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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

By REBECCA KONYA
Photos by Dan Bishop

July 2014

Once a nondescript bingo hall in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has transformed into an entertainment destination, with slot machines, gaming tables, award-winning restaurants, a theater that attracts national acts — and now a four-star hotel.

The 19-story luxury hotel located adjacent to the casino began receiving overnight guests on Aug. 18. Designed to attract casino visitors from a wider regional area, the hotel features 381 guest rooms, a casual dining restaurant and more than 10,000 feet of meeting spaces. Hotel guests can access the casino via the hotel lobby or a third-floor skywalk.

Kim Mitschke, a spokesperson for Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, refers to guest rooms as calming retreats. Decorated in rich earth tones reminiscent of natural elements, the modern decor is sophisticated yet comfortable. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room guarantee views of iconic Milwaukee landmarks like the lakefront, the city skyline and Miller Park.

"Everywhere you stay in this hotel has a really great view," says Mitschke.

Standard room options include the Casino King with a king-size bed or Casino Queen with two queen-size beds. Those looking for more upscale accommodations can book one of the hotel’s 16 800-square-foot suites, which include a separate lounge area, wet bar and Jacuzzi.

High above the city, the hotel’s presidential suite redefines the meaning of luxury. At 2,200 square feet, this inviting space offers every amenity needed for full-on pampering, including a generous master bath with Jacuzzi, two fireplaces and a 60-inch flat-screen TV. Step outside on the 800-square-foot private balcony for magnificent views of downtown Milwaukee.

The hotel’s new farm-to-table restaurant, Locavore, joins Potawatomi’s four existing full-service restaurants, which includes Dream Dance Steak and Wild Earth Cucina Italiana. With a large wrap-around bar that extends into the hotel lobby and an expansive two-story window accenting one wall, this casual dining venue has an appeal all its own. A rotating seasonal menu features sustainable, organic and local ingredients, complemented by handcrafted cocktails, regional and small-batch beers and organic wines.

Guests in need of a caffeine fix can visit Stone Creek Coffee in the hotel lobby. The coffee bar, owned and operated by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, features fresh-brewed Stone Creek Coffee blends and teas and a variety of specialty coffee drinks, along with hand-made pastries and baked goods delivered fresh daily from the Stone Creek kitchen.

The hotel also offers seven new meeting spaces that can accommodate everything from private business conferences to elaborate social events. The Serenity boasts an 1,800-square-foot outdoor patio, which Mitschke describes as an ideal venue for wedding ceremonies.

Though not a new addition to the casino, the Sweet Grass Gift Shop recently underwent a makeover to coordinate with the hotel lobby’s distinctive look. Souvenir seekers can expect to find an array of treasures here, from hand-crafted Native American items like medicine wheels, dream catchers and jewelry to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino paraphernalia, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, coffee mugs — even bingo daubers.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit paysbig.com.





 

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