The Hilton in downtown is one of two hotels connected by a skywalk to the convention center. I've stayed at the Hyatt several times, and have always liked it. Hyatt was sold out for my last trip, so I decided to try the Hilton.
The Hilton feels like a fancy old school hotel, all rich wood paneling, brass fixtures, over-stuffed seating in the lobby. It feels posh, and while it is not in poor condition, definitely feels like what you'd imagine a country club's lounge would look like.
It definitely has a different feel from the Hyatt, with has a much more modern style -- an open atrium at it's center and contemporary style of furniture and decor. It is also more conducive to sitting in groups in lobby and bar, in contrast to the Hilton.
The room was excellent at the Hilton - very lovely linens, and a soft, but not too soft, mattress. The only small issues that I had were that I had spilled coffee on the sheets in one area, and I had pulled the blanket back so that housekeeping would see it and change out the sheet. I was disappointed that they did not change the sheet, but certainly this wasn't a terrible situation. Now, if I'd found that, and it wasn't *my* coffee, that would have been a problem.
The walls seemed thin, I could hear my neighbors laughing and talking late at night, which awakened me.
The only other thing was that the bathroom was very small -- the door to the bathroom could not open all the way because it hit the curved shower rod. The curved rod had been installed to enlarge the size of the shower, but created the problem with the door opening. It was easiest to do you bathroom activities with the door shut, which felt sort of silly since I was in the room by myself. Again, a tiny issue.
Finally, and this is the one thing that would make me choose the Hyatt over the Hilton, is the distance to the convention center from the Hilton. It is quite a hike over the sky bridge to the convention center from the Hilton. While there is a significant walk from the Hyatt to the Convention Center, it is much shorter than the walk from the Hilton.
One more plus: Starbuck's downstairs at the Hilton!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant, historic hotel is a landmark in downtown Milwaukee. Recently renovated guest rooms and suites provide modern comforts. The hotel is connected by skywalk to the Wisconsin Center and is in the middle of thriving downtown shopping, eating and theater areas. All of Milwaukee's great attractions are minutes away including Miller Park, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, Harley Davidson Museum and Discovery World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Milwaukee City Hotel Milwaukee
- Hilton Hotel Milwaukee City Center
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