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“Lovely, lovely, lovely.”
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The Pfister Hotel
Ranked #5 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
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94 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Lovely, lovely, lovely.”
Reviewed October 7, 2010

This is an amazing place. The entire hotel has a "ritzy historic vibe", which is charming and interesting. Even the newer tower in the hotel retains that same decor, so never fear about missing out if you get a room in that part of the hotel. The staff was extremely professional and attentive, especially while retrieving my lost hat. The bed was so comfy that I was reluctant to get out of it, the TV was nice, the bathroom nice with a great shower...I could go on and on. Got a great deal on the room as well. The only thing that some folks might not like is that parking is a little pricey, as is the lobby bar...but I think that is to be expected of a fancy hotel. Within walking distance of the 3rd Ward and tons of restaurants and bars. You'd need to work pretty hard to get me to stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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StaceyPfister, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 8, 2010
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! It is very nice to read that you found the Pfister charming and interesting because we all like to think so and are thrilled when our guests agree! I am so happy that we were able to retrive your missing hat and will be sure to pass along your thoughtful compliments to the staff who pride themselves on being attentive to all our guests needs! We look forward to your next visit with us!
Sincerely, Stacey Mandich, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

This historic property has kept its charm and combined it with modern comfort. The Victorian art collection is quite interesting.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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StaceyPfister, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 9, 2010
Thank you so much for your review! I am so happy you found the Pfister to be Beautiful and Friendly! We look Forward to your next visit !
Sincerely, Stacey Mandich, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

The Pfister is one of those great old hotels that make traveling tolerable. It has the charm and character of a historic downtown hotel, but has been maintained in such a way that it is every bit as modern and comfortable as a high-end chain. The staff was first rate. The location is in downtown Milwaukee not too far from Lake Michigan, so all the dining and cultural options of Milwaukee (such as Maders Retaurant) are right at hand. This is a great old hotel that helps break up the monotony of business travel, and for those who don't travel much, this is a way to make your stay memorable.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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StaceyPfister, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 11, 2010
Thank you so much for your Wonderful review! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we were able to make it memorable! We look forward to your next visit so we can create some more memories for you!! Sincerely, Stacey Mandich ,Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

Stayed in The Pfister for a wedding and it was a wonderful experience.
Stunning hotel, fabulous service and their concierge, Peter Mortensen, can help you locate Milwaukee's other gems (he is certainly one of them!)
Kids (9 & 12) loved the rooftop pool. Location can't be beat for seeing all of Milwaukee's treasures (Watt's Tea Shop for breakfast [again thank you Peter!], the waterfront, The 3rd Ward, Usinger's, Mader's, Cheese Mart).

Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Trevor, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

Enjoyed my stay here highly recommendable. My wife stayed here for my birthday with our dog. Very friendly to our pup, and even some small patches of grass across the street which came in handy for dog trips outside. But as for the hotel itself Absolutely fabulous, we were both sick this weekend but wanted pampered by someone else and we were. Great room service and delivery practices. Spacious rooms bathroom was also nice big hot massage head shower. Restraunt in hotel was very yummy bit pricey but you pay for good food in downtown no surprise. Would tell anyone to stay here and looking forward to staying again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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StaceyPfister, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 11, 2010
Thank you so much for your fabulous review! It's great to know everyone was friendly and accomidating to your puppy as well as you and your Wife! We look forward to everyones next visit with us-Hope you had a Happy Birthday!!
Sincerely, Stacey Mandich, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

Even so, it is 40 years since I was at The Colonade, and that was a freebie so I might be biased. But this Pfister trip was no accident. I have been coming to be spoiled for 30 years and it happens every time! Good guys at the door make a welcoming start. Pleasant folks at the desk sign you in as thought they were looking forward to seeing you. The Concierges smile and tell you good things to do. DO have breakfast, especially if you think the English do BREAKFAST. We dont know the half! And that piano..........

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

We stayed in this hotel as it was the location for dear friend's wedding reception. It was wonderful, clean, beautiful and had several great bars. The downstairs bar was a hot spot for our group and the wait staff was outstanding and very attentive. The rooms were spacious and clean. The bathrooms were also nice.

I ordered room service for lunch prior to the wedding and it was delicious!

The only downfall we had was the bar on the 23rd floor was overpriced (expected in hotel bars...) but the drinks were terrible. I think it was a combination of our choices from the menu and the very busy atmosphere. On the upside, they were understanding and took care of us.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank JenTravels_11
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StaceyPfister, Guest Relations Manager at The Pfister Hotel, responded to this review, November 8, 2010
Thank yor for your wonderful response-I loved how you described the Pfister as Ooh lala!! I am so happy that you had an amazing experience at your Friends Wedding and we able to enjoy some of our Outlets as well! I apologize for the drink issue in Blu but am happy to hear that they satff was understanding and took care of you!! We look forward to your next visit with us!!
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Property: The Pfister Hotel
Address: 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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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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