a wonderful experience. I've stayed in the cool corner room, the fantastic suite, and the extreme wow suite. The rooms are beautiful and extremely clean. I say that because sometimes when you stay at hotels it can feel like they cut corners when cleaning the rooms. Their customer service is impeccable. They have a service called whatever whenever that is exactly what it sounds like. Pretty much whatever you want they will find a way to do it for you. When you first arrive to the front of the building they treat you like you are royalty, holding the door open and offering to carry things for you. It's small stuff like that that is the difference between your average hotel and a four star one. The staff is so nice and it seems like they actually enjoy working there. Plus the prices for rooms are pretty reasonable in my opinion. I honestly can't think of anything bad to say about this place. This is where I book a room every time there's a special occasion. I always recommend this hotel to anyone that's looking for one.

    15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Birdy H.
    Stayed here last week with a very special friend. The room was on the 25th floor overlooking downtown. The lobby was beautiful, the lounge area was breath-taking, and the rooms were to die for! Thank goodness the beauty didn't kill me otherwise I wouldn't have had the opportunity to enjoy the place.

    This place has swag, culture, and the decor & style was off the hook. Elevators were fast and the bar on the 27th floor was nice. Pricy but nice.

    This place also has a gym (which I had no time to check out) on the 22nd floor.

    We stayed in the Fantastic Room which has a separate living room with a huge sofa, King size bed and a separate bathroom area with a bathtub and separate shower.
    TV's in the bedroom and living room.

    Great location and service was good. Friendly staff.

    There was heavy rain on our last night and watching the thunder and rain from our room was beautiful. Definitely a Hotel to check out if you're in the area.

    29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Kristin W.
    This hotel went above and beyond to make our anniversary weekend special. When we arrived at the hotel at noon, we did not think that we would be able to check in until 3 p.m. We walked to the main desk to ask about overnight parking and they offered to check us in early for free. Then they upgraded our corner queen suite to a corner king suite.

    We were very impressed with the room, which was modern and comfortable.

    The icing on the cake was when Brian, from the front desk, came up to our room to drop off wine and truffles to congratulate us on our anniversary. We were blown away by the hospitality of the wait staff.

    Our one complaint had to do with noise. Overnight, there was a groaning sound, which we assumed was the pipes. It wasn't enough to keep us awake though, just enough that we noticed.

    We plan on coming back next year to celebrate our anniversary.

    23/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. C F.
    Wasn't too impressed, everything had a price tag in the room, I thought I may have to pay for toilet paper. Who would of thought with all the expensively priced liquid, that I would of had to get up and dressed to get a cup of coffee?! And I purposely left my toothpaste at home thinking they may have some?? whoops I guess I was wrong there!

    04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    94. Melina D.
    If you're a moralistic person with traditions, don't go here. So we have a huge mixed review for this hotel. It's not for kids, don't bring your kids, seriously... no kids. The ambiance is like downtown 'wannna-be' hip hop club-inside - with an old, beautiful outside. It's kind of weird! The neon lights, and DJ at night until 2am, the random bars with 'hooker' couches were really off putting for my husband and I on our honeymoon. We wanted a modern place to stay, and we got it. This is a place for older men to bring their mistresses... This place doesn't seem to fit Minneapolis at all. Manny's Steakhouse inside is super good, but c'mon - $95 bucks for a serving of meat - and only the meat - horribly overpriced and SO LOUD in the restaurant - the staff was amazing though. Before we left, they did try over charging us as well. Thankfully I caught them... The room we had was really cool except the fact that on every surface they had everything laid out (waters, alcohol, internet, movies, eats around town, etc.) with pricetags on it - and when I say pricetags - they're all super expensive ones. We didn't touch a thing, and still they tried over charging us. The rooftop bar was REALLY slutty and quite 'perve-y'.... We're traditional and this place wasn't for us. No thank you.

    01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    95. Alice S.
    Pros: comfortable bed, pretty room, etc.
    Cons: the crowd that frequents this place is very unpleasant (she says at 1:42am after having to ask several trashy drunks to keep it down and one of them getting all pissy and saying "f*#% this hotel"). The wait for the elevator is absurd; suggest the hotel dedicate 1 elevator to room holders. Expensive bar.

