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Owned by Foshay Hotel LLC, W Minneapolis - The Foshay
Features Manny’s Steakhouse,
Prohibition Bar and the Only Observation Deck in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS - September 18, 2008 - W Hotels Worldwide, the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world, unveils its latest insider escape with the grand opening of W Minneapolis-The Foshay. Built within one of the country’s most inspiring and iconic art deco buildings, W Minneapolis-The Foshay is situated at the point where pop culture meets classic architecture, indie music meets high fashion, and world-class theater meets urban art. This sleek, film noir-inspired hotel, designed by Munge Leung: Design Associates in collaboration with W Hotels’ award-winning design team, features 229 guest rooms, including 18 luxurious suites, a state-of-the-art gym, a full-service WIRED business center, 6,700 square feet of meeting and event space and the only observation deck in the city. Owned by Foshay Hotel LLC, W Minneapolis-Foshay also features Prohibition, a speakeasy-inspired bar perched on the hotel’s 27th floor and Manny’s, a word-class steakhouse.
“Today, we proudly unveil the new W Minneapolis-The Foshay, combining iconic architecture, urban sophistication and innovative design to create the ultimate insider escape,” said Phil McAveety, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “With the opening of 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.”
“The public’s response to the transformation has been amazing,” said Ralph Burnet, general partner, Foshay Hotel LLC. “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 its best features and given it a new purpose and a new energy.”
For decades, the Foshay Tower was an unmistakable landmark on the Minneapolis skyline. Modeled after the Washington Monument, the Foshay Tower was built by multi-millionaire real estate developer Wilbur B. Foshay in 1929 and was instantly heralded as a modern, art deco masterpiece. Truly unique in form and design, the Foshay Tower was named to the National Historic Register of Historic Places in 1978. The soaring 447 foot tower tapers up from a 7,000 square foot base to a 3,800 square foot pinnacle. W Minneapolis-The Foshay preserves many of the building’s original art deco design elements including Italian marble, terrazzo floors, ornamental brass, bronze and nickel accents, and its meticulously restored ornate plaster-molded arcade ceiling.
All guest rooms and suites at W Minneapolis-The Foshay feature 36-inch flat screen televisions, high-speed internet access, MP3 clock radio/docking station and the W brand’s signature bed with feather-top mattress, including 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and a goose down comforter. In addition to W Hotels’ signature services, such as inspiring wake-up calls and the pet-friendly P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program, W Minneapolis-The Foshay offers the W brand’s exclusive Whatever/Whenever® concierge service, offering guests whatever they want, whenever they want it. Whether guests want access to front-row seats at the hottest show in town or private jet service, W Hotels’ Whatever/Whenever agents are dedicated to fulfilling the desires of every guest, no matter how big or small.
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About Foshay Hotel LLC
About Munge Leung: Design Associates
About W Hotels Worldwide
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|Developer Ralph Burnet Investing up to $50 million to Convert Minneapolis's Foshay Tower in to a 229 room W Hotel / November 2006|