The Knickerbocker on the Lake hotel is like a home away from home for visitors to Milwaukee. The hotel considers itself the premiere boutique hotel in the city, and describes its accomodations as practical, efficient, romantic, and luxurious. They have combined the charm of a European inn with the privacy of a typical hotel. There are over 180 rooms and suites, half of which house permanent residents. Each of the suites is owned by someone different, and rented to visitors to the city. The landlords have set specific standards as to how the rooms must be decorated. Styles vary from Victorian to French Country. The website features a variety of photos of the rooms, so you can choose beforehand what your surroundings will look like. The hotel is located about 15 minutes from the airport, and is within walking distance of Lake Michigan. It is also near a variety of downtown Milwaukee attractions including the festival grounds, the art and theatre district, museums, and many of Milwaukee's best restaurants.
The Knickerbocker, as locals call it, was built in 1929 in Milwaukee's Yankee Hill District. Various renovations has completely restored the lobby area, while keeping the Old World charm of the original building. The hotel is used for both business and leisure travel. They offer meeting space and a variety of corporate stay amenities. The rooms all have kitchen amenities, allowing business and cause travelersa chance to relax in their rooms and enjoy the ambiance while preparing their own food. There are standard rooms, as well as junior suites and regular suites. Some offer a full kitchen, separate bedroom, and living area. Those with a desire to enjoy the local cuisine can enjoy an Italian dinner at the Osteria del Mondo. Their menu features fresh fish dishes with an Italian flair, homemade pasta, and various carnivorous entrees. It has been open since 1994 and has been elected by Milwaukee magazine as one of the city's top 25 restaurants several times. Both Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have named it best Italian restaurant in the city, and the 1998 Zagat survey placed it in the top five restaurants in Wisconsin.
Those in the mood for ligher fare in an upscale environment can dine at The Knick for lunch or dinner. Popular for business meals, the outdoor patio features live jazz performances on Thursday evenings. The hotel is a gathering place for the hip local set, as well as a posh destination for out of town travelers, and a place for local business persons to wheel and deal. The historic charm of the hotel allows guests to experience the best of Milwaukee in a comfortable, upscale location. Nestled comfortably in one of Milwaukee's most authentic neighborhoods, The Knickerbocker is a great place to stay if you want to examine Milwaukee life and culture. The next time you visit the Midwestern city, consider staying at one of the most historic and authentic hotel's the city has to offer. The Knickerbocker offers history, comfort, and class.