Dubbel Dutch appoints management team ahead of June opening

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US: The 17-room Dubbel Dutch boutique hotel in Milwaukee, named after the original architecture of the double mansion it is housed in, is on schedule to open in summer and has appointed its management team.

Meghan Keyes and Anne Koller will jointly manage the new hotel, located on Marshall Street in downtown Milwaukee. 

Keyes joins from Snack Boys, a bar and dining spot in Milwaukee, where she served as front of house manager. Koller has worked in project management, marketing strategy and event planning for Google, World Economic Forum, and ?What If! Innovation Partners.

The developers transforming the historic house include Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development, Andy Braatz of Braatz Building and Patrick R. Jones of Ramsey Jones Architects.

As the new hotel in the COVID-19 era, Braatz said: “We have succeeded in keeping our project moving forward while ensuring we limit work to essential functions that put human health first.” 

Kaufmann added: “In addition to taking great care and precautions today, we are also able to design responsive strategies that address concerns proactively to ensure the safety and wellness of our future guests. Caring for our team, our community and future travellers is most important to us.” 

Once completed, guests will be able to check in at a kiosk in the parlour - a gathering room complete with original raised panelled walls, dentil mouldings, and Ionic-style columns with carved capitals. A staircase with hand-turned balusters leads to the upper floor guest rooms. 

The entire first floor includes the parlour and Horned Hare dining area and back bar, with original built-in china cabinets and cupboards, hardwood floors, and large windows.

Throughout the space, the interiors will feature artwork collected from flea markets and local galleries, as well as custom furniture.

There are five room types, some offering fireplaces and seating areas, others offering pull-out sofas. A suite on the south first floor offers a private bedroom with a living room, whereas the suite on the third floor provides a king bed with large seating area and kitchenette. 

The hotel is also dedicated to conservation, with energy-efficient HVAC, lighting and plumbing fixtures replacing the original mechanicals. Instead of plastic room keys in paper sleeves, guests will receive a unique combination to touch-pad door locks issued upon check in.

“We’ve gathered an outstanding team of individuals to transform and operate this property into an incredibly special place, answering a need for both hotel rooms and a unique dining option in this exciting downtown neighbourhood,” said Kaufmann. 

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