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The Harborview is, as the name suggests, right on the water in downtown Port Washington.

Revamped Harborview creates boutique-style hotel in the heart of Port Washington

After an extensive renovation, the downtown Port Washington hotel at 135 E. Grand Ave. that once operated as a Best Western and as a Holiday Inn, has been rebranded The Harborview Hotel, and just in time for Port Fish Day, which takes place on Saturday, July 20.

S&L Hospitality, based in Verona, has owned the hotel for 21 years and now has reimagined this Lake Michigan waterfront property, creating a boutique-style hotel right in the middle of town that also includes a restaurant with a lake view.

In addition to new decor, modern furniture and fixtures, as well as artwork and photography by local artists in the common areas, the hotel now has high-efficiency windows, as well as upgraded bed linens and towels and premium bath products in its rooms, as well as sofa beds in the suites.

Outside, there's new landscaping, new signage and enhanced lighting and a made-over patio area. The restaurant also has an outdoor deck with fire pits and views of the Port Washington harbor, with its distinctive lighthouse at the end of a breakwater you can stroll out onto, and the nearby Rotary Park.

The new Beacon Restaurant & Bar focuses on Wisconsin specialties, and there's also a pool, a party room, new meeting and event rooms, a business center, fitness room, free WiFi and new shop with grab and go snacks.

"Deciding to renovate and rebrand as an independent boutique-style hotel allows us to offer unique amenities and further partner with local businesses," said Eric Lund, chief executive officer of S&L Hospitality, in a statement.

"We have made so many positive changes and we are thrilled to invest in beautiful Port Washington with a new restaurant, new meeting space and a revitalized hotel."

While you're in Port, stroll to the north – or drive, if you prefer – to check out the cool Inventors Brewpub nanobrewery located in the last remaining building of the Lakeside Brewing Co., founded in 1847.

Barely a block from the hotel is the Port Washington Exploreum, in an old men's club with bowling alleys, with exhibits about the Great Lakes.

For more information or to make a reservation call (262) 284-9461 or visit


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