New & Reimagined Hotels
In summer 2019, Marcus Hotels & Resorts rebranded the InterContinental Milwaukee into Saint Kate, the Arts Hotel with a focus on local creativity.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino finished construction of a second hotel tower in 2019, bringing the hotel’s total room number to 500 as well as adding a spa and additional meeting space.
In late 2019, Cambria Hotel opened 132 rooms and Drury Plaza Hotel opened 216 rooms. Local boutique Hotel Metro also began its conversion to a Marriott Autograph hotel.
Currently, JR Hospitality Group is creating a hotel complex that will include Home2 Suites, Tru, and Holiday Inn Express brands. The Milwaukee Athletic Club, former Wisconsin Avenue School, and Humphrey Scottish Rite properties are being renovated and turned into hotels as well.
New and Revitalized Districts
Built on the 30 acres surrounding the new Fiserv Forum arena, the Deer District is Milwaukee’s downtown sports and entertainment hub. New businesses that have set up shop where the feared deer roam include Good City Brewing, Drink Wisconsinbly, Punch Bowl Social, and The Mecca Sports Bar & Grill.
In the new Brewery District, businesses such as Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, The Captain Pabst Pilot House, The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, and NO STUDIOS have repurposed the historic Pabst Brewing buildings. Hyatt Place and Milwaukee Brewing Co. are among those who led newer construction in the area.