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“Old school charm, top-notch service.” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #2 of 52 Hotels in Milwaukee
Chicago, Illinois
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“Old school charm, top-notch service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here over xmas break in 2012. The hotel is old, but it is quiet charming. It reminds me of some place that would be haunted if it appeared in a movie. Great entry room, staff was polite and warm without seeming fake about it, not an easy thing to pull off in my opinion. Room was ok, nothing too fancy, bathroom was redone very nicely. $40 Sunday brunch was spectacular. Amazing staff and food. Spa was equally impressive. One of the best massage I have had in a while and the massage room interior was by far the nicest and well designed. The shower was unlike any I have been in before. I will return.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Just spent two nights at the Pfister and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a great Christmas experience.

The decor of the Pfister has never been my taste so I typically stay at the Intercontinental or Hyatt when visiting Milwaukee. This year I wanted to make our Christmas a bit more festive so I decided to get a King Suite in the old part of the hotel. The lobby is so wonderfully decorated for the season and the lobby bar was wonderful with the fire burning, the tree nearby and live Christmas music. I very we'll may make a tradition of staying at the Pfister for my Christmas stay in Milwaukee.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, December 30, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing your holidays with us. As well your kind words and taking the time to share about your experience. We take great joy and pride in the hotel and especially with our holiday traditions we always hope that everyone can come and spend part of their holiday season with us. But again thank you and we truly hope to see you for many more holiday seasons to come. Best wishes and a happy new year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Stayed just before Christmas. Food, staff, atmosphere could not be better. Suite was very nice. Concierge knows everything and everyone worth knowing. Pianist in the cozy drink area was fun and obviously enjoys what he does. This was just a perfect place for pre-holiday holiday.

Mike

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 30, 2012
Thank you so much!! We are so thrilled that you not only got to experience the Pfister but got to experience the Pfister during the Holidays. It really is a special and wonderful place that brings the Holidays to life. Hopefully this becomes a holiday tradition for you and your friends and family. Thank you again. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Beautiful hotel in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Stayed for a pre-Christmas evening with friends. Within walking distance to museum, Summerfest Grounds, Third Ward, and some of the BEST restaurants in Milwaukee. Hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays. Room was clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed December 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 30, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to share about your experience. We are truly blessed to not only work in such a beautiful and amazing hotel but a wonderful city also. Again we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again soon. Safe travels and a happy new year.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The gracious staff made our visit to the Pfister Hotel perfect from start to finish. The hotel at Christmas is beautifully decorated and has many special activies to enhance your December visit. Everyone from the valet parking staff to the concierge went out of their way to accomodate our wishes and help make our stay at the hotel a success for the varied ages in our group. We can't wait to return for another stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the historic section of the hotel if you love gracious living!
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  • Stayed December 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, December 25, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience. The Pfister does truly have an additinoal magic about her durring the Holidays. But the people are truly what makes the Pfister come to life. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to your return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

My wife wanted a time warp for her birthday so we drove up to Milwaukee this past weekend for a two night stay in a King Suite on the eighth floor of the "old" building. We lived in Milwaukee for five years, and when relocating there in 1975 we spent many nights at the Pfister. We always preferred the older rooms to the "new" tower (new is at least 35 years in age). The original building has always been reminiscent of the hotels of my parents' and grandparents' generation, and I'm happy to say that the continuous ownership has preserved its character much the same as it was back in the day...the wide halls, the mummy doors, the mail chute. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The king suite has a large walk-in closet. Nice little added touches like two luggage racks instead of one, bath robes, umbrella, a fridge, and a box on the desk which looks like a humidor on the outside and has an electric power strip and USB cable inside. I've stayed at the Pfister from time-to-time over the years, and what impresses me is how consistently well-maintained the property has been, and the manner of competency of its service staff.

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  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

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Just returned from a two night stay at pfister, and cannot say enough good things about it, and I'm a REALLY picky person! It was absolutely beautifully restored, traditional elegance, way exceeded anything I expected to find in Milwaukee, in fact my teens want to go back to Milwaukee (we were there for a music show) just because of the hotel. I called to tell them we were getting in late that night; they held a beautiful 19th floor room w/view for us. Usually we get a separate room for our teen boys, but this time I decided to save a little and bunk together, the room with 2 queen beds also had room for a complimentary rollaway twin bed waiting for us on a top floor w/a view at midnight. We purchased a breakfast package for 2, but they graciously gave us coupons for all 4 of us, and breakfast at the cafe was wonderful w no restrictions. They treated us like we had booked deluxe suites, far better service than I've had at four seasons and ritz Carlton. Truly old time class, would positively return.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, December 25, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words!! We are truly beyond thrilled that you and your family had such a wonderfulk time and got to truly take in the Pfister experience. We very much look forward to welcoming you back. Perhaps next time you could even sample one of our Pfister rooms in the historic section of the building. newly renovated but kept closely within the old world charm. Again we look forward to your return 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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