Stayed one night for Summerfest 2013. I thought the hotel, which has obviously been extensively rehabbed, was a great example of art deco style in the lobby and clean and crisp in the room. I was upgraded to a "King Room", which I was told was bigger than the standard room. I agree, as it had plenty of space, and was nicely done. I didn't notice any problems with cleanliness in my room, and certainly not in the public area. Of course, I only stayed in one room so I can't answer for them all. There was one bathrobe, an iron and ironing board, a room safe, and sufficient thick towels. The bathtub/shower looked perfectly tiled. There was a big flat-screen TV, certainly 46", maybe larger, and the on-screen menu worked about 100% better than the TV's in the Four Seasons hotels I've stayed in. Weirdly enough, however, the remote was missing the cap to the main OK button, so I had to press down on a semi-sharp part of it. Not a big deal, and if I was there for more than one night I would have had it replaced. Bed was good, a little softer than I like, and the pillows (six of them) were a little harder, but overall pretty good. There was a pillow menu available, so I could have chosen different types, but once again, I didn't bother since it was only one night. There was also a nice, new-looking sleeper sofa. Minibar has a good selection at fairly reasonable prices for a hotel, but it is one of those where "you move it, you bought it" styles. I'm sure they will adjust at checkout, but these are still a pain for the guest, good fir the hotel.
So, overall, I was pleased with the room. There was no noise at all around me, but I was there on a somewhat slower weeknight.
There is a workout room with one treadmill, steppers, a weight machine and a few other machines. It's sufficient unless there are a lot of people using it. There're also laundry facilities so you can do your own wash if you want.
There are two restaurants, one a dining room with an ambitious menu, the other a bar/cafe. I didn't try the dining room, since I was there for Summerfest, but I did eat in the cafe. I ate there when I returned from the festival, since I was pretty hungry. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find that the restaurant was still open when I returned. I was told that it's open til 2 am. I had crabcakes and a burger. Both were good and prices were okay.
As mentioned in a few reviews, the neighborhood is a little sketchy and I probably wouldn't be wandering around outside at night. But it's right by Marquette University, and I may be imagining things.
The hotel was five or ten minutes at most from downtown and Summerfest, and their free shuttle was convenient. It was driven by an extremely polite young man and ran essentially every hour, leaving the hotel on the half-hour and picking up on the hour. However, they gave us a phone number to call when we were ready and the driver seemed able to pick up at other times. Once again, maybe because we were there on a slower day. But, it was easy and if you were unable to wait for it, a cab would probably be about ten dollars or so. The shuttle will also go to the casino and other places in the downtown area. It runs until midnight if requested.
Self-parking in a covered garage ramp is $20 for overnights with full in-and-out privileges. However, I was concerned about parking, so I booked on Pricelines' Express Deal because it specifically offered free parking. When I got to the hotel, they said that it wasn't mentioned in my Priceline reservation, but it only took a little prodding to get them to okay the free parking. I would have been unhappy had they not done so, because I paid the extra $10 or so to get the express deal instead of bidding or using Hotwire just so I would be assured of free parking. Anyway, they graciously honored it and I was satisfied with that.
I would stay there again for the right price, but if I wanted to be able to wander around the Third Ward area (Milwaukee's downtown) and walk back to my hotel, I'd probably make a different choice.
By the way, when in Milwaukee, try to stop in at The Safe House, the spy-themed bar-restaurant. I don't know how the food is, but if you like spies (real or fictional) at all, be sure to go there for at least a drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A shining example of true Art Deco style, the Ambassador Hotel provides an urban oasis near the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Discover a remarkable blend of modern amenities and 1920's Art Deco design. From the original marble floors and bronze elevator doors to the ornate plasterwork, every detail of the Ambassador Hotel is a testament to the bold beauty of Art Deco. Our spacious guest rooms share the same level of sophisticated decor. Guests enjoy luxurious bedding, HD smart elevisions and complimentary Internet access. Savor sumptuous global American cuisine in an upscale yet casual atmosphere at Envoy Restaurant & Lounge. Chef Michael Long crafts globally inspired innovative dishes made using fresh, local ingredients. But first, work up an appetite with a visit to our well-equipped fitness center that features cardio equipment with individual TV screens. Ready to explore all that downtown Milwaukee has to offer? Our complimentary shuttle service provides front door, red carpet service. Host your next social gathering in our Art Deco designed Embassy Room or host a corporate meeting that takes advantage of state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment in our Attache' Room. The Ambassador Hotel offers a variety of intimate event venues that can comfortably accommodate 20 to 80 people. Perfectly located on the west side of downtown Milwaukee near the Marquette University campus, our stylish hotel offers the perfect base for exploring the best attractions in the city. Catch a ball at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game under Miller Park's retractable dome, attend a show in the Milwaukee Theatre District, tour the Miller Brewery or explore the Harley-Davidson Museum. If you have any questions about area attractions or need assistance arranging tours, please don't hesitate to ask our Guest Experience Manager. Reserve a room at the Ambassador Hotel during your next visit to Milwaukee and experience legendary customer service in extraordinary Art Deco style. ... more less
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