2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.
for pampering out-of-town guests or taking a vacation in your own city,
the Ambassador Hotel goes beyond spacious, comfortable rooms by
providing complimentary parking, convenient shuttles to Downtown
locales and a fitness center, along with valet, concierge and massage
services. The hotel’s Caffe Deco gets the day started with coffee and
bistro delights, and those in the mood for fine dining need look no
further than Envoy. The Ambassador’s beautifully restored Art Deco
style and modern, high-tech amenities merge the past with the future to
create one of today’s best luxury boutique hotels. (Robbie Hartman)
1234 N. Astor St.
Clare offers Milwaukeeans and their guests a true Irish experience. The
rooms are quaint yet spacious, and overnight stays include perks like
Internet access and hot breakfast. A trip to the restaurant and pub
completes the experience with authentic Irish dishes, a constant flow
of Guinness and cozy Irish décor. The bartenders will keep your glass
full, and the regulars will remind you to keep your coaster close.
Sláinte! (Emilee Weier)
411 E. Mason St.
Street was still waking from its ghost-town years when Hotel Metro
opened, adding an attractive bar and an imaginative restaurant to
Downtown. The elegantly postmodern hotel has also earned a reputation
as one of the city’s hippest, most comfortable resting places. Beyond
the marbled foyer are stylish suites with contemporary amenities. Using
sustainable, recycled or organic materials whenever possible, the Metro
strives to keep its carbon footprint small. (David Luhrssen)
The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St.
Iron Horse Hotel in Walker’s Point is quintessentially Milwaukee, not
so much because it occupies a beautifully refurbished warehouse from
the city’s manufacturing heyday, but because it’s geared toward
business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts. The Iron Horse has the
custom furnishings, original art, swanky guest rooms and luxury linens
of your typical upscale boutique hotel, but it is the unparalleled
amenities—covered motorcycle parking with rag bins and check-in carts,
and rooms outfitted with tile entrances with custom hooks for hanging
heavy leathers—that elevate this unique escape far above the ordinary.
424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
venerable Pfister Hotel has been at the top of the list for travelers
to Milwaukee since 1893. It also provides amenities for the locals,
especially Blu, the 23rd-floor lounge with a splendid view of the city
by night, along with a good coffee shop on the ground floor and a lobby
bar that often serves high tea in the afternoon. The Pfister has an
artist in residence as a counterpoint to its collection of Victorian
Photo: The Iron Horse Hotel