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11 Incredible Airbnbs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by Brittany Varano
Updated November 18, 2021

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Milwaukee is a seriously underrated midwestern city — but that’s good news for travelers who can find amazing Milwaukee airbnbs at a steal of a price.

Milwaukee is a destination that goes by many names. From “Brew City,” “Brew Town,” and more, these telling nicknames all attest to the city’s rich brewing history that lives on to this day. So if you’re a beer lover, be sure to tour historic breweries like Miller or Pabst or try your hand at modern beer halls like Lakefront and Third Space.

World-class beer scene aside, you don’t want to sleep on the award-winning eateries and fried cheese curds available in nearly every corner of the city. When you’ve had your fill of the local grub, other top attractions include the Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, and historic downtown streets.

Friendly hospitality is the hallmark of any Midwestern stay, and these charming Milwaukee airbnbs will ensure you experience the best of Wisconsin’s largest city in comfort.

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1. East Side Home

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Why you should stay: Homey airbnb within walking distance fantastic Milwaukee attractions.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $150/night

The East Side Home is a historic upper flat built in the 1920s by a well-known architect famous for designing in the midwestern “prairie” style popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright. The home still maintains traditional design elements like arched door frames, cozy window nook, and brick fireplace.

The home’s front patio also offers a lovely place to relax and dine al fresco. This Milwaukee airbnb is in the city’s historic East Side, best known for shopping along Downer Street and the lively Bradford Beach.

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2. Bay View MKE Flat

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Why you should stay: Cute, affordable apartment in a hip neighborhood with a great food and drink scene.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $116/night

The Bay View MKE Flat exudes bohemian charm in its creatively decorated interior space featuring antiques, original artwork, and potted plants. The hosts also provide complimentary coffee from the city’s Stone Creek Coffee as well as a functional (if small) kitchenette in case you manage to resist eating out every night.

Sunshine fills this upper-level apartment, creating a bright and airy rental in Milwaukee’s Bay View district. Some of the best attractions are just five minutes away including the Summerfest grounds, the Historic Third Ward, and the East Side. It also comes with covered parking, which can be hard to find in this part of town.

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3. Luxury 3rd Ward Condo

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Why you should stay: Upscale condo near the riverwalk in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $130/night

Industrial elements wow at this luxury 3rd Ward condo with exposed ducts, sleek black surfaces, and a contrasting brick wall painted white. There’s one bedroom and a pull-out sleeper sofa with the option of adding two twin sleeping cots, so you could fit half a dozen in the space. The base price is for a single guest, so keep in mind the rate may change as you add more travelers.

This Wisconsin airbnb is in a tobacco warehouse from the early 1900s. Guests get free parking, a community patio, and more than 1,000 square feet of living space with a modern finish.

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4. Cozy Downtown Apartment

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Why you should stay: Three bedrooms smack in the middle of downtown.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $213/night

Calming neutrals and an excellent location make this cozy downtown apartment a top pick for the best airbnb in Milwaukee. A colorful and ornate lobby reminiscent of Milwaukee’s past welcomes you to the building, which has an elevator and bikeshare just outside the front door.

Upstairs, each bedroom is decked out with premium bedding and pillowy soft mattresses promising a restful night’s sleep. The university campuses for both Marquette and UWM are nearby, as are the Milwaukee Public Market and Milwaukee Public Museum.

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5. Spacious Luxury Loft

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Why you should stay: Lux, unique Milwaukee airbnb in a great location.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $310/night

This spacious luxury loft boasts an open floor plan with attractive finishes that include exposed brick walls, wooden beams on the ceiling, and window after window lining the walls.  Aside from all the comforts of home, this stunning airbnb also features a media room, a primary bedroom with a jacuzzi tub and roomy shower, and a baby grand piano.

In addition, the building has a pilates studio and is within walking distance to plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as extensive urban walking and running trail.

