By Jennifer Posh
Summer is the season of festivals in Milwaukee! Whether you’re heading to town to rock out at Summerfest, celebrating Milwaukee’s heritage at ethnic festivals like Irish Fest and Mexican Fiesta, or just enjoying whatever fun comes your way, you’ll quickly find out that Milwaukeeans know how to throw a party. Any of the city’s hotels can make a great home base for a festival weekend, but if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, see what these five hotels have to offer.
Dedicated to all things wellness, this new hotel’s proximity to the lakefront is perfect for balancing festival fun with fitness. Take off on your own for a three or five mile run, or join a group led by the Westin’s Run Concierge. Perfect for the traveler who wants to be close to everything, you’ll be able to explore all the city has to offer right outside your door.
Traveling with a group? Make your home away from home at this stylish guesthouse located in the city’s popular Bay View neighborhood. A blend of a hotel and residential apartments, your group can rent one, two, or all eight of Kinn’s rooms, as well as enjoy a communal kitchen, self-serve laundry, and lounge area.
A European-style boutique hotel, the Plaza is an Art Deco oasis just a few minutes away from all the summer excitement. Full of 1920s style, this all-suite hotel is a great choice for travelers who want to feel tucked away from the bustle of the city without sacrificing the convenience of downtown accommodations.
The fun doesn’t have to stop when you leave the festival grounds! If you just can’t get enough of the action, your room at Potawatomi Hotel is steps away from 24-hour casino entertainment and fun. Try your luck at slot machines, play table games, and enjoy first-class performances in the Northern Lights Theater. You’ll even find free music, comedy, or even magic nearly every night at Bar 360 and The Fire Pit’s side bar.
Enjoy an ultra-stylish stay just blocks away from the festival grounds in this boutique hotel in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward neighborhood. It’s easy to enjoy fun in the sun before and after your festival experience at The Outsider, the Journeyman’s popular rooftop bar. Beware of hitting the bar before your festival plans – once you settle in for a game of shuffleboard, it may be hard to tear yourself away!