Hotels Located in Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by Laura Latzko

Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, features international restaurants, pubs, cafes, theaters, a children’s museum, art museums, a basketball and hockey stadium, and a science center with a planetarium. Visitors who stay in downtown hotels enjoy easy access to concerts and festivals, such as the Lakefront Festival of the Arts. Extended-stay, luxury, budget and historic hotels in the downtown area, which are representative of Milwaukee hotels, feature cocktail lounges, suites with separate bedroom and living room spaces and grill restaurants.

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Astor Hotel

The Astor Hotel, a historic hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been around since 1920. A limestone structure, a lobby with skylights, a grand ballroom, a rooftop deck and guest rooms and public areas decorated with paintings by Sicilian artist Francesco Spicuzza add to the hotel’s elegant ambiance. The Astor is within a short drive of major theaters and art galleries, including the Skylight Opera Theatre, a theater that hosts Broadway shows. The on-site steak and seafood restaurant serves a Sunday Brunch with its specialty of “tenderloin Benedict.” The fitness center has weight-lifting equipment and medicine balls. Guest rooms and suites come with luxury bath products, complimentary bottled water, flat-panel TVs with satellite TV and i-Pod docking stations. The Astor's apartments, with two or three bedrooms and full kitchens, are available for extended-stays.

Ramada Milwaukee City Centre

The Ramada Milwaukee City Centre is located within 15 minutes of family-friendly attractions such as the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Milwaukee Public Museum, a science center with a planetarium, dinosaur exhibits, photographs of Wisconsin’s Indian tribes and artifacts from natives of Africa and Polynesia. A shuttle service goes to and from the General Mitchell International Airport. The hotel offers a cozy environment, with its lobby lounge with white leather couches, guest rooms with multiple armchairs and a restaurant with intimate wooden tables. Guest rooms feature big-screen TVs with Showtime, and suites have queen-size pull-out couches. The outdoor swimming pool is open from May through August. An American-style restaurant offers room service, and the hotel’s bar features darts and video games.

Aloft Milwaukee Downtown

Guests staying at the Aloft Milwaukee Downtown hotel need walk only a short distance to the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a waterfront area featuring parks, specialty shops and theaters. A courtyard seating area with brightly colored tables, a lobby lounge with a sectional couch, an indoor pool area with vibrantly colored armchairs and rounded stools, and a snack shop with a picnic table enhance the hotel’s modern motif. The hotel provides a touch-screen computer with check-in and check-out options, and the 24-hour fitness center offers free weights, yoga mats, weight-lifting machines and online exercise and yoga programs. The hotel provides children's air mattresses and blankets upon request, and an on-site snack shop sells pre-made sandwiches and cappuccinos. Guest rooms come with walk-in showers, brand-name soaps, bottled water, tall ceilings or platform beds.

Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown

Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown sits near Miller Park, the home ballpark of Milwaukee’s professional baseball team, and the Bradley Center, the home stadium of the city’s professional football and basketball teams. The hotel is located inside the former Gimbels department store building, which opened in 1887. A small lobby seating area with leather chairs, a winding staircase and a social room with brightly colored armchairs help to create an eclectic style inside the hotel. The extended-stay hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet with hot items such as scrambled eggs and hash browns, and a reception on Mondays through Wednesdays includes wine, beer and dishes such as lasagna or bratwurst. Guests have access to a 24-hour on-site fitness center and basketball and racquetball courts located at the Downtown YMCA, which is located next door to the hotel. Guest rooms and suites come with floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown Milwaukee; desks with office chairs; dining room tables with chairs for up to four people; kitchens with dishwashers, full-size refrigerators, utensils and plates; two bedrooms or multiple bathrooms. For long-term guests, the hotel provides starter kits with popcorn and tea.

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