by Chris Duthie | January 01, 2017

Local Update

 Next August, the city will debut the Westin Milwaukee, a 220-room property that will offer fine dining, a lobby bar, a gym, 9,000 square feet of meeting space, and stunning views of Lake Michigan and the downtown skyline. The hotel is close to Northwest Mutual's corporate headquarters; the Wisconsin Center; the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the myriad shops and restaurants on the three-mile Milwaukee RiverWalk.

 In nearby Brookfield, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield has opened following a $10 million renovation and rebranding of the former Brookfield Suites Hotel and Convention Center. The 203-room property offers casual dining, a fitness center, a pool and 6,000 square feet of meeting space, plus convenient access to Miller Park, the Milwaukee Zoo and the 200-acre Wisconsin State Fair Park.

 A new two-tower, 500-room hotel is being pitched for the city's downtown sector. The $280 million proposal is accented by approximately 103,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space; it is one of two plans that developers hope will vitalize a two-acre city-owned parcel just west of the 188,695-square-foot Wisconsin Center.

 Beginning on March 9, Delta Air Lines will inaugurate a new daily nonstop flight between Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, establishing connections to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, as well as Japan, China and South Korea. Delta is Milwaukee's second-largest carrier.