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“Honeymoon stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of County Clare Irish Inn and Pub

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County Clare Irish Inn and Pub
1234 North Astor Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 52 hotels in Milwaukee
Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Honeymoon stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the County Clare inn the night of our wedding. Overall, we were left with a very positive experience, and would return back to the inn with no hesitation.

There were a few hiccups in our experience that I would like to share for future guests.
1) Parking - I am sure other reviewers have mentioned this, but the parking lot is small, and while parking was included with our stay, the lot was full upon arrival, to the point that cars were double-parked. We found a temporary street spot a block or so away, and upon checking in was informed that we could double-park in the lot, and leave the receptionist our car keys. Had we known this *before* arrival, we would have done this from the beginning and saved ourselves the walk in the ~20 degree cold.
2) After a certain time, the receptionist is off-duty, and the bartender handles receptionist duties. The bar was hopping at one point, and it took quite a bit of time to get the bartender's attention. This wasn't the end of the world, but it kept me from my group for about 10-15 minutes.
3) Unlike some reviewers have experienced, we had no major issues with the room. The room was satisfactorily clean, quite comfortable. Upon turning on the whirlpool jets in the bathtub, however, a fair bit of debris came out. We were able to drain the tub and get rid of the debris, but it was a slightly disappointing (but understandable) discovery. That said, what's the cleaning staff supposed to do, fill up the tub and run it every time they clean? We perceive this just part and parcel of staying somewhere that has an in-room whirlpool tub.
4) We were seated in the restaurant around 9:30pm, 30 minutes before the kitchen closed. The host who seated our group (6 people) didn't give us menus, and directed us to make drink orders at the bar. After waiting about 20 minutes without any waitstaff coming to our table, I again left our party to ask the host for menus. After that, a waitress came by to take our orders, and she (understandably) advised us that we should make orders quickly since the kitchen closed in 10 minutes. This was only irritating because had we been given menus and waitstaff from the beginning, we would not have had to cut our orders so close. As it played out, it was irritating to have to wait, just to feel as though we were being blamed for cutting it close.
4b) While eating breakfast the following morning, we discovered a 'late night' menu for food items that were available after the kitchen closed. Had we known of this availability, we would likely have ordered differently, and not put a last-minute burden on the kitchen.

And now for the positive aspects of our stay (which completely outweighed the negatives, from our point of view).
1) The room was very comfortable, adequately clean, with a fairly speedy wireless internet connection that was hassle-free. The room is spacious, uniquely laid-out, and the 2-person whirlpool was exactly what we were looking for to unwind with.
2) Our breakfast meal was on a Saturday morning, and was absolutely fantastic. I will spare the details, but the Corned Beef Hash and the Traditional Irish Breakfast are what we ate, and they were amazing.
3) The only other food we personally ate was the bread pudding dessert. This too, was fantastic.
4) The pub/restaurant is beautiful, with charm in spades.
5) The room has a nice array of hot beverages, not just the typical in-room coffee. Tea selections (with honey), hot cocoa and some flavored creamer were a delightful touch, all complimentary.
6) Aside from our issue with dinner's timing/waitstaff hiccup, all of our other staff experiences were excellent. The evening receptionist and morning receptionist were friendly, welcoming and very accommodating and helpful. It was a nice touch to receive some cookies upon check-in. Our breakfast server had recognized us as the newly-weds from the night before, and offered his well wishes, and was very friendly. After breakfast, as we were in the parking lot, he came running out to us, to give us our champagne bottle that we had forgotten at our table. Definitely left a wonderful impression, and is a great asset to the establishment. I wish I knew his name, but thank you sir!

