Welcome to the largest city in Wisconsin state – Milwaukee! Are you ready to explore impressive art galleries, museums, and cultural attractions, and to taste delicious foods and drinks in trendy restaurants and bars? This city is the opposite of boring and there certainly is something for everyone!
Located in the center of the midwest USA and on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers very beautiful views and lush green parks making it a great place to visit for a romantic getaway or a fun family trip.
In this travel guide, I will talk about the 4 best areas where to stay in Milwaukee with hotels from luxury to budget. Most of the neighborhoods are located in the Downtown area and I’ll also be giving you an idea of the vibe of the areas so you can pick the best one for your taste.
I went through tons of hotels and chose the best ones where you could have an amazing holiday. I don’t want you to lose the chance of staying in these awesome hotels so I highly recommend you make your reservation in advance to get better deals and to not miss the best places that I handpicked for you. Many of the Milwaukee hotels have a free cancelation, so don’t worry if you change your mind!
If you are ready, let’s start our city tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
If you are in a hurry
Here are the best places to stay in Milwaukee,Wisconsin with hotels from luxury to budget. They are all conveniently located and have great reviews!
Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
Best luxury hotel
Trendy 1bd Loft
An Airbnb with amazing reviews
The Arts Hotel
Best value for money
Cambria Hotel Milwaukee
Best affordable accommodation in the center
Here is a map about where to stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the 4 best areas I will be talking about in this blog post so you can easily visualize them:
1. Historic Third Ward – where to stay in Milwaukee for the first time
In Milwaukee, the area where you will find the main landmarks, museums, shops, trendy restaurants, and bars is the Historic Third Ward. That’s why my pick for where to stay in Milwaukee for the first time is definitely Historic Third Ward.
Start your day by visiting the impressive art galleries and museums, then, head to famous Catalano Square and have a coffee in the beautiful park. If you feel like partying at night you can even check out the lively bars of Historic Third Ward.
It is very easy to find something for every taste here whether you are a history lover, museum enthusiast, foodie, or party person! By staying in Historic Third Ward you will also be within walking distance of the other areas of Milwaukee Downtown.
Here you will be able to find a great selection of hotels for all budgets but I highly recommend you make your booking in advance to secure your palace and get better deals on hotels. While you’re at it if you’re planning to continue your holiday and want to add another stop along Lake Michigan, check out this post for the best places to stay in Chicago. Now, let’s have a look at the best places to stay in Historic Third Ward:
This luxury hotel has comfortable rooms with a beautiful city view, a gourmet on-site restaurant, a bar, a fitness center, on-site parking, and free wi-fi. Guests can even use the hotel bicycles for free to explore the city. I love the lovely rooftop bar where you can have cocktails and delicious snacks while watching the amazing views, it sounds simple and perfect! Kimpton Journeyman Hotel has a very convenient location near the city center and Milwaukee Airport is just 6mi (9 km) away.
Other accommodation options in Historic Third Ward
Things to do in Historic Third Ward
- Have a walk at Catalano Square
- Go for a stroll in Trestle Park
- Have fun playing a game at Save Milwaukee Escape Rooms
- Go to the Harley-Davidson Museum
- Rent a kayak and have fun exploring the Milwaukee River
- Go shopping at Milwaukee Public Market
- Try delicious cheese and drinks at West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe
- Visit the Discovery World Science and Technology Museum
2. East Town – the coolest area to stay in Milwaukee
East Town is located in the east part of downtown Milwaukee and is set by the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. In this area, you will find the coolest art galleries, museums, green parks, and many nice restaurants.
East Town offers a very picturesque view of Lake Michigan. Start your stroll by the lake and explore the main landmarks like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Grohmann Museum, and Cathedral Square Park. When you are tired enough, pick one of many nice restaurants in Downtown Milwaukee to enjoy a delicious meal.
Thanks to its proximity to main landmarks in East Town you will be able to find many hotels. To make your job even easier, I’ve already picked the best of the best ones but in order not to miss them, you need to do your part and make sure to book in advance.
This luxury pet-friendly hotel has a very central location in downtown Milwaukee. The Westin Milwaukee hotel features spacious rooms with modern amenities, a good fitness center, and on-site parking. Guests can have delicious food at the hotel’s gourmet restaurants and try nice cocktails on the onsite bar. Milwaukee Airport is just 7 mi (10 km) away. One of the best conveniently located hotels in Milwaukee!
Other accommodation options in East Town
Things to do in East Town
- Go for a stroll at Cathedral Square Park
- Visit the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
- Enjoy the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
- Have a walk at Juneau Park
- Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum and Grohmann Museum
- See an exhibition at the Wisconsin Center
- Check out the impressive Sculpture walk of Milwaukee on E Wisconsin Ave between 2nd Street and Vel R. Phillips Avenue
3. Westown – best area for sightseeing
Westown is in the west part of Milwaukee Downtown and offers many attractions and beautiful views of Lake Michigan. It is the perfect area for where to stay in Milwaukee for sightseeing.
