I have seen some Aloft hotels here and there and they all look modern and cool. This one too...but having stayed here for my overnight stay during Memorial Day weekend, I can say the look did not cover everything I expect from a hotel of this rank. The receptionists were all nice and friendly, and asked if we wanted a room overlooking the river, which we chose. We were given a corner room on the 4th floor, I thought it had a nice space for a couple but the bathroom was not practical at all. The sink was separated from the bedroom only by partition, and the shower box (no tub) was only reachable going through the toilet which was next to the sink area. The toilet door separating the room from the sink area was a sliding door and does not close all the way. The glass door from the toilet to the shower also has a space below so water splash from the shower makes the toilet area all wet. One side of the shower box glasses is facing the bedroom so if you are too close to it you can be seen through from the bedroom! It may be OK for a couple like us traveling together, but having glanced at other reviews which mentioned the similar structure in other rooms, I will not recommend this hotel for family/friends travelers...
The hotel is too close to the highway, so even though it is located a bit away from downtown, it does not give the benefit of quietness. A bar on the river was quite noisy as well, but (I suppose thanks to the city noise ordinance) that stopped just past midnight. The walls / doors must be very thin as we could hear everything that's going on in the hallway. Plus the air-conditioner was very loud as well....
As for room amenities, hair dryer, tea/coffee pot, nicely-scented body shampoo/cream are good to have. We first thought we forgot the toothpaste and my boyfriend called the reception, he was told to come downstairs and purchase it from them. Well we did find a toothpaste of our own in the end but when we were downstairs to check out, I saw the display of tooth cleaning it for $7.00... no thanks.
I have been a budget traveler most of the time, so I can take "cheapy but with a character". The hotel is decent, but it is expected to be so when it is not a B&B. If you are not a budget traveler and expect a "city hotel" standard, you may be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is a modern boutique-style hotel near the business district, Bradley Center arena, Milwaukee River, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and is 15 minutes from MKE Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown Hotel Milwaukee