THINGS THAT WERE GREAT ABOUT THE HOTEL
• The architecture, lighting and branding are sleek & contemporary.
• Speedy check-in
• Friendly employees
• An inviting hotel lobby where people can play pool, lounge, get a drink and snacks at the bar and use the hotel’s PCs with a printer attached
• A 24-hour pool with its own bathroom, shower, towel service and lounge chairs
• A nice workout room open 24 hours and has a good selection of free weights, benches, LifeFitness treadmills, recumbent bikes, an all-in-one station and ellipticals
• In-room Bliss amenities (combo shampoo/conditioner, body moisturizer and a bar of soap
• Their conservation program that allows you to forego linen and towel housekeeping for a $5 voucher in the Re:fuel snack shop or 250 Starpoints
• The in-room safe is big enough for a 13-inch laptop and other gear, but it might not accommodate something larger than a 15-inch laptop.
• Zippy fast WiFi and a desk dock with HDMI and USB ports, monitor jacks and a couple grounded outlets on the smallish writing desk.
• The location is close enough to downtown without being in the grittiness of downtown, and the neighborhood is relatively safe. Other than bars and a few restaurants, there isn’t much around the hotel yet. The land around the hotel has been cleared in the hope developers will build new residential high-rises and commercial spaces. A CVS or Walgreens within walking distance would be nice, but everything’s a short drive from the hotel.
THINGS I LIKED BUT DROVE OTHER REVIEWERS CRAZY
• I loved the shower and the peek-a-boo frosted glass panel. No one seemed to like this, but I liked not having a bathtub to hurdle over just to take a shower.
• The Bliss amenities supplied via wall pumps. The hotel doesn’t have to worry about stocking little bottles of this & that.
• I loved the bookshelf & rack for clothes and stuff. Not having a dresser or closet means not having to worry about the cleanliness of drawers and dinginess of closets. The only problem was that the rack has six hangers, and there’s no privacy for your stuff.
• The sliding bathroom door. A half-inch of space you can peek through because the door won’t slide all the way? Stop griping. DON’T PEEK!
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE HOTEL
• The walls and doors are paper thin—you can hear everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING. The folks two doors down going at it at 8am?—yeah, everyone within 30 feet of your front door heard you.
• The doors SLAM shut. If people would catch their front door before it slams shut, everything would be fine, but no…SLAM, SLAM, SLAM, and you’ll hear that through your own thin front door.
• The floors have a weird resonance thing (Wood frame construction? A false floor above a thin concrete slab?), so you might hear your next door neighbors walking around their room because sound travels sideways. The hallways, too; if someone walks heavily down the corridor near your room, you’ll hear them.
• The loud group talking and laughing down in the courtyard at 3:30am. One phone call to the main desk, and they were silent within five minutes.
• The weekend was party time—a bachelorette party, wedding participants and groups and their noisy conversations down the hallway making their way to their rooms at 1am.
• The $25/day valet parking. You don’t have many parking options nearby, and you probably won’t want to leave your car parked out on the street overnight.
• There are no curtains in the room; only a couple rolling vinyl shades. The morning light seeped around the edges and into the room. This is one of the reasons hotels and motels have light-blocking curtains that overlap and completely cover the windows, but alas…no curtains here.
THE BIGGEST THING THAT NEARLY RUINED MY STAY AT ALOFT BUT ISN’T THE HOTEL’S FAULT
• OMFG, the insanely loud outside noise on the weekends! The Aloft is a block from two streets full of college bars, most of which are open until 2am, each blasting their own music with thumping bass and dozens of revelers screaming and stumbling around drunk in the streets and sidewalks. It was the worst cacophony I’ve ever heard, and there’s nothing the hotel can really do about it. Even an interior courtyard room and the room fan didn’t provide enough acoustical muffling to overcome the noise. And that lasted until 2am Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Do NOT stay here on the weekends if you’re a light sleeper. Even though the front desk offered to let me move to another room facing away from the Riverwalk and Water Street, trust me when I write: You’ll feel like changing hotels in the middle of the night. The only saving grace is that the bars have to close by 2am, and things start calming down around 1-ish.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown Hotel Milwaukee