Hotel will enhance casino meeting facilities

The 18-story, $150 million hotel under construction at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee will enhance the facility’s offerings for meeting and events when the hotel opens this fall.

The 381-room hotel will have seven meeting rooms with a total of 12,000 square feet of meeting space and the entire facility, to be renamed Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, will then have a total of 60,000 square feet of meeting space.

That is significant because the facility will have more meeting space than any other hotel in Milwaukee, according to Kaelyn Cervero, sales and catering operations manager for Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

The addition of the hotel also allows Potawatomi to offer hotel rooms as part of meeting and event packages. The addition of the hotel is helping Potawatomi attract new events to the city and events have been booked there as far out as 2018, Cervero said.

“The combination of the (casino’s existing 32,000-square-foot) Expo Center along with the meeting space we are adding at the hotel, this is becoming a unique (meeting and event) option,” she said. “It’s now a unique venue that is attracting groups that previously hadn’t considered Milwaukee.”

Potawatomi Bingo Casino officials provided tours of the hotel construction site this week to the news media. Click here to see a slideshow.

The meeting space in the hotel will be located on the third floor. That floor will also have a connection between the hotel and the casino.

The third floor of the hotel will also have an outdoor pation, almost 2,000 square feet in size, offering views of the city and a place for event patrons to get some fresh air.

The meeting spaces and guest rooms in the hotel have large windows offering unique views of downtown Milwaukee, the Marquette Valley Fields, Miller Park and the Mitchell Park Domes.

The first floor of the hotel will have a lobby, bar, coffee shop, a 10-seat lounge and a 172-seat full-service restaurant. The coffee shop will have a local brand that will be announced soon.

The hotel’s fitness center will be located on the fourth floor.

The sidewalks and driveway between city streets and through the hotel’s porte cochere will have an underground heating system to melt any snow or ice.

The hotel will be four star quality with “all of the full service features you can imagine,” hotel director Hassan Abdel-Moneim said.

Also an additional 1,400-space parking structure is being built for the hotel to the east of the casino’s existing parking structures.

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