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by Kate Mulcrone | January 01, 2012
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Milwaukee
The 119-room Courtyard by Marriott Mil­waukee Airport opened last month. The new-build features an ultramodern lobby and two meeting rooms, each holding up to 50 people.

The Courtyard Milwaukee Down­town completed renovations to its lobby and dining spaces this past June. The hotel's traditional front desk has been replaced with separate "welcome pedestals," and guests now can connect to free wireless Internet throughout the lobby. The property has 169 guest rooms and offers a total of 2,649 square feet of meeting space divided into four rooms.

The 149-room Four Points by Sheraton Mil­waukee North also completed renovations in 2011. The property updated its 7,500 square feet of meeting space spanning seven rooms (the largest of which measures 3,872 square feet), along with its restaurant, prefunction space and front desk area. Next up is a guest-room renovation, to take place later this year.

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center  completed an $11.5 million renovation in December 2010 that touched upon its 730 guest rooms, meeting spaces, lobby and fitness center. In all, the hotel has more than 34,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes four ballrooms and 18 meeting rooms. In 2011, the property was awarded AAA Four Diamond status.

The Ramada Plaza Milwaukee Airport renovated its 160 guest rooms in 2010. The property features 11,000 square feet of meeting space, including a corporate boardroom, and offers complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.

At the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, about an hour's drive southwest from Milwaukee, extensive renovations were completed in 2010. All 355 guest rooms were outfitted with new carpeting, draperies, bedding and furniture, as well as refrigerators and 37-inch LCD flat-screen televisions. Bathrooms were remodeled with new fixtures, granite vanities and high-tech mirror-TVs that disappear when turned off.