By Jennifer Posh
When you travel, it’s not just about the places you visit or the restaurants you eat at – where you stay can completely change your experience! Make the most of your trip by checking out the unique properties the city has to offer. Every hotel has a personality, and these boutique hotels have a Milwaukee-style all their own. From biker chic to European charm, every traveler will find somewhere to lay their head in Milwaukee.
A 100-year-old factory is now a luxury hotel with an edgy flair. Just up the street from the Harley-Davidson Museum, The Iron Horse Hotel offers many special amenities for motorcycle enthusiasts like covered motorcycle parking, a self-service bike wash and hooks in the guestrooms strong enough to hold leathers. The hotel is home to several dining options that attract both travelers and locals, including the rustic American fare at Smyth. During the summer, enjoy The Yard, a sprawling outdoor patio, and weekly Bike Nights.
Milwaukee’s brewing history comes alive at this hotel, built inside one of the original Pabst Brewery buildings. You won’t forget the building’s origins, thanks to the enormous copper brew kettles still in place in the five-story atrium and the original stained glass portrait of King Gambrinus, the patron saint of beer. Each suite includes a kitchen, but Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub is also downstairs for any food (or Pabst) related needs.
The city’s newest boutique hotel is a stylish addition to the already trendy Historic Third Ward neighborhood. Lavish yet laidback, the Journeyman boasts the newest and arguably most popular rooftop in the city. On-site restaurant Tre Rivali offers Mediterranean-inspired fare and wood-fired pizzas that can be ordered up to the rooftop bar, The Outsider.
Tucked away on a quiet street just steps from the bustle of downtown, The Plaza is an Art Deco boutique hotel full of Parisian charm. Each room in the historic 1920s hotel is like your own pied-à-terre, complete with a fully-equipped kitchen. The Café at The Plaza is open daily for breakfast and lunch; in the summer, dine in the vine-covered courtyard, Milwaukee’s own secret garden.
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