About Us

The Stella Hotel and Ballroom is an 80 room luxury hotel and ballroom in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin. The 100 year old building has been transformed into a luxury hotel and ballroom, which previously was the Heritage House Inn, before that was the Elks Club and prior to that, the Pettit Malting Company. The hotel has welcomed celebrities, famous restaurateurs, and government dignitaries traveling to Kenosha. Today, the Stella Hotel is downtown Kenosha’s most sought-after hotel after undergoing the most ambitious transformation in its history. Combining sophistication and contemporary design, while staying true to its original early 1900’s details, the hotel and ballroom delivers the same feel as it did over a century ago.

Architectural details of the original structure, now listed on The National Register of Historic Places, have been preserved and re-imagined, including reconditioned wood and terrazzo flooring, beams, and exposed brick.

The Stella Hotel offers the utmost in hospitality in the heart of downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin near shopping, dining, and theatres, and within blocks of beautiful Lake Michigan.

Offering refined guest rooms, several dining options, and attractive meeting space for business and social gatherings, unlike those offered by any other hotel in Kenosha. The Stella Hotel is convenient to Kenosha’s many festivals, fairs and activities, including biking, boating, kayaking, rollerblading, wine tasting, and shopping. It is also within walking distance to Lake Michigan, arts venues, specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and craft breweries.

The Kenosha Public Museum System includes the main Kenosha Public Museum, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in association with Carthage College, and the Kenosha Civil War Museum. On Simmons Island, the Kenosha History Center and adjacent Southport Light House Station Museum offer memorabilia from the city's nautical past.

Other popular tourism activities include the Jelly Belly Visitor Center store and factory tours, and the Mars Cheese Castle with Wisconsin-related products.

The Kenosha Harbor Market is a year round European-style Farmer's Market that hosts stalls with local food products and artisans' creations held outdoors except during winter months when it is located in the Rhode Opera House.

Today, the Stella Hotel and Ballroom is the heart of hospitality in Kenosha. Kenosha is on the southeastern border of Wisconsin, along the western edge of beautiful Lake Michigan. The city is 65 miles north of Chicago, 40 miles south of Milwaukee, 15 miles south of Racine, and 8 miles from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The hotel is a quick 32 miles from the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and 55 miles to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.


  • 80 room full service hotel and ballroom
  • Located between Chicago & Milwaukee
  • Architectural details of the original structure
  • Walking distance to Lake Michigan

Why You'll Love it:

The Stella Hotel is located in the very heart of the city, close to the shops, restaurants, clubs, etc... As one of a very few hotels in downtown Kenosha, we can be proud of our excellent location on a quiet street and, at the same time, in the very heart of the Old Downtown.