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6. The Blue Serif

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Why you should stay: An upper-level loft with sweeping city views.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $159/night

The Blue Serif is a stunning unit part of the Serif Apartments, an iconic Milwaukee building once owned by Pabst Brewing. Today, the property has been updated into a modern living space while keeping a bit of original old-world charm intact through the exposed brick walls and wooden beams.It’s in a great location, close to Lake Michigan and very near some of the downtown campuses, making it a great Milwaukee airbnb if you’re visiting kids in school.

From the living room windows, enjoy south-facing views over the Walkers Point neighborhood. There is a workout center on the bottom floor for guests and you’re walking distance to fantastic jazz clubs, cafes, and boutiques.

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7. The Jungalow

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Why you should stay: Creativity and comfort in the university area one block from Oakland Avenue.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $143/night

Managed by hosts who understand that a memorable stay is all in the details, The Jungalow is a relaxing place to stay in Milwaukee’s East Side. Pops of trendy textiles, potted plants, and antique accents marry together perfectly, creating a vibe that’s half bohemian and half hipster-modern.

You’ll find eco-safe complimentary toiletries and spa care items in the bathroom, fresh coffee, and tea supplies, plus the option to order laundry service if needed. The home also features recently redone porcelain marble floors and a lovely green space out on the patio. Considering you can sleep five guests, it becomes one of the most affordable airbnbs in Milwaukee if you pack the house.

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8. Cream City Condo

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Why you should stay: Roomy condo in a hip neighborhood with yoga space and a great kitchen.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates start from: $199/night

The Cream City condo is a unique vacation rental with a tiki-themed dining room, a dedicated yoga and workout area, as well as a small office space for anyone who needs to work during their stay. Other notable features include the living room’s gas fireplace and spacious ensuite bathroom with a jacuzzi tub. As far as Milwaukee airbnbs go, this one isn’t your standard cramped, historic space – the kitchen is as big as one you’d find in a four-bedroom home and there’s plenty of space for everyone to watch a movie together at night.

The home is nestled in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods within walking distance to local breweries or only a short taxi drive to the attractions in the Historic Third Ward and Lake Michigan coast.

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9. Brew City Hideaway

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Why you should stay: Historic, dog-friendly home with lots of character.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $200/night

Housed in a building built in 1858, the Brew City Hideaway is a unique one-bedroom apartment that artfully fuses classic architecture with modern amenities. Numerous works of art line the walls, and an attractive sliding farmhouse door gives the interior space a ton of character.

The bathroom has also been recently updated with a luxurious rain shower and beautiful tiling. There’s a sleeper sofa in the living room to accommodate groups of four, and guests traveling with pets are more than welcome to bring them along. It’s not the largest Milwaukee airbnb, but it’s cute as can be inside and in a great location for exploring the city.

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10. Painted Desert

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Why you should stay: Glamp in a fun 70’s GMC motorhome decked out with books, games, and art in Bay View.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $77/night

The Painted Desert is a cheerful little getaway in the heart of Milwaukee that puts an urban spin on camping. The interior space is well-appointed and features a cockpit turned reading nook, kitchen with a gas stove, shower wet room, and a double bed.

The RV sits on a property not far from the host’s home, where guests can access a private half bath. Surrounding the RV is a yard furnished with a fire pit with complimentary firewood, a gas grill, and a picnic table. Lake Michigan and the best attractions in Bay View are easily within walking distance, or a short Uber ride away. With a starting rate of under $80 a night, it’s one of the cheapest airbnbs in Milwaukee – and fortunately, it’s pretty awesome, too.

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11. Bay View MKE Hideaway

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Why you should stay: Stylish basement apartment with access to a private enclosed patio.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $88/night

The Bay View MKE Hideaway is a beautifully decorated space with pleasant little touches. Spin your favorite vinyl on the record player in the living room or grab a book from the extensive library selection. There’s also a small and comfortable workspace, spacious living room, and a clawfoot tub for evening soaks. This one-bedroom apartment has tons of natural light and an inviting boho atmosphere. This apartment is right under the Bay View MKE Flat, so rent both if you have a larger group that wants to stay near one another while in the city.

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