Member Spotlight: Hotel Metro

garciahotelmetro_fullsize_story1.jpgIn the heart of downtown Milwaukee, on the corner of Mason and Milwaukee Streets, sits Hotel Metro, an establishment lauded by the New York Times as “brilliantly designed” and “where to stay” in Milwaukee. Metro is an all suite, art deco inspired hotel. Metro’s suites are not large, they are huge. The average size is 550 square feet and many of them feature in-room Jacuzzis. The hotel has gathered awards and praise left and right, from recommendations from Travel + Leisure magazine and TripAdvisor to certification from Travel Green Wisconsin for its sustainable practices.

Hotel Metro prides itself on its status as an independent boutique hotel in the midst of national hotel chains in the downtown area and is an establishment rich with history. Previously a 1930s era, Art Deco office building, Hotel Metro opened in the summer of 1997. The décor, which includes bamboo flooring, era-appropriate black walnut veneers, and colorful custom-designed carpeting throughout the building, was led by famed culinary artist and interior designer Madame Liane Kuony of Fond du Lac.

Hotel Metro has long been a supporter of the LGBT community. It has previously lent its space for organizations such as the Chamber, the Wisconsin Gazette, and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, as well as hosting a fundraiser for Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. The hotel has also lent its iconic taxi for the Milwaukee Pride Parade and was a featured vendor at the Chamber's first wedding expo.

With the marriage equality ban lifted in Wisconsin, Hotel Metro looks to further cement their support for the community to become Southeastern Wisconsin's premier venue for LGBT wedding ceremonies and receptions.

To date, Hotel Metro has already hosted several same-sex ceremonies and receptions even before the marriage ban was lifted and currently has a wedding booked for the spring. Sales and Catering Manager Jon Prill notes that the hotel's small, intimate venue and accessible downtown location has been one of the main draws for LGBT couples in the area.

Mtro.Ballroom.jpgThe venues Hotel Metro offers for weddings are abundant. The largest and perhaps most prominent space is the METRO Restaurant and Lounge, which features an inviting mix of high-top tables and cozy leather seats, can fit up to 150 guests. The “Little Great Room,” which serves as the main ballroom, features 13-foot ceilings and antique fabric walls, and can fit up to 125 guests. Smaller areas include Zen on 7, a 50-guest space with access to an open-air rooftop deck, and the Sidecar, a quiet 24-guest annex within METRO Restaurant that features murals painted by a local artist.

Prill describes the hotel not simply as an LGBT-friendly establishment, but one that is welcoming and inclusive of all members of the community. As a local establishment, Prill and his staff promise a greater attention to detail and warm service to any and all who choose Hotel Metro for their events.

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