This hotel is located perfectly at the north edge of the drunken Milwaukee college wasteland also known as Water Street. The hotel also has no sound dampening whatsoever. Your door seems to be made of paper and you can hear every person walking up and down your hall, shouting drunkenly, talking about the wedding reception they were just at downstairs, etc. It was not pleasant. I should have listened to the other reviewers on this point. If you do have to stay here, make sure you have your room fan going 24x7 to help drown out the noise. It seemed to work fairly well, actually. This is definitely not a special-event-in-Milwaukee-weekend kind of hotel.
About the hotel... The staff were very friendly and helpful, so checkin and checkout were pleasant. People in the hotel seem to make good use of the common spaces in the lobby, which was actually nice to see. They're designed for people to use, rather than most hotels that have a lobby just used as a transit from one space to another. Decor is ultra modern, and pretty funny-looking for the most part. There is a small bar and a small food area in the lobby for snacks and drinks. And, it is located very conveniently on the north end of Water Street. I wasn't there for the college bars, but there are lots of other great places in the area within walking distance if you know where you're looking. The location is pretty good, but this also means it's frequented by college groups and Bachelorette parties. As we returned to the hotel in the evening at least one bachelorette was literally dragged into the hotel in front of us by her girlfriends, completely passed out.
Amenities are a bit strange. They do have a small soap bar for the bathroom. There's a pocket door on the "bathroom" that closes most of the way. The rest of the toiletries in the room are essentially soap pumps on the walls.
King bed was ok and we slept well when we were able to sleep.
Overall, I don't think we'll stay there again.
- 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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