New construction in recent years includes the 2016 opening of Kimpton’s 158-room The Journeyman in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, featuring an eight-story building with a chef-driven, destination restaurant on the ground floor, plus a rooftop bar and expansive meeting space. New in 2017, the nine-story $50 million The Westin Milwaukee opened with 220 rooms and suites, all with views of Lake Michigan or the Historic Third Ward and Milwaukee River. The hotel connects to the U.S. Bank Center and includes a fine-dining restaurant, large lobby bar, fitness center, 9,000 square-feet of meeting facilities and a 5,000 square-foot ballroom. Also opened in late 2017 is a 94-room Hilton Homewood Suites, housed in the historic Button Block building downtown.
The Brewery complex at the site of the former Pabst Brewing Company will welcome a new $27 million, 150-room Hyatt Place in 2018.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced construction of an $80 million second tower, housing 119 rooms and suites, bringing the hotel’s total room number to 500. The 180,000-square-foot addition will also feature a spa and additional meeting space. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019.
Local boutique Hotel Metro will soon undergo a conversion to a Marriott Autograph hotel, and Marcus Hotels & Resorts has announced that the InterContinental Milwaukee will undergo a rebranding into an indie arts hotel with a focus on local creativity. Other proposed new downtown hotels include: Choice Hotels International plans for 110-150-room Cambria Hotel, a Jackson St. Holdings 125-145-room hotel, and Ascendant Holdings’ 220-room hotel.
New Downtown Sports and Entertainment Complex
Scheduled to open in summer 2018, the $524 million Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center will be the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team and a huge catalyst for additional private development downtown. Located just a few blocks from the Wisconsin Center convention complex and major convention hotels, the sports center and dynamic entertainment block will add a new excitement to the downtown area.
Opened in August 2017 adjacent to the new arena, the $31 million Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center is a state-of-the-art science and sports performance lab and training center, built privately by the Milwaukee Bucks.