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The Pfister Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 52 hotels in Milwaukee
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“Always a good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

When visiting Milwaukee, I choose the pfister. It has always been consistent in price, service, and quality.

My only suggestion is that the rooms need updating- the historic section is showing signs of age.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Thank you so much for always choosing the Pfister and for sharing your kind words. We do also greatly appreciate your honest feedback. We do truly value all of our guests in sight and feedback.
I am very excited to say that we are currently scheduled to begin a renovation on our Tower Section and should be completed by Spring to Early Summer. The rooms are beautiful and would highly reccomend that you try them should your travles bring you back anytime after they are complete.
Again thank you for sharing your kind words and for continuing to choose the Pfister.

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This hotel is a beauty! The lobby is gorgeous - especially now, all decorated for Christmas. We had a room in the old section and thought that it was charming with extra tall ceilings, and fine furnishings. The hotel was very clean throughout. We had a chance to dine in the restaurant for dinner and the cafe for breakfast. Both were very nice. All of the staff that we dealt with were courteous and professional. I would highly recommend staying at the Pfister.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, December 23, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us all!! We truly are so lucky to work in such a special and beautiful place and beyond thrilled that you were able to enjoy your stay with us as well. Again we thank you and wish you a happy holiday season!!

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Elkhart, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This was our first time staying at the Pfister. Heather at the front desk was extremely helpful. We were able to upgrade to a king size bed and suite. Beautiful! We would stay there again in a heart beat with a couple of changes. Our room was really warm. A man working the front desk said that b/c it's an older hotel, some times they have that problem. He said he would send up a fan. We asked for that a 11:30am and when we returned 12 hours later...no fan. Room still very warm. The exercise room was nice but the middle eliptical machine...part where you plug in earphones/ear buds....kept losing the sound. We went to the Blu Bar (on top floor of Pfister). Good music! Got a little attitude from the bartenders when we said we had reservations (we were in town for a wedding and the bride spoke to the bar manager and he did not share that with his staff) and they firmly stated WE DO NOT take reservations. A few minutes later the bar manager cleared things up and we were well taken care of. The music was much better Saturday night than it was Friday (our opinion only). Overall....wonderful experience from the gentlemen working the front door, valet to front desk....can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: We stayed on the 4th floor. Nice view. Just be prepared for warm rooms.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are thrilled to hear that the staff made such a good impression and we are thankful to hear about the opportunities we have also. We take our guests comments very seriously and will review each area. Again we are so glad that overall you had such a great experience and we are truly looking forward to your return visit. Thank you again and Happy Holidays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

To keep this in a proper context I am a 65 yr. old Disabled Vet. I clean up good but imagine 'Jeff Foxwothey' saying (in a Southern accent 'you're from the Midwest ain't ya'?. Some of my family are 'suits' and some don't own one. That all being said the reason we hosted this event was that it was 'our turn' . Holidays always fell to the one with the biggest house, This year we decided that it was time to take on the burden for Thanksgiving. In short it was out of this world. Ambiance, food (right down to the free Champagne and Bloody Marys), service (very impressive), and perks like free parking in the parking garage. 8 adults, 3 children and on 3 yr. old (free). With tax & gratuity added (automatically) the bill was under $600.00. Pricey? Not when you realize the Pfister is a landmark for over a 100 years and a Milwaukee tradition. So, decidedly casual elegance, and by the smiles of both parents and children alike it was a big success.

Room Tip: Our first experience with the Pfister was the beginning of our Honeymoon as we had a suite and I had...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
We are so thrilled that we could host you and your family for this special occasions and holiday. We put on several holiday brunches throughout the year and beyond rewarding to be a part of so many peoples special day together. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about your experience and share it with us all. We truly hope to see you all again. Best Wishes and Happy Holidays.

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Sussex, Wisconsin
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My daughter and I stay at the Pfister several times a year for a "getaway". We have NEVER been disappointed. Stayed a night this weekend for my husband's birthday. Could not have been treated better!! The rooftop pool is super!! It overlooks the lake and the city. Of course our daughter and grandson came to "visit" and to "check out the pool (our grandson's request). If you LOVE French onion soup you MUST order it from room service. It is the BEST we have ever had. Daughter and I are staying there again for a couple of days in January; can't wait - and bring on the French onion soup!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share about your experiences here with us!! We are so thrilled to have become a regular getaway for you and your family and we look forward to being a part of many more to come. And we will definitely have a warm bowl French Onion Soup always waiting. Again it is truly our honor and pleasure and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

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lake geneva, wi
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stayed here with 3 girlfriends to attend a concert in Milwaukee. We were easily accomodated in 2 adjoining rooms with 2 queens each. Because we were just there for the night, we didn't really utilize the hotel ammenities (the pool, restaurants, shops), but we did visit Blu, their lounge on the top floor with amazing views of the city. Blu had comfy couches, a great jazz band, fun drinks and nice vibe. It was cozy, relaxing and fun at the same time. The lounge in the loby was always full of people when we walked past.

And it was the lobby that was impressive! The ceiling mural, the gild work, the wood, the carpet--all so beautiful! I could have spent hours just taking it in. The desk staff were very pleasent at check in and everything went smoothly.

Our rooms were average size and comfortable enough. Not spectacular, but just fine for the night. The carpet could use replacing and the matresses should be updated at sometime. Only draw backs were a few too many cobwebs in the corners, no mini fridge, very small bathrooms, and the whole hotel was quite warm. But, none of these issues were too bothersome and I would most certainly stay here again--in fact, I can't wait!

There are several great eateries within walking distance and so are the museums and lakefront. Tho, if it is cold and the wind is coming off the lake, you might want to cab it.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 18th floor in the tower section (newer, I guess)--great view of the city. This are...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us all and again thank you for choosing the Pfister Hotel for your recent visit. We are so thrilled that you all had such a good time and even more so that we got to be a part of this special trip. We truly look forward to your return visit and we look forward to making it another special one. And if possible during your next trip I would suggest trying our Pfister Rooms. The rooms are beautiful and actually original to the hotel and I think would be another great experience for you. Safe Travels and Happy Holidays.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We were in the new tower. The room was nice and very quiet as well. The location is convinent although the $25 per day for parking is a bit steep. The staff was very nice and the restaurant for breakfas was nice as well. I would say that the other two restaurants located within the hotel are quite expensive and that there are far better values elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thank you so much for choosing the Pfister for your recent visit to Milwaukee. And we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit as well as youre stay here with us. Also thank you taking the time to share about your experience with us. We do take all of our guests comments very seriously and will take a look at the items mentioned. Again thank you so very much and truly hope that you will continue to choose the Pfister for your future visits to Milwaukee. Safe Travels and Happy Holidays.

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Address: 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Luxury Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#4 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Pfister Hotel 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893 has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for over a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. From the moment you arrive, you'll notice the extraordinary architecture, and a welcoming ambiance marked by a priceless Victorian art collection which rivals that of any hotel in the world. The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee has received accolades as being the best of downtown Milwaukee hotels since it opened. We are proud of our AAA Four-Diamond Award and membership in two of our industry's leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. ... more   less 
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