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Hewing Hotel – Downtown Minneapolis

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Last Updated on November 2, 2023 by Leah Hall

Next to Target Field, the Hewing Hotel Minneapolis is in the heart of the warehouse district in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. They offer a rooftop pool and lounge, Tullibee restaurant and more.

The Hewing Hotel Minneapolis has a blend of Scandinavian and rustic urban design. They have a great functionality with a hip vibe in their downtown Minneapolis location. We spent a recent night there, and enjoyed their Tullibee restaurant for drinks and snacks as well as breakfast. Their rooftop lounge was a great location for drinks and views! Read more for all about our stay!


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outside of brick Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

Hewing Hotel is in Minneapolis’ trendy North Loop, with boutique stores, bars, restaurants and craft breweries. A short walk gets you to the Mill City Museum, or the park along the Mississippi River.

The Hewing Hotel has easy access to all interstates as well as the Metro Transit Blue Line and Northstar Commuter Rail. The Hewing occupies the historic Andrews Building, built in 1897. Additionally, the Hewing Hotel has 124 rooms with 14 suites.
Bat at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis, Minnesota.

What Did the Hewing Hotel Used to Be?

Hewing Hotel was built in 1897 and originally known as the Andrews Building. Until the 1920s, the building was used as a warehouse for timber traveling the Mississippi River and a showroom for farm equipment, including plows, seed planters, and tractors.


The first building tenants were Dean and Company, Milwaukee Harvester and Van Brunt. The high ceilings on the ground floor allowed companies to display threshers, manure spreaders and harvesters in the showrooms with picture windows along Washington Avenue.


It was one of the first warehouses in this area that had tracks leading into the basement level, for loading and unloading of freight cars. When motorized vehicles started gaining popularity, a farm implement dealer experimented with selling them, too.

Bar and Lounge at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

P. J. Downes sold cars, engines and farm implements here until opening a new dealership in 1926.


Another company that used this warehouse was The Rumford Company, which made baking powder.


In 2016, the remodeled building became The Hewing Hotel. It was named Best Hotel in the Midwest by Conde Nast readers in 2018, and one the Most Instagrammable Hotels in the U.S. by National Geographic.

Downtown Minneapolis skyline from Hewing Hotel Rooftop Bar

Who Owns the Hewing Hotel Minneapolis?

Hewing is one of the boutique hotels curated by Aparium, a national hotel group that specializes in converting historic spaces into premium spaces. The Hewing combines their rustic Minneapolis history with modern amenities for an amazing stay in the Twin Cities.
artwork hanging from ceiling at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

Opened in late 2016, the Hewing Hotel houses traces of the past that can still be seen in what is a contemporary Minnesotan hotel. Curated in room amenities include cozy Faribault Woolen Mills throws, a minibar with local products and cocktails featuring ingredients from Tattersall Distilling and Far North Spirits.
Bar and Lounge at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis
Tullibee restaurant is a big draw, serving tasty Nordic inspired food from its own on-site butcher using their wood fired grill and oven. The sixth floor has a rooftop cocktail lounge with great views, and a small pool that turns in to a hot tub in winter.

Ceiling of Rooftop Bar at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis - subway lines in different colors

Hewing Hotel Decor

Wood, wood everywhere.  The Hewing Hotel Minneapolis features high ceilings and open ground floor with a lounge area and front desk. These high ceilings continue through the bar area to Tullibee restaurant. In the middle area is a library with a fireplace and an collection of objects that scream Minnesota: fun suitcases, vintage Thermos flasks, and canoe.
Library area in front lobby at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis
In the central atrium hang giant shiny ‘raindrops’; mainly silver, but there are a few purple ones in tribute to Prince, who hails from Minnesota. You can see these through the middle atrium from the elevator lobby on each floor, too.
Bed in hotel room at Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis. Plaid bedspread, white sheets, nightstand with lamp
Four floors house 124 rooms, with 14 suites. Pine pillars support the rough wood ceilings contrast with some brick walls. some drywall. Luxurious towels and dressing robes are in the rooms, as well as cushions and throws from Faribault. The bathrooms are lovely, with large showers.
wildlife printed wallpaper at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis
A forestry theme continues throughout all with even notepads that come with flat carpenter’s pencils, and a framed hatchet is hung on the bathroom wall. The wallpaper is nordic themed, as well.
tiled floor in black and white at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

If you like hip industrial design, you will love these rooms, we did!

