Those looking for a more creative place to rest their head need look no further than two Wisconsin boutique hotels that opened recently.

Hotel Indigo on Madison’s near east side opened last spring and is ideally located close to downtown, Breese Stevens Field (an outdoor venue that hosts sporting events, markets and concerts), The Sylvee theater and restaurants. The building formerly held the Mautz Paint Co., which now plays host to guest rooms—and a sleek new addition ties in nicely that has more guest rooms and the aptly-named Palette Bar & Grill. The property pays homage to the building’s past, with paint-themed décor and art installations as well as nods to Madison history—like in a quote in neon tubing by Sun Prairie native Georgia O’Keeffe.

Milwaukee’s Saint Kate Arts Hotel (open since last June, seen below) is surely one of the most unique lodging properties to hit the state. Named after Saint Catherine, the patron saint of the arts, the hotel not only has art installations throughout (like a Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture out of driftwood in the lobby) but even boasts an actual pop-up art museum in the hotel. This satellite location for the Museum of Wisconsin Art (located in West Bend) hosts regular exhibitions, and tours are regularly given of the property’s art collection. Be sure to eat at the on-site restaurants Aria and Proof Pizza and sip a glass of bubbly at Giggly.,

This article originally appeared in the 2019 fall/winter issue of Experience Wisconsin magazine. The contents of this article were checked for accuracy when it was published; however, it’s possible some of the information has changed. We recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the destinations, attractions or restaurants mentioned in this article.

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