Best Areas to Stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Where to stay in Milwaukee – A guide to the metropolis of Wisconsin

The largest city in Wisconsin is one of the many jewels of America.

Located north of Chicago, next to Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a must-see tourist destination when visiting Wisconsin County.

Milwaukee offers several attractions for thousands of tourists during the year. Among the most pupular is the famous Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world.

The best time of the year to visit Milwaukee is from the end of June to mid-September, when you can enjoy a summer climate with open skies.

This city is home to the Harley Davidson Museum, the incredible Milwaukee Art Museum or the “Calatrava” as the locals call it, and small but exclusive neighborhoods like the Historic Third Ward.

In Milwaukee, you can enjoy modern craft beer, natural beauties, monumental buildings and high-quality cuisine in surprising environments.

The cultural legacy, its name and opportunity to visit whether for family reasons, holidays, romantic getaways or business make Milwaukee a city that begs to be explored.

The Historic Third Ward and the Westown are the best areas to stay in Milwaukee See accommodation in the Historic Third Ward | See accommodation in Milwaukee’s Westown.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The best areas to stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1. Our favorite area: East Town & Historic Third Ward

Moving through the East Town and the Historic Third Ward allows you to visit the industrial past of Milwaukee, full of warehouses that were converted into buildings, apartments, and restaurants.

Historic Third Ward houses theaters, galleries, fashion boutiques, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the work of the great Santiago Calatrava, and the Milwaukee Public Market.

The revitalized East Town includes condos and offices, as well as important art and design studios that should be considered among the many reasons to stay in Milwaukee.

The energy and charm of East Town at nightfall are unmatched by any other area of Milwaukee. Therefore, this is the best area to stay in Milwaukee for nightlife since it is the perfect place to enjoy a Bloody Mary at a bar ortaste delicacies in restaurants.

Public transport in this area is covered by buses, the QLINE of light rail and taxis, located on several streets in the area.

All East Town and, specifically, the Historic Third Ward neighborhood is the best area in Milwaukee to stay because of its high offer in entertainment and culture.

Best areas to stay in Milwaukee - Historic Third Ward

Best areas to stay in Milwaukee – Historic Third Ward

Accommodation in Milwaukee East Town - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Milwaukee East Town – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Milwaukee

  • Best area for nightlife
  • Historical buildings
  • Best area for sightseeing

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Homewood Suites By Hilton Milwaukee Downtown

Offering a fitness center, Homewood Suites By Hilton Milwaukee Downtown is located in Milwaukee. The property, built in 2017, features a hot tub, free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception.

from US$149
Budget

The Plaza Milwaukee

This stylish Milwaukee hotel, a 10-minute walk from the Milwaukee Art Museum and Lake Michigan, features a spa and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

from US$78
Luxury

The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel

The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel has a rooftop bar with a lounge area, a restaurant and a fitness center. All rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and some include a seating area.

from US$229
 

 

 

2. Westown Milwaukee

The lively Westown neighborhood, home of the Milwaukee Public Museum, is located between the Milwaukee River, Interstate 43 and McKinley Avenue.

Westown is full of attractions worthy of a visit, such as the historic Old World Third Street (which showcases the German heritage in Milwaukee), Third Ward Riverwalk, important cultural institutions and, of course, shops, restaurants and luxurious hotels.

In Westown, you’ll find the Milwaukee Public Museum, home to great and phenomenal exhibits that show important historical artifacts as well as scientific innovations.

Westown includes half of the bustling Downtown Milwaukee, a vibrant entertainment district with sports venues, the Miller High Life Theater and the Turner Hall.

This area is served by buses in the main avenues of the city and taxis. Although, for greater comfort when moving around Westown, a good option is to rent a car.

Westown is one of the best areas to stay in Milwaukee because of its historical attractions, entertainment centers and nightlife, ideal for travelers who want to enjoy the fun that Milwaukee has to offer.

Best areas to stay in Milwaukee - Westown

Best areas to stay in Milwaukee – Westown

Accommodation in Westown - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Westown – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Milwaukee

  • Central location
  • Luxury-type hotels
  • Best area to stay without a car

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

This Milwaukee hotel communicates with the Wisconsin Center Convention Center via a covered overpass. The hotel houses several restaurants, a bar, a Starbucks, and a business center.

from US$129
Budget

Ambassador Hotel

This restored Art Deco boutique hotel is within walking distance of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin and close to Marquette University. It offers state-of-the-art facilities and free shuttle service.

from US$79
Luxury

aloft Hotel Milwaukee Downtown

Located in downtown Milwaukee, just steps away from scenic RiverWalk and 1 mile from Marquette University, this hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

from US$279
 

 

 

3. Wauwatosa

Being part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, Wauwatosa is a cutting-edge city with an important commercial district, especially for housing the well-known Mayfair Mall.

This emblematic shopping center has recognized shops, a hotel, an apartment complex and several restaurants, so tourists choose to visit it during their stay in Milwaukee.

Wauwatosa is full of prominent buildings such as the Greek Orthodox Annunciation Church, the Lowell Damon House (which is the oldest house in the city), and more.

Wauwatosa connects to the city of Milwaukee through buses and light rail lines.

Wauwatosa or “Tosa” is a charming place that is, for sure, one of the best areas to stay in Milwaukee.

Where to stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Wauwatosa

Where to stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Wauwatosa

Accommodation in Wauwatosa - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Wauwatosa – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Milwaukee

  • Close to Milwaukee
  • Commercial area
  • Mayfair Mall

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West

This property is located in Wauwatosa, 3 miles from the Milwaukee County Zoo and less than 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Milwaukee. It has a restaurant, a heated indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

from US$69
Budget

Extended Stay America – Milwaukee – Wauwatosa

The Extended Stay America – Milwaukee – Wauwatosa, located in Wauwatosa, is specially designed for long stays and offers rooms with a fully equipped kitchen. The hotel offers free WiFi and a 24-hour reception.

from US$69
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Hotel Milwaukee West

This Crowne Plaza is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. It houses a restaurant and an indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

from US$99
 

 

 

4. Brookfield

The Brookfield district, located west of Milwaukee, also belongs to the Milwaukee metropolitan area and is an ideal destination to stay whether for business or pleasure.

A point in favor of this area is the proximity to Wisconsin’s main airport, General Mitchell International Airport, facilitating the transfer to other cities in the United States and the world.

This is also one of the best areas to stay in Milwaukee for shopping, with the Ruby Isle, Galleria Fest and Fountain Square, ideal for leisure and to find great items.

Brookfield, despite being known as a business district, also offers parks, outdoor golf courses and some nature reserves for hiking and biking.

Like other areas of Milwaukee, in Brookfield, bus and light rail services are available, as well as taxis and car rentals.

Brookfield is another of the best areas to stay in Milwaukee, especially for business travelers or adventure seekers who love outdoor activities.

Best areas to stay in Milwaukee - Brookfield

Best areas to stay in Milwaukee – Brookfield

Accommodation in Brookfield - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Brookfield – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield

    This Wisconsin property is conveniently located off I-94 and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. The property has an indoor pool and a seasonal outdoor pool.

    from US$109
 

 

 

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