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“Old, but good for its purpose”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Plaza Hotel

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The Plaza Hotel
Ranked #9 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Old, but good for its purpose”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2007

We stayed at the Plaza for four night, including a full weekend, in mid July 2007.

Yes, the rooms are converted apartments, and they include a kitchen with stove, fridge and microwave. And yes, there is a small diner-style establishment on the main floor.

The positives: This hotel is in a pretty good location. It is close to the lake, Northwestern Mutual's home office, a large grocery store, eating establishments and bus stops. It is a fairly easy ride over from the airport, and it is not impossible to make the mile or so walk into the heart of downtown.

The staff was responsive and wiling to assist with whatever requests were made. They can even provide an ironing board and iron for those in need (there is not one included in the room).

By comparison, this is a cheap stay -- very economical. And you will feel safe walking the streets regardless of how early or late.

The negatives: This is an old property, and it shows its age -- you will either find it quaint or tired.

There are no elevators servicing any floor. There are, however, small stairways, which makes it somewhat difficult to move luggage.

The room is tiny, and floors squeak with every step. The shower is designed for shorter people, and the water temperature can swing from just fine to burning hot without warning regardless of the hour of use.

There is a store-bought window a/c unit cooling the room and an old-style radiator heating from the corner.

The diner has odd hours, and all the seats available in the dining room are not open even when there are many waiting to be served. You may find a long line ahead of you, especially in the morning.

Taxis will come to the hotel if you ask the desk to call; this is not a regular stop for carriers.

Summary: This is a good place to stay for business or other trips where you will not be spending prolonged periods of time in the room.

Given the size of the room and lack of certain amenities, this may not be a good place for families or others traveling with young children.

  • Liked — Location, price
  • Disliked — Tiny room, age of rooms, other missing amenities
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2007

This is our second trip to the Plaza. We were apprehensive because it is an apartment hotel and we didn't need cooking facilities- but we found it to be clean, charming, old-fashioned , friendly, economical, conveniently located, darling coffee shop, very friendly service. We make a point of recommending it to anyone going anywhere near the beautiful city