Unique Places to Stay in Wisconsin ✔️ for All Budgets (+Map)

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Are you looking for an amazing place to stay in Wisconsin, but you cannot make up your mind about where to stay? I’ve got you! I have searched for hours for the most unique places to stay in Wisconsin, so you can pick from a wide range of options and get to discover Wisconsin whether you’re staying near vibrant cities, in a downtown area, or near pristine lakes; there is something for you here!

I have arranged this post by price, starting with the luxury accommodations, followed by the mid-range ones, and the budget ones at the end. But let me tell you a secret, at the end of this post, I’ve added 2 bonuses featuring the most romantic places to stay in Wisconsin and the most beautiful places to stay in Wisconsin

I have featured only cool and special accommodations here, so you can imagine how fast they book. So, if you want to stay in any of these amazing properties, I advise you to book your room, cottage, or pirate ship as soon as you decide on one!

Let’s dive in!

If you are in a hurry

Not everybody has the time to go through the entire post, that is why I made this list of the top 3 unique places to stay in Wisconsin so you can just click and book!

Since we are talking about Wisconsin and it is a big state, here you have a map to help you navigate the different accommodations’ locations:

Luxury (US$600 and up)

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  • The Garden of Eden – OMG! I feel like I am in Jurassic Park! This unique jungle-themed Airbnb comes with an indoor pool, a cute terrace with a fire pit, and a private lake to swim or just admire the stunning natural beauty of the place! This Airbnb can host up to 17 guests of all ages, and it is located in New Berlin, Southern Wisconsin, which makes it perfect for exploring Milwaukee city and seeing Lake Michigan!
  • The Lighthouse – Located in Kewaunee County and on Lake Michigan’s waterfront, this stunning property surrounded by wooded acres has a built-in lighthouse, a private tennis court, and an outdoor pool, and can host up to 28 guests with its 6 rooms and 18 beds! There is a game room with a pool table, a ROKU TV, arcade games, and a project room with a projector to watch movies in style!
  • The Castle Vineyard – Who wouldn’t want to stay in a stylish castle surrounded by vineyards in Manitowoc County filled with all the modern amenities you need? With an amazing European wooden interior design, a game room with arcade games, a movie theater room, a terrace with a fire pit and hot tub, and a basketball court, good times are guaranteed! This VRBO can host up to 12 guests!
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  • The Bent Beam Barn – What a cute option! Located in Briggsville and with Wisconsin Dells a 15-minute drive away, this renovated barn has room for 16 guests! With an open space architecture style, this VRBO comes with a game room, a lovely terrace overviewing an amazing landscape perfect to have breakfast in, and a patio with a fire pit and benches to admire the stars with your family!
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House – Did you know this house by Frank Lloyd Wright was featured in Netflix’s The World’s most amazing vacation rentals? This historic building listed in the National Register has an upscale design in every corner of every piece of furniture and a private dock to connect with nature. With 4 guest rooms, 4 beds, and 3 bathrooms, the house can accommodate 8 guests!
  • Candlewood Cabins – BEAUTIFUL! Located in Richland Center and only a 7-minute drive from the Wisconsin River, this accommodation offers 7 cabins, such as the hillside cabin, the woodland house, and more! I recommend The Glass House. This cozy cabin comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the forest, hardwood decor, a patio with a fire pit, and a kitchenette. This cabin would be perfect for a romantic getaway!

Mid Range (US$300 – US$500)

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  • Make History on a WWII Submarine – Looking for historic places to stay on your next vacation? This WWII Submarine, part of Wisconsin Maritime Museum, would be a great experience for kids interested in history to learn about Marine’s everyday life inside a ship! This accommodation features only bunk beds, and the bathroom is inside the museum. P.S.: Guests can visit the museum outside opening hours!
  • Unique architect-designed home – This stunning accommodation has a glass room with an amazing view of green trees! Located near Ellison Bay in a secluded forest, and with access to Green Bay, this cabin would be perfect for groups of friends or couples looking for a place to relax in nature, swim in the lake, and read a book under the sun!
  • Saint Kate: The Arts Hotel – Located in downtown Milwaukee, and with the Milwaukee Art Museum as one of the many nearby attractions, this hotel features art and cultural events and live performances. You even might get the chance to meet one of the artists! The rooms are so stylish! Every single one has a theme, and it’s curated by designers! They offer complimentary breakfast, and the biggest room can host up to four guests!
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  • Canoe Bay – This adults-only resort located in Chetek, Northern Wisconsin, is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful and wholesome retreat. Staying here, you’ll enjoy spa treatments and a Finnish sauna, and meals cooked with ingredients grown in the resort’s garden. They offer villas and cottages overlooking the forest or lake, and you could even stay in a tiny house for a cozy and more special stay!  
  • Beechwood Cottage – Am I in a fairy tale? Because that is how I feel looking at this cute cottage located in Door County in a stunning wooded landscape! This property comes with floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room area providing natural light, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom making it perfect for 4 guests! This accommodation has a furnished deck with a fire pit!
  • Castle La Crosse Bed & Breakfast – This amazing castle is located near downtown La Crosse, with walking trails to hike in the summer or go snowshoeing when it becomes a winter wonderland! The castle comes with vitro windows and a cool English style resembling a Sherlock Holmes movie. All suites can host 2 guests and follow its classy decor, and come with a seating area, a walk-in shower, and a complimentary breakfast!