    16/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    96. Christopher H.
    The hotel lost hot water for over 24 hours spanning 2 mornings. Their solution was to "allow" guests to walk 2 blocks to the local YMCA to use their showers. At first they communicated the issue would be resolved the afternoon of the first day. Then I received a letter saying it would be around 11:00 PM. When I woke the following morning still no hot water.

    In trying to make it right they awarded 10,000 SPG points but that was it. I have subsequently heard from colleagues and employees that they have had issues with water pumps in the past at the Foshay W as well. One would think that a redundant system would be in place if the plumbing system has constant problems.

    Never again. I made them find me a room at another hotel.

    05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    97. Tara D.
    Beautiful historic building: Check.

    Great suite at a great rate (pre-paid): Check.

    Great location (2 blocks from conference held at the much blander Hyatt)

    The room was lovely.  I had a suite with stunning views of the city.  Furnishings were a bit IKEA on quality, but the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was awesome.  Loved that tub.  I spent a few hours soaking in it.

    So why only three stars?

    #1 - I love historic buildings.  But this one seemed not to embrace its natural style, instead opting for an excessively trendy, modern (dare I say cheap) look.  The lobby/registration was so dark and weird as to be depressing.  I understand the look that they are going for (I live near The Standard in DTLA), but the lobby seemed needlessly dark even for that type of look.  They could have used neon/neon colors in a much more tasteful way, and still allowed you enough light to be able to find an earring on the floor if you dropped it :)

    #2 - Douche-y crowd.  Lobby bar in particular just seemed to pack them in.  Is this the place in town to be seen if your style is "Kardashian?"  Top floor bar was not much better, just smaller and a little less douche-y.

    #3 - Inconsistent service.  Called for dry cleaning to be picked up; they never came.  I had to call again.  Registration was friendly, one of the bartenders was friendly.  No one else was -- in sharp contrast to my recent stay at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, where every staff person was relentlessly charming. For example, doormen/valet (??) here never once opened the door for me, even though I must have walked through those doors more than a dozen times.  Hotel seemed minimally staffed overall.  Underwhelming/poor service overall.

    P.S. Personal pet peeve - I hate the nickel-and-diming approach to airlines and hotels.  Paid WiFi, especially at a rate of more than $10/day, is tacky.  Factor the cost of your amenities, and structure your rates accordingly.  But it's the trend, so I pay for my own mobile WiFi and it works better than any hotel's.

    VERDICT:
    Conflicted.  Probably wouldn't stay here again.  I liked the room, but nothing else enough to return.

    03/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    98. Larry F.
    Third time here at the W-Foshay. By far our favorite luxury hotel in Minneapolis. Blu at MOA and Graves are close seconds.  Love being connected to Keys Cafe for breakfast and Mannys Steak House for Dinner.  Waking (SKYWAY!) distance to EVERYTHING....convention center, hundreds of bars and restaurants and if timing right all three stadiums. The lobby, historic building and very modern and new rooms are perfect. Service second to none. Wow, thanks W!

    28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    99. Zach W.
    We stayed for one night in September of 2010.  Cool looking building, safe part of town.  Very nice rooms, and the bar area is just right... a wide open area with big chairs and a few fireplaces if you don't want to sit at the actual bar.

    I remember some of the places throughout the hotel were a bit dark, but maybe that has changed since we visited.

    07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    100. Dan S.
    Nice decor but small rooms. Pricey. Elevators are the SLOWEST I've experienced anywhere. Half the time I'm in the lobby waiting for the lift and am reminded that everything is TOO DARK in here. Turn on the lights!!! I know you can afford to since you're charging me $6 for a bottled water in my room and a $45 for a basic in room breakfast.

    17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    101. Guy O.
    The neon decor, evening techno dance parties, and dated bar upstairs are matters of taste, but here are a few facts.  (1) My TV didn't work, though they did replace it promptly.  (2) They charged me for parking that I didn't use; two weeks later I am still waiting for that parking reimbursement, which itself was initially for the wrong amount.  (3) The shampoo bottle in the shower was empty.  Yelp expressed it well: "Meh.  I've experienced better."

