My wife and I usually travel together to Minny for the Vikings-Packers game however I had decided to make a solo trip this past weekend for the Lions game. I used priceline.com and the name your price option. Always a gamble as you cannot pick the hotel and I really like the Westin Minneapolis. This time, W Minneapolis - The Foshay took my offer. I was somewhat apprehensive, not because of the quality of the hotel (we eat at Manny's every time we come down so I am familar with the hotel lobby), I knew it was very nice but rather that it would be too trendy for me, especially travelling solo. I'm early 40's, pretty simple, happiest in a pair of shorts, sandals and t-shirt (or my football jersey).
For those that only want the summary, this hotel was fantastic! I did not feel out of place in my shorts and sandals, nor did I get treated any differently. If you are apprehensive about this hotel being to "fussy" or "pretensious" for you, don't sweat it. I would gladly stay here again.
If you want more details, checkin was flawless, took about 30 seconds to do the credit card swipe for incidentals (with priceline, the room of course prepaid), get keys and off to the room. Check-in is 3pm I think. Well, it was 11am....they had my room ready. Perfect! I had a "spectacular" room on the 12th floor. Walked in, very cool room. Good work area for a laptop, super cool fully stocked mini fridge (which I temporarily emptied and stocked with my own "supplies"), and of course the always awesome heavenly beds that Starwood is famous for. Bathroom very cool, simply appointed, lots of room. Very cool shower.
Room was clean, very similar to the pictures you see on the website except lacking the flower arrangements and candles (I would think candles and hotels are not a good idea). One thing that I thought was a nice touch, was, the mats in the lifts/elevators were changed three times a day with the greeting "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon" or "Good Evening" depending on the time of day, I don't know why but I thought that was a neat touch and high level of detail.
Sorry that I cannot comment on the bars or the living room as I did not make use of them while I was here, there was a nice pub (8th Street Grill) across the road that served my needs and no need to waste a trip to Manny's for dinner while travelling alone, I will save that for my return in October for the Packers' game with my wife. Highly recommend you include Manny's for dinner and Hell's Kitchen around the corner for breakfast/brunch (both places require a reservation). I will say, I never had to wait very long for a lift/elevator no matter what time of the day. The hotel was very quiet at night, I was not disturbed by elevator noise of people going up to the bar on 27th floor (and my room was near the elevators).
All in all, a fantastic hotel, as mentioned, I really like the Westin, however this hotel is every bit as nice and being so close to Manny's and Hell's Kitchen, it is a better location, there is tons of food and shopping all around the W hotel. I will gladly stay here again, and would highly recommend it.
One final note, we stopped renting cars here. We fly into Minneapolis, take the Light Rail Train downtown, and the W is a short 4 block (5-7 min easy walk in favourable weather) from the Nicollet Mall Train Stop. You can take the same train back, past the airport to the Mall of America. Simply fantastic.