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Places to Stay in Prairie du Chien

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

With so many things to do in and around the town, it only makes sense that there are many options when it comes to places to stay in Prairie du Chien. For a town with a population of just under 6,000, it seems a bit overboard that there are 34 hotels! And with vacation rentals (such as VRBO and AirBnB) becoming more and more popular and preferred, they have been popping up to offer alternatives to the many hotels.

So with so many choices, how do you decide where you want to stay in Prairie du Chien? The three biggest factors to take into consideration are (not necessarily in this order)

1. The number of people in need of accommodations

2. The location of the event(s) you are traveling for

3. Amenities required

4. Price

The majority of all events and happenings are located either downtown or on St. Feriole Island, so if the reason you are visiting and looking for a place to stay in Prairie du Chien is anything but boating, keep those two locations in mind. In the summer, Prairie’s biggest draw is of course the river! With several boat ramps found along the river’s edge from North to South, being close to your take out point, with somewhere to park your boat at the end of a day is a huge plus.

Prairie du Chien Downtown & River District

The relatively small area circled in black is where ALL the downtown action (live music, food, festivals) takes place. I was surprised to find that when googling for places to stay in Prairie du Chien and sorting by guest experience of 4.5 stars and up, only TWO hotels came up, followed by a handful of vacation rentals, most of which were located across the river in Marquette, IA. Interesting! The two most popular hotels near downtown are the new Waterfront Hotel and the long-standing (but newly renamed) River District Hotel. Both of these options offer an excellent location within one block of all the downtown music, bars, food and fun and the river. These hotels are typically priced in line with one another, which in early May was around $140 nightly. In the peak of summer (June - September), rates jump to $250+ per night on weekends. If you require more than one room, that’s where it can get a bit pricey, but the same can be said for all hotels. The Waterfront Hotel has a great bar and restaurant with a HUGE waterfront deck, and the River District has an indoor pool.



Another great option for those looking for private accommodations, a convenient location, ample room for the whole family, or just looking for something unique and charming, the Corner Cottage vacation rental is a smart choice. Situated just one block from downtown and River District Hotels, this property is in easy walking distance of all of Prairie's River District's most popular restaurants, bars and activities.

Corner Cottage Vacation Rental Amenities:
  • Sleeps up to nine guests

  • 4 bedrooms (2 queen rooms (sleeps 2 each), 1 bunk room (sleeps 3) and one double twin room (sleeps 2)

  • Spacious drive & garage for multiple vehicle off-street parking

  • 1 full bathroom

  • Fully stocked kitchen

  • Washer & Dryer

  • Private fenced yard with cozy patio

  • Outdoor fire pit & wood

  • Mid-century modern charm and decor

  • 1 block walk to the Prairie River District's most popular restaurants, bars and shopping

  • High speed internet

  • Large dining space

  • Sun Porch

To check availability, rates and to book a stay at the Corner Cottage, please click below. Visit our blog to learn about all the fun things to do and see (and where to eat!) during your stay in Wisconsin's best river town!


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