    23/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    102. Brendan Y.
    This hotel is so dark I'm thinking about suing for damages. What wall that isn't black or gray or dark purple is swathed in pink neon light. It's so dark, I'm tempted to look up the building code to see if there is some standard for commercial illumination. At the end of the day there is an ilk of traveller who would probably love this hotel, but I can guarantee with some certainty that he has never changed a tire, shoveled a driveway, or taken apart a vacuum cleaner.

    In short this is a hotel for people who think it's ok to wear sunglasses indoors, carry dogs In purses and have never used the word "American" without the sneering modifier "fat" or "middle."

    16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    103. Mark M.
    Kickin' it up one Yelp Star to four.  My third stay here and I'm sold.  I love this place and want to come back again and again.

    They run a tight ship.  Seamless operation.  As a business traveler I'm looking for comfort, efficiency and a sense of style, but at a price that won't break the bank (I've been impressed with the low rates I've found during my last two stays).

    The rooms are so comfortable and have the magical W sexiness.  The showers are fantastic.  Desk/chair comfortable for working (although plugs are inconvenient).

    Whatever/Whenever service is legit.  The go above and beyond.  Acura service is also amazing.  USE IT!  

    Special compliments to Hannah at the front desk and Clayton at Whatever/Whenever.

    15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    104. Lisa H.
    Our waitress was super special. On the downside......
    The music sucked big time. Are you kidding? This DJ has no concept of anything. Does not relate to the audience at all.  Just a drone. I spoke with a number of people who felt the same way. No one was dancing. What the fuck? The  W? No one dancing?PLEASE. Do something about this. It was the worst evening ever I have had at the W. You are going down if you don't do something about this lack of taste in music. Does it really take a review from an "outsider" for you to realize how awful the music is?

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    105. Emily B.
    As a diehard Starwood gal and a fan of many W's I've stayed at, I was ready to fall in love with The Foshay. Unfortunately the experience fell a bit short of expectation. Let's start with the positives: reasonable room rate (for the dates I was there), great location, helpful staff, very cool historic building, connected to the skyways so you don't have to go outside in the winter. We were also upgraded to a suite because of our Starwood status, which is always a plus. However, given that, I was very disappointed to see how strangely layed out and poorly appointed the rooms were. Ours was sort of L-shaped, and it felt like the furniture, particularly in the living room, was not very well-thought out about where it should be placed. It was also in somewhat obvious disrepair: desks had very obvious, bad dings and markings, couches were cheap material and a bit old, and in general it just didn't have that glam W feel. For as much as we'd heard about Prohibition, the cocktail lounge on the 27th floor, it was fine, but just didn't wow. (And I think for NYC drink prices in MSP, you need to bring it!)

    All in all, it was a comfortable place to rest our heads, but for historic Starwoods in Minneapolis, I'll take the Westin any day.

    04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    106. Kamil B.
    I was here for 4 nights attending a conference. I love the W franchise in general, but this one is one of the better ones. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are elegant and relaxing. The location is fantastic; walking distance to the conference center, restaurants, and shops. You have a nice option to go down and dance in the "Living Room", or chill at the Prohibition lounge.  All in all a wonderful time. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again in the future.

    24/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    107. James B.
    If you are staying here simply for the amenities, then it is a great place, however, if your staying for the "Luxury" experience, you could get more for your dollar elsewhere.  I would consider this place again, if they would pay a bit more attention to detail of the smaller simpler things, that this W has overlooked.

    The experience of the Skyway is just awesome.  You can travel a few square miles, without stepping outside of any of the buildings.  Access to this skyway is just left of the lobby.

    29/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    108. Chris H.
    We used the Foshay as a place for the bridesmaids to get ready in the morning, and the groomsmen to get ready in the early afternoon -- it worked absolutely perfectly. The room was big enough where folks could actually move around, and it was cost-effective compared to other options but nicer than getting ready at my church.

    There was quick food nearby, the room was awesome, there was a lot of help from staff getting travel figured out, and the guy who helped set up our reservation was *awesome* -- upgrading our room and even giving us parking for free. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.

