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Knickerbocker on the Lake
Ranked #42 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
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“Horrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2005

This place is the dumps. It stinks. It's dirty. It may look Ok on the outside but it's VERY deceiving. Staff even seemed to hate working there. It's not worth the money.

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2005

The Knickerbocker has been around forever, which only adds to its charm. Our suite had a certain ambience which was, for us, a welcome departure from standard chains' collective monotony. It was quite comfortable, at once unpretentious yet sophisticated. An exceptionally generous size, our suite had a pleasant view of the lake, expected amenities, and terrific architectural features, (e.g., fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows; a grand, old fireplace, etc.). Each bath was cleverly appointed, and the hotel itself was so perfectly quiet. There was a wee bit of dust that I spied in the corner of one bath (of 2), but it was inconsequential at that point, and definitely not something we'd be so troubled to complain about. Conversely, the remainder of this warm and sprawling respite was very clean. To top it off, we had good service, and the price was just right. A lower EastSide landmark across from the park... an easy stroll to the Lakefront or Wisconsin Avenue. No question, the Knickerbocker worked for us.

  • Stayed June 2004
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2004

Front desk clerk was friendly but the hotel itself was disappointing. Basically if you get just the standard room it's like a dorm room in college with a small kitchenette in one corner. The halls and rooms were musty smelling and stuffy. Each room is decorated differently but overall it is your basic furnishings that are old and dingy. Parking is horrendous at the hotel and the staff shrugs it off as being "just the way it is here" attitude. They do have a parking lot but when we checked in 1 hour before check in time all the stalls had already been spoken for. They do have 2 restaurants on the first floor and both of them are very good with pleasant and pleasing decor. Unfortunatly they are in a hotel that is very subpar. This hotel was listed in a bed and breakfast guide advertising a continental breakfast along with the room. But once you are checked in you get nothing of the sort. If you want breakfast you have to go to the restaurant yourself and pay for it. To bad they need to deceive you to get you to stay here. Overall if you need a place to stay it is a good bed to sleep on and the neighborhood is safe but for the money that you pay for the room you are better off to stay in Howard Johnson, Holiday Inn, Ramada, Hilton anything but the Knick.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2004

Don't stay here if you expect any kind of customer service. The person taking reservations was surly and didn't have any knowledge about the rooms or hotel in general, and got angry with me when I questioned her (wrong) information. After arriving at the hotel, the first room they gave me smelled like mildew, I had to argue with the front desk person to get moved to a better room. The room I ended up in was nice, and it was nice to have a kitchen, but the quality of service was so poor, it ruined the whole experience.

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Property: Knickerbocker on the Lake
Address: 1028 East Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Knickerbocker on the Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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