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Five Marcus Hotels & Resorts Properties Honored with 2022 MUSE Hotel Awards

Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ took home top honors from the 2022 MUSE Hotels Awards. This awards program recognizes hotels and restaurants which offer world-class service and facilities, and that make everything from dinner to a night’s stay memorable for every guest. Winners are awarded platinum and gold honors for their commitment to hospitality.

The hotels and restaurants awarded MUSE Hotel Awards in their respective categories are:

The properties were amongst hundreds of submissions from across the globe. To see a full list of 2022 MUSE Hotel Award Winners, click here.


The Pfister Hotel included in 2022 Historic Hotels of America Most Magnificant Art Collections list

Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels, recently named The Pfister Hotel to its 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels of America Most Magnificant Art Collections list.

As noted in the article, “The Pfister Hotel’s art collection is reportedly the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world. Collected by Guido and Charles Pfister, the historic Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hotel keeps at least 80 pieces of 19th and early 20th-century Salon and Genre works on permanent display. Drawn from a variety of styles and subject matters, and gracing the setting for which they were selected, the collection offers guests a rare glimpse into the tastes and sensibilities that enlivened the Belle Epoque. Visitors can explore and learn about this art collection with a self-guided tour or a scheduled tour with the hotel’s current Artist-in-Residence. As guests enter, they are greeted by the two bronze statues called the Pikemen dating back to the opening of the hotel, standing on each side of the entrance. In the lobby are the well-known Pfister Lions, today called “Dick” and “Harry.” Charles Pfister used to introduce them as “Mason” and “Jefferson” to his guests. Moving through the hotel, nearly all the art embraces a style that was very much in vogue in the early 1900s, and is a complement to the hotel’s history. The landscapes, portraits, and sculptures are distributed throughout the hotel and serve as a welcome invitation at the top of each stairway or down a long corridor. Currently, the hotel offers self-guided tours of the art collection.”

To read more, click here.


Washington Post: LPs, Vitamix blenders and potted plants: How hotel libraries are getting creative

Although the words “lending library” may initially bring to mind books, more hotels are getting creative with loaner programs, offering musical instruments, movies, houseplants, outdoor gear and more. It’s a move they hope will create buzz about their property, provide novel ways to explore the local community and appeal to guests who aren’t as keen on hanging out at the hotel bar.

Read more about the special libraries hotels like Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel provide their guests here.


Hotel Scoop: Milwaukee’s Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel

Every detail is curated at Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel, 139 East Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, right down to the soap at the sink in the guests’ bathroom. According to its designer, the artist Niki Johnson, the soap won a national design award (not sure which one, though). Then again, Saint Kate isn’t a usual hotel.

For starters, it’s owned and operated by locals. The Marcus Corporation of Milwaukee took the former InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee into its Marcus Hotels & Resorts division and, using the design skills of New York City interior designer Stonehill Taylor, transformed it into a hotel focused on the arts — but kicks the concept up a notch or two.

Click here to continuing reading this review of Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel.



USA Today: You can walk from these 3 unique Milwaukee hotels to awesome attractions

Three distinctly different hotels and cool sights present visitors with win-win choices

Saint Kate is nothing if not cool. On the west side of East Town and near the river, it draws a sophisticated crowd, especially to the trendy lobby bar where cocktails are sipped to the sounds of live jazz. Art is everywhere, including in a well-curated lobby-level gallery. It informs the hotel’s aesthetic but isn’t highbrow, with pieces ranging from serious to humorously quirky. You don’t need an art degree to enjoy it, but do take the Champagne Art tour for interesting insights.

The 219 guest rooms are art-centric, too. Bathrooms are elevated by elegant Kohler design elements and playful room amenities add pizazz, like the turntable, old-school vinyl records and a bright red ukulele that I didn’t play but loved looking at.

Some art is functional. A lamp in my room was visually intriguing but how to turn it on remained a puzzlement (perhaps the guest was the dim one). Saint Kate is a dazzling collision of immersive art experience and upscale hotel – a treat for art lovers, sure, but for everyone else, too.

