Marcus Hotels & Resorts announced that the renovations of the lobby lounge in the historic, AAA Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wis. have been completed. The company restored the hotel’s lobby lounge, which once housed one of the longest bars in Wisconsin – an 82-foot-long serpentine bar – to be reminiscent of the classic, old-school lobby cocktail lounge. Now open, the new Monarch Lounge has art deco-style bar design.
In addition to the art deco lounge, the renovation covers 3,800 square feet and includes seating areas, workstations and a media center. A stone and metal fireplace was added to the south wall, while an interactive media work area anchors the north end with touch-screens, iPads, a magazine stand and printer. The Monarch Lounge provides guests with seating for work or relaxation, with furnishings that reflect the hotel’s history.
Featuring live jazz piano music in the evenings, the lounge offers a global wine list and bar-style menu featuring Mediterranean and American selections paired with signature cocktails.
As part of the renovation, several windows on the east side of the building have been opened to overlook 5th Street and offer a view of Wisconsin Avenue and downtown. Openings have also been created to overlook the upper and lower lobbies. Design elements of the renovated lounge include rich wood architecture, comfortable leather furniture, new floor covering and fixtures to reflect the hotel’s original 1920s style.
The Monarch Room transformation marks one of the final phases in a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel’s guestrooms, lobby area, public spaces, fitness center, and more. The hotel has been extensively restored to reflect its original grandeur and renovated to incorporate modern technology.
Built in 1927, the Hilton Milwaukee is a classic art deco hotel. Originally named The Schroeder Hotel, the Hilton Milwaukee is recognized as the city's largest hotel.