History and Views: A Stay at the W Minneapolis -The Foshay

History and Views: A Stay at the W Minneapolis -The Foshay

On our trip around the United States, we found ourselves in Minneapolis, as Minnesota was one of the many states I needed to visit. I had no idea what to expect, but I will say I was impressed with the city when I arrived. Though we had only a little bit of time to explore, we found ourselves right at home at the W Minneapolis. Housed in an old office building from the late 1920’s, the W has modernized the property allowing for modern comforts in a historic building.

Location

W Minneapolis

Located in downtown Minneapolis, it’s the perfect starting point for your stay in the city. Since our time was limited, I was so excited that we were in the middle of it all. We could just walk out of the hotel and grab something to eat or stop in a bar. This was convenient and made our time in the city even better than we could have imagined.

Hotel

W Minneapolis

While traveling, I usually like to include as much history as I can into my journeys. I love when that history comes in the form of the places I stay. Before I arriving, I knew that the W Hotel was housed in a historic building, but I didn’t know the history until I arrived. The building, The Foshay, was built in 1929 and modeled after the Washington Monument. It was the tallest building in Minneapolis until 1972.  The top floor remains a museum of the building’s history and it includes an observation deck with sweeping views of the city.

Even though the hotel is historic, it has the modern amenities that are standard in W Hotels. The rooms are modern and clean and the lobby is flashy with lights and music playing. I loved the contrast of the two. There are two bars on site, with comfortable seating and delicious cocktails. The hotel also has a gym, bar, and bike rental services. Although we didn’t use any of these during this trip, I’d love to check them out in the future.

Room

W Minneapolis

Our room was gorgeous. I’ve never stayed at a W Hotel that I didn’t like, but the design of this one was my favorite. We had a bright purple wall, and the rest of the decor was grey and black. The room had a mini bar with all of the snacks and beverages one could need, but my favorite addition was the Nespresso machine. This was especially handy for an early wake up before exploring the city and hopping back on the road. It also helped that the bed was so comfortable, I had one of the best night’s sleep during our stay.

We were lucky enough to be in a corner room and our bathroom had three large windows, which offered views of the city. As a New York City girl, I am often hard to impress with city skylines, but that wasn’t the case here. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the view, and loved how bright our bathroom was because of the view. Also a favorite of mine in the bathroom, and a staple at W Hotels, the Bliss products in the bathroom.

Not only is the W Minneapolis in a great location with all the amenities a modern traveler needs, its historic charm adds even more reason to stay here. We loved being able to take in that history upstairs on the rooftop, as well as the views of the city. Being in the middle of it all was a plus, and the two bars on site sealed the deal. We’d stay here again in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone we know who’s heading to Minneapolis.

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History and Views: A Stay at the W Minneapolis -The Foshay

We were guests of the W Minneapolis during our stay. However, that does not change our opinion. As always, all views are my own.

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