We booked the Clarke hotel for Friday of Labor Day weekend and when we first arrived, we realized that there were several parking spots reserved for unloading our bags and so we parked there. The hotel lobby is kind of non-traditional in that it's on the second floor, so when you want to enter to check in, you must press the intercom button and they will buzz you in. After you check in and get your room key, you can later just use that to enter. Parking is complained about, but there are 2 parking garages within walking distance. You can go for valet for $10, or if you can walk about 2 blocks, you can just park in the garage, which is a $2 flat rate each time you park. It may not be a great option when it's cold and snowy, but when the weather is nice, I don't see why anyone wouldn't opt for a short walk and cheap parking.
So the building is built in between sharply angled streets and so the room layout and dimensions vary room to room. This makes for an interesting set of largely unique options when you are selecting a room. We got an executive suite which was very roomy with a King Size bed, a work desk, a plush chair, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, large closet, and very large, roomy bathroom. The shower in this room was really quite something...it was probably about 5' x7' feet with rubberized floor and clear glass all around...and there were 6 shower heads, I believe. So we were only there for one night, but I had to make sure I could fit two showers in.
There was also a Sony sound system which was really nice and you could use your ipod or iphone to play your music over the speakers. The towels, the furniture, the shades, the art..it all seemed like they used high quality versions. There were a lot of little nice surprises that would wouldn't get in your typical chain motel which made it feel pretty high-end.
The area around the hotel was also surprisingly cool. We didn't have any expectations about having much immediately around the hotel, but there was. The hotel is located in the center of a small downtown amidst 2-3 story buildings where there were local shops and restaurants. It may be just a summer thing, but every Friday night they have a small music/art festival and the hotel is right in the center of it. Saturday morning they held a really nice farmers' market about a block away. These little events actually threw off our plan a bit as we lingered a bit on Friday before we went to Milwaukee and lingered a bit on Saturday morning when we were originally planning on just taking off. So we ended up spending extra time in Waukesha, but I'm so glad we did. It was an enjoyable stay and the Clarke hotel actually enhanced the whole experience and I really can't say that of very many hotels that I've stayed in before.
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