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“Very nice but very dark” 4 of 5 stars
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W Minneapolis - The Foshay
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 48 Hotels in Minneapolis
Des Moines, Iowa
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Very nice but very dark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Enjoyed our stay at W Minneapolis - The Foshay. Very nice hotel, comfortable beds, modern design and look. Location is fantastic for anyone looking to be in the middle of the action in downtown Minneapolis or if you have business in Minneapolis. The biggest drawback is the darkness of the hotel. It seems odd to say but the entire hotel -- rooms, lobby, bars, etc. -- are very dark. Not a huge deal but definitely takes some getting used to.

Room Tip: The suites on the upper floors are very nice. Only 4 rooms per floor so very quiet and private. Nice...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Hello husker7028,

So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at W Minneapolis-The Foshay, and thank you for sharing your comments! The modern design and look of W Minneapolis is paired with a 1920’s Art Deco charm, creating slightly dim lighting through most of the iconic Foshay Tower hotel. It is the pleasure of W Minneapolis to welcome you back next time you are in the Twin Cities.

Best Regards,
Matthew Hawkins
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My husband and I recently spent our 10 year anniversary overnight at the W Foshay. It was an incredible experience!! The lobby is gorgeous, staff is welcoming and rooms are beautiful and modern. We were first placed in a room with a beautiful view but it was near the elevators. I don't normally care but this was a very special occasion and so we called down and asked if they could find a quieter room for us. Within minutes a doorman came up to our room, carried our bags and escorted us to another room that was perfect for us. We had plans out for dinner and music but loved the room, the view and the comfy bathrobes so much that we stayed in for the whole night ordering delicious food from Manny's Steakhouse and toasting with champagne. The king bed was incredibly comfortable and we didn't hear a sound from any of the other rooms the entire night. I really appreciate that they expect guests to keep quiet when staying there because that was exactly what we were looking for. We both had the best sleep we've had in a long time. I highly recommend the W! We hope to spend many more staycations there!

Room Tip: Rooms on the upper floors- 16 and up have great views of the city.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Welcome mplssweetlife,

Congratulations on your recent 10 year wedding anniversary, and thank you so much for celebrating with us at W Minneapolis-The Foshay! I am thrilled to hear you had such a fabulous W experience, and we could easily accommodate your request for a more quietly located guest room! I’m happy to read that you took advantage of our wonderful amenities, from the Bliss Spa bathroom products, to the complimentary plush bathrobes and the W Signature beds that look out on the beautiful Minneapolis skyline. I anticipate your next say with us in the iconic Foshay Tower, for a night on the town with buzzing entertainment, or a lovely night in!

Cheers!
Matthew Hawkins
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Baton Rouge, LA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Located in ther midst of downtown, this stylish hotel is very comfortable with great amenities. My only reason for not giving it a 5 star rating was my ersonal preference for retaining the original art deco architecture thorought. The main bar was excellent and very friendly. The restaurant was superb, but quite expensive.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Greetings, baritoneglck,

Thank you for following up on your recent W Minneapolis-The Foshay experience. I am happy to hear you took comfort in your conveniently located Foshay Tower guest room with fabulous amenities and luxury bedding. We look forward to having you back for another great stay or for a sip in the Living Room Bar.

Best Wishes,
Matthew Hawkins
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

For context, this comes from a die hard SPG fan who has lifetime elite status with SPG. I was excited for the opportunity to stay at the Foshay due to its historical significance to Minneapolis. However, the room smelled funny, the elevators slow, and the staff unhelpful. The first two are self descriptive, so I will elaborate on the third. Staff provided errant answers to questions, the driver of the Acura went into a rage at some other driver before realizing he had passengers in the car. And what's with the 'we won't pick you up' policy? If returning to Minneapolis, I would not stay at the W again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Hello TheOpsDoctor,

Thank you for communicating your recent stay at W Minneapolis-The Foshay. W Minneapolis is firmly committed to providing a Whatever/Whenever W experience. We appreciate your brand loyalty to Starwood Preferred Guest & your reflections are very important to me. It’s upsetting to read that your guest room had a smell, and the onsite lifts were slow in the historic Foshay Tower. I would like to extend my personal apologies that our talent did not meet your expectations regarding your inquiries, and the behavior of the Acura driver was less than desirable. These behaviors, I can assure you, will be addressed immediately. I would love to have a future opportunity gain your trust back within W Minneapolis-The Foshay. Please see my follow up message regarding details of your stay.

Thank you,
Matthew Hawkins
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Very professional, quite, nice, all around a perfect 10... Doormen are the most generous in helping with bags, valet service and directions ANYWHERE. The front desk will cater to your needs as needed. Stayed here twice and I am from MIami, I highly recommend it. Some rooms are small as to the higher floor you get the smaller the room but the better the view. The location is extremely central as I am a runner and the beautiful Minneapolis River is closely located. I love the dark look in the hotel it potrays a quite, peaceful environment while vacationing.

Room Tip: HIgher rooms better view but smaller size.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Hello Marlyn R,

What a wonderful review to share with the Trip Advisor community; thank you for staying with us at W Minneapolis-The Foshay! It is genuinely the pleasure of our talent, from Welcome Ambassadors, Wheels valet, the Welcome Desk and everyone else at W, to accommodate your needs and make each stay most memorable! Come back soon to relax and rejuvenate, while taking in breathtaking views of downtown Minneapolis. Thank you Marlyn R!

Best Wishes,
Matthew Hawkins
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San Antonio, TX
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I stayed at W for a conference as the hotels next to the conference center was sold out. The price is quite a bit cheaper than the conference hotels. What a delight! W is not too far away from the conference center and is located in one of the most important historical buildings in Minneapolis. That alone is worth a visit. The room is reasonably large (compared to other W hotels) with large windows looking out towards the city. The front desk staff was also very efficient and helpful in pointing out directions and recommending restaurants.

Room Tip: Make sure you check out the Fashay Museum and the observation desk on the top floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Hello bin.gu,

Thank you for choosing W Minneapolis for accommodations during your conference, what a pleasure to have you as our guest! The Foshay Tower is truly one of the greatest Art Deco landmarks, modeled after the Washington Monument and the only skyscraper listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So glad you visited the Foshay Museum and observation deck to take in the unique history of the building! Come back soon for business, pleasure or to celebrate another Whatever/Whenever experience.

Cheers!
Matthew Hawkins
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Houston, Texas
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The W Minneapolis has comfortable rooms, a contemporary lobby, and reasonably sized rooms but the hotel is too dark. I know it is one of the themes of this chain but that doesn't make it enjoyable. Even with every light on in my room it was exceedingly difficult to read the newspaper. I mentioned this to the gentleman at front desk and he said they know it is dark but all W's are dark. I would not stay here again as intend to go back to my usual hotel at the IDS Center.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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ComplexHotelMGMT, Guest Relations Manager at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Hello Mike D,

Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your recent stay at W Minneapolis-The Foshay. We do realize the hotel is rather dim; to accentuate the art deco inspired contemporary design. As W’s Whatever/Whenever service promise, it would be our pleasure to ensure you have lighting that meets your expectations set in your guestroom prior to arrival. I am happy to add this preference to your guest profile so we can make your next stay most memorable. Please see my private message regarding this request. I would love to have you visit us again, thank you!

Best Wishes,
Matthew Hawkins
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Address: 821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Minneapolis > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Minneapolis
#8 Romantic Hotel in Minneapolis
#11 Business Hotel in Minneapolis
#17 Family Hotel in Minneapolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — W Minneapolis - The Foshay 4*
Number of rooms: 229
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