The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Sara Darling

Milwaukee may be known for its baseball and beer, but the largest city in isn’t just filled with jocks. Visit in summer to see it come to life with festivals of music, arts, food and wine, or soak up some culture year-round at the impressive Miller High Life Theatre or the riverside Harley-Davidson Museum. If you’re not a fan of crowds, a boat ride on the stunning Lake Michigan or Milwaukee River will offer respite. Better yet, check into one of these peaceful spa hotels in Milwaukee, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Pfister Hotel


A cosy room with large bed and bay windows looking out over the city at The Pfister Hotel
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Romantics and art lovers flock to the Pfister Hotel, which not only boasts an impressive collection of Victorian art, but is one of Milwaukee’s best spa hotels. Built in 1893 in romanesque revival style, it’s a city icon. Don the fluffy robe and explore the lavish corridors before retreating to the soothing spa and salon for a Rhassoul Mud body treatment or hot stone massage. For total indulgence, start your day with breakfast in bed and end it with a steak at the on-site Mason Street Grill.

2. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Casino Hotel, Spa Hotel

A bright room with large windows overlooking Milwaukee at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
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If alternating between spa treatment serenity and gambling-induced adrenaline rushes is your thing, this stay is for you. Dress up for a night at the poker table, pass out in your Corner Suite with city views, then soothe your head the morning after with a holistic treatment at the hotel spa. The menu boasts everything from collagen and fruit enzyme peel facials to hot river stone and Swedish massages using Naturopathica and Babor products. Once you’re suitably recovered, the Harley-Davidson Museum is just a 20-minute stroll from the hotel.

3. The Iron Horse Hotel

Spa Hotel

An exterior view of The Iron Horse Hotel with many motorbikes parked outside
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This funky, boutique spa hotel near Walker’s Point, Milwaukee, takes over a 100-year-old, converted factory. It still retains many of its original features, from exposed brick walls to eyebrow windows and 12-foot ceilings, with on-theme, industrial-chic furnishings like hanging light bulbs and leather bedsteads. When you’re not rubbing shoulders with local trendsetters in the lobby bar or chilling in the airy communal spaces, follow the calming scents coming from the fourth-floor spa for treatments like the Rocky Road hot stone massage.

4. The Knickerbocker on the Lake

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

An exterior view of The Knickerbocker on the Lake
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Since opening in 1929, this impressive property has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. From its grand entrance hall to the lakeview suites, the hotel oozes Neoclassical style. Decidedly more modern, the inviting Knick Salon and Spa uses environmentally-conscious vegan and organic products to deliver treatments ranging from the Dream Weaver CBD facial to healing Reiki and agave and honey butter massages. If all that pampering makes you hungry, head to the onsite restaurant where you can eat in the contemporary art-filled dining room or on the lakefront patio.

5. Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Brookfield Conference Center

Chain Hotel

Two large beds in a clean and stylish room at Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Brookfield Conference Center
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Conveniently located between the Brookfield Conference Center and Brookfield Square mall, this hotel is the ideal place to wind down after a day of networking or shopping. It’s also right next door to the Azana day spa, which offers everything from hair, makeup and nail services to massage, facials and waxing. Book a day full of treatments then head back to the Hilton for a splash in the indoor pool. When you want to explore the city, the free parking means you can zip in and out of town whenever you please.

For more great hotels in Wisconsin, check out our guide to the best hotels in Madison, Wisconsin, for every traveler, bookable on Culture Trip.

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