    Besides that, we got to stay there that night, too -- it was definitely a memory to sip an old fashioned up at the Prohibition bar all done up in our wedding stuff :) Would definitely recommend to others --

    19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    109. Laila C.
    Seriously the worst W I've ever stayed in and the only one I've ever had room issues with.  My TV didn't work, the room was so dark I could barely do work in it.  The whole hotel in general is too dark and gloomy.  Also why is this W more expensive than my suite in Union Square in NYC????? Mades no sense.
    I can't stay I'd stay here again even if it is the perfect location for my work trips. I might even be willing to stay at an Aloft over this place.

    01/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    110. Craig M.
    For several DECADES this Proud Art-Deco Tower was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi.  At the Christening in 1929, John Phillips Sousa composed and performed an inaugural March. He was paid several thousands by Mr.Foshay.  Owner and builder of this masterpiece.  The check BOUNCED.  The Stock Market Crash of '29 was game on.  The Jazz Age was over and the Great Depression settled in. Some how this mistress of the past has survived for all of us to take pleasure with.

    Their is a museum at the top.  For hotel guest to explore.  Along with general public, willing to pay the fee.  

    At the top of the this marble-alabaster-granite monument to a lost era is the bar called 'Prohibition'.  Usher yourself into the Brass elevators. Push the button.  When you arrive at the appointed floor, the elevator doors open.  You do not step back into the past.  The Jazz Age rushes into the elevator like a tide. It pulls you in to the past.  The Bar, private tables, 14 foot curtains, skirts, small forest died to build these floors, leather divans, windows made for light and limited viewing just overwhelm your senses.  The Ladies/Mens facilities are more then a conversation piece. J. Gatsby would have pursued Daisy Buchannan here. The one suggestion I would make to management.  Start playing music from the jazz age up until 1941. If you need hints, go see Boardwalk Empire on HBO.

    A well known steak place holds court.  I'll let you figure that out.  On the ground level is another gem from another era.  Feels like West 54th Manhattan in the late 1940's.  The restaurant is called Peters Grill.
     
    We highly advise that you take your rooms and establish residence for a few days.  Breakfast at Peters.  Hit the town.  Cocktail hour up at Prohibition. Steaks on sight or nearby places for dinner.  

    NOW- The W.   We have been to all the cool old hotels in Mpls and in several other cities.  This was our lastest to explore.  What's the old saying 'save the best for last'.  Well we did that but we advice you dear traveler, to skip to the dessert.  

    Several weeks ago we came back from sunny Florida to this un-godly winter of 2013-14.  Whilst in FLA I managed to leave my DL at a restaurant in Ft. Myers Beach.  TSA did a softporn search of my being in front of crowds god and country at the airport.  We missed the first train to downtown  from the Mpls.airport.  Which costed us the connecting train to the hinterlands where we live.   We walked to the W.  My beloved bride worked diligently on her cell phone but fruitlessly for some kind of groupon or such for the W.  

    I stroded past the elegant oversized stuff chairs to the coolly lit Front Desk.  Where three nattily dressed representatives of the W awaited me with warm smiles.  The senior gent asked how I was doing and how was my day.  My response was "awful, might be the worst day of my adult life".  I poured forth my woes.   At times I was looking for laughs, other times sympathy, in the end probably pity.  They recognized their time to show off and impress.  IMPRESS THEY DID! A suite was arranged for us on one of the higher floors. Price was reasonable. Suite captured inside what the building captures on the outside.  

    There are too many things they do just right to cover here.  Safe to say, when you check out of the W.  You feel noveau riche'.    And we are dying to get back.

    11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. A. P.
    Fantastic experiance. The room service was perfect. Front reception staff (Brian) was accommodating and helpful. I will definatley stay at a W Hotel after this experiance.

    03/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    112. Sonia O.
    My hubby and I stayed here for our two year anniversary, and let me just start out by saying it was great! Front desk was very friendly and helpful! We got upgraded to a suite. Overall a great hotel we will be back.

    23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    113. B. Ann M.
    I love this hotel!  The neon colors in a classy atmosphere is paradoxical at its best!  Manny's is pricey but yummy & convenient.... The Living Room lounge is beautifully decorated and has a great selection of beverages... and the Prohibition Bar offers a speakeasy feel but rather underground it is on the top floor of The Foshay!  

