A new W Hotel has opened in the Twin Cities, in Minneapolis' landmark Foshay Tower. The 229-room hotel features 18 suites, a state-of-the-art gym, a full-service business center, and 6,700 square feet of meeting and event space, not to mention Minneapolis' only observation deck.
"Today, we proudly unveil the new W Minneapolis-The Foshay, combining iconic architecture, urban sophistication and innovative design to create the ultimate insider escape," Phil McAveety, executive vice president and chief brand officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. "With the opening of the W Minneapolis-The Foshay, W Hotels brings a vibrant new destination to this dynamic cultural capital, offering extraordinary experiences and signature lifestyle elements to sophisticated travelers and local Twin Cities loyalists."
Modeled after the Washington Monument, the art deco-style Foshay Tower was built in 1929 and named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. By converting it into a W Hotel, Starwood Hotels has both preserved and updated the 447-foot tower, which has retained many of its original art deco design features, including its Italian marble, terrazzo floors, ornamental brass, bronze and nickel accents, and plaster-molded arcade ceiling.
"The public's response to the transformation has been amazing," Ralph Burnet, general partner of Foshay Hotel LLC, which owns the new W, said in a statement. "The Foshay has been a Twin Cities landmark for almost 80 years, but it needed some TLC. By transforming it into a W Hotel, we've preserved the best features and given it a new purpose and a new energy."
For more information on the W Minneapolis-The Foshay, visit www.whotels.com