Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

Hotels in Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area

There's a lot of diversity among hotels in Milwaukee, but the prime areas for lodging are the downtown and waterfront areas, which have been revived and restored in recent years. Here are some of our favorite Milwaukee hotels:

The Iron Horse Hotel. This chic, motorcycle-themed boutique hotel has rich architectural details—large windows and exposed brick walls—and has become one of the most popular hotels in Milwaukee.
Pfister Hotel. This stately, AAA Four-Diamond Award hotel dates back to 1893, and has long been considered one of the best hotels in Milwaukee.
Hotel Metro. This chic, Art Deco styled hotel enjoys a great location in the heart of the arts and entertainment district.
InterContinental Milwaukee. Panoramic views and an attached trio of theatres are the main draws at this downtown Milwaukee hotel.
The Hilton City Center. Close to downtown this family-friendly hotel is home to Paradise Landing, which boasts of being the nation's first urban indoor waterpark—nice for kids or anyone determined to pack their swimsuit, even during the winter.

Located 12 miles from Lake Geneva, this homey Victorian B&B. Guestrooms—many of which have fireplaces and period detailing—is named after a Victorian Era author (Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, more). Request a room with a double-Jacuzzi tub.

Travelers feel blissfully off the radar when nestled in at this 240-room property located on the shores of a glacially formed lake in a village with less than 1,000 residents.

The antiques-decorated rooms and suites at the historic inn have private baths and cozy fireplaces. While here, experience a fish boil at the inn, where you can learn about and watch the preparation of Lake Michigan whitefish over an open fire.

Certified by Travel Green Wisconsin,, this inn boasts in-room whirlpools and fireplaces, private balconies, and hammocks amid birches overlooking the lake—plus a recycling program and locavore-focused menu rich in Wisconsin cheeses.

The skier-friendly property offers quaint rooms and slope-side fireplace condos.

1918 Tudor boardinghouse, now the Midwest’s most luxe resort and spa (two of the golf courses have been renovated to host the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open). 

One of Wisconsin’s top resorts, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is home to its own ski resort, water park, even a rock-climbing wall.

Eight miles from the zoo, this family-friendly eco-hotel has a “green” rooftop spa and free bicycles (helmets included).

The Elliott House is closed.

The stately red-brick exterior and rich dark-wood paneling in the lobby and restaurant contrast with the lighter, brighter feeling of its 38 luxurious guest rooms and suites; all have handsome antique furnishings, and some overlook the forested Kettle Moraine hills.


Since it opened, this historic Grand Dame—which includes the 1893 building and a modern tower—in downtown Milwaukee has hosted every U.S. president since McKinley.