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The Hewing Hotel Minneapolis | A Review

written by Julie Cohn

Cozy.   What does that word mean to you?  To me, cozy is a feeling of warmth and comfort, completely at home wherever I am.  Toasty socks, fluffy sweaters, and comfy fleece pajamas help me feel cozy.  Imagine a hotel so easy-going and comfortable, it’s like slipping into a pair of comfortable PJ’s. On a recent trip, we stayed at the luxury hotel, The Hewing Hotel Minneapolis, one of the coziest hotels in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

The Hewing Hotel Minneapolis | A Review

The Hewing Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel is a cross between your grandmother’s house and a Nordic ski lodge, with a healthy dose of hipster chic.  Scratch that.  Describing the Hewing in such a way simplifies the understated elegance of the place.  Yes, the Hewing is as comfy as your grandmother’s house, but without the chintzy lace and plastic slipcovers. It does have a ski lodge feel to it, but the only animal heads on the wall are the ducks and deer patterned into the custom designed wallpaper. Cozy, cozy, cozy!

The Hewing Hotel is located in the ultra-hip North Loop section of Minneapolis in the heart of downtown, but it lacks the haughtiness of most “hipster” hotels.  Even us empty nesters felt completely at home here.

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Location & Design

Built on the bones of an old warehouse in the North Loop warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis, the Hewing Hotel Minneapolis pays homage to its heritage with use of original wood beam, exposed brick, and steel frame of the building.  The lobby, dressed in colors of deep blue, brown, and plaid, are dotted with velvet sofas, buttery soft leather easy chairs, and vintage books and knick knacks that celebrate Minnesota state celebrities, such as Prince and Bob Dylan.  A majestic fireplace centers the room; light from the floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows added a ethereal ambiance.

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Once a seedy industrial zone, the North Loop/Warehouse District, just north of downtown Minneapolis, went through a revitalization in the 1980’s to became a thriving art community. The area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, and today is an eclectic mix of old and new, with trendy restaurants, shops, and hotels.

Accommodations

All 124 rooms (including fourteen suites) have one king or two double beds. The raw wood beams and exposed brick lend a rustic feel to the rooms, but the oversized bathrooms with rainforest shower and plush linens are thoroughly modern.  Our room was comfortable, with plenty of room for the two of us, but I would not call it spacious.  The bed, with down duvet and pillows, was so comfortable, we spent half our Saturday in bed, reading and watching tv.  Through the building is old, it was not drafty, and the custom made Hewing & Faribault woolen bed throw at the end of the bed kept us extra toasty if we did have a chill.  The room included a desk area, minibar with local sodas and alcoholic beverages, and easy chair.

Dining

After a busy day traveling and a late night at the theater the day before, we were ready for some down time, which included breakfast in bed.  The room service menu was small, yet we both found delicious options.  We set a door card out the night before with our options, and breakfast was delivered within three minutes of our requested time.  I chose a savory brisket hash with over easy egg and homemade ketchup; my husband had an egg omelet with spinach.  We were apparently quite hungry when we placed our order, so a plate of buttermilk pancakes, crispy potatoes, fresh squeezed orange juice, and large pot of coffee rounded out our order.  We (obviously) had too much to eat for one meal, so saved the leftovers for an afternoon snack while we lingered in the room watching the snow fall.

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We previously made reservations at a trendy restaurant nearby for dinner, but after pursuing the dinner menu at The Hewing Hotel restaurant, Tullibee (and realizing that 10 inches were predicted for that day’s weather), we decided to stay cozily indoors at The Hewing.  I am glad we did, because the (true) farm to table cuisine at Tullibee was incredible.

My husband had glass of red wine and I had a gin & tonic made with locally crafted Spruce & Co. grapefruit soda. Appetizers included the beer bundt cake with honey butter, and a (melt in your mouth) house cured bacon with pickled onions and orange.  For entrées, my husband had an oven roasted half chicken set on a bed of roasted barley and pine nuts, with a delectable chicken au jus.  My roasted pork dish, with smoked apples and fennel, was cooked medium rare.  We shared a special ice cream sundae dessert with white chocolate ice cream and lingonberries.  The sweet and tangy lingonberries were a delightful surprise.

 

As with the rest of the hotel, the attention to detail at Tulibee’s was extraordinary.  Leather wrapped silverware and woolen wrapped coffee glasses added an extra touch of Nordic to the restaurant.

 

Pros

  • The rate of $143.00 per night was very reasonable for a four-star hotel.  Summer rates are higher, but competitive.
  • The hotel is close to many downtown attractions, including Target Field, Orpheum Theatre, and State Theatre.
  • Our bedroom was on the smaller side, but comfortable and certainly enough room for two.
  • The bathroom was enormous and the rainforest shower was a welcome treat.
  • The beer bundt cake and the house-cured bacon starters were intoxicating.
  • The attention to detail was exceptional.  Small details, such as the wallpaper, woolen bed throw, and desk pens were custom designed for the hotel.
  • We were in the heart of the city, yet heard no road noise while in the room.
  • The room was clean and well-maintained.

Cons

  • The biggest issue we had during our stay was room service, and it was not serious enough to talk to management about.  The cost was was more expensive than we anticipated, and the food was not very warm when we received it, but it was still delicious.
  • There is no coffeemaker in the room, but complimentary Spyhouse coffee is available in the lobby.
  • The area around the hotel is a mix of sketchy and nice.  There is a strip club across the street from the hotel, but next door to the strip club is a great coffee shop (Dunn Brothers) and there are plenty of great dining choices.
  • Our king room did not have an enclosed closet, but had a nook to put luggage out of the way, and hooks to hold our coats.

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Things to Know

  • The Hewing rooftop bar, sauna, and pool is supposed to have incredible views of the city, but for an additional  $25 per person fee to access the roof, we did not splurge. update:  The rooftop bar is now open to the public as of Aug 1, 2018!
  • The hotel is dog friendly with a $75 nonrefundable per stay fee.
  • The hotel is family-friendly, but is better for a romantic escape or girls weekend than a family vacation.
  • WiFi is complimentary for guests.
  • Parking is valet-only for $42 per night.
  • The hotel has ADA accessible rooms.
  • Shopping, including a Whole Foods Market are just a few blocks away.

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Bottom Line

We love, love, loved every nook and cranny of this hotel!  We came to Minneapolis to see Steve Winwood, but would return to Minneapolis just to stay at the Hewing.  I said it before, but I will say it again–this place is comfy, cozy, and elegant, one of the finest hotels in Minneapolis!

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{This stay was not sponsored/hosted and was paid in full by Cork, Fork, & Passport.}

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The Hewing Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Minneapolis is comfy, cozy, and elegant, perfect for a romantic weekend for two.  See my review!

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