Budget (up to US$300)

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  • The Charmant Hotel – What an amazing boutique hotel located in Southwestern Wisconsin, right in downtown La Cross, and featuring amazing views of the Mississippi River! This accommodation has amazing French-style decor, a roof terrace bar and lounge, and a French cuisine restaurant. The rooms have classy and vintage decor and top-class furniture, and some bathrooms have bathtubs.
  • Maxwell Mansion Hotel – Travel in time with this 19th-century-themed hotel! Located in Lake Geneva, the style and decor of this boutique inn are impeccable! The hotel offers a heated swimming pool and has a speakeasy bar where guests can enjoy breakfast or have a drink in the evening! Rooms can host from 2 to 4 guests, and select rooms have a bathtub.
  • Pirate Ship Adventure Cabin! – Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! This amazing pirate ship located in Juneau County (House of Mirror Lake State Park!) would be perfect for celebrating your kids’ birthdays! Hosting 6 people with 4 single bunk beds and a queen bed, this accommodation has a separate bathroom with a shower outside the ship! You can even bring your pet for an extra fee!
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  • 1954 Railroad Caboose – What if I told you you could stay in a railroad caboose from 1954 surrounded by Crawford County’s amazing forest? What an experience, right? This accommodation can host 4 guests as it comes with a futon and a pair of bunk beds. It also has a kitchen, a bathroom, a patio with a hot tub, a garden with a seating area, and a fire pit!
  • Brewhouse Inn and Suites – What a historical place in Milwaukee!! This historical building used to be Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, now converted into this cozy hotel with vintage brewery architecture and decor! This hotel features an American restaurant, a roof terrace, and a fitness center. Rooms have an industrial design, and select rooms, like the 2-bedroom suite, can host 6 guests and come with a private kitchen!
  • Stewart Inn – Oh la la, this is one of the cutest boutique hotels I’ve ever laid my eyes on! Located in Wausau, this hotel is on the national register of historic places! With a cute 1906 arts and craft style, this accommodation will feel like a treat! They serve complimentary breakfast to all guests, and some rooms come with a fireplace and others with a deluxe soaking tub!

Find More Hotels in Wisconsin

👑 Best luxury hotel:The Castle Vineyard
💵 Best mid-range hotel:Saint Kate: The Arts Hotel
🛏️ Best budget hotel:Stewart Inn
💑 Best hotel for couples:Candlewood Cabins

BONUS #1: Romantic places to stay in Wisconsin

I couldn’t end this article on unique hotels and accommodations without mentioning the most romantic places to stay and explore Wisconsin!

This list is arranged by price, starting with the most expensive ones. The price range of these accommodations is around US$330. These are the perfect Winscons accommodations for couples going on a romantic getaway or honeymoon!

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1. Hotel Metro, Autograph Collection
How elegant and classy! This upscale hotel in Milwaukee has an amazing art deco style and comes with a rooftop tiki bar with amazing views of the city! There are also cozy fire pits and a fitness center. All rooms have a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV. Bathrooms come with ring light wall mirrors, and select rooms come with a bathtub. Check with the hotel by the time of booking!

2. Sundara Inn and Spa
This amazing accommodation goal is to help their guests reconnect with themself and nature and relax during their stay! Located in Wisconsin Dells and only a 24-minute drive from Devil’s Lake State Park, this hotel comes with swimming pools and jacuzzis, full spa treatments, and an onsite bar and restaurant! Some select villas and rooms come with their own private pool or jacuzzi, which makes it perfect for couples!

3. Ironworks Hotel
Ironworks is located in Beloit and with an amazing entrance, dining rooms, and common spaces resembling the style portrayed in the film Titanic. The rooms have a fantastic style with stone walls and dark wood touches, giving it a fashionable look; I recommend the Junior Suite with River View to couples, it comes with a view and a bathtub! P.S. If you and your partner like theme parks, Magic Waters Waterpark is only a 30-minute drive away!

