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Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
Ranked #27 of 54 Hotels in Milwaukee
San Jose, CA
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63 reviews
61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
“Acceptable”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

I think there are several better hotels available unless you want to stay in a Starwood property, in which case this is your only choice. Pfeister and Mariott seemed really nice.

To me, this hotel was a little better than a motel and one trying very hard to be budget W hotels. They don’t have any real food at the bar or for breakfast. Everything hot seemed to be microwaved and Microwaved croissant with egg and sausage loaded with sodium is not great.
Room was decent.

Location is little far from office building but not bad.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Dear CAWorldtravelwer,

Thank you for taking time out to let us know about your experience while staying with us. We know there are tons of lodging options when you travel whether it is for leisure or pleasure and the key is finding the right fit for each traveler. You are completely right, we are not the Pfister or the Marriott as those two hotels are completely different from the style and decor to the mindset of the traveler and they are wonderful options. We are close to what you think, we are the little brother/sister to W hotels and try to deliver and affordable option to the W experience. We just seem to not be what you need in your travels, but we are glad you gave us an opportunity and hope that you find something more to your liking on your next visit to town.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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79 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We booked a room (rooms are called lofts' at the aloft hotel, but they are nothing other than an open-concept rooms in modern design) the Aloft for the weekend of the 110th Harley-Davidson anniversary. For the relatively high price I expected a little more but in the end it did the job since we didn't spend much time in the room. The receptionist called our room a 'loft' but it was nothing other than an open-concept room with modern design with an obscure glass wall to the shower stall. Great gym and a small pool (5ft deep) were great for a little exercise in between. Parking for one vehicle was included in the price of the hotel room for special event parking (otherwise pay for valet parking on lot across the street).
Overall the design of the hotel and rooms was cool and contemporary but lacked quality. The sliding door between sink and toilet/shower was not wide enough to close the gap between the walls but might be part of the loft concept!? ;) Breakfast not included but you could make your own omelet in the lobby for $10 (or walk a few minutes to the next restaurant for breakfast).
The location worked great for us as far as being close to trolley and bust stops, and also not far away from the highway. Would probably return and can recommend.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view to the river
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CraigSabine
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Craig,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and also for letting us know about your experience here. Sounds like you were here for the Harley Celebration and we hope that you had a great time (after all, it's only once every 5 years). We hope that we can take care of you agian in the future!
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Milwaukee
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I stay at Aloft in downtown Milwaukee an average of 25 nights each year. The rooms are very hip! The hotel has a very cool vibe that you feel from check in to check out. The WXYZ bar is always active and they serve a good selection of sandwiches and small bites. The staff is very friendly and always helpful. Valet team is one of the best. The location is perfect, very close to nightlife, dining, the river walk and the trendy Third Ward. The patio area is very inviting both day and night. You won't be disappointed!

Room Tip: Request a river view!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judi G
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Judy G,

Thank you for taking the time out to let us know about your experience in Milwaukee with us. We truly appreciate you staying with us as we understand there are many options when traveling. We appreciate the kind words and hope that we have another opportunity to serve you in the future.
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Ohio, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Pleasant staff, love the atmosphere. Rooms are really nice. I will for sure stay again.
Was not in the best part of town in my opinion. But the appearance of the hotel made up for any of that. Bed was comfy and the place was designed unqiue.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Don M
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Dear Don,

We appreciate having you stay with us and wanted to thank you for the wonderful comments. We hope to see you again in the future!
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Ocean City, Maryland
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65 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

The staff is so accommodating and pleasant. always looking to answer questions. attentive. the rooms are a bit hard.and with that said i mean hard edges so it is edgy so if your are not into that this hotel is not your scene but I loved it being different. a nice workout room, was there in the summer wished there was an outdoor pool. Bartender saturday night was a bit blah but it is what it is. I loved the "green" concept of if you didn't need your room attended to you got more starwood points and also a $5.00 coupon.
right on the river so if you like to walk stay here!
Milwaukee is very clean and safe

Room Tip: you want a river view room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank josmax
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your visit to Milwaukee, we know there are many options when traveling. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have you back in the future.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

This was the 10th Aloft I have stayed at, and it was the best of them. I did get a room upgrade to a corner room, which was quite spacious and comfortable. It's location overlooked the bridge across the river, and during the evening one could hear the cars as they crossed the grate on the bridge. But it quieted down when the traffic abated, and was not a problem. The breakfasts have been upgraded since the previous times I have stayed in an Aloft, being freshly prepared (assembled and heated up) when they took my request. My only issue was the cost of parking given that they used vacant lots and charged garaged parking rates. It was sufficiently high to discourage me from renting a car and driving from the airport to the hotel. The location is great - a downtown Aloft - an easy walk to the Convention Center and many restaurants. I would certainly choose to stay here if I am in Milwaukee again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank batesczsg
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for letting us know about your experience here and thank you more for being a supporter of the aloft brand! We appreciate the feedback and the loyalty as we know there are many options when traveling. We hope to have you back with us the next time you are in Milwaukee.
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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

The hotel has great décor. It has a bar and pool table onsite, it's walking distance to restaurants and attractions, and there is parking for a fee. The claim of a heated pool is false. We stayed at the hotel twice in 1 year and both times, we found the pool to be room temperature.

Room Tip: Corner room appears larger. Some rooms have river views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank The_Love_Birds_12
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for letting us know about your experiences here with us. Sounds llike with the exception of the pool, you really enjoy your visits here with us. We keep our pool heated between 80-82 degrees. Unfortuantely it is one of those items where we cannot keep everyone happy, but we hope for the majority, they enjoy relaxing in splash.
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Property: Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#24 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 ... more   less 
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