by Michael C. Lowe | January 01, 2015

Local Update
The Pfister Hotel recently completed guest-room renovations and added two new club floors where guests receive a personalized welcome note, milk and cookies, slippers and more. Club guests also have access to the new 23rd-floor club lounge. The 307-room property has more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space for groups, a spa and several dining options.

This past fall, the Potawatami Hotel & Casino opened with 381 guest rooms and added more than 13,000 square feet of function space to the casino's existing 48,000-square-foot Event Center, which now can accommodate up to 2,750 people for a reception. The property includes a new restaurant, Locavore, which uses local, organic ingredients and serves handcrafted cocktails and small-batch craft beers. The casino features some 3,000 slot machines, 100 table games and more.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 729-room Hilton Milwaukee City Center,  481-room Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 307-room The Pfister Hotel, 243-room DoubleTree  by Hilton Hotel Milwaukee Downtown and 221-room Intercontinental Milwaukee.

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Convention Center: Wisconsin Center; exhibit space, approximately 188,695 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 28; (414) 908-6072

Airport Transit: General Mitchell International Airport, about eight miles from downtown Milwaukee. Transfer cost to the city center by taxi, about $28

Taxes: Room tax, 9.5%; sales tax, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.5%

Group Venue: Set on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, Discovery World is a 120,000-square-foot science center and aquarium that can accommodate groups of up to 2,000 people (not to mention myriad denizens of the deep). The Pilot House, which can host 500 for cocktails, offers dramatic 360-degree views of the shoreline through floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor wraparound terrace. (414) 765-9966

Contact: Visit Milwaukee, (414) 273-3950 or (800) 554-1448