Here the main landmarks you should not miss are the Pere Marquette Park and the Streets of Old Milwaukee museum. The best way to discover Westown is by strolling in the parks, taking in the beautiful lake views, and discovering historical museums. Westown is also the liveliest part of Milwaukee Downtown. You will see many nice restaurants, shops, cultural venues and lively bars here. Sounds like everything is in one place right?
Westtown is a great place to stay in Milwaukee for those who want to stay at the heart of the city and want to be within walking distance of all the attractions in the Downtown.
Let’s check out the best hotels in Milwaukee with a convenient location for sightseeing.
Residence Inn is one of the best hotels in Milwaukee that has a very convenient location near the main city attractions and with its family-friendly rooms, it is a great place to stay for families. This lovely hotel features a very good breakfast, a fitness center, free wifi and onsite parking. Guests can reach downtown Milwaukee with a short walk and Milwaukee Airport is just 7 mi (10 km) away.
Other accommodation options in Westown
Things to do in Westown
- Try amazing beers at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
- Visit the Milwaukee County Historical Society
- Go for a stroll at Pere Marquette Park
- Go for a walk along the beautiful Milwaukee River
- See the beautiful historic building, Pabst Mansion
- Learn about history at Milwaukee Public Museum and visit the Streets of Old Milwaukee museum
4. Wauwatosa – where to stay for shopping
Wauwatosa is located 5 mi (7 km) west of Milwaukee Downtown and is a commercial area famous for its shopping mall, modern hotels, and a great selection of restaurants.
Shopping lovers should start the day by hitting the famous shopping mall in the city Mayfair Mall. After checking tons of boutiques you can grab a snack at the beautiful parks Hoyt or Jacobus Park to have a well deserved rest. After a nice stroll in the lush green parks, see the oldest buildings of Milwaukee at the Greek Orthodox Annunciation Church and the Lowell Damon House.
Wauwatosa is also a nice area to stay for those who would like to avoid the downtown crowd. Here are the best hotels for where to stay in Milwaukee for shopping.
This luxury Airbnb offers a unique experience with its art deco style and rooms full of arcade games! Guests can choose from more than 25 game boards or 1100 classic games to have fun with their families. There are 5 rooms with great amenities and a fully equipped kitchen. The house has easy access to the main city attractions and the airport. For those who are looking for a fun experience, Bluemound Arcade is one of the best places to stay in Milwaukee.
Other accommodation options in Wauwatosa
Things to do in Wauwatosa
- Go for a stroll at Hoyt Park
- Shop until you drop at Mayfair Mall
- Go ice skating at Pettit National Ice Center
- Spend time at the beautiful park Hawthorn Glen
- Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo
- Have a walk at Jacobus Park
- See the oldest buildings in the city, Greek Orthodox Annunciation Church and the Lowell Damon House
|👑 Luxury price:||$250|
|💵 Mid-range hotel:||$170|
|💰 Accommodation prices:||Medium|
|📍 Best Area:||Historic Third Ward|
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:||Kimpton Journeyman Hotel|
|👛 Best budget hotel:||Cambria Hotel Milwaukee|
Frequently asked questions about Milwaukee
❌ Where should I NOT stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
Neighborhoods such as North Division, Mitchell Park, Franklin Heights, Park West and Washington Park are known for higher crime rates, so these are not good areas to stay in Milwaukee.
🗺️ What’s the best part of Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
🕺🏻 What are some cool places to stay in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
🍸 Where to stay in Milwaukee WI for nightlife?
🛎️ What are the best hotels in East Town Milwaukee?
🤔 Is it safe to walk around Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
It is safe to walk around Milwaukee during the day. However, it is better to be careful at night and stick to the main roads. Also, make sure to avoid less touristy areas and quiet streets.
🚶♀️ Is Milwaukee,Wisconsin a walkable city?
Yes, if you stay in areas near Milwaukee Downtown such as Historic Third Ward, East Town, and Midtown you can easily get around in the city on foot.
✈️ What is the name of Milwaukee airport?
The name of the airport in Milwaukee is Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.
I hope you enjoyed reading this travel guide on where to stay in Milwaukee, Wi. In this blog post, I talked about the best hotels in Milwaukee from luxury to budget, as well as Airbnbs. I also gave you some information about the things you can do in each area so you can pick the perfect one for you!
As I’ve already said, thanks to its proximity to main attractions and offering activities for all tastes Historic Third Ward is the best area to stay in Milwaukee for first-timers. For those who want to stay nearby all the attractions, East Town and Midtown are good options. I would like to remind you that in order to get better deals on and secure your favorite hotel in Milwaukee, do not forget to make a reservation in advance!
I’ve already mentioned the best hotels in each area but to wrap up, here are the 2 best Milwaukee hotels that I can highly recommend you choose for an unforgettable holiday. Both are ideally located and have great reviews.
- Kimpton Journeyman Hotel – 4-star hotel has modern rooms and is conveniently located near Downtown Milwaukee
- The Arts Hotel – A great place to stay in Milwaukee Downtown with great amenities
If you have any other suggestions or questions about hotels in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, don’t be shy and leave a comment below. I’ll be happy to reply to them!
Have an amazing holiday in Milwaukee Wi,