    MUST DOs:

    - Get a city view guestroom!! Make sure you are facing inward to downtown!!  Nothing like using the potty & enjoying the view!  

    - Have brunch at Manny's.... I suggest the Kobe Braised Short Ribs Benedicts and Griddle Cakes with Powered Sugar!  Wow!

    - Enjoy a few Jalapeno-Pineapple Infused Margaritas in the Prohibition Bar!!  It sounds like a hot mess, but it's actually a Haute Mess! ;)

    Fantastic service at the front desk; the lemon water & apples set the tone for this clean, crisp & funky hotel; great location; very helpful doormen!!

    The bartenders were pretty snooty but could carry a great conversation and very positive about the hotel & city!  They definitely generalized the other city bartenders to a T... Advice:  don't tell bartenders how to make your drinks... If you want a stiff drink, order on the rocks or say with a TINY SPLASH of juice...

    Great time!!

    07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    114. Karolina S.
    I love this hotel. It is beautiful inside, the bathrooms are very modern. The room isnt huge but it makes for size with amazing decor. The lobby area, bar and lounge is beautifully decorated and the service was impeccable. The location is great, right in the middle of downtown. Seriously, no complaints with this one. Would definitely stay again!!!

    22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    115. Monique B.
    Came to stay for a wedding.  Overall, a nice hotel.  Check-in was a little slow, but check-out was a breeze.  In the evening on the weekends they have a club at the bar on the first floor.  The room was nice, but the minibar is so expensive it was insane, especially since things in town are so inexpensive.  The toiletries were nice and housekeeping did a good job.  The bed was a bit hard and not very comfortable, but the pillows were nice.  I also ate at the Keys restaurant on the ground floor, and it was great.  Overall, a nice hotel, a bit pricey, but nice.

    19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    116. Cameron H.
    Excellent service. Aside from not having a doorman handy at all times, there is little to complain about.  A friend upgraded us to a fabulous suite on the 23rd floor, which we really enjoyed. The room decor was slightly sparse and oddly arranged, but the finishings were nice and the room was well lit. The views were fantastic!  We've been to The Prohibition Bar on the 27th floor (back when it opened in 8/2008), and that was a good time.  The Living Room (bar on the first level) has great ambience.  Manny's Steakhouse is attached. If you're looking for a clean, trendy, chic boutique in downtown Minneapolis, look no further.

    18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    117. Kevin T.
    The good: fast, tasty room service.  Big bathroom, and a decent view from the room.

    The bad:  After forking over 300 USD plus for what Starwood considers a luxury experience, be prepared to unload and lug your own baggage up to your room yourself.  No lobby porter or door service whatsoever.  Only 1 baggage cart that you get to drive yourself.  The staff at the door aren't hotel staff at all - they're valets of another company who aren't being paid to open the hotel door for you or move your bags - oh and by the way, even as a guest of the hotel you will pay for your own parking.  The decor in the lobby and the rooms themselves are reminiscent of "Night at the Roxbury."  At night the lobby is a nightclub - the kind where you see 100 plus USD bottle service, waitresses in skimpy outfits, hulking bouncers with spiral cord earpieces, and the kind of clientele such venues attract.  In the morning when you venture to the lobby to find the non-existent breakfasts you might find at other hotels you'll find the leavings of the previous nights' activities (I found bits of broken glass).  Instead of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or even the Post, you'll find a couple copies of USA Today at the front counter.  The bed had a human sleeping trough in it so deep it swallowed up a water glass from the bedside table.

    Bottom line - if you're expecting to get what you pay for in terms of overall service, don't stay here.

    19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    118. Jack G.
    I stayed at the W last night and it really impressed me. We stayed in a suite (I can't remember the name of the room but it was on the 28th floor).

    The room was a great size, not too big and but plenty of space and felt nice and open. It was very modern and this adds to an overall high-end, luxury feel to the hotel. The bathroom was enormous with a huge sunken bath, really nice shower and an interesting fosset (which soaked me every time I used it).

    The bed was nice and big although kinda strange pillows and sheets. Not bad, just different. It had a nice sized TV in the room with what seemed like 1000 channels. It took me about 15 minutes to cycle through them!

