Character and Charm: Wisconsin's Boutique Hotels

If where you stay is as important as where you go, then you’re likely a devotee of one-of-a-kind, independent boutique hotels.

The beauty of these properties lies in their history, neighborhoods, architecture and service standards. Enjoy your stay!

HotelRED – Madison

An ultra-contemporary design aesthetic with the best view of all to the storied Camp Randall Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus defines this hotel. Stay on a football game day weekend and immerse yourself in the mini Mardi Gras that unfolds. A lobby-level bistro serves elevated comfort food.

The Plaza Hotel – Milwaukee 

This Art Deco European-style walk-up tucked in a residential nook of the city retains much of the original 1920s architectural detail. Be sure to enjoy brunch in the original café with curving counter or, during warm weather seasons, head to the interior brick courtyard dripping with ivy. 

Jefferson Street Inn – Wausau

This condominium hotel anchors the historic downtown district. Outside the front door is the city center square, scene of large outdoor concerts and a bustling farmers’ market. Inside, the design aesthetic speaks to relaxation, with spacious suites, reading areas and fireplaces. Treat yourself to a special meal at their restaurant.

Iron Horse Hotel – Milwaukee 

Take the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle lifestyle and translate it into lodging and you have this hotel, a transformation of a 100-yeard-old warehouse. The design delivers a blend of motorcycle passion, pride in the city’s industrial heritage, and exquisite food and drink. Loft-style guest rooms are true to the Harley-Davidson brand.

Sundara Inn & Spa – Wisconsin Dells 

Much lauded in the world’s best rankings from Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines, this adult-only destination spa, tucked back in a fragrant pine forest, features serenely appointed suites and private villas, an outdoor infinity pool heated year-round, meditation trail, yoga, chef-prepared cuisine and championship golf.

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa – Appleton 

Modeled after small, family-operated European hotels, you’ll feel very welcomed here. Stroll the downtown neighborhood with shops, pubs and music spots. The hotel restaurant mantra is fresh, local and organic whenever possible. An on-site upscale spa will soothe sore muscles and calm your mind.  

The Charmant Hotel – La Crosse

In a former life this 1898 property was a candy factory and some say the building still emanates a sweet aroma of candy. Original architectural details have been preserved, with premium amenities enhancing the experience. The restaurant here serves rustic French cuisine. Head to the rooftop bar for the best views of the city.

The Delafield Hotel – Delafield 

The architecture and antique furnishing are most certainly a nod to Colonial Williamsburg, yet the amenities are thoroughly modern. Picture rich Italian linens and lavish spa bathrooms. This inn is situated in a quaint small town in an area the locals call “lake country.” On-site dining is best described as eclectic and delicious.

Eagle Harbor Inn – Ephraim, Door County 

A beautiful balance of B&B charm and resort amenities describes this inn. Family-run, the hospitality is honest and the food always homemade. Don’t pass up the cherry pie either, as the area is known for cherry growing. Relax in the gardens, take up a game of croquet, visit art galleries, or head to the beach just one block away.

The Oxbow Hotel – Eau Claire

Designed to serve the needs of active city center visitors, this hotel makes the connection to the community’s impressive recreational offerings and growing national music scene. Rent a kayak, canoe or bike. Enjoy the works of the artist-in-residence program. Dine at the restaurant, with hyper-local menu, that does double-duty as a music venue.

Opening in 2017: Hotel Northland – Green Bay

New life is being breathed into this property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1924, the hotel will ooze the grandeur and pizzazz it once had. There will be two restaurants right on the premises and a grand ballroom. If you know your Green Bay Packers football trivia, then you know Coach Vince Lombardi held his first press conference here.  


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