Wisconsin Guide

Vintage

The Iron Horse hotel

 

Transformed from a 100-year-old warehouse, the Iron Horse hotel in Milwaukee opened in 2008. The 102-room property features an American industrial era design and includes 9,244 square feet of meeting space.

Milwaukee
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center completed renovations last month on its 730 guest rooms, including the addition of high-definition LCD televisions, The property's public space and meeting rooms also were revamped, while leaving the original 1920s architecture and design intact. The hotel features a total of 34,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Ramada Plaza Milwaukee Airport completed a renovation of its 160 guest rooms last spring The property offers free wireless Internet and 11,000 square feet of meeting space.

In December 2009, the 160-room Aloft Mil­waukee Downtown opened along the city's scenic RiverWalk, near the Bradley Center. The hotel offers complimentary Internet, an indoor pool and river access with boat-docking capabilities. Guest rooms feature nine-foot-high ceilings and oversized windows to allow natural sunlight and an airy environment. The property features 4,600 square feet of meeting space.

The 483-room Hyatt Regency Milwaukee completed an $18 million renovation in spring 2009. Improvements include completely refurbished guest rooms, a new restaurant/bar in the lobby, and upgrades to the entrances and landscaping. The hotel has about 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 730-room Hilton Mil­waukee City Center, 483-room Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 307-room The Pfister Hotel, 160-room Aloft Mil­waukee Downtown and 160-room Ramada Plaza Milwaukee Airport. For more complete hotel listings, go to mcvenues.com.

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

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

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

Group Venues
The Harley-Davidson Museum opened in July 2008 and encompasses 20 acres of motorcycle-related exhibits, dining options and retail outlets. The venue features indoor meeting space for up to 1,000 people, including six breakout rooms holding anywhere from 40 to 190, and outdoor space that can accommodate up to 15,000. (877) 436-8738

Dining Out
Harbor House front roomSitting on the shore of Lake Michigan, Harbor House is a 180-seat New England-style seafood restaurant with a raw bar featuring eight different types of oysters. Additional menu items include  Maine lobster roll, seafood risotto and a "non-swimmers" section featuring veal, poultry and beef. The venue includes two outdoor patios and a private room that can accommodate up to 50 guests. (414) 395-4900

CVB Services
Visit Milwaukee, (414) 273-3950 or (800) 231-0903

 

Green Scene
Travel Green Wisconsin is a program that certifies tourism organizations across the state that have committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at travelgreenwisconsin.com.

Madison
In July, plans for a high-speed rail line connecting Madison to Milwaukee, Chicago and eventually Minneapolis were approved. The Madison station will be next to the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in downtown. Using an $810 million federal stimulus fund, the project will include a hotel (details still to be finalized), an underground parking garage and a public market. Construction is expected to be completed in 2013.

The Hyatt Place Madison opened in April 2010 within walking distance of the State Capitol Building, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center and the State Street pedestrian mall. The hotel's 151 guest rooms are equipped with 42-inch high-definition televisions and complimentary wireless Internet. The property has 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, 239-room Sheraton Madison and 151-room Hyatt Place Madison. For a more complete listing, visit mcvenues.com.

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

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

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

Taxes
Room tax, 9 percent; sales tax, 5.5 percent; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.5 percent.

Group Venue
The Madison Children's Museum opened last August and features interactive learning and hands-on exhibits. Up top, the Rooftop Ramble is an open-air gathering spot with a clubhouse that can accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception; the venue's indoor Celebrations Room can host up to 20 people for a conference and up to 70 for a lecture. (608) 256-6445

Dining Out
For fresh farm-to-table fare, Harvest fits the bill. Menu items include Wisconsin grass-fed meats and house-made pastas, in addition to seasonal wine options. The venue can seat groups of up to 60 people for private dining. (608) 255-6075

Contact
Greater Madison Convention and Visi­tors Bureau, (608) 255-2537 or (800) 373-6376