The Brewhouse Inn & Suites
What We Love
- Oversize windows flood every room with natural light
- Full kitchenettes and a well-provisioned gift shop offer two different solutions for midnight snackers
- Original features like copper kettles and a cast iron staircase acknowledge the building’s brewing history
What To Know
- The interstate and the Milwaukee River put some of the city’s attractions out of walking distance
- High ceilings mean you may find yourself adjusting the thermostat more than usual
- The hotel is part of a 20-acre LEED Platinum–certified eco-development
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A reception desk made from amber bottle glass and a vintage-looking mural by Adam Nilson nod to this hotel’s life as a 19th-century brewery. Meanwhile, exposed whitewashed brick, reclaimed wooden headboards and leather furnishings lend a degree of masculine sophistication. Most impressive, however, is the atrium, where the five original copper brew kettles gleam like new and a two-story stained glass window depicting King Gambrinus, patron saint of beer, welcomes travelers.
Bed and Bath
The loftlike guestrooms are spacious and bright, with exposed brick, beam ceilings and a muted modern palette. A separate living area furnished with plush chairs, a pullout sofabed, and a Pabst beer bucket waiting to be filled encourage lounging, and the white-tiled bathrooms have organic bath products from Pharmacopia.
Around the corner from the main entrance, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub upgrades the bar food experience; think Wisconsin cheese curds and a swordfish sandwich. Big-screen TVs over the bar make it easy to keep up with sports scores any time of day, while the small outdoor beer garden is a pleasant place to savor one of the local drafts on tap. Work it all off in the small fitness room on the atrium level.
In the Area
Beer fans will want to visit Best Place, a stone’s throw from the hotel, on Juneau Avenue. Join a guided tour of the former Pabst corporate offices (beer included, naturally) and learn about the company that was the country’s largest brewer until 1946. If liquid culture isn’t your thing, try the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, home to the city’s ballet company and symphony orchestra. When hunger strikes, head to Mader’s, a Milwaukee institution, or reserve a table at the classy yet casual Rumpus Room for small plates such as Wisconsin cheese, housemade charcuterie and grilled romaine hearts with anchovy vinaigrette and garlic chips.
How to Get There
The hotel was just cool. The second floor hallway has all the large vats right in the hallway. We like to walk so the location was very good for walking around the city. The staff was excellent. The adjoining bar/reataurant provides a free shuttle to and from the Brewers games which worked out well.
Great Location. The hotel is in the former Pabst Brewery. They still have the copper vats. The room was modern. It was large and had full kitchen facilities. The shower was good. The bed was fine. The room was quiet. The staff was friendly. Our package included valet parking which was normally $30 for overnight valet parking. I would stay here again.
They nailed the design of the old Pabst Blue Ribbon factory! I would stay here every time I come to Milwaukee. The rooms are quiet, big and comfortable. The staff was friendly, esp. Steve Perez. The surrounding area is very nice and safe.
We loved this hotel--the rustic original wood timbers and features from the old Brewery still intact and they built around them to create this cool hotel. Ashley at the front desk helped us get the "Brew Package" and we got to visit the Pabst mansion too. We loved what they have done to this hotel.
This is a beautifully renovated old property with extra large rooms, especially in the city. The rooms are clean and well appointed. We stayed in a 2 queen room and it had more than adequate space for the 5 of us. It included a large fridge and a small kitchenette. The restaurant attached to the property wasn't great but that was really the only negative about the property. It's located right near the pabst and the fiserv and would be a perfect location for either of those venues. All of the valet's were great and Steve was the best valet and customer service provider I think I've ever met! 10/10 would recommend for a stay in MKE.