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The Pfister Hotel
Ranked #5 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
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Newton, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
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“Business trip”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

I stay here once or twice a year for work. It is a very good location with a nice bar and the rooms ae very comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2011
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
We are happy to be your home away from home on your business trips. We understand that traveling for work can sometimes be a headache, but we want to make your stay with us as worry free as possible. We can't wait to have you back again with us.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2011

We stayed at the Pfister for a Saturday night special with breakfast and valet parking included. This classic hotel was beautiful, the rooms were excellent and modern (17th floor of newer? tower), shower hot and powerful. Be sure to enjoy a sunset drink in the top floor lounge. The same top floor pool looked great. Full breakfast excellent.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Thank you for the great review! We pride ourselves on the great services and amenities that we offer. On a side note, if you think the sunset is amazing, you should see the fireworks from Blu all summer long, perhaps you will visit us again and take it in.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

Had the great pleasure of staying at the Pfister Hotel on Sunday, September 18 for the Erasure concert in town. Milwaukee should be proud to have such a fine hotel.

The staff was amazing from the start. With a pleasent door man to greet you; to Jennifer at the front desk. She has a wonderful smile, and a pleasure to talk to.

Our room was a corner room in the original part of the structure. It was spacious and comfortable.

Assistant Hotel Manager Josh W. was very welcoming and stoped by to make sure everything was satisfactory. Which it was.

Highly recommend this property. They will take great care of you.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
It was my pleasure to check up on you and see how your stay was. Jennifer was happy to hear all was well. We look forward to having you again for another concert or special occasion.

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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

The Pfister is the place to stay in Milwaukee, especially if you like historic hotels. I've stayed in six downtown Milwaukee hotels over the years. The Pfister is the best.

The room was spotlessly clean and elegantly furnished. The ceiling had to be at least 11 feet high (this was in the historic section). Just one warning. The HVAC controls are complicated. There were six buttons on the wall panel with various symbols; not sure we ever figured it out. Master it before settling in for the evening.

The front desk and restaurant personnel were incredibly friendly and cheerful, the best I've ever encountered, even the parking garage attendant. Management must insist on this as it didn't seem to be mere happenstance.

The hotel has beautiful artwork that can be viewed in multiple areas such as the second floor balcony.

The trip purpose was to visit the impressionism exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum that is an easy walk from the hotel. My partner and I wanted a weekend trip with a Saturday night stay. The hotel was sold out our preferred weekend. My partner wouldn't settle staying in another hotel as the Pfister was supposed to be part of the weekend experience. So we booked the next weekend. I requested a room in the historic section but was told that rooms were only available in the non-historic tower section. However, when checking in, I inquired as to availability in the historic section and was told there was an available room for immediate occupancy which I gladly accepted.

I consider myself to be a value traveler. Yes, the Pfister can be quite pricey. But if cost is important you can occasionally score a good deal. We paid $152 for a senior's rate which I thought was good for what you get.

I suggest you park in the hotel garage. Self-park is $20 per night with in and out privileges; valet parking is $25. If you park in the outdoor lot across the hotel on Jefferson you'll still pay $20 for overnight parking.

The only problem, and it's not the hotel's fault, was being awakened three times throughout the wee hours of the morning with revelers on the street outside. It was a Saturday night, actually, Sunday morning, so perhaps it's a weekend thing. It also happened to be Halloween weekend so perhaps that was a factor.

Besides the eating options in the hotel, there are excellent restaurants within several blocks such as the German Karl Ratzsch's.

If you're an observant Catholic, there are two churches within four blocks of the hotel, Old St. Mary's and St. John's Cathedral. Between the two churches there are a total of eight Masses at staggered times Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
What a detailed review! We cannot wait to have you and your partner back with us for another stay, perhaps when the next special exhibit comes along at the Art Museum. I am sure we would be happy to have a great historic room ready and waiting for you again!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Whenever possible, I stay at the Pfister. Great location, beautiful lobby, and spacious rooms. Plus, the cafes and stores in the lobby are very nice and reasonable. Can't imagine why you wouldn't stay at The Pfister.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
We understand that guest need those comforts when they are away from home. Whether it's a great cup of morning coffee, to spacious rooms to relax in. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the world, can't wait to have you back again!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Top notch service. Excellent downtown location with a great restaurant on site.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Short and sweet, what a great review. It looks like you got to enjoy almost everything the Pfister has to offer. We can't wait for your return!

Joshua Wolter
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Rockford, Illinois
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Two girlfriends and myself stayed here for a girl's weekend to celebrate both of their birthdays. I will say that after we paid, when we arrived, I was a little concerned. The hotel is very old charm (boutique) styling. However, the excellence in service started from the time we checked in to the time we checked out. This hotel takes it's service to the next level. I highly recommend it for any occasion. My only less than positive comment is that the rooms and bathrooms were small.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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JoshuaWolter, Hotel Assistant Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Thank you for your compliments! We understand that a hotel is so much more than just good looks, the service has to be impeccable. Our staff really feel at home when they walk in the doors of the Pfister, and convey that to all guest who join us. If you care for a larger room next time you visit, check out one of our upgrades, they start at around $40 and give you a suite, with free parking or breakfast, internet, and bottled water, it's a great deal.

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Property: The Pfister Hotel
Address: 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4436
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Luxury Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
#3 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#7 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Pfister Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 307
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893 has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for over a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. From the moment you arrive, you'll notice the extraordinary architecture, and a welcoming ambiance marked by a priceless Victorian art collection which rivals that of any hotel in the world. The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee has received accolades as being the best of downtown Milwaukee hotels since it opened. We are proud of our AAA Four-Diamond Award and membership in two of our industry's leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. ... more   less 
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