We cannot stress enough again, that we would come back to the County Clare again with no hesitation. We simply share some of the other details to hopefully educate potential guests. Overall, a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Our room was on the east (210), overlooking the parking lot. I have read other reviewers say this is...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Our family, all from Chicago, traveled to the County Clare Inn and Pub for a family reunion. Our family included babies and kids of all ages and parents, and we all thought the Inn was the perfect choice. Rooms were comfortable, and in one case, large enough to accommodate room for two packn' plays for baby twins. The pub is very warm and the food was pretty good. We were a large group and took over most of the space, but it did not seem to be an issue. Later in the evening we moved to the private Michael Joyce room. I was able to bring in my own decorations for the tables and the room itself is cozy with dark wood tables and cute Celtic decor. I ordered from the catering menu, which was very good, and the kids were able to order from the pub menu, which really was perfect! Add in free parking along with a free breakfast(no continental fare here) and we couldn't really have asked for more. If traveling to Milwaukee, you should think about the County Clare....it's location is desirable as well. Perfect!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We stayed at County Clare a 2nd time last year, and enjoyed it as much as the first time. The rooms are wonderful, which a rich green decor, comfortable bed, and nice layout. The inn is close to everything, whether walking or driving (Milwaukee's not too big). The pub is great for all meals, and is also vegetarian friendly which is great for my wife. It's a great place for a weekend getaway, and the staff has always been fantastic.

Room Tip: We've stayed on the 1st and 2nd floors, and both were great. Even having a room right next to t...
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sterling
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed at County Clare again last weekend. Once again had a wonderful time. The only place except for Ireland the Guinness tastes great. Room and staff both wonderful. They have added a brunch on the weekends. The traditional Irish breakfast was as advertised.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We made reservations two months in advance based on an ad promoting a package for seeing the current exhibit at the the Milwaukee Art Museum. When I called, I was told they discontinued the package but would give a $5.00 per person off coupon for the museum's exhibit. The reservationist also said there were two rooms left for our desired dates, one by the elevator and one further down the hall. I booked the room away from the elevator. Upon arrival we learned that the inn discontinued the discount coupons with the museum and, as fate would have it, we ended up with the room immediately next to the elevator. That really started things on a bad note.
However, from there-on, the room lived up to its billing and the elevator was a minor irritation. The pub and grill were fun with the bartendar engaging guests with all sorts of information about different alcohols. The menu was represented by a very knowledgeable waitress and our dinner was delightful.
The complimentary breakfast was ackward and I am not sure how to describe it. I think they were trying to personalize the experience, but it resulted in a long line waiting for one chef to take your order for an egg omlette. Short of waiting in line, you could choose dry ceral or toast but no fruit was available.
All staff were very friendly and most had an Irish accent which added to the Irish milieu.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

First off all, the hotel is in such a cute neighborhood! It's very quiet, yet close enough to anywhere you might want to get downtown, we walked everywhere we went. We went in the summer, and the outdoor patio at night was a beautiful place to enjoy dinner, which was delicious! The rooms themselves were simple yet very charming. This is a great place to go for a romantic trip for two!

  • Stayed August 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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Ephraim, WI
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

County Clare was a delight...the hotel as well as their pub/restaurant. We met out kids there for dinner and after a few pints we made our way to the dining room. Service was exceptional...and the food was great...delicious and nicely presented...and surprise (!) quite reasonable for downtown Milwaukee.
Our room was nicely laid out and scrupulously clean. We are fellow Innkeepers so we are very particular and we see EVERYTHING! Passed with flying colors!
Turns out the bartender has a connection with a local gourmet soup purveyor here in Ephraim.
We would definitely return to County Clare and it's laid back definitely friendly Irish vibe!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about County Clare Irish Inn and Pub

Address: 1234 North Astor Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Milwaukee
#6 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#11 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
#20 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
County Clare is a critically acclaimed Irish themed B&B in Milwaukee, located on the trendy East side. Within 15 minutes walking from Summer Fest grounds (Irish Fest). Every room is fitted with a 2 person whirlpool bathtub and queen size beds(standard room) and king size beds in our suites. A cooler is available upon request along with a dvd player free of charge. Our bar has been voted best Irish pub by Milwaukeeans for the past 6 years straight! Also featured in the Washington Post and the New York Times! The master brewer of Guinness from St. James' Gate in Dublin recently stayed at our inn and gave us the distinct honor of the best Guinness in the city! ... more   less 
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