Where to Stay in the Fox Cities

Located only 30 miles southwest of Green Bay, the Fox Cities comprise 9 communities along the shores of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River.  It’s midwestern living at its best.  It’s also a great place to stay and play.  Here are three places to lay your head after exploring all that the Fox Cities have to offer.

Collage of hotels in the Fox Cities, Wisconsin.

1. Holiday Inn – Appleton

Holiday Inn sign.

The Holiday Inn is only 1.5 miles from the Appleton Outagamie County Airport (ATW), making it a great place to stay when you have an early or late flight. While the hotel offers a free shuttle between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to the airport, it does NOT offer a Park Fly or Park Stay.

Holiday Inn building.

The rooms at the Holiday Inn were renovated in 2013 and feature a king bed or two-double beds.  In-room amenities include:

  • Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet Access,
  • Bath and Body Works Signature Collection soaps & shampoos,
  • Smart desk with ergonomic chair,
  • Two touch-tone phones with data ports,
  • Flat screen tv, and
  • Refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.
Double beds in the hotel room.

Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool, a beautiful courtyard, an ATM, complimentary shuttles to the Fox River Mall, a washer and dryer on-site, as well as dry cleaning services.

The indoor pool and seating area.

Dining options at the hotel include Marlon’s Pub & Grill, where you can catch the game while dining on homemade pizza and late-night munchies, and the Terrace Cafe which has a variety of breakfast options, including a hearty, full hot breakfast buffet.

Scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple.
Buffet breakfast at the Terrace Cafe

The Holiday Inn Appleton is located at 1565 N Casaloma Drive.

2.  Hilton Appleton Paper Valley

Radisson sign on a skybridge.

Formerly the Radisson, the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley is located in the heart of downtown Appleton.  The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is a two-minute walk from the hotel.

Bathroom sink.

The in-room amenities at the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley include:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi,
  • Flat Screen TV,
  • Work Desk,
  • Hair Dryer, and
  • Cascadia Bath Amenities.
King size bed in a hotel room.

Other notable features of the Red Lion include five onsite restaurants to choose from, a coffee shop, an indoor heated swimming pool as well as an indoor hot tub and sauna, a fitness center, a business center, complimentary airport shuttle, and it’s pet-friendly!

Indoor swimming pool.

3.  Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel

Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel front.

The Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel is located across the street from the Red Lion and near 60+ shops and over 30 pubs.


The Copper Leaf was modeled after small, family-owned and operated European hotels and has a cozy, unique atmosphere.

Bar with bottles of liquor.

Amenities at the Copper Leaf include:

  • Wireless High-Speed Internet Access,
  • Indoor Whirlpool,
  • Fitness Center,
  • Business Kiosk,
  • Airport Shuttle Service,
  • Aveda Amenities, and
  • In-room Starbucks Coffee.

The Copper Leaf is also another pet-friendly hotel.  A couple of unique amenities available at the Copper Leaf are in-room yoga mats and slippers.  (Ask for more information about all three of these when booking your stay.)

When planning your next trip to the Fox Cities, be sure to read my posts about where to eat and five things to do in the Fox Cities in the fall.

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