Nearby sights that you can walk to:

  • Pabst Theater – Opened in 1895, it’s still the place to catch a performance. Walk time: 2 minutes.
  • SafeHouse – This spy-themed cocktail joint requires a password. Don’t ask locals to tell you; they won’t. Walk time: 3 minutes.
  • Milwaukee RiverWalk – Stroll along the river; find the Bronze Fonz statue. Walk time: 4 minutes.
  • Old World Third Street – Hip hub of Milwaukee nightlife with concert venues, sports arenas and trending bars. Walk time: 5 minutes.
  • Deer District – A happening sports and entertainment area that includes Fiserv Forum, home to the Milwaukee Bucks. Walk time: 10 minutes.
  • “Heart & Sol” mural – Another Mauricio Ramirez work making Milwaukee more colorful. Walk time: 14 minutes.



Milwaukee Magazine: Meet the Curator at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

Samantha Timm brings art to its full potential in the galleries she curates for.

Before curating Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel’s lavish, modern galleries, Samantha Timm had a different expertise – 19th-century British art. She spent nearly a decade working in museums and galleries around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the York Art Gallery in England.

Working in a hotel has its differences from her past jobs. At Saint Kate, Timm considers the entire visitor experience, from the room – including stays in the artist-designed Canvas rooms – to dining and imbibing at the hotel’s restaurants and bars. She has five feature exhibitions under her purview and oversees the hotel’s permanent collection and coordination with the Museum of Wisconsin Art to bring its lobby-level gallery, MoWA | DTN, to life. While ensuring that all the artwork fits Saint Kate’s brand, she looks especially for work that plays with unusual mediums. “My art is facilitating what we do here,” Timm says. “I invite our artists to use our space as a platform.”

Sometimes that means getting collaborative with the artists. Right now, in the lobby, there’s a display showcasing “A Cabinet of Curiosities” by a pair of local artists called The Wondermakers (up through April 3). It features dozens of intricate textiles. Timm spent hours hanging pieces from the ceiling with fishing line to give it the look of a whimsical constellation.

“I have this constant sense of wonder about all the pieces that we have, and about all the shows that are on display,” Timm says. “I try to share that with my guests.”

You can join Timm on one of her Champagne Art Tours, usually offered on Fridays and Saturdays. With a glass of bubbly in hand, she whisks you around the hotel’s exhibits and helps you understand and engage with the art.

Read more about Saint Kate’s curator here.


Derek Morrison, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace – Professional of the Week

Derek Morrison, general manager of Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, was profiled in InBusiness Magazine and was named by the magazine as Professional of the Week. Read this profile of Derek to learn more about his passion for creating memorable experiences for guests, his secret talents and love for Dane County.


It’s no secret– Milwaukee’s SafeHouse is celebrating 55 years this weekend with spy fun, food & drinks

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58)– Fifty five years of spy intrigue culminates with a big birthday bash this weekend at Milwaukee’s SafeHouse.

The celebration continues both Friday and Saturday with drink and food specials, spy merch, free giveaways, and a special mission for agents.

Of course the timing is perfect with the release of the new James Bond movie “No Time to Die.” And while this anniversary is a neat look back, it’s also a way to get future generations interested in the mysterious undercover world.

To watch video of CBS 58’s Michael Schlesinger’s visit to the SafeHouse, click here.


5 Wisconsin hotels voted among best in the U.S. by readers of Conde Nast Traveler in 2021

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel and The Pfister Hotel haves won 2021 Readers’ Choice awards from Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Milwaukee’s Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel was listed among the top 20 hotels in the Midwest for the second year in a row, ranking No. 5. The Pfister Hotel also made that list at No. 7.

Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article to learn more about these prestigious awards.


This Beloved Milwaukee Steakhouse Is Ready to Reopen

The Milwaukee ChopHouse is reopening this weekend.


The Downtown steak and seafood restaurant, which has been closed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, will officially reopen for business on Friday.

Located in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 633 N. Fifth St., the Milwaukee ChopHouse will return to its roots to offer its classic steakhouse menu with a contemporary twist. Guests can once again enjoy their favorite dishes, like Wagyu carpaccio, lobster mac ‘n cheese and Strauss lamb chops as well as its selection of wet- and dry-aged steaks, various seafood options and a vegan and vegetarian selection.

To read more of Milwaukee Magazine’s article about the Milwaukee ChopHouse’s reopening, click here.