Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Metro
The Hotel Metro building dates back to 1937, the height of Milwaukee's art-deco movement. When the current owners purchased the building, they worked hard to preserve its art-deco character by restoring the limestone façade and adding bold, geometric motifs and rich colors to guest rooms and common areas. What's more, they did so using sustainable building materials such as bamboo and cork flooring, reconstituted wood, recycled glass, and carpets made from recycled fibers. Hotel Metro was the first in Milwaukee to be green certified by Travel Green Wisconsin.
- See the sights: Hotel Metro's downtown location puts you within walking distance of many attractions, including the lakefront Milwaukee Art Museum.
- Best place to enjoy the view: the rooftop deck, complete with a fireplace
- Art-deco style: Six-hundred-square-foot deluxe suites feature bedrooms and living rooms separated by curved walls and bathrooms with either glass-enclosed showers and 6-foot soaking tubs or shower/tub combinations.
- Hypoallergenic rooms are available for guests with allergen sensitivities and undergo a seven-step purification process.
- Pamper yourself with an onsite massage, facial, or body scrub from East Town Spa, or relax in the indoor saltwater hot tub.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Breweries, Sports, and Art along Lake Michigan
Located along Lake Michigan, about 90 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee is a proudly unpretentious city with working-class roots. The city has been synonymous with brewing since the mid-1800s, when Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz dominated the landscape. Visit the Flemish-style Pabst Mansion, beer baron Frederick Pabst’s 1890 estate, to see just how profitable the beer business was. The mansion has 14 fireplaces, an opulent dining room, and several hidden compartments.
Today there’s a new microbrew-inspired scene, with several smaller brewers opening their doors for tours and freshly brewed beer. One of the city’s best tours is at Lakefront Brewery on North Commerce Street. Here, witty tour guides take guests through the beer-brewing process, encouraging them to enjoy samples of Lakefront’s india pale ale and organic coffee stout along the way.
There are also noticeable cultural undercurrents in Milwaukee. Set along the downtown lakefront, the Milwaukee Art Museum is beloved for its futuristic, sailboat-like architecture by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Inside, you can browse 30,000 works of art, ranging from 15th-century antiques to Georgia O'Keeffe paintings. Just south of the museum, the Milwaukee RiverWalk runs alongside the river for 3 miles, taking you through the Historic Third Ward, where antique shops and art galleries fill century-old warehouses. Drop by the Milwaukee Public Market here to sample local cheeses, baked goods, and other culinary delights.
For a city of its size, Milwaukee offers several sports and recreation opportunities, including Brewers baseball and Bucks basketball games. Fans start tailgating outside of Miller Park before each Brewers home game hours before the first pitch. The stadium’s sixth-inning Sausage Race has been called one of sports’ best traditions. There are also more than 150 local parks to explore, 100 miles of lakefront biking and hiking trails, and seasonal watersports in Lake Michigan, with beaches typically open from mid-June to late August.