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“Once upon a time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Foshay Tower

Foshay Tower
821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2910 (Downtown)
(651) 296-6126
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Ranked #28 of 276 things to do in Minneapolis
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Owner description: After recent renovation, our museum and observation deck are now open seven days a week from 12:00pm-9:00pm. Weather permitting, both will be open year round.
Blaine, Minnesota
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Once upon a time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I used to love going up to the observation deck. Before the late 70's it was the tallest building in Minneapolis. Some thing really worth seeing is the Art Deco Interior. Particularly on the ground floor and includes the elevators.

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Our 3day stay was for your wedding. The staff catered to our every need, including bringing clildrens dress socks to the room in under 5min. Anything and everything you could ask for in a high end hotel! we had 11 rooms and each perfect. The upstairs lounge is fun and relaxing and the "dance club" in the loby was fun. Car service to anywhere in down town was a plus. If your palnning to stay in down town this is the place to be. Also, the old style and monder feel works well together in the amasing venu.

Visited August 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Nice architecture; very dark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed at the Foshay for about 6 nights while my husband attended a conference. The Foshay is a great piece of architecture and a really nice boutique hotel. The museum on the top floor was a nice surprise - the history of the place is really interesting, and it was free to hotel guests. Really nice gym. We stayed at three hotels in the midwest during this trip and the Foshay was the only one that at least offered recycling bins in the rooms. I hope they really are recycling it. Some drawbacks of the hotel are that the lighting is very very dark. The gives great ambiance, but you always feel like its nighttime when you are in the lobby or any downstairs spaces. Even in our room we were constantly turning on every light. The room was really comfortable, the bed was great with lots of pillows. The housekeeping was somewhat irregular. Some days the robes would be gone, then they'd reappear, other days we wouldn't get shampoo, or the shower door would be left hanging open, and we couldn't tell what that was all about, but it really wasn't a huge deal. In the public spaces, fairly loud dance or techno music was being played fairly loud at all times. It went well with the dark interior, but felt a little night-clubby even during daytime. Complimentary coffee and newspaper every morning was nice. Like all interior spaces in Minneapolis, the air conditioning is cranked pretty cold. On the last few days of our stay we would turn the temperature up and then we would smell an odd baby-diaper type smell, though we could find nothing like that in the room. It would only go away with the temperature turned back down. We reported this to the front desk on our way out. Still, a very nice hotel and in a really convenient location near lots of sales-tax free shopping.

Visited August 2012
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Tecumseh, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Heights. Great Sights!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Visited the museum and the observation deck. While not the Empire State Building, it offered the same type of views of Minneapolis. Wish they had maps of the skyline at each of the FREE telescopes to help identify the sites. $8.00 for admission was a bit of a surprise but I would definitely recommend the admission's price to any visitor.

Visited September 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Minneapolis Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Foshay was built right before the Great Depression. The owner wanted it to look like the Washington Monument. It is now a W Hotel and it appears that they kept a lot of the decorative pieces, but it hard to tell. We had a drink in the Prohibition Bar which is on the second to top floor of the building. If\t is a hip spot in downtown Minneapolis.

Visited September 2012
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