    Best part of this room for me was the view. Great views of downtown and South Minneapolis! Even though it was late when we checked in it was an impressive sight.

    Although I didn't check them out, the bar/Club on the ground floor was busy and looked nice. A lot of seating areas to relax with too. There was also a bar on the 27th floor which had a lot of obnoxious customers but didn't really affect the experience. Finally, there is also a viewing level which I will be trying to visit in the next few weeks.

    A really classy place that is well worth checking out.

    09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    119. Mary S.
    Loved this W. I have stayed at many W hotels and this one was surprisingly great! Great rooms, great location and great atmosphere. The prices were amazing as well. The restaurant downstairs, Manny's is divine! They have Wifi for free downstairs but upstairs in the room they charge. Only thing that wasn't ideal. Also, I had a massage done in their spa located beside the gym - GREAT massage! One of the best I have had. They don't have a full spa here but you can arrange massages through the concierge. If we ever come back to Minneapolis we will definitely stay here :)

    15/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    120. Laura J.
    My husband and I stayed there on our wedding night, and we had an amazing experience. I had arranged with Lisa Heath beforehand to have some snacks in the room when we arrived (Lisa is amazing by the way, and their whole Whatever/Whenever service rocks). In addition to this, she was able to get my sister into the room early to set up some cute decorations for us.

    When we arrived, we learned we had been upgraded to a GORGEOUS corner suite for no extra cost, and in addition to the snacks we had ordered, there was a bottle of champagne chilling and two glasses. It totally blew us away. The bathroom was massive, the bed was comfortable, and there were robes and slippers for us to use along with an in-room ice machine. The Bliss bath products and rainfall shower were really luxurious. All in all we felt super fancy!

    We experienced the Whatever/Whenever service again when we called to get a breakfast reservation around 11:30pm. The front desk asked us for our preferred time and a backup time, and within 20 minutes had slid a card under our door with a handwritten note telling us when our reservation is.

    I'll be honest--we don't pay lots of money for luxury hotel experiences all the time, so I can see how some of the other reviewers would be picky about baggage service or valets. But for a couple who just wanted one night at a fancy hotel, parked in the parking garage, and hauled our own bags...this was amazing. Without a doubt, we will stay here again and again. Thank you to everyone at the Foshay, especially Lisa Heath, for giving us such an awesome experience to look back on (and hopefully recreate if we are able to make it back to Minneapolis for future anniversaries and stay here again).

    24/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    121. Nick F.
    While i was looking for a Hotel in the twin cities area i decided to try and look downtown Minneapolis area, and i saw a W hotel, i stayed at one in Chicago earlier this year and i really enjoyed it.

    The people were decently friendly though a bit more knowledgeable about the parking arrangements other than just telling people to use the $35 Valet would be nice.

    The room was nice, Not quite as nice as the W in Chicago i stayed at, and the pillows were far too soft. But the bed was awesome per usual. I got a room with the rainforest shower, and that was very cool! The room also had some neat views of the city, and it's in a pretty good location.

    One of the things i was kind of looking forward to was going to the prohibition bar, but apparently it was closed the night i was there, which was a bummer. Though the downstairs bar "the living room" was open and pretty busy.

    11/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    122. Jenn E.
    This W is in a great location and has all of the comforts of what I've come to expect from a W property.  Staff was very friendly and our room was quiet, spacious and very clean.  We were pleased that our request for extra toiletries (gotta love the bliss products) was happily and swiftly met.

    Unfortunately the cleaning staff was a little lacking as we kept seeing empty glasses and dishes in the hallway and by the elevator. We even walked into one elevator that had a big pile of dirty linens in one corner and dishes in another - upon letting the front desk know they said they would take care of it but later we were surprised to still see it sitting there.  I expect more from my usually typically stellar W experience

    04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    123. Eric K.
    Bring your faded hipster cred and you'll probably love this place.

    First, the good- large bathroom, with a big, glass enclosed shower.  Staff is very attentive. They get one of the three stars.

