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Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
Ranked #34 of 55 Hotels in Milwaukee
Reviewed August 29, 2011

This hotel was very nice. We loved the lobby/front desk area. There is a very cool lobby bar with sitting area. Fireplace, board games, & a pool table that's free of charge. There was also an outdoor courtyard that I thought was fabulous! My husband & I were meeting some family & friends with the intention of going out, but ended up staying at the hotel bar all night because we were having such a good time there. They had a DJ playing dance music inside, & different music playing outside in the courtyard, but not as loud, so it was a good place to sit & visit where you didn't have to yell to be heard.
I also liked that they had security guards on the property, & that they offered valet parking at a security patrolled lot/structure.
The room was clean, comfortable, & I loved the modern decor. The only negatives were that the shades aren't wide enough to block out all the light, so if you have an East facing room (as we did) it is extremely bright early in the morning. Bring an eye mask! Also, the towels are very stiff. It's like drying off with cardboard or something.
Another plus is that they have a pantry that's open 24 hours, in case you need some late night food or drink.
All in all, I was impressed with the property & the staff. I would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

I stay at this hotel weekly for business. For those first time visitors to avoid the bridge noise you can keep the fan on the in room hvac system. This does keep the noise down to a minimum and the front desk does provide ear plugs.

Try Tutto restaurant as it is very good and right down the street.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2011

Thanks for the review, we appreciate the fact that you took time out of your day to share your thoughts with future travellers. Being a weekly visitor, we appreciate your continued support and are honored to have you trust us to take care of you on your travels. PS Tutto's is one of our favorite spots to eat in downtown too!

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Reviewed August 22, 2011

This was my second time staying at the Aloft, so needless to say, I really enjoy staying there. The rooms are comfortable with blackout blinds, comfy beds, great bathroom/shower.

The lobby area is nice and spacious and has a lot of snacks that you can buy a la carte if you have the munchies, or you can grab a drink in the evening, or just hang out on the big sofas that they have. It's a great location and close walking distance to bars/restaurants.

Reasonable rates if you book ahead of time.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2011

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to take care of you again! We appreciate you coming back and seeing us and hope that we will get to see you again!

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Reviewed August 20, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Aloft (our first time) when we visited Milwaukee for Summerfest in July 2011, and we were very happy with our choice. We picked it, because the price was good, and we like to try new places. Lets just say, we now check for other Aloft properties wherever we travel, because we enjoyed the Milwaukee location so much.

The staff, from valet attendants, to front desk, to maintenance were happy and friendly, which makes a world of difference when you're tired from traveling. The lobby was clean, and the style to whole property is kind of a hip-modern look with a slight European edge. In the lobby there are comfortable places to lounge, as well as a funky bar, pool table, and self-serve snack area. You can also access the workout room and pool from the ground floor.

NOTE: The hotel is on the Milwaukee river, and the river front walk is right outside. It's just a short walk to restaurants, bars, parks and river cruise lines.

We were on the 3rd floor, and our room faced the Milwaukee river. Our first impression was that the room was clean and well designed. The bed was very comfortable, and there is a nice flat-screen TV mounted on the wall directly opposite. There was plenty of room for luggage, and lots of outlets for phone/computer chargers. The bathroom was also clean. It has a raised sink bowl, and there is a sliding door separating the toilet and shower (no bathtub). The shower shares a common wall with the bedroom area, and the wall is made glass, but you cannot see through it. We liked the modern style, but if you're more on the conservative side it might make you feel a little uncomfortable. The room has a safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, desk and small storage area. There was even complimentary water (a nice treat if you're like us and getting sick of hotels charging $5 for a bottle). I screwed up the combination to our safe and couldn't open it, and when we called for maintenance he arrived quickly and with a smile.

We really enjoyed the property. We felt safe and comfortable, and the friendliness of the staff was very welcoming. We would definitely stay at this location again if we make it back to Milwaukee.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2011

Summerfest is probably one of the most fun events in the city and we are so happy that you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed August 17, 2011

...as other reviewers have stated, there's a bridge nearby with metal grating, and cars that drive over it pretty much all night (so it's loud). Also, the bathroom situation (where you can't close the door completely) is magnified by the fact that there isn't a fan in there. Requested a river view room on a higher floor and got it. Enjoyed the free bottled water and fridge. Room design was neat, but the lighting was either way too bright or not bright enough. Frosted glass shower that you can see in the room? Cool, but maybe not for certain situations (I'd be horrified to share one of these rooms with a family member). Parking tip: To avoid the expensive valet, use the City of Milwaukee parking garage:
4th and Highland Garage
324 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

It was only about a block away, covered and safe. Meters nearby required quarters and were a quarter per 10 minutes (we didn't have that many quarters). Overnight weekend parking was $6...not bad. Dining tip: AJ Bombers is about a block away and has super delicious burgers. (it's been featured on many shows on Travel Channel) Bar district is also stumbling distance if you're into that sort of thing.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2011

Great review of the parking situation as well as the dining tip, AJ's is one of the staffs picks to send guests to. Sorry to hear about the bridge noise, but the good news is that the City is working on helping us remeduy that situation as we speak!

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Reviewed August 16, 2011

This was my first stay in Aloft hotel, a low cost version owned by the W hotel brand. For about $100 I had a king room with a comfortable bed, extra pillows, a large flat screen TV, free WiFi, and a great shower.
I have 2 complaints; noise transferred from the hallway into the room too easily and as someone else mentioned the bathroom is completely exposed when the door is opened. If the door was hinged on the opposite side a person walking down the hallway wouldn’t have a view of a guy in briefs shaving in front of the sink when his wife/gf opened the door, as happened to me while walking to my room.
Even with the peek-a-boo bathroom, I would return if I could grab a room for about $100 or so. Water street bars and restaurants are only a couple of blocks away and the hotel has a sense of style that’s appeals to me.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

Great location just north of Old World 3rd St. along the Milwaukee River. Within walking distance to everything in downtown and especially close to Edelweiss Cruise lines for a night on the river or Sunday Brunch cruise. Modern and trendy, so I would suggest it as a great place for an adults-only stay.

Room Tip: Cheapest rate would be the 2nd night 50% rate compared with other deals.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1230 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-4034
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#24 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range: $121 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft Milwaukee Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is a modern boutique-style hotel near the business district, Bradley Center arena, Milwaukee River, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and is 15 minutes from MKE Airport. Valet parking only available at $30 overnight and $15 for the day. ... more   less 
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