I stayed here during a business trip last week for three nights, and was not aware that I had been booked in the Inn until the day before I flew into Milwaukee. The Ambassador Hotel across the street is very nice, and this is the "budget friendly" sister hotel. If I had a sister like this, though, I wouldn't be advertising my relationship...
Upon entering the building, the entry is dark and dingy. Check in was relatively easy, but when I asked for two room keys, I was only given one. When I asked why, I was told that we were only allowed one key card per room. Fine. I went to take the elevator to my third floor room, and the waiting area by the spiral staircase was hot and smelled like day old McDonald's french fries. The elevator was the same, and was teeny. The hallway on the way to my room was dark and dingy, and there was a box fan in the middle of the hall in an attempt to cool the area down. It wasn't really working.
The room itself is depressing. It's not clean, the carpeting is gross (it feels like a frat house basement carpet, with unknown stains and smells) - I actually would not walk around without flip-flops on. There was hair from the previous guest on the small fridge, and the rubber strip sealing the fridge was very grimy. The microwave was clean, but no way was I eating in that room. Details are sparse - no room art, there is a gap under the door of about an inch, the shower curtain liner has dark mildew along the bottom edge, the doors are framed not in a decorative molding but with two inch plywood strips that have been painted. My television quit working several times - the first few times I reset it myself, but the las tmorning it just died. I didn't bother telling anyone because it was not worth the hassle. Overall, it's just a dingy, cut-rate motel, and I have stayed in nicer places on the side of the highway.
The business meeting I was attending was located on the first floor - you could smell smoke from either where someone was smoking outside or in one of the rooms upstairs. You could also hear staff banging in a kitchen type area throughout the meeting, the sound quality was poor, and overall the room was just simply dark and depressing. The snacks provided to the attendees were lackluster, and upon snooping behind the black curtain at the back of the room, I saw they kept old mini bagels from our previous morning meeting in a ziploc bag in an old cooler. Who knows who were served those items? Perhaps they went into the breakfast area the next day?
I would never, ever stay here again. I've stayed overseas in some pretty basic hotels, but nothing like this. This is like a hotel that rents rooms our by the hour, I'm not kidding. I flew home and took a long hot shower to wash off the "Ewww" immediately.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Ambassador Inn in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, caters to business and leisure travelers alike, with well-appointed guest room accommodations, ample amenities, and a complimentary continental breakfast for our guests every morning. A wide range of Milwaukee attractions and venues, including the Bradley Center, home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, the Frontier Airlines Convention Center, and numerous family-oriented attractions are all a complimentary shuttle ride away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassador Inn @ Marquette Hotel Milwaukee
- Ambassador Hotel Milwaukee Wi