Milwaukee ‘micro boutique hotel’ opens for business

George Sell By George Sell
16 April 2017 | Updated 16 April 2017

US: The Kinn Guesthouse, an eight-room ‘micro boutique hotel’ in Milwaukee has welcomed its first guests.

The property, at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, has no front desk, a shared kitchen, a communal TV room and self-service laundry.

"We didn't want to treat it as an ordinary hotel," owner Charles Bailey said. "But it's not quite as personal as going to someone's house, either."

Bailey and his wife Connie recently opened the two-storey, 11,500 square-foot building, which previously housed the Down and Over Pub, after extensive renovations.

Bailey's company, Joca Properties LLC, received a $380,000 loan from nonprofit business lender Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. in late 2015 to help finance what was budgeted as a $950,000 project.

The hotel's owners lease most of the building's first floor to the operators of Kindred restaurant, which opened in March. Kindred, which serves contemporary American dishes, is owned by sisters Marija and Vesna Madunic, who also own Firefly restaurant in Wauwatosa and Gracious Events catering.

One of Kinn's guest rooms is also on the first floor, making it accessible to people with disabilities. The seven other guest rooms and other facilities are on the second floor.

Guests book their rooms through the hotel's website and through Airbnb. They then receive two separate codes: one for the keypad that lets a guest into the hotel, and one for the individual hotel room.

Housekeeping services for short stays are usually limited to cleaning the room after the guest checks out. Housekeeping is available on request for longer stays.

"People no longer require the level of service you get at a hotel," Bailey said. "If they don't want it, why provide it?"

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