Exploring Milwaukee's Coolest Hotel: Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel

By Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel By Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel | November 7, 2022


As one of the first hotels in the nation to broadly celebrate the arts in its many forms, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in downtown Milwaukee offers a modern luxury experience with an artful twist.

Located in the heart of the city’s theater and entertainment district along the city’s RiverWalk, the hotel is within walking distance from major art centers and entertainment destinations, as well as public parks, the festival grounds, and the glorious Lake Michigan waterfront.


Losing Yourself in the Arts

Beginning with Big Piney, the large iconic horse sculpture in the lobby designed by Deborah Butterfield, you are instantly enveloped in the arts the moment you walk in the door. With both emerging and established artists who are at the forefront of their fields throughout the six gallery spaces, those featured in Saint Kate are pushing boundaries and finding innovative ways to tell their stories through photography, sculpture, painting, fiber arts, and more. Guests can experience immersive displays by artists like the Milwaukee-based Nykoli Koslow, who works in the realm of painting and drawing, pulling from ancient history, mythology, religion, mysticism, and theoretical physics, and Joe Cimino, a time-based media artist whose new exhibition features film and drawing to explore what nostalgic feelings and materials reveal about human perception, and by extension, our ephemeral and peripheral histories. Saint Kate is also home to the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s first downtown location, MOWA | DTN. Meander through these galleries on your own or with an expertly guided tour from Saint Kate’s curator. You can also join intimate conversations with guest curators and artists through the hotel’s exclusive art engagement and programming opportunities.


A Culinary Journey Under One Roof

Saint Kate’s devotion to the arts extends to the culinary field as well. With three restaurants and two bars on-site, the hotel features elevated Midwestern cuisine at ARIA, fast-casual Neapolitan pizza in Proof Pizza, and specially curated event menus in The Dark Room. Saint Kate is also home to the city’s only champagne bar, Giggly, with a vast selection of champagne and sparkling wines as well as small bites. At the Bar in the lobby, artfully crafted cocktails, locally brewed beers, fine wines and delectable bites await with nightly live music seven days a week.


Dreaming in Color

As you retreat for the evening, every guest room has a ukulele to play your favorite song, drawing paper to draw or write your thoughts, and a record player to play your favorite vinyls.

If you’d prefer to draw inspiration from other artists during your slumber, Saint Kate’s Canvas Rooms are available. Completely designed by local artists, you can fall sleep in a masterpiece.

As one of the coolest hotels in Milwaukee with unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else, your stay at Saint Kate will be one to remember.