The Plaza Hotel Story

Finding the perfect blend of contemporary comfort and historic significance, The Plaza Hotel’s storied past has been admiringly preserved and consciously revitalized. Read more about our story.

How it all began

A fixture on Milwaukee’s Lower East Side since the Roaring Twenties, the building was designed by architect George W. Adams and originally constructed as two buildings in 1925. The four-story Plaza is identifiable by its red brick exterior with stone trim and wrought iron details.

Its historic Art Deco architecture is what first attracted the Crichton family to purchase The Plaza Hotel in 1984. They are just the second owners of the building, which has been thoughtfully renovated over the years to restore many of the stunning original architectural details while providing for the modern amenities and latest technology today’s travelers demand.

The Café at the Plaza was originally a tea room where lady residents entertained guests. In 1950, the infamous lunch counter (as we know today) was installed and the Café at the Plaza was born. To this day it remains a local Milwaukee treasure.

The Plaza today

Both charmingly historic and eclectically modern, The Plaza is a true neighborhood boutique hotel. We’re proud of being a classic “walk-up” European-style hotel and part of our charm is the terrazzo and wrought iron staircase (that’s right, no elevators). But don’t fret, our friendly and helpful staff are happy to carry your bags upstairs for you.

We welcome you to come and explore The Plaza Hotel – your Milwaukee adventure awaits.