New airport hotel will offer ‘park and fly’

A new three-story, 82-room Sleep Inn & Suites hotel will open in January at 4600 S. Sixth St.. in Milwaukee near General Mitchell International Airport.

The hotel is about 1.5 miles from the west entrance to General Mitchell International Airport and about half a mile from Interstate 94. Several new hotel developments have been proposed for sites near the airport in recent months. This is the first of those projects to break ground.

Construction began in April for the hotel. The site was previously a vacant lot.

Some of the units in the hotel will be suites with separate sleeping and living room areas equipped with refrigerators and microwave ovens. The hotel also will have a meeting room for groups of up to 35, high-speed wireless internet access, an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, a fitness center and breakfast service. In addition, the hotel will have additional parking available for guests to use "park and fly" overnight packages.

Sleep Inn is a division of Silver Spring, Md.-based Choice Hotels International Inc. The hotel is being developed by West Bend-based American Design-Build and North Liberty, Iowa-based Kinseth Hospitality Companies.

"We believe this property will be very successful in attracting hotel guests from General Mitchell Field, and we are delighted to open our second hotel (the other is the Hampton Inn & Suites in West Bend) in partnership with American Design & Build in the greater Milwaukee area," said Bruce Kinseth, vice president of Kinseth Hospitality. "We look forward to providing high quality lodging accommodations and great service, at a reasonable price, to guests in the airport area."

About 25 people will work at the hotel. Kinseth Hospitality announced that Brian Thoe will be the hotel’s general manager and Stacey Geil will be the assistant general manager. Thoe most recently worked at Holiday Inn in Mason City, Iowa, and Geil was the reservations manager for the Brookfield Suites Hotel in Brookfield.

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