Downtown Milwaukee is a city with a rich history and amazing places to stay where you can get a taste of the past while enjoying the luxuries of the present day.
On-top of being the perfect place to stay whilst in town, many of Milwaukee’s historic hotels are perfect for weddings, dinner dates, and special events. We are lucky enough to get visit & photograph in these amazing hotels regularly. I especially love it when our wedding clients select an amazing “getting ready location” for their wedding day – these are all great options!
If you are visiting Milwaukee, or planning your wedding consider these top Milwaukee Hotels . . .
The Pfister Hotel
For 125 years, the historic Pfister Hotel has been welcoming guests to downtown Milwaukee. When it first opened in 1893, the $1 million Pfister attracted guests with cutting-edge innovations like full fireproofing, electricity and individual room thermostat controls. Today, it continues to impress visitors with amazing architecture, excellent customer service and an eye for art, including the largest Victorian art collection housed by a hotel in the world. Its 307 guest rooms and suites have all the modern amenities you’d expect; many have beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the downtown area.
The Kimpton – Journeyman Hotel
The Journeyman describes itself as the “ideal stopping spot” and it certainly lives up to that billing! With charm and pizzazz reflected in its modern interior, the Journeyman welcomes visitors who want centrally located accommodations that resemble upscale city apartments. The location also houses Tre Rivali; a modern Mediterranean cafe + restaurant boasting stunning tile-work and a full menu servicing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with Sunday brunch. The Journeyman is also the home of the roof-top bar + restaurant; The Outsider.
Iron Horse Hotel
Once a century-old warehouse, the Iron Horse Hotel has been transformed into an upscale place to stay in downtown Milwaukee. Guests stay in trendy loft-style rooms that incorporate some of the original architecture — including huge windows and 12-foot ceilings — while making all of today’s amenities readily available. The upscale Smyth restaurant pays homage to the craft of blacksmithing while an outdoor patio opens when the weather permits.
The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
The famous Pabst brewery was reworked into this boutique hotel that offers Milwaukee guests a great downtown location. All remodeling, completed in 2013, was done to modern sustainability guidelines and the result is a luxurious accommodation with a lot of history. Extended-stay options are available in addition to traditional rooms and suites. Download the app for the onsite Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub, sign up to be a VIP member, and receive a free PBT that reflects the heritage of the site.
Known for its large, rooftop sign that can be spotted throughout the city, the Ambassador Hotel has an Art Deco vibe that harkens back to the 1920s, but with all of today’s necessities. For true relaxation, book one of the 10 king whirlpool suites and make dinner reservations at The Fitz, a classy high-end restaurant offering new takes on classic dishes. The Ambassador also offers a top-notch shuttle service to take you where you need to go downtown.
Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Across the street from well-known wedding venue the Grain Exchange, the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown is located in the historic Loyalty building and boasts a sleek 5-story atrium with details in marble, granite and iron. Guests can comfortably walk to nearby attractions and a plethora of restaurants to appeal to any taste. Breakfast in the on-site restaurant draws rave reviews.
Looking for the perfect spot for great photos, a place where you can schedule a once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding or the best accommodations for your out-of-town guests? We can offer additional suggestions based on our knowledge of Milwaukee-area venues.
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