Wooden deer head on gray tiled wall at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

Tullibee Restaurant

Tullibee restaurant, named after a fish from Minnesota’s lakes, celebrates the state’s Scandinavian heritage. They do this by using foraged ingredients, local products and fermentation. Meat is butchered in house; as well as sausages and smoked meats. Wood fired ovens are used to cook most items.

pink and brown cocktail on table

We ate some small plates in the lounge area near the front door as well as some cocktails in the afternoon to tide us over for dinner. But the Scandinavian touches were definitely featured in the food. We had a great salad with fresh veggies and shaved asparagus on top, which was the star of our snacking.

salad in black bowl, cocktail behind meatballs in green bowl, salad in black bowl behind

Some other flavors highlighted were potatoes in rolls and sides, bison steaks, salmon and duck. A dessert was lingonberry mousse.Yellow and purple cocktail in tall glass

For breakfast and brunch, the Nordic accents continue. Eggs and porridge abound, as well as in the baked goods flavors like almond and cardamom knot buns. The bar serves local craft beers, house-made sodas, cocktails and wine. For brunch a Bloody Mary with aquavit is available.

Cup of coffee in white mug at Tullibee Restaurant French omelet on gray plate at Tullibee restaurant

To finish of the dining space, a large deer head is over the bar, and is made from wood, of course!

Eggs benedict on rye toast at Tullibee Restaurant

Rooftop Bar at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

The Rooftop

The rooftop has a great panorama view of the Minneapolis skyline. The Rooftop is six floors above Washington Avenue, and is a lovely place to hang out and grab an adult beverage. The hotel took inspiration from Nordic traditions and placed a pool and large sauna on the same floor.

Hand holidng light pink cocktail in glass up against Minneapolis skyline at night

Rooftop Lounge area at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

Hewing Hotel Amenities

Many options are available on the property, and they are listed below:

  • Borrow bikes from the front desk; there are routes in parks or along the Mississippi River. 
  • Rooftop – has a spa pool and 20-person cedar sauna.
  • Fitness Center – has bikes and treadmills, plus space for yoga (with mats available).
  • Valet parking – costs $48 a night with unlimited in and out privileges. Self parking is available nearby or on the street with parking meters.
  • Restaurant – Tullibee on the ground floor, Lounge and bar on the top floor!
  • Wifi – complimentary wifi is located hotel-wide.
  • Coffee – complimentary coffee is available until 11 am daily.
  • Laundry – overnight dry cleaning and laundry services are available.
  • Meetings – rooms are ready for large and small meeting groups.

View of downtown Minneapolis skyline from Hewing Hotel Minneapolis rooftop bar

Is there Access for Guests with Disabilities?

There are 10 ADA-compliant rooms featuring low buttons for entry, roll-in showers, seats and rails. The front entry is a ramp that goes up directly to the front desk, which is next to the elevators.

Rooftop pool at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

Is the Hewing Hotel Minneapolis Family-Friendly?

Families are welcome, but the hotel mostly attracts adults. In our 24 hours there we didn’t see any children even in groups of people.

Hotel room, bed on brick wall at Hewing Hotel Minneapolis, Minnesota

Is Hewing Hotel Dog Friendly?

Yes! They let pets stay. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the hotel except for the Rooftop. They even provide BarkBox memory foam beds for dogs, treats and bowls, and a list of dog parks nearby for some local fun. They also will let you know of dog-friendly outdoor dining and local attractions. A $75 non-refundable Pet Fee deposit applies per stay
Other Restaurants near Hewing Hotel Minneapolis

If you can’t get reservations at Tullibee, there are dozens of nearby restaurants for takeout and dining in. 

Things to do in the Area


Tips & Tricks

  • View – don’t miss out on the view from the rooftop! Make sure to visit the rooftop during the day, too, not just at night. It’s a great space!


Hewing Hotel

300 Washington Ave N.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Phone: (651) 468-0400 Reserve your room!


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