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4. The Lodgings at Pioneer Lane
This cute accommodation located in Ephraim will make you and your partner feel at home with all the cozy decorations that feel like a warm hug! All suites come with a bathtub, a seating area, and a kitchen with a dining table, select rooms come with a balcony. There is a golf course 2 miles (3 km) away and biking and hiking areas in the surrounding area!

5. The Foxglove Inn
How cute!!! This bed and breakfast boutique hotel’s style is the perfect combination between Victorian times style and art and craft style, I love it! Located in Sturgeon Bay, breakfast will be served in your suite every morning. I recommend the Quiet Rose Suite to couples, it comes with a spa bath and a seating area! You can walk from the hotel to all the cute shops and stores in downtown Sturgeon Bay!

BONUS #2: Most beautiful places to stay in Wisconsin

This bonus is a lovely mix of the most beautiful places and hotels in Wisconsin! There are so many options, and they are super varied!

These accommodations are ideal for solo travelers, families, groups of friends, and couples, there is something for everyone here! The list is arranged by price, starting with the most expensive ones. The price range of these accommodations is around US$100 to US$1300.

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1. Starlight Tower Manor
Just WOW!!! This incredible villa, located in Fort Atkinson, features amazing 360-degree views and a game room with pool tables, arcade games, and table tennis! You can also enjoy a movie theater room, a music room with guitars, a big stylish kitchen, and the most incredible set of stairs that give the entire style of the accommodation a special touch! This place comes with 8 bedrooms and can host 18 guests!

2. Inn On Lake Wissota
This lovely and cozy bed and breakfast is located in Chippewa Falls by the lakefront! This accommodation has a garden and a lounge room as common areas, and all the rooms come with a hot tub, a balcony, or a garden view! There is free parking in the installations, and every morning you can enjoy a variety of breakfast options, such as vegetarian, continental, or American!

3. Pinehurst Inn Bed & Breakfast
Located in Bayfield, this bed and breakfast is only a 1-minute walk away from Lake Superior, so if you love being in nature, this accommodation is great to go for hikes and bike rides, or simply reading a book under the sun! Breakfast is served every morning and accommodated to the guest’s dietary needs. They offer 3 types of rooms, and all of them come with a bathtub and can host up to 2 guests!

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4. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
This Geneva Lake resort has so many cool amenities! Starting with a golf course, tennis courts, a basketball court, bike rentals and trails in the summer, and winter sports options like skiing nearby! At this resort, you can book rooms, studios, or entire villas, and the biggest one can host 8 guests! P.S.: Lake Geneva Balloon Company is only an 8-minute drive if you’d like to go on hot air balloon rides.

5. Kress Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Discover Le Pere, staying at this hotel! Featuring a classic design inspired by the Kress Building, a fitness center, and offers free shuttle service to and from the airport and a luxurious continental breakfast every morning. I highly recommend the superior suite king, at the time of booking, check you select the option with a whirlpool tub!

FAQs about unique places to stay in Wisconsin

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☃️ Which are the most unique places to stay in Wisconsin in the wintertime?

Staying in a cabin or a cottage in Wisconsin wintertime is the ideal winter wonderland! Some options I’ve featured are Candlewood Cabins and Unique Architect-Designed Home.

💑 Which are the most romantic places to stay in Wisconsin?

Beechwood Cottage would be perfect for couples that are nature lovers, and Saint Kate: The Arts Hotel for couples that love staying active and having a lot to do!

🏨 Which are the best accommodations in Wisconsin Dells?

Sundara Inn is a great option in Wisconsin Dells! Additionally, you can check our Wisconsin Dells Cabins article for more options!

👩‍👩‍👧 Which are the best places to stay in Wisconsin for Families?

The best places for families are Make History on a WWII Submarine and Pirate Ship Adventure Cabin!

Conclusion

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It’s a wrap, my sweet angels! Those were the most unique places to stay in Wisconsin, plus 2 amazing bonuses with the most romantic places to stay in Wisconsin and the most beautiful places to stay in Wisconsin! I’ve covered a wide range of hotels, Airbnbs, VRBO, and whatnot in this post, so I am sure you’ve found something of your linking here!

I am completely obsessed with all the places I have mentioned in this article, but if I have to mention my 2 favorites, those are :

  • Candlewood Cabins – OMG! I want to stay in a cute cabin or glass house, surrounded by nothing but nature, and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to the birds sing!
  • Saint Kate: The Arts Hotel – If something combines the city and art, I am in! This hotel style is incredible, with all the cool city attractions nearby, and on top of that, you get to see live shows onsite!

Which of these accommodations in Wisconsin was your favorite? Let me know in the comments, and remember: book your room in advance, these accommodations are super popular, and they book super quickly!

Have the loveliest time in Wisconsin,

Daniela


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