Literally running late to an 8:00 pm show at the Milwaukee Repertory theater, I left the hotel at 7:53 and slipped into my seat just as the house lights were going dark. The Riverside Theater is just feet from the hotel, the Pabst is right next door to the Rep, and The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is just another block and a half to the north. US Cellular Arena, Bradley Center, Milwaukee Theater and Historic Turner Hall Ballroom are all less than half a mile from the hotel. In other words, a super downtown location for entertainment.
The room rate was nice and low this time, and the adjoining overnight parking only cost me $12. Hampton breakfast was way better than average. The small room had a view of a brick wall that needs tuck pointing, but it (the room) was clean, with a nicely functioning bath. Swift check-in, friendly staff.
I've stayed at the DoubleTree on West Wisconsin Avenue several times, but if I can get a room at this Hampton for a decent rate, I'll stay here next time. (If I really need a hotel restaurant, I can walk to the DoubleTree.) After the play this time I walked into Mo's Irish Pub (and right back out, due to annoying non-Irish music). I crossed over to the Rock Bottom and had a nice tuna appetizer and a decent red ale. Dessert was a king sized frozen Snickers bar from the Hampton pantry.
Milwaukee is a music mecca, minus the big city hassles of Chicago. Offbeat groups come through often (e.g., Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and Beirut). I'll be back for more of that, and for the superb Milwaukee Rep, too.
- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn And Suites Downtown Milwaukee Hotel
- Hampton Inn Milwaukee
- Milwaukee Hampton Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown is located in Milwaukee, close to Riverside Theater, BMO Harris Bradley Center, and Milwaukee Art Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Marquette University and Summerfest grounds. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility. This hotel has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. All stays include free hot breakfast and internet. ... more less
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