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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.

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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.



WTMJ-TV The Morning Blend: Entertaining in Style at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

A Spotlight on the ARIA Restaurant

If you’re looking for the perfect downtown hot spot to connect, relax, and celebrate, then you’re in luck. The ARIA restaurant at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel has recently reopened with a brand-new concept: artisanal American cuisine. You will not want to pass up a locally-inspired seasonal menu that incorporates the best local ingredients! Today, Entertainment Guru, David Caruso, and Executive Chef, Paul Funk, give us a sneak peek at ARIA’s swanky ambience and delicious cuisine.


MKE Lifestyle: Dish of the Month: Long Bone Short Rib Pastrami from ARIA


Comfort food is having a major moment. But for Paul Funk, executive chef at Saint Kate — The Arts Hotel, simple food beautifully prepared has always had its own cachet. It’s a philosophy carefully honed since Funk was a kid in Racine, cooking beside his grandma.

And while Funk’s work experience has taken him across the nation and across the pond, Wisconsin’s agriculture and food traditions have always held fascination. So when the time came to reimagine the menu at ARIA, Saint Kate’s fine dining restaurant, ahead of its post-pandemic reopen, Funk naturally stuck close to home. Drawing inspiration from the state’s melting pot cuisines, tried and true favorites from his youth, and treks up north, Funk created a menu he describes as “what Wisconsin, what Milwaukee, what upper Midwestern food is, without it just being cheese curds, bratwurst and schnitzel.

“I started imagining a picture in my head of the lake, the loons, the hunters, all of those things,” he says of a cool-weather northern excursion that inspired ARIA’s duck breast entree. “It’s these Wisconsin things, whether it’s a product like cherries or duck, or a menu item that’s a common tradition here. So I make a Wisconsin maple spaetzle to go with the duck, and then the cherries … [and take] that supper club thing that usually disappoints me, take our technique and my background, and make it into something that I’m really excited about.”

A particular point of pride is the Long Bone Short Rib Pastrami, a jaw-dropping, weekends-only indulgence that blends Wisconsin’s historic devotion to cured meats and Funk’s love of artful simplicity.

To read more about the Long Bone Short Rib Pastrami, click here.




OnMilwaukee: Get a delicious brick oven breakfast (or brunch) at the Bar at Saint Kate

A bright artful space and creative menu make the Bar a perfect spot for your morning meal.

The Bar in the first floor lobby at Saint Kate, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., has always been an amiable space for gathering, whether for a mid-day coffee meeting or cocktail hour with friends (complete with live music). But now, the beautiful sunny space is also a destination for breakfast seven days a week.

You can order a cup of Valentine coffee for the road or bagels for the office; or sit down, relax, check your emails and enjoy a bagel sandwich on a weekday morning. Plentiful outlets and communal tables also make it an ideal space for breakfast meetings, complete with a menu of easy-to-eat staples.

But, thanks to the artful environs and comfortable seating, the Bar is also an option for  leisurely morning meals or weekend brunches. The Bar itself offers a host of drinks, including brunch-worthy cocktails like bloody marys and a menu of specialty mimosas on Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To read the full OnMilwaukee story about the Bar’s delicious brick oven specialty breakfast offerings, click here.