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 recently opened a new $27 million, 150-room Hyatt Place.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino finished 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 also features a spa and additional meeting space.
Local boutique Hotel Metro will soon undergo a conversion to a Marriott Autograph hotel, and Marcus Hotels & Resorts rebranded the InterContinental Milwaukee into Saint Kate, the Arts Hotel with a focus on local creativity. Cambria Hotel recently opened 132 rooms, and Drury Plaza Hotel opens 216 rooms in fall 2019. Other proposed downtown hotels include a 220-room hotel at the historic Humphrey Scottish Rite building, a three-hotel complex by JR Hospitality totaling 328 rooms, and a 96-room hotel at the Milwaukee Athletic Club property.
New Downtown Sports and Entertainment Complex
Now open, the $524 million Fiserv Forum is the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team and is a huge catalyst for additional private development downtown. Located just a few blocks from the Wisconsin Center convention complex and major convention hotels, the Fiserv Forum 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.