The Foshay Tower in Minneapolis has been converted into a hotel. I did not stay at the hotel, but I saw the lobby & bar area...pretty cool, very modern. If those are any indication, I'd try the hotel & I'm kind of a hotel snob. Regardless, my review is of the Museum & Obversation Deck. On the 30th floor, there is a small museum and a flight of stairs leading to an open-air obversation deck. This is by no means the tallest skyscraper in Mpls, but it's still up there enough to get a really nice view of the area. The museum is small, but there is a lot of reading!!!! There are some pictures and a series of short movies on a screen in the corner as well. If you take the time to read, it is VERY interesting. The story of WB Foshay, his empire, his fall make for great reading...why hasn't anyone made a movie about it??? The short documentaries are also interesting...they really paint a picture of the times and what the man & his building went through.
I took my 4 small children (ages 5 & 7) as part of an architecture adventure we were exploring. I didn't get to read nearly enough of the information available to satisfy me, because of this...they were bored. Viewing on the deck wasn't much better for them. The views were great for me, but the perimeter of the deck is a 4.5-5 ft concrete wall (give or take) so they could see nothing without me holding them up. Also the walkway around the deck is quite narrow, maybe 3-4 ft between the building and the perimeter wall.
Overall I enjoyed it. I would recommend seeing it. My kids will enjoy it too, in another 5 years. We spent about 1 hour there, but i'd plan on another 30 mins without the kiddos.