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“Truly great hotel. Beautiful. Comfortable. Wonderful service.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Pfister Hotel
Ranked #5 of 55 Hotels in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Medford
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Truly great hotel. Beautiful. Comfortable. Wonderful service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This is our second visit to the Pfister. Our second visit just confirmed our original perception that it is a truly great hotel. Service was perfect. The room was large and had really comfortable beds. View from one of the tower rooms really beautiful. Breakfast offered with the club package delicious and hearty. Wonderful teas as well. The lobby is really beautiful in the old style. Music played in the bar. Although the decoration is "old style", lots of wood and chandeliers, etc., the room amenities are all up to date and the rooms, both in the old section and the tower, were spotless. The location, right downtown, is great for getting to all the sights. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Wow!! thank you so much!! the recommendation to another is truly amongst the best complements we could ever receive. A true reflection of the hard work and warm and genuine nature of this beautiful hotel. And we are thrilled you were able to try our new club lounge. its something that we are very excited about and more so that people are enjoying more than could have hoped. Again thank you and we hope to see you again soon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

My view is that the hotel borders on gaudy, yet business travelers I was with were relieved not to be staying at another characterless chain hotel.

My room in the round tower was amply sized with a nice view. The place seemed dated though, such as a threadbare chair and other signs of wear. One of the fluorescent bulbs was flickering and making noise. When I left the room, I turned off everything except for that one so that housekeeping would notice. They didn't fix it.

- Breakfast at the cafe was edible but nothing more.
- Interactions with hotel staff were mixed--certainly no worse than average hotel experience.
- The art in the room was the same as in the lobby bathroom.
- The room has mirrored closet doors from the 70s/80s.
- Fitness center was fine, although someone told me it was crowded in early morning.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We came to Milwaukee to celebrate my husband's class reunion from Medical College of Wisconsin. I loved this hotel 40 years ago, but love it even more now. Everyone from the time we checked in, until we left was top notched.
The reception for all the classes, and the dinner was superb. the lounge in the lobby was more than gracious when we kept adding tables as classmates wanted a chance to catch up with old friends
Thank you for an awesome weekend

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you all for allowing us to host such a special occasion and thank you so much for sharing about your experience here. It was really great having the group here this past weekend and we hope to host many more. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Lovely 111 year-old hotel in the heart of historic Milwaukee. The lobby has grand style and wonderful conversation areas. The rooms are spacious and the maid service is fast and fine. Front desk staff and concierge are first rate and knowledgeable. Great arts district.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share about your experience with us!! As well as your very kind words. The Pfister is a truly charming and unique place, with equally as such team behind it. We truly hope to see you again and wish you safe travels.

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I just returned from a one-night stay. Enjoyed the beautiful lobby and nice touches in
the room, such as a lighted shaving mirror. But was most impressed by the
excellent service from everyone: front desk, bellman, room service, even the cafe
counter servers. This is so unusual as to be remarkable. Good job, whoever
is in charge of setting standards and training!

Room Tip: Tower rooms have more old fashioned charm
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Jean T
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
We cant thank you enough for such an amazing post. It truly is what we strive for and hope people are able to experience every time they are here. The people here are truly truly what makes the Pfister so special. Again we thank you and hope to see you again. Best wishes and safe travels.

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new berlin wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We went for our 25th wedding anniversary, and wanted a special night. We had a wonderful experience at the Pfister! The staff was outstanding! I told the guest check-in clerk that it was our 25th, and they gave us a suite upgrade at no extra cost. I also told the man I wanted to order a bottle of champagne to be delivered to our room when we got back from dinner, and he said that he already had taken care of it. We stopped in the Blu lounge on the 23rd fl. and it was an awesome view. The waitress asked how long we were staying, and my wife told her it was our 25th, and she brought us a plate of chocolate covered strawberries as big as baseballs, and told us to enjoy "on her". We certainly didn't expect something for nothing, but they really made us feel special. We are simple hard working people that were treated like royalty for a night. What an experience and a great memory. Thanks Pfister!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank andy s
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Kenneth W, Front Office Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Thank you Daniel!! And you are so right!! We definitely have the best views in the city. Not only from our rooms but Blu lounge as well. We are very blessed with such a great facility, but even more so with the amazing team. Again thank you and we hope to see you again soon.

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Aurora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed at the Pfister for a conference and had a room with a lake view. Great location and close to bars and restaurants. The Blu Room on the 23rd floor was a great place to end the evening with amazing views of the city and lake. Plenty of amenities in their spas, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained. Would definitely stay there again

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Daniel H
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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 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Luxury 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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