LOVED the historic hotel and would give the old hotel a 5 for it's beauty and lovely renovation. There's a definite WOW factor as you enter the lobby. We enjoyed walking around the older part of the hotel and ooo'ing and ahh'ing the architecture and decor. It's one of the prettiest historic hotels we've seen and doesn't have a "renovated look"--meaning that it feels as if you're stepping back in time and seeing the hotel when it was new.
Our room was in the newer tower. The room was large, up-to-date and very comfortable, we also had a lake view. Everything was wonderful until bedtime--we could hear the conversation of a very chatty woman in the room next to ours. (The rooms had an adjoining door.) It was late and we were exhausted. I had earplugs; my husband didn't. He didn't sleep as the gabbing went on most of the night.
When my husband told the front desk about the problem the next morning, we were told that most of the tower rooms had adjoining doors. (We're not sure if having no door would have drowned out the noise, but may have helped.) We'd like to try the hotel again, but would choose the older section.
An interesting point of interest was the Pfister's artist in residence. The young artist was looming audiotape into fabric, which sounds strange but was beautiful. Visitors are invited to speak with the artist while he is at work--a novel and interesting add to the hotel's ambience.
Another related note was the excellent trio playing in the Pfister bar.
Hotel food/service will be rated separately.
- 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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