Blew into Milwaukee 2 days ahead of schedule, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Was disappointed that the Pfister wouldn't match my my Expedia rate, but they did at least put us in a room for the three days without having to move.
Lovely old hotel, with large rooms and very comfortable beds. It's right smack downtown, and Friday at 2am there wa definitely some street noise. On the upside, Cubanitas (good) and Carnevor (so-so) are around the corner, and Buckley's (excellent) is a four block walk. 5 stars for location. The lobby bar is quite good, and the cafe serves respectable coffee. The view at the rooftop bar, Blu, was better than the drinks. We didn't try the restaurant. Housekeeping was exceptional -- would give them 5 stars for cleanliness and service.
Why not 5 stars? Parking is very expensive at $25-30/d -- it's not exactly Manhattan -- and they still charge for wi-fi. Hello expensive hotels: you cannot continue to charge for what travelodge etc include for free. If you are parking, consider upgrading to the business package: you get a suite, along with parking, wifi and bottled water included for $40.
- 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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- Pfister Hotel Milwaukee