Unique Charms: Wisconsin’s Boutique Hotels

In Wisconsin, boutique means unique. From classic elegance to contemporary coolness, you’ll find high style, along with loads of individual personality and charm. We’ve rounded up some of Wisconsin’s favorite boutique hotels, so that whether you’re visiting from afar or looking for an escape that’s close to home, you can find the brand of “unique” that fits your perfect getaway:

Chateau De Pere, De Pere

Chateau De Pere celebrates the adventurous spirit of the Green Bay area’s earliest French settlers. With French country décor and a real French chef in the kitchen, you might feel like you’ve travelled farther than De Pere for your getaway. If you love the idea of a European vacation in Wisconsin, you might also want to try the owners’ boutique Irish inns, St. Brendan’s in Green Bay and the County Clare in Milwaukee.

While you’re in the Green Bay area: Pay a visit to the animals at the NEW Zoo – a zoological park in the Brown County Reforestation Camp.

The Delafield Hotel, Delafield

The Delafield Hotel’s architecture and design are a nod to Colonial Williamsburg, but the hotel’s amenities are all about modern luxury. The charming small town of Delafield, in Waukesha’s beautiful Lake Country is the ideal setting for a getaway. After a day of exploring, relax with in-room spa treatments, luxurious Kohler bathrooms, and beds so comfortable that guests regularly rave about them. Andrew’s Bar & Restaurant offers a New American menu and a beautiful verandah.

While you’re in Delafield: Tour Ten Chimneys, the former home of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, now a National Historic Landmark.

HotelRED, Madison

When Badgers dream, it’s of places like this. HotelRED aims to offer its guests “the most Madison-esque experience possible.” This means fun, contemporary urban style, and unbeatable views of Camp Randall Stadium and the Field House. The Wise, HotelRED’s restaurant and bar, even serves “Madison-centric” food, with inventive takes on local ingredients. Jones ham and Wisconsin cheddar on a hot and spicy cheese roll with homemade Moon Man mustard, anyone? HotelRED is also pet-friendly, so you can bring the furry family members along on your Madison adventure.

While you’re in Madison: Take a free tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, with its granite dome, frescoes, mosaics, and over 40 kinds of stone and marble. Can you find the fossils? (Hint: pick up a free guide at the Information Desk in the rotunda.)

The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee

The Iron Horse Hotel | Photo Courtesy Mark Heffron
A room at the Iron Horse Hotel | Photo courtesy Mark Heffron

Yes, there are motorcycle gears, throwing knives, and baked bean cans in the lighting fixtures. You see, luxury at the Iron Horse is a very Milwaukee kind of luxury. It’s an infusion of passion for motorcycles, pride in industrial heritage, and exquisite food and drink. The Iron Horse offers special amenities for bikers, and a unique, hip experience for all of its guests (including dogs – they’re Fido-friendly). The Iron Horse caters to all of your senses. One of the first things you’ll notice is the specially formulated scent that’s used throughout the hotel. In case you’re wondering, it’s called Boutique Noir.

While you’re in Milwaukee: Well, if you’re staying at the Iron Horse, this one’s easy: Cross the river to the Harley-Davidson Museum and learn about the Milwaukee motorcycles that became iconic the world over.

Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells

From the luxury of your designer suite or villa, to the serenity of the heated outdoor infinity pool, tranquility garden, and indoor bathhouse, this adults-only retreat is truly an escape. And when Sundara says their products are made of local botanicals and minerals, they mean it. The sand in their sandstone body polish was excavated from the spa’s own grounds. Sundara is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified and was recently named the #5 destination spa in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

While you’re in the Dells: It’s a change of pace from the peacefulness of Sundara, but the Dells Army Duck Tours are classic Dells fun. Amphibious vehicles from WWII take you on a land and water tour of the Dells Glacial Park.

If we’ve excited your appetite for luxury and fun, check out more of the boutique hotel experiences Wisconsin has to offer:

And for a full range of unique Wisconsin lodging, check our list of Specialty Places to Stay.

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