Beer-lovers and history buffs, this one’s for you. Developers are slowly transforming Milwaukee’s historical Pabst Brewery complex, built in the late 19th century. The former brewhouse was one of the first buildings to be reincarnated and is now enjoying new life as the Brewhouse Inn and Suites. The property’s signature feature is a set of six enormous copper brewing kettles; the inn’s 90 rooms surround this centerpiece.
The entire project is LEED-certified, and the rooms are all billed as suites, although that’s a bit of a misnomer. Yes, they all include small kitchens, but they don’t all have two separate living areas. Still, they are all comfortably furnished, and you can ask for one of the larger rooms if space is important to you. The decor—called Steampunk style—may strike you as either industrial-chic or austere. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, and guests are welcome to a hearty Continental breakfast that highlights the regionally popular kringle pastry. There’s also a fitness facility and a small shop that offers refrigerated and packaged foods you can easily prepare in your room (macaroni and cheese, TV dinners and the like). If you prefer to dine in a restaurant, you can access Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub next door from within the inn (it’s also the Brewhouse’s room service provider).
Rates start at around $150.