Category Archives: Accommodations

True Blu!

It was a handful of years ago when I got the inside scoop that Radisson was going through a radical rebranding and redesign. I was skeptical, as making the change of an established brand and large entity such as Radisson can take years.  Many, many years.  And the challenge is that as those years pass, sometimes the new concept is already dated before it actually gets executed.

I had a chance to get a peek at the concept guest rooms a couple of years ago and thought “good for them if they can pull it off.”  After seeing some hotel renderings last year, a few words came to mind.  Modern. Eclectic. Sleek. Innovative. Inspiring. Oh, yeah, and maybe even a bit Mysterious.

None of these words fit the Radisson I knew.

The Radisson Blu MOA is now like the cool kid that everyone wants to get to know.  When I was invited to their Social (Media) Event, I took the opportunity to check it out.

Entering into the hotel at night made me think of what it would be like to explore through ice caves without the chill (maybe because of the heat from the ultra hot sitting area).

Take a ride the escalator up to explore the rest of the hotel…for example the very yummy FireLake Grill and Bar (I’ve always loved the FireLake at the Radisson Plaza in downtown Minneapolis).

And if you want to be the man about town, you can hang out in the art room while the concierge finds the best concert tickets or best stadium seats for you. (I can’t promise the concierge will be as good looking as the one in the photo).

I was ready to move in, as these rooms are right up my alley.

Of course, I would want to spend most of my time in the Executive Lounge!

The bright and light event space is not what I would normally associate with the Radisson brand.  Having a modern neutral space gives unlimited potential to transform the space…corporate dinners to fundraising galas to weddings, which Bloomington desperately lacked.

Planning meetings is not interesting to me because they don’t involve “pretty things”.   But if the room is pretty….well, maybe its not so bad…


Need to cool off?  Just jump into the crisp, blu waters of the pool at Radisson Blu MOA.

The hotel is definitely worth checking out.  If you aren’t planning on staying overnight, go for a drink or dinner.

** Note:  When I was initially told about the rebranding, I was told that the flagship property downtown would not be turned into a Blu property.  However, just last week, the ownership of Radisson Plaza changed hands with plans to turn it into a Blu property with Carlson Companies continuing to manage the hotel.  After seeing the MOA property, I cannot wait!

Radisson Blu MOA
2100 Killebrew Dr  Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 881-5258

Photography courtesy of Carlson Companies

Bee Hive Hotel

For an unknown reason, I was the only kid in my family willing to help harvest the honey from the bee hives we housed on our property.  It was hot, sticky work, but I think because I never got stung, I have positive memories of doing the work.

So whenever I hear about bee hives and beekeepers it puts a smile on my face.

And when I hear one of my favorite hotels ensures that the bees living at their hotel are welcomed like any of their other guests, well, it just makes me giggle.

W Minneapolis – The Foshay decided rather than smoke out two queen bees and their swarm, they would make them feel at home. Of course, Wendy and Wilhelmia have to “pay their rent” just like any other guests.  In exchange for comfortable housing, the queen bees produce honey that is used in items served at the hotel.  Seems like a fair exchange to me.  What do you think?

What I find most amazing is that W Minneapolis – The Foshay has utilized their Whatever Whenever approach and kept two queen bees happy, when naturally, queen bees living so close together generally try to take each other out!  If they can do that with bees, imagine what they do for difficult human guests!

It’s Been Three Years

Can you believe that the W Minneapolis – The Foshay is almost three years old?

That’s a W – Wow!

What Is Your Wish, Miss Wolf?

No, I didn’t dream someone asking me that question.

I was staying at the W Minneapolis Foshay on New Year’s Eve.

Although I decided not to be obnoxious, it was tempting to call the front desk every few minutes just to hear “What is your wish, Miss Wolf?” After all, no one ever asks me that when I step out of the W and back into reality.

Wouldn’t it be grand if every time I picked up the phone that the person on the other line answered the phone in that manner?

I did manage to get out of bed on New Year’s Day at a reasonable hour to have breakfast at Manny’s with Susan and Jackie (may I recommend the eggs benedict?). After a quick workout (I know it is so cliche to start out the year that way), I took a shower and then crawled back into bed. The beds are so comfortable that it seemed a shame to waste one second of the experience of resting in it.

Rivaling the service at the W, I love the Bliss products in the bathroom. I felt like I was on vacation and it was lovely, lovely, lovely!

Since vacations are out of vogue right now, consider a “staycation” and spend a night being pampered and having your every wish granted at the W Minneapolis Foshay. And if it is on a Friday or Saturday night, consider part of your entertainment “people watching” in the lobby bar, The Living Room.

If you grab a snack in the bar, I recommend the Ahi Tuna. I love that appetizer that I never like to share it. I also love the Pub Grub and the mini sliders. Yum!

What a perfect way to end 2008 and ring in 2009!