Foshay Tower opens as a W Hotel

I’m a fan of W Hotels, having stayed in all three New York locations multiple times, and I admit that I love to passive-aggressively diss the extravagance and style of the posh hotel chain. With that said, terrific news for Minneapolis this week…

Tomorrow, the historic Foshay Tower opens as a W hotel.

According to Wikipedia, the building has been credited as “the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi”…It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until the IDS Center reached the same height during construction circa 1972. It remains one of the tallest concrete skyscrapers to this day, second only in height to the Empire State Building in New York City.

And as of Wednesday, it’s a ritzy hotel. From the W Web site:

Roaring Twenties, Meet Modern Cool

Amid a contemporary scene crafted with groundbreaking art, independent music, thriving theater, fashionable shopping and acclaimed dining, the historical W Minneapolis – The Foshay inspires innovative style in a soaring icon of art deco splendor.

High Expectations
Within our historic skyscraper, indulge in world-class dining at Manny’s and Key’s Café, sip freely in the sky high Prohibition bar, cozy up in the Living Room or SWEAT® it out. Want more? Our Whatever/Whenever® service takes care of everything else.

History Reinvents Itself
Stay on top of the surging urban scene in 229 rooms with spectacular views of the skyline and lush landscapes, also featuring the signature W bed, fully wired technology, delightful Munchie Box, Bliss® Spa sinkside six and fabulous entertainment.

You’ll probably hear about the architecture, childhood memories of the Foshay tower as a defining cityscape focal point and perhaps even the the special John Phillips Sousa march commissioned for the opening of the building.

What you probably won’t hear about is that a year after the opening Sousa banned the march from being played for lack of payment, the building was sold to creditors and Foshay was in jail.

No word if the new W has a special “Foshay Jail Cell Suite.” If so, you can bet I’ll be the first to book a reservation. And yes, I’ll steal the soap.

4 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on August 13th, 2008 @ 9:03 am

    I saw a blurb on the news last night (before I shut it off in disgust) and it looked like the tower was all lit up, in a different way than it usually is.

    We might have to "staycation" there some weekend. I hate that word, but I’m not opposed to the concept.

    Apparently there’s also a new Doubletree open downtown, kitty-corner from Kieran’s, in an old bank building? According to some visiting co-workers who are staying there, it just opened last week.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on August 13th, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    Ooh, I was right! They Foshay tower has re-lit it’s name!

  3. Art (artallen) on August 13th, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    Erica: it’s the Hotel Minneapolis. Its sign is this neat retro-fifties thing with a sort of sea foam blue-green and an awesome font. They were giving away freebies at Music and Movies in the Park on Monday. I got a card for some free flatbread!

  4. emilysaysso on August 13th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    I was at an event hosted by Starwood Hotels (the company that owns W) last week, and all the sales reps from around the country in town for the event were staying there before it opened.

    I haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet, but one woman I met there told me it was one of the nicest Starwood properties she’d ever been in, and that’s saying quite a bit considering some of the places they own (Westin, W, Meridien.)

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