    The room is on the small side and everything is ala carte'. You want wi-fi? Pony up $13 a day. You'd like coffee in your room? Call room service or traipse down to Manny's for a comp cup of Joe. The room is done in purple and dark gray. The furniture is starting to look dated. Valet parking is $34 per night.

    We had four drinks at Prohibition the bar on the 27th floor. $80 with tip. This is MSP, not NYC. Drinks were "ok" nothing special except for the crazy price.

    When the place opened a number of years ago now, it was the downtown hipster hangout- we stayed two nights and it's not a  place i'd re-up.

    There are other options in downtown Minneapolis that are better than the W.

    10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    124. Karen B.
    My first trip to Minneapolis and I booked a room at The Foshay after reading many reviews.  So glad I did!  Great location, great views, awesome building.  At check-in I asked for a higher floor/corner room and was I ever pleased.  The bed and linens were top of the line.  Great supply of towels.  Flat screen TV.  An extra bonus was the rain shower and the Bliss products (hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel).  I'd come back here in a heartbeat.  Thanks W!

    PS - I got a great rate thru booking.com .

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    125. Barclay W.
    Great room! Quiet, comfy, spacious, and great views. A+

    My fiance surprised me by proposing while we were lazing about on his parents' boat. He then surprised me further by saying he had gotten a suite at the W for us that evening.

    We arrived and at first they said our room wasn't ready (even though it was well past check in time), but that was quickly remedied. I think the woman working the front desk was in training because she had some issues with the person in front of us too.

    We got up to our room and it was perfect. A nice "living" room space with comfy couches, the bed was a little firm but very easy to fall asleep on, and the bathroom had a deep tub and perfect shower.

    The room was a great getaway from the basement of my fiance's parents' house. I enjoyed our stay very much.

    65/100

    21/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    126. Ashlee T.
    We had an amazing experience! The room was great, had drinks in both the lobby and Prohibition Bar good service all around.  We did have to call the front desk at 230am to complain about our neighbors being extremely loud, but minutes later we heard security at their door and then not another peep all night. To apologize they comped our valet, which w
    As a very nice touch. We agreed would would absolutely stay again for another stay-cation.

    15/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    127. melanie l.
    Loved the experience. Had an amazing room. The decor was my favorite part and all the details were on point. The 27th floor bar, Prohibition is worth the elevator trip to take in the view. Go during Happy hour and order the cucumber collins.

    08/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    128. Tyler D.
    It was definitely an interesting time staying at this hotel. I thought it was a unique change from the typical hotels I stay at. However, it was very easy to tell that the building the hotel is in was not built for the intention of being a hotel. The "Spectacular Room" was kind of small, but the purple wall color was surprisingly nice. It was easily noticeable that the room was quite clean. The biggest let down of the hotel room itself was that the bed was very hard and the pillows were very skinny (thank goodness I brought my own pillow). Although some people may not care about it, but I thought the hallways/hotel overall smelled kind of gross; I personally think it's important for hotels to smell good.  
    The biggest highlight of the hotel itself was being able to go all the way up to the outside root top of the building and walk around for free; if you are scared of heights I don't recommend it! I found myself to be quite nervous being so close to the edge of the building at roughly 32 (I think) stories high.

    I did encounter one significant problem with the hotel and its staff. After I checked out and started driving home I realized I had forgotten my iPhone charger in the hotel room. I called the hotel for them to look in the room for me and see if the charger was there. They said they'd call me back within 30 minutes. Well, that 30 minutes came and went and I received no phone call. I ended up driving back to the hotel to look for myself. I was allowed into the hotel room I stayed in to look but I could not find the charger. Soon after I returned to the hotel front desk and asked if anyone has been up there and might of took the charger before I got to it. The lady at the front desk said no one had been in the room yet to look. About 2 hours later I ended up receiving a call from the hotel and was told they found my iPhone charger. At this point I didn't care too much about them not communicating very well earlier in the day about finding my charger; all I wanted was for my charger back. I was about 2 hours away by the time they called and I asked if they could ship my the charger. To my surprise they said they could but for a "small fee". The hotel never specified how much the fee was but I allowed it anyway. Boy did I make a mistake for not asking how much it would cost. It turns they charged me $25 to ship my charger to me. For being a 4 star or so hotel I would think they could spare sending me the charger for free, especially since they screwed up in telling me they didn't find the charger.

