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Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Ranked #17 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
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7 reviews
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“Spacious - great value per square foot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

My family has stayed at Residences Inn Milwaukee Downtown about 6 times over past 8 years.
We loved it when Bordors occupied the adjoining retail space. It was nice to end with family day hanging out at the bookstore picking the book for the nightly reading session to the children. Now that Bordors is gone and the space is a Planet Gym with ugly blank street front windows on a grand old department store (criminal, totally kills the retail street). The suite hotel with the tallest hotel room ceilings anywhere and the free breakfast is still a good deal. We would recommend Residences adds a couple more pieces of furniture to the spacious 2 bedroom corner suites like a table for 6 or a sideboard at the entry area or another armchair.

Street noise is constant and can be a problem if you have trouble falling to sleep.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
P G, We definitely appreciate our loyal guests. Thank you for your continued business. The best compliment to us is when guests return over and over. We were also sad to see the adjoining Borders bookstore close. Next time you are visiting Milwaukee, please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything else that we can do to make your next stay even more enjoyable.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hotel is clean, nice, and centrally located. The rooms were spacious and well appointed. The beds were very comfortable and the gym was one of the best hotel gyms I've used. Breakfast was included and was delicious! What a great deal! It was walking distance to restaurants, bars, museums, the lake, and the market.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
NapervilleKelly, Thank you so much for your kind words about the Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown. It sounds like you were able to truly enjoy your stay with us. It is nice to hear that you were also able to take advantage of several of the amenities such as breakfast and the fitness center. We would like the opportunity to host you again if you are ever back in Milwaukee.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Hotel is a former large department store in downtown Milwaukee. Breakfast at Tiffany's? This is sleeping in Gimbels! Ceilings are high, rooms are unusually shaped. When we asked to be upgraded to a one bedroom, there weren't any available so we were upgraded to a two bedroom handicapped unit. It worked fine. But finding the hotel and where to park for it was a bit of a challenge.
There was a small sign on North Plankinton for the hotel which we turned right at. Then we were in a driveway with an office building in front of us. The entrance to the Residence inn is on the right through glass doors. Once you go through the glass doors, you go to the left through other doors into the hotel. It's tricky, as is finding your way back and forth from the parking garage. (Don''t forget to take your hotel key with you got get back in to the hotel!) But these things are minor compared to how close the hotel is to the Riverwalk and downtown. A good location for visiting Milwaukee.

Room Tip: reserve a studio and ask for an upgrade to one bedroom. It can't hurt.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
leafwatcher, Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences at the Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown with others. You are correct; we are located in the historic Gimbels Department Store building. Since our property is a conversion, it has allowed us to keep many of the original features of the building such as the high ceilings and distinct room layouts. It is a multi-use building, so we do share the entrance with other businesses. I am also happy to hear that we were able to get you an upgraded suite for your stay. If your travels ever bring you back to Milwaukee, we would love to see you again.
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Clinton, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Wonderful front desk staff....right downtown with all the restaurants, Public Market Place, theatres, all within walking distance on the beautiful River Walk. Rooms were excellent, would be a great place if you needed an extended stay....all the amenities, comfortable bed, big fluffy towels and plenty of them. The rooms were also very quiet. Just an excellent hotel. We'll stay there again on our next trip to the "Brew City".

