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Where to Stay in Milwaukee: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Whether you are on holiday with the kids or you are traveling for business or a romantic getaway, there are plenty of hotel options in and around Milwaukee. Where you choose to stay will depend on your budget and what you are interested in seeing in town. In general, the Downtown area will be the top spot to get a room in Milwaukee, as this is where most of the sights and attractions are located. If you're looking for yesteryear luxury, The Pfister Hotel is a wonderful pick right downtown and on the shores of Lake Michigan. The historic Third Ward neighborhood downtown is also a good choice, with hotels like The Kimpton Journeyman.

The area around the Wisconsin Center, also downtown, hosts a number of hotels, including some excellent mid-range choices. Here, you will find the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee, which is actually connected to the Wisconsin Center and offers classy, good-value rooms. Another excellent Hilton-branded property is also in the vicinity: the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown, which is in a legacy historic building.

For more budget and family-friendly sleeps, you can check around General Mitchell International Airport, which is only about a 10-minute drive from downtown, so not as inconvenient as many major city airports. Here, properties like the Home2 Suites Milwaukee Airport are good value and family friendly.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Downtown Milwaukee

Downtown Milwaukee

The Pfister Hotel is a Milwaukee landmark in a fabulous downtown location by Lake Michigan. The iconic Victorian-era luxury hotel dates back to 1893 and features period furnishings in the rooms and suites that are located in the historic section of the hotel. A separate tower offers more accommodation, and these rooms are contemporary sleek - so guests can choose their genre at booking. Away from the rooms, amenities include a few different dining options, including a historic dining hall serving Sunday brunch, and a steakhouse restaurant. There is also an indoor swimming pool boasting Lake Michigan views from the 23rd floor, a spa, and fitness center. Paid parking is also available.

Another top luxury choice is The Iron Horse Hotel in a hundred-plus-year-old warehouse, about a mile and a half from downtown and within walking distance of the Harley-Davidson Museum. This trendy hotel features stylish industrial mod rooms with exposed brick walls, lounge space, and walk-in showers. Treat yourself to one of the lofts or studios to add even more space plus a dining room and awesome city skyline vistas. On-site amenities include several restaurants, a spa, 24-hour workout room, and paid parking.

The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel is also an option. This nearly new hotel is in a historic downtown Third Ward neighborhood but manages to fit right in thanks to its clever design, with big windows, tasteful art, a giant chandelier, and concrete stencil flooring. Rooms have a purposeful lived-in vibe, with worn carpets, meant to give a vintage feel, and old-fashioned footstools. The rooms are plenty comfortable, however, and are stocked with high-end amenities, and this brand is also known for being over-the-top pet friendly. Amenities include a few restaurants, including one on the roof with fabulous views and fire pits, loaner bikes, and a fitness center. If you're traveling with a car, paid parking is available.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

The Domes at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

The Domes at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown is no ordinary Hilton. It is located in the historic Loyalty Building, which dates back to 1886 and is a magnificent corner hotel within walking distance of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Frontier Airlines Convention Center among other attractions. And it's also affordable! The contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs with premium cable; comfy custom-designed beds; and extras like mini-fridges and microwaves, which families will especially enjoy. Free Wi-Fi is also included. Amenities include a restaurant serving American fare, a swimming pool, fitness center, and paid parking.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Downtown is another solid mid-range choice downtown, just a block from the Wisconsin Center. This elegant property features rooms and suites, which are all spacious and comfortable, with custom-made beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The suites also come with separate living spaces, which include dining tables. On-site amenities include a low-key restaurant, sundeck, 24-hour fitness center, and paid parking.

Also in a great downtown location, the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is actually connected to the Wisconsin Center, which makes access super easy, especially on cold winter nights. The hotel is also within walking distance of other downtown attractions, like the Milwaukee Public Museum. The rooms and suites are classy and comfortable, and many feature fabulous views across the city. Book the club level for access to a special lounge serving snacks. Families will like the kid-friendly suites, with plenty of space to move around. There is also a restaurant and 24-hour fitness room on-site.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Milwaukee at sunset

Milwaukee at sunset

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Milwaukee is a good budget bet, just under a five-minute drive from the Wisconsin Center, and the location is relatively central for the price. The rooms and suites are contemporary, with large flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, and free Wi-Fi. Suites come with kitchenettes and separate living spaces. Children under 18 stay free with an adult and there is a free hot breakfast buffet, as well as complimentary parking. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant and fitness room.

Rodeway Inn & Suites Milwaukee is not too far outside the downtown limits and one of the better budget bets around town. It is your average chain hotel, but the basic rooms are clean and comfortable and come with microwaves and mini-fridges. Staff members are very friendly. There are also family room options if you're traveling with the kids. Parking is free as is a continental breakfast. There is a swimming pool on-site.

Where to Stay for Families

Milwaukee baseball park

Milwaukee baseball park

Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown is a top pick for families, which is located in a 1920s building right in downtown. It is an all-suite property with options for studios, as well as one- and two-bedroom units, which are great if you're traveling with kids. All feature full kitchens, as well as sleeper sofas, free Wi-Fi, and premium cable. A complimentary hot breakfast is offered and there is a convenience store on-site. Other amenities include a workout room and business center.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Airport is another popular family choice, which is right next to the airport but also just 10 minutes from downtown. It features clean and modern studios and one-bedroom suites, which all feature moveable furniture and living spaces with a large flatscreen TV and sleeper sofa. Suites add a kitchenette and separate bedroom, which is great when you're traveling with an infant or toddler. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a free breakfast. There is also a 24-hour airport shuttle should you need to catch a flight in or out.

Where to Stay for Couples

Milwaukee River and downtown

Milwaukee River and downtown

For couples, Schuster Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a romantic pick inside a late 19th-century turreted mansion. The antique-filled bed-and-breakfast has just seven rooms, which gives it a very intimate vibe. Each room is ornately decorated in period Victorian-era style, and no two are the same. Four of the rooms are actually suites, which add sitting areas and, in some cases, proper bedrooms, balconies, and fireplaces. The three rooms are smaller but still comfortable. A full breakfast is included, and parking is also free. There is a hot tub on-site for guests.

Hotel Metro is another top choice for couples in the heart of the Art and Entertainment District of downtown Milwaukee. This historic property draws inspiration from the Art Deco design period and boasts massive suites with separate living and bedroom spaces and Jacuzzis in the bathrooms. On-site amenities include a restaurant, rooftop patio, swimming pool, sauna, and workout room. There are also free bikes for guests to use and paid valet parking.

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