Wisconsin

Madison Makeover
Built in 1871, the 219-room Best Western Inn on the Park Capitol Square in Madison recently wrapped up a renovation. Guest rooms now feature re-created 1870s-style furniture, and bathrooms sport new granite vanities. The property also debuted Jerome's Restaurant. (608) 285-8000; innonthepark.net

Madison
Local Update:

Last May, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened the rooftop Grand View Café, a 60-seat venue. Groups can rent the café or the entire rooftop for events.

The 226-room Crowne Plaza Madison com­pleted a $5.5 million renovation last year. Add­ed features include the Growlers Bar & Grille and 10,300 square feet of new meeting space.

The 151-room Hyatt Place
Madison/Downtown is under construction and set to open this April. Features include 2,500 square feet of meeting space. 

Meeting Hotels:
 Major properties include the 356-room Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 240-room Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and 239-room Sheraton Madison. To search for more meeting hotels, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Alliant Energy Center; exhibit space, 100,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 14. (608) 267-3976, ext. 2; alliantenergycenter.com

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center; exhibit space, 37,200 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 21. (608) 261-4000; mononaterrace.com

Airport Transit:
Dane County Regional Airport, six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $12-$18

Taxes:
Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 5.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.5%

Group Venues:
Popular local chef and restaurateur Shinji Muramoto has relocated his Restaurant Muramoto a few blocks from its original downtown site. Small plates of Asian fusion-style fare are served here, and fish is flown in from around the world daily. The venue seats up to 25 for dinner and 75 for a reception. (608) 259-1040; muramoto.biz

CVB Services: Greater Madi­son Convention and Visitors Bureau, (608) 255-2537 or (800) 373-6376; visitmadison.com

Milwaukee
Local Update:

The Potawatomi Bingo Casino, near Marquette University, has expanded its gaming floor and banquet space. The casino's Woodland Dreams Ballroom, which opened last March, can seat up to 500 people for a dinner and 750 for a reception.

The Aloft Hotel Downtown Milwaukee opened last December with 160 rooms and 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 483-room Hyatt
Regency Milwaukee completed an $18 million renovation last spring. Details include enhancements to the landscaping, entrances and guest rooms. Also, a restaurant and bar were added to the lobby. 

Meeting Hotels:
Properties include the 730-room Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 483-room Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and 307-room The Pfister Hotel. Search for more facilities at
mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.com

Convention Center: Midwest Airlines Center; exhibit space, 188,695 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 28; (414) 908-6072; midwestairlinescenter.com

Airport Transit: General Mitchell International Airport, about eight miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $22

Taxes: Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 5.6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.6%

CVB Services:
 Visit Mil­waukee, (414) 273-3950 or (800) 231-0903; milwaukee.org