Signifying they are operating at full capacity, the Residence Inn Milwaukee West by Marriott hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 26.

The 127-room hotel, which opened Dec. 6, is located at 1300 Discovery Parkway, north of W. Watertown Plank Road and east of Highway 45.

At the hotel for the proceedings were Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley, County Supervisor Jim Luigi Schmitt, Wauwatosa Alderman John Dubinski and a host of Marriott employees including assistant general manager Aubrey Prosen.

"Everyone who knows me knows this hotel means a lot to me," Prosen said.

Featuring a setup designed to draw business from extended-stay customers, the four-floor hotel has a saltwater pool, barbecue pit, fire pit, and a sport court. The rooms each have their own Wi-Fi port, a computer-based TV and a kitchen. In addition, the hotel offers free breakfast, complimentary grocery service and is pet friendly.

"There was a need for an extended-stay hotel in this area," Ehley said. "This location has synergy with the Innovation Campus and the medical complex."

Construction on the hotel began in May 2015 after an approval process that lasted more than a year. According to Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Daykin, the delays were caused in part by loose soil deposited on the site from the neighboring projects on the UWM Innovation Campus.

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