Guide to Milwaukee Hotels and Beyond

I recently traveled to Milwaukee for the Women in Travel Summit. (If you’re a badass lady traveler or love supporting fearless females, you should consider attending next year’s WITS in Quebec!) This wasn’t my first time in Milwaukee, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. To help you plan your next trip to Milwaukee I put together this guide to Milwaukee hotels, and more so you know where to stay to have the most fun!

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If I’ve already convinced you to go to Milwaukee with that intro alone, damn I’m compelling, check out these other posts to help you plan your stay or further convince you!

Why Visit Milwaukee?

Must Eat in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Art Museum


A Guide to the Best Milwaukee Hotels and Beyond


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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

I personally stayed at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center for my recent trip because this was where the conference was being held this go around.

This was quite the luxury, both for proximity to the conference and because of how beautiful the hotel itself was! This building itself was constructed in 1927 and they’ve done a great job of trying to maintain as much character in the building as they could.

The lobby is stunning and very reminiscent of an old post office or bank but with gold everywhere!

My favorite part about the property? The concierge DOG, Millie. She’s an adorable Golden-Doodle who I guarantee you will want to attempt to steal by the end of your stay.


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The Brewhouse Inn & Suites

Another conveniently located place is the Brewhouse Inn & Suites.

With a tagline like this: “a place where post-Victorian steampunk meets urban-contemporary elegance, and enormous turn-of-the-century copper brewing kettles stand watch over Blue-Ribbon hospitality.”

How could you choose to stay anywhere else? The interior has a cool industrial meets refurbished vibe which is all good, but the real draw of the place is the location, literally on the property of the Pabst brewery.


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Kinn Milwaukee Guesthouse

A little untraditional, the Kinn Milwaukee Guesthouse, is a great place to explore Milwaukee and especially the Bay View neighborhood. I stayed here for a few nights to relax and unwind after the conference. It was great exploring this part of Milwaukee, and especially to eat at The Vanguard (highly recommend if you’re craving some neat sausages and loaded fries in 20+ ways!)

I personally have grown very affectionate towards properties and Airbnb’s that give me more than just a standard room to rest my head. I work a lot when traveling and having a living room, and kitchen to store food is becoming more and more necessary for me!

This guesthouse was perfect down to the finishes! I loved the way it was decorated and the massively tall ceilings were incredible! Everything was extremely secure with passcodes to enter the property and individual passcodes for each room.

The details were what really made the experience, there was popcorn laid out that could be popped for a little snack, of course with plenty cheese sprinkles, plenty of espresso to be made, and the owners even went to the point of getting me a bottle of wine to enjoy with friends.

Kinn Guesthouse is available for booking on Airbnb, use this link to get $30 off your first stay.


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Kinn MKE Guesthouse

Iron Horse Hotel

The Iron Horse Hotel is a cool marriage of upscale and motorcycles. Never thought I’d put that in a sentence. The hotel was built in a 100-year old warehouse and the rooms are really cool because of it.

All of the rooms are loft style and feature metals and reclaimed woods to make a cool, luxurious feel. Their on site restaurant and dining options are always what lured me in though!

Smyth features handcrafted, soulful food that will warm you on a cold day but also please your stomach and eyes at the same time. There’s also a classic Milwaukee bar on site called Branded that serves up awesome beer pairings, classic cocktails with twists and a rockin bar menu!

When the summer hits, you’re going to have a tough time, but grab a spot at their outdoor patio dining spot called The Yard.


Photo Credit: The Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel

Another luxurious interior-ed option is the Pfister Hotel. Also located in downtown Milwaukee, the Pfister (pronounced Fist-er) was built in 1893, so you know it’s gonna be good.

I ventured inside the Pfister one evening with a resident artist there at the time and was blown away by the hotel’s awesome mission to highlight local artists.

If you’re willing to venture all the way to 23rd floor of the building, you can actually take in views of Lake Michigan while sipping a cocktail at Blu, one of Milwaukee’s swankiest establishments.


I was a guest of the Kinn MKE Guesthouse, but as always all thoughts are my own. Some of the links in the post are affiliate links, if you choose to book a hotel through one of these links, Steph & I will get a commission of your purchase to help run this site, at no extra cost to you 🙂


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