Room Tip: The odd numbered rooms (east side) overlook the River Walk and we saw rowers on the water in the ear...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Marsha S, We appreciate you taking the time to review our hotel. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed our suites so much. Our location on the RiverWalk just can’t be beat. As you experienced, there are so many places that you can walk to. I will also let the front desk know that their hospitality was appreciated. We can’t wait to see you next time you are in ‘brew city’!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Suite hotels with real bedrooms are sometimes hard to find at a reasonable price. The Residence Inn is one of the best. The downtown location along Milwaukee's beautiful Riverwalk is perfect. It is located in the historic restored Gimbels department store. The ceilings and windows really are about 14 feet high. The huge suite we had was not particularly luxurious but it was a bit nicer than a standard hotel room. Every thing you need is in the kitchenette. A two burner ceramic top range, full size refrigerator, and full size dishwasher are almost overkill. There are two large screen LCD TVs and free wireless internet. Our room 517 overlooked the river and down Wisconsin Ave. to the Art museum and lake at the end. Don't be fooled by the understated entrance off Plankinton Ave. The real beauty of the magnificent facade of the building is seen from the opposite side across the river. Some have complained about the basement parking but we thought it was fine if a little tight. It's very secure as you can't get in or out without a special room card key. The breakfast buffet was nicely done with many selections. Weekdays it ends at 9 am which is too soon in my opinion. The only problem was that the HVAC system fan is a bit noisy. When it runs you really hear it and for me it wakes me when it cycles off. I set the fan to "on" but it only runs for two hours and the switches to "auto" as an energy savings. The building engineer said they had no control over this as the building owners control all HVAC functions. It didn't bother my wife however. Staff was very courteous and friendly.. They always greet you with a smile and something nice to say. Stay at this hotel if you don't mind a cycling HVAC fan.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
TravelorPa, thank you for taking the time to tell others about your recent stay with us. We definitely appreciate being called 'one of the best'! I am so glad that you were able to take advantage of our central downton location. If your travels ever bring you back to Milwaukee, we would be happy to see you again.
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Stayed this past weekend. Great service. Thanks to Kim who was very accommodating at the front desk and helped us extend our stay and has a great demeanor at the desk. Rooms are big with really high ceilings. Centrally located. The only issue I had was the wifi. I like to FaceTime when I am on the road and the Internet connection would come and go. I eventually just went to the lobby and was given a code to that connection which worked way better than the rooms. Stayed here a lot over the years and its always good.

  • Stayed October 2012
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Lee62694, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at the Residence Inn by Marriott Milwaukee Downtown. I am so glad to hear that Kim was able to assist you. I will pass on your observation regarding the wireless internet to our engineering department so they can investigate it further. It is also nice to hear that you have stayed with us several times in the past. To have guest return time and time again is the best compliment that we can receive. We hope to see you again next time you are in Milwaukee.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

My spouse and I just came back from an overnight at this facility and we were generally happy with the room and hotel location. The room was large with high ceiling and a view of the river so it was very quiet. The room was clean and well maintained except for the bath tub mat which has seen many uses. The staff was very nice, and the complimentary breakfast was very good with enough of a selection to find something to get you going. The location allows one to walk to various areas including the 3rd Ward. A couple of things that bothered us a bit during the night was the noise coming from the fridge (we should have unplugged it since we didn't need it) and the a/c which came right down on your face while in bed. Otherwise it was a nice stay. Thanks!

Room Tip: Ask for a river view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ResidenceInnMke, Manager at Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
xcaba, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent stay at the Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown with others. I am happy to hear that the suite and the location of the hotel met your needs. I will be sure to pass on your compliments of the staff. Please feel free to contact me directly with the particular suite that you were in. I would be happy to pass it on to our maintenance team so that they can take a look at the refrigerator and the cooling vent. If your travels ever bring you back to Milwaukee, we would be grateful to see you again.
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Property: Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown
Address: 648 N Plankinton Ave, 648 N. Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2900
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
#12 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
#17 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in the historic Marshall Fields building, the Residence Inn Milwaukee Downtown blends old-world splendor with modern amenities. Recently renovated, our downtown Milwaukee hotel is an all-suites hotel offering an incredible location. We're connected to the Shops of Grand Avenue and within walking distance to Midwest Airlines Center, the theatre district and Bradley Center. Whether relocating to Milwaukee or looking for a Milwaukee extended-stay hotel, you'll feel right at home. Choose from studio, one- or two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, luxurious bedding, flat-screen TV, wireless Internet, and separate living areas. At any time, visit our market, business center, and fitness center, all open 24-hours. Enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast buffet and social hour with food and beverages (Mon-Wed). Surrounded by many businesses and cultural attractions, the Residence Inn offers first-class service and friendly staff. ... more   less 
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