    Overall, putting aside my phone charger situation, the hotel was a fun experience. All in all though I don't see myself staying there again.

    P.S: Try your best to get this room at a discounted price on Hotwire or Priceline! This hotel is definitely not worth spending $200 a night for a basic room.

    25/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    129. Orson B.
    I am fairly well-travelled, but I usually don't stay at the fancy boy hotels.  I decided to immerse myself in the Minneapolis experience and stay right downtown on a recent vacation.  Here are my impressions:

    The Good:

    1) Thick walls, so the room was quiet.
    2) Nice fancy shower where the water drops straight down.
    3) Comfortable bed.
    4) Polite staff was "Minnesota Nice."

    The Irritating:

    1) Due to the front desk person not briefing me about anything, I got stuck in the elevator because I didn't realize I was supposed to slide my room card in a slot inside the elevator to actually go beyond the 4th floor.  I ended up have to push the emergency button three minutes after I checked in because the elevator would not go higher or lower than the 4th floor and also would not let me out.  If I was wasn't supposed to be able to operate the elevator without using my room card, why did it take me from floor 1 to floor 4 and then just trap me?  Finally, a member of the cleaning staff got on at the 4th floor and showed me how to use my card to operate the elevator.  I was already livid and spewing profanity five minutes after checking in due to not being told about their killer "Venus fly trap elevators." That's a major fail.  I could see a cardiac patient keeling over in such a circumstance thinking they dropped $200 per night to assume room temperature after being trapped in a hotel elevator.

    2) No coffee in the room.  That's completely unforgivable in 2015.  Even cheap ass slime bag motels have coffee in the room these days.  This alone will prevent me from returning.  If you want to bend over and grab the ankles and pay $20 for room service with tip for coffee, I suppose you could, but I never fancied getting raped just for my morning caffeine fix.

    3) Bald faced hucksterism.   The food and drink bar in the room was a giant gouge for everything.  $8 for bottled water, $36 for a tiny bottle of vodka, $6 for a small bag of Cracker Jacks.  I can't even look at that stuff with the prices on it without getting angry.  

    4) Lousy parking situation.  As with the elevator, I was given zero guidance on the complicated and unpleasant parking options.  It was $33 per day for valet parking or $22 per day to park yourself with a long walk to the parking garage with an escalator along the way that didn't work the last two days I was there.  

    5) Wifi is $12 per day.  What a gouge!

    6) Have to ask permission to use their in-room refrigerator according to the sign and it was also locked.  I'm not sure if there was a cost for this, but having to pay and / or ask permission to use a stupid refrigerator is beyond absurd.  Every frickin Super 8 has had free in-room fridges for 20 years.

    If you like getting no guidance from the desk staff, no coffee in the room and getting your wallet sodomized for a bottle of water or a bag of a Cracker Jacks, The Foshay is ready and waiting for you to assume the position.  I arrived optimistic and left angry.

    I get it that you get what you pay for, but they should just raise the daily room rate and not gouge you with every little thing a la carte.  This is supposed to be a fancy hotel, but it felt sleazy with how everything is a shakedown.

    25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    130. Sean M.
    Great week long visit to Minneapolis staying at the W.

    The staff was very friendly and was able to accommodate all of my requests that I made when I booked using the Starwood website (early check in, room location, and late check out).

    I stayed in a Spectacular Room which had an awesome view of the skyline. Room was nice, clean, and comfortable. I also used the in room dining a couple times,  delivery was prompt - and the food was good.

    Starwood Preferred Guests can receive complementary wifi when they book through a Starwood website and also daily bottled Dasani water in the room. Coffee and wifi is also available elsewhere in the hotel for free or I believe you can request a Coffeemaker (I think a Keurig) for your room for free.

    This bars at the hotel seem to be a popular local spot - so the noise level in the lobby on weekend nights can be "energetic" also the bar on the 27th floor shares the elevators with the hotel. The floors with the guest rooms though are limited by keycard.

    The building also features an observation deck and museum which hotel guests can access for free.

    Overall an enjoyable stay and definitely would come back again.

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0