In the Milwaukee suburbs, Marriott Milwaukee West can be a superior stay and baseball play

By Chris Baldwin, Contributor

The Marriott Milwaukee West hotel, located in a suburb of Milwaukee, is a good alternative for golfers, tourists and business travelers to staying downtown. Its location gives you access to Miller Park, Washington County Golf Course and Erin Hills Golf Course.

Marriott Milwaukee West
Marriott Milwaukee West is a corporate hotel with a nice mini-lake setting.
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WAUKESHA, Wis. - Any regular golf or business traveler knows that sometimes staying outside the city is a lot more convenient than being right downtown. Traffic concerns are often less, parking's almost always much cheaper (usually free) and the rooms themselves tend to be bigger.

Now, in a city like New York, Chicago or Paris, this doesn't matter. You want to be right there, regardless, in on the action.

When it comes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin's largest and most important city (except for Green Bay on home football Sundays), it's a different story, though. You can get that Miller Beer anywhere (it doesn't taste any better here, anyways).

That's part of what makes the Marriott Milwaukee West a good option if you're trying to work some golf into your Milwaukee business or vacation trip. This hotel is almost 20 minutes from downtown in the middle of a corporate center complex. Its highway access couldn't be easier, though, and all the courses you want to play are outside of downtown - including Erin Hills Golf Course, the favorite to host the 2017 U.S. Open and Washington County Golf Course, the Arthur Hills muni gem.

When you get back to the Marriott Milwaukee West, you'll get a gleaming glass hotel that actually towers over a little lake. This is a pretty new hotel where the carpets are still very clean. The standard rooms are large - a good third bigger than your average-size hotel room - and the beds are the most comfortable I've ever slept in at a Marriott. The business center is free (including printing and copies). There's a pool, and the bar stays open late like a real bar (unlike one of those weak hotel bars that shut down at 11 p.m. or midnight).

During this visit, a group of Marines managed to keep it open even past 2 a.m.

Wisconsinites don't just know cheese. They can party, too.

Leave time for Miller Park

With the Milwaukee Brewers ballpark being out a little ways from downtown, the Marriott Milwaukee West is a good base for seeing some baseball, too. Just make sure you leave early. Even though Miller Park is only 12 miles from the Marriott, it's not exactly a modern marvel of transportation engineering.

Despite the fact it's in the middle of a wide-open area with no real restaurants, life or natural traffic around it, Miller Park still often turns into a parking lot before you park. The roads leading into the stadium are much more narrow and twisting than you would think roads designed for access to a 45,000-seat baseball stadium would be.

"And I thought some of the par 5s at Erin Hills were frustrating," visiting golfer Don Cleary said. "This is a crazy traffic pattern."

Turns out that 600-yard par 5s (three of the four par 5s at Erin Hills are unbelievably that long) are still nothing compared to real-world stress.

Once you finally get into Miller Park, you might be disappointed to find that the retractable roof on the stadium is often completely closed on even beautiful early fall nights, because the Brewers believe the ball flies better in an enclosed stadium.

Yes, you'll have to get your fresh air on the golf course.

The good news is that it's easy to get Brewers tickets - so much so that Chicago Cubs fans who find Wrigley too pricey and difficult to get into drive up to Milwaukee in droves whenever the Cubs are in town. It's such a big influx that there are usually more Cubs fans than Brewers fans in Miller Park for those series - even this year when Milwaukee made the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons.

Movies at Marriott Milwaukee West

Once you're back at the Marriott Milwaukee West, you'll have options for the type of night that many golfers enjoy on the road (those strip-club-bashes-every-night-tales you weave for your jealous friends back home regardless). A huge Majestic movie theater sits right across the highway, reachable by service roads. There's a mall with a big Barnes and Noble and a fresh food market a few more exits away.

This is a upscale hotel where it's easy to grab a quick, no-fuss breakfast on the way to the course or a snack after sneaking out of that business conference for a late afternoon nine.

It is all the better if that conference is scheduled for Marriott Milwaukee West and its 11,000 square feet of meeting space. Those ballrooms — the retreat-like exterior setting with the small lake and the Marriott rewards program that some frequent travelers treat like a crack addiction — assures that Marriott Milwaukee West has a professional business traveler's vibe.

Don't be alarmed if you see some bikers here either, though. The new Harley-Davidson Museum (which just opened this summer) on 20 acres is not far away, either. Truth is most of these weekend bikers are just as well off as you - if not more.

Hey, you're in the heart of it all, right where you want to be. Smack dab in Milwaukee's suburbs.

Chris BaldwinChris Baldwin, Contributor

Chris Baldwin keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.

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