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About Wisconsin

Known as America’s dairy, the vast expanses of this Great Lakes state contain far more than rolling fields and contented cattle. As well as a multitude of cheeses, this part of the Midwest offers plenty to keep the visitor – especially the outdoors-oriented visitor – entertained for weeks on end. Our pick of the best places to stay in Wisconsin have something for everyone, whether you're a city or country lover.

State capital Madison is situated bang in the middle of two lakes (Mendota and Menono), so if it's water based fun you're after, there's plenty to be had here. It's also known to be one of the USA's friendliest cities and one of the easiest to get around on foot.

Fishing, skiing, kayaking and exploring the craggy lakeside landscape, can be complemented by hiking, biking, camping, sailing and shopping. Then there are the great breweries and the famous museums like Milwaukee’s Harley Davidson Museum, and the country houses of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which are well worth a visit.

Milwaukee people love their festivals, and they love their beer (brewed here for centuries to wash down all the cheese presumably!), and the relatively relaxed pace of life here is in marked contrast to the East and West Coasts. Our selection of the best places to stay in Wisconsin provides you with the best launch pads from which to jump into Wisconsin’s overflowing array of pleasant surprises.

For city slickers

  • Ideal for business travellers as well as city breakers, the Hotel Metro is classic Milwaukee art deco. It's the perfect launch pad for exploring this fascinating, art-and-culture-endowed metropolis.
  • If you’re visiting the state capital in Madison, the luxurious boutique, The Edgewater, is ideal, combining extreme convenience near the Capitol building with an idyllic lakeside setting on Lake Mendota

For bike lovers

  • The Iron Horse is a Harley Davidson-themed luxury hotel just across the bridge from downtown Milwaukee’s famous Harley Davidson Museum.

For an industrial conversion

  • The Charmant is a candy factory turned boutique hotel in La Crosse, which retains many original features whilst beguiling guests with luxurious bedrooms, a restaurant serving French inspired cuisine and great roof terrace for chilling out!

For rural retreaters

  • Try Canoe Bay, Chetek to enjoy the pristine peace and quiet of mid-state Wisconsin, a beautiful hideaway ideal for romance and escape, adults only!

Still undecided? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Wisconsin or contact one of our gurus for further advice.

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Best Hotels in Wisconsin

  • Graduate Madison Madison 72 rooms from £88

    Families  -  It doesn't get much better than the Camp Wandawega Suite for families. Kids will love camp-out bunk beds with game consoles
    Value chic  -  Fantastic value in the heart of town. Enjoy plenty of trendy hang-out spaces with most attractions walking distance
    Learning  -  Located a block from the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin. Special student rates are available
    City Style  -  Will appeal to those who appreciate designer interiors done in a whimsical and adventurous style
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    On-trend luxe boutique hotel that ticks every box; fab city centre location, playful interiors, rooftop dining options and impressive lake views. Mid-century rooms are a riot of colour and sociable shared spaces create a fun informal vibe that will appeal to students, alumni, families & pets alike. See More

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  • The Edgewater Madison (Wisconsin) 202 rooms from £108

    Sights nearby  -  Check out the Capitol building and its bustling historic square.
    Views  -  Lake Mendota.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Standing tall on Lake Mendota, near to Capitol Square, this Art Deco boutique offers a luxurious stay for leisure and business guests. Modern interiors and ceiling-to-floor windows capture the light & Lakeside setting. Perfect hospitality includes the Wellness on the Water spa. See More

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  • Blacksmith Inn on the Shore Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin 15 rooms from £113

    Active Holiday  -  With fishing, sailing and kayaking all easy accessible, the inn is the perfect spot for discovering the fun of Lake Michigan
    Romantic Break  -  Whirlpools, fireplaces and private balconies, many with hammocks, provide the backdrop for a deliciously romantic getaway
    Kayaking  -  Borrow the inn's kayak and paddle across the lake
    Sights nearby  -  Take the car ferry ride to Washington Island
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    A charming and luxurious lakeside inn nestled on the shore in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin. Rooms are elegant and spacious with private balconies with hammocks, in-room whirlpool, fireplace and sweeping vistas of the harbour. Indulge in delicious gourmet breakfasts. An idyllic rural getaway. See More

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  • The Northland Green Bay, Wisconsin 160 rooms from £116

    Weddings  -  Preferred venue in the city for upscale and elegant weddings with beautiful historic event spaces bursting with character
    City Style  -  Wonderful blend of local history, historic architecture and cutting-edge contemporary interiors
    Sights nearby  -  Heritage Hill State Park and Green Bay Botanical Garden offer insights into the past
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    Built in 1924 as the largest hotel in Wisconsin, this luxury city centre grand dame retains serious appeal. Graceful Beaux Art-style public areas include two restaurants and bar with a genteel feel. Stunning and well-appointed rooms exude paired-back contemporary glamour with world-class amenities. See More

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  • The Charmant La Crosse, Wisconsin 67 rooms from £132

    Great walks  -  Head to Riverside Park, opposite the hotel, is a beautiful setting with boats to do a scenic tour on.
    Sights nearby  -  Grandad Bluff 600-foot-high offers panoramic views of Mississippi Valley.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
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    Candy factory turned landmark boutique revealing original exposed brick and wood beams. Art filled rooms are luxurious with town and park views. Hospitality is a main vein of this hotel, with restaurant, parlour and roof terrace options for dining. Business or leisure, this is the answer. See More

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  • The Iron Horse Milwaukee (Wisconsin) 100 rooms from £156

    Sights nearby  -  Across the bridge from the Harley Davidson Museum.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
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    This Harley Davidson themed luxury hotel has spacious, contemporary rooms located in a converted industrial setting. The Smyth Restaurant is traditional in Midwest cuisine, breakfast in The Library, events in The Yard and drinks at Branded Bar. Spa and gym both complete the modern, business image. See More

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  • Hotel Metro Milwaukee (Wisconsin) 63 rooms from £157

    Sights nearby  -  Ten Chimneys Foundation is a 60 acre estate with rich history and stunning collections.
    Spa  -  Relax in the salt water hot tub with waterfall.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Art Deco environmentally conscious Milwaukee landmark for business travellers and luxury seekers. Large, contemporary rooms have access to pool, spa and gym and the treat of breakfast in bed. Zen On 7 rooftop lounge is popular across town on an evening, or casual dining at the restaurant. See More

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  • Kimpton Journeyman Hotel Milwaukee 158 rooms from £260

    City Style  -  A suave and sophisticated city break hotel in Milwaukee's most desirable area, with gourmet cusine and a lively rooftop bar
    Romantic Break  -  For an extra romantic vibe choose the King Spa rooms with enormous soaking tubs and silky soft sheets
    Local markets  -  Milwaukee Public Market is just a few minutes down the road and is well known for its artisan food producers
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    This characterful new-build is a fantastic addition to the Historic Third Ward area. The rooms offer understated opulence with Frette linen, tasteful art and indulgent bathrooms. With a choice of two restaurants, an excellent gym and a pet pampering policy it is a perfect city break. See More

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  • Canoe Bay Chetek, Wisconsin 26 rooms from £273

    Hideaway  -  Beautiful surroundings make this idyllic hideaway worth the trip. Make sure to ask for directions, don't rely on GPS.
    Fishing  -  The lake offers a world of activities come the summer months - fishing, boating, swimming, walking.
    Kayaking  -  Kayaking in the summer is a fantastic way to pass an afternoon.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only.
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    Magical and memorable stay on a pristine lake in the heart of Wisconsin. Luxurious rooms some with fireplaces and others offering private saunas. Explore activities in sun or snow. The taste experience "Fresher is Better" approach hits the spot aided by the extensive wine list. A fantastic stay! See More

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  • Hillside Waterfront Hotel Ephraim, Wisconsin 7 rooms from £286

    Active Holiday  -  Kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and romantic cruises are especially popular on the lake in the summer months
    Sights nearby  -  A day at Rock Island State Park is a must if you plan to explore the Washington Island area of Door County
    Great walks  -  Discover the endless trails nearby to the inn
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    An elegant waterfront inn, in the heart of the quiet town of Ephraim. Rooms are spacious and airy with white and cream colour schemes, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and private balconies showcasing the outstanding waterfront views of Eagle Harbor. A romantic choice for a rural escape. See More

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