6 Milwaukee Airbnbs That Will Make for the Perfect Staycation

Each one offers a uniquely Milwaukee experience.

Check in to these prime spots right here in the Cream City if you’re looking for a staycation or need a place for guests to stay. 

1) Alt’s Nest

Alt’s Nest. Courtesy of Alt’s.

This two-bedroom apartment is above Alt’s Antique and Flower Shop just a block up from the crux of the 6th Street Viaduct connecting the Iron Horse Hotel, Great Lakes Distillery and Mobcraft Brewing. The 1907 building is an original Schlitz Saloon with hardwood floors, full kitchen and bath, and furnished with Alt’s prized antiques and botanicals.

Alt’s Nest is within walking distance to tons of restaurants, bars, Potowatomi Casino and the Henry Maier Festival Grounds.

Details: 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath and 1 off-street parking spot
Where: Walker’s Point
Cost: $180 per night
Bonus: An enclosed courtyard with fire pit available for use

2) The Castor House

Castor House. Courtesy of the Cooperage.

This loft is located on the second story of the building that houses the Americana-themed bar, Boone and Crockett. Nestled on the water where the Milwaukee and Kinnickinnic rivers join the Milwaukee harbor on Lake Michigan, the location allows you to explore the attractions in the Third Ward, Lakefront and Walker’s Point neighborhoods by foot.

The contemporary, boho-inspired décor in the large one-bedroom space is courtesy of the team at URSA, a lifestyle shop in Bay View. Because of the open concept, the large space can sleep six or more guests.

Also, Taco Moto gourmet tacos and Hawthorne Coffee Rosters coffee truck are permanently parked onsite so you don’t have to travel far for a good meal.

Details: 2 “bedrooms,” 4 beds, 1 bath
Where: Walker’s Point
Cost: $189 per night
Bonus: Walk downstairs for the best in Milwaukee nightlife and waterfront recreation: The Pedal Tavern, Brew City Kayak, Electric Duffy boats and The Cooperage, which regularly hosts live music. You can even take a water taxi to Summerfest.

3) Cream City Hostel

Milwaukee’s first hostel will open June 1 in the former Holton State Bank Building on Center Street. The regal building has been vacant since 2005. Cream City Hostel will have 53 beds and rooms are configured to include everything from 1-2 beds and up to 12 beds per room. There is also a shared kitchen and enclosed green space that will add to the communal atmosphere and encourage social connections among travelers.

Details: varies
Where: Riverwest
Cost: $27-$70 for private and shared rooms
Bonus: WiFi and breakfast is included

4) HGTV Home

HGTV house. Courtesy of I Spy DIY.

Jenni Yolo of the popular blog I Spy DIY renovated this 1894 home for an HGTV pilot before moving on to her next project. This beautifully decorated abode is fully stocked with everything needed to cook your own meals (including a grill on the patio), a large dining table and washer and dryer. The spacious master bedroom also has a king bed.

This is a perfect spot for large groups and extended stays if you’re looking to be close to all the action, but enjoy the privacy of your own home.

Details: 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 2 baths
Where: Walker’s Point
Cost: $300+ per night
Bonus: This home is dog friendly and there is fenced in backyard for your furry friend to let loose.

5) Kinn Guesthouse

Kinn Guesthouse. Courtesy of Kinn.

Kinn Guesthouse is a cross between an Airbnb and a boutique hotel with eight cozy rooms, each with a different configuration. Make yourself at home in the communal kitchen, fireplace lounge, laundry room or mini library. Kinn is pet friendly and boats amenities like luxury linens, Apple TV and WiFi in the rooms that make this a choice spot for the discerning traveler looking for a unique experience. Guests can book their rooms through the hotel’s website and through Airbnb.

Details: varies
Rooms range from $175-$266
Where: Bay View
Bonus: Kindred restaurant downstairs has delectable food, and guests have complimentary access to a full-service gym a half a block away.

6) Hotel Madrid


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As the name suggests, you’d think you’d be able to check in to the Hotel Madrid, but not quite yet. The Spanish-themed restaurant will have a pair of guest rooms for overnight or extended stays on the second floor that are slated to open in July (delayed due to another restaurant project from the owners).

The rooms will feature Milwaukee cream city brick and unique Spanish decor. Guests will be able to book rooms through the Airbnb website.

Details: TBD
Cost: TDB
Where: Walker’s Point
The lower level restaurant has four distinct spaces and delicious food and drinks: Vermuteria 600 bar, Bodegon dining room, Mucha Lucha underground tequila lounge and a large outdoor patio.



Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.