By Amy Bayer
Wisconsin has some of the finest luxury Five Star hotels in the world. Just look at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake – recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award – and The American Club Resort in Kohler, which has been recognized as a Forbes 5 Star Hotel.
One of the ways, Wisconsin is able to stay on top of the hotel game is by the commitment to refreshing and revitalizing hotels in order to continue to provide new amenities and unique experiences for guests.
Whether by repurposing an old property and transforming it into a luxury destination, or taking an existing hotel and providing a new look, here are a few hotels that have updated their properties to provide a fresh, new experience.
The Brewhouse Inn & Suites provides a historic and genuine Milwaukee experience. Complete with modern comforts, artful décor, unparalleled service and thoughtful green initiatives, The Brewhouse is a collection of everything that makes Milwaukee so popular. To top it all off, this luxury hotel pays homage to one of Milwaukee’s most famous attributes – its beer. You can’t get more immersed in Milwaukee than by sleeping in a historic brewery where you’re welcomed by the stained glass image of the patron saint of beer brewing. Come stay at this historic location and celebrate Milwaukee’s finest.
If you’re looking for the largest entertainment destination in the Midwest, then look no further than the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Bingo Hall and Casino, this property is home to The Potawatomi Hotel, complete with 19-story luxury lodging, offering guests world-class service and deluxe amenities. For a truly unique experience, stay in the lavish presidential suite that provides stunning 180-degree views of the Milwaukee skyline from Miller Park to Lake Michigan. This exquisite suite offers everything you’ll need to get pampered from a private balcony to a spa-like master bath with a Jacuzzi to multiple fireplaces. You’ll never want to leave the hotel when you’re surrounded by so much luxury.
Sitting right in the heart of Wisconsin’s capital, The Edgewater is the proud revival of a historic hotel on the shores of Lake Mendota. This restored property maintains the classic facade of the 1948 building, while inside guests are pampered with completely new interiors, several restaurants, a magnificent spa, ballrooms and a large plaza connecting both hotel guests and the public with the beautiful waters of the lake. The plaza lies at the center of the property and is open to the public with regularly scheduled outdoor events, concerts and celebrations, converting in winter to an ice skating rink. In addition to all this splendor, The Edgewater Spa provides fitness and personal training, as well as full-service, customized hair, makeup, nail services and relaxing massages.
Just steps from the State Capitol building, the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club offers guests a special Madison experience through distinctive customer focus and a location that puts its guests in the heart of downtown. Luxuriate in one of their two-person whirlpool guest rooms for a perfect retreat, or stay in one of the Governor’s Club Guest Rooms designed with the elite guest in mind. Located on the top three floors of the hotel, is the 100-room Governor’s Club executive level, which offers a premier experience and a private lounge with top-shelf cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a magnificent view that overlooks the Capitol dome and Madison lakes.
When it opened, The Abbey Resort was not only the Midwest's newest, but also its largest - and it remains the only resort located on the shores of Geneva Lake. Since 1963, The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa has been the vacation destination for dozens of celebrities, dignitaries, presidents and household names. Throughout its history the resort has preserved a great sense of tradition while continuing to welcome change and renovation. Located on over 90 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, The Abbey Resort offers deluxe outdoor venue options and luxurious lake-inspired guest rooms. Come stay and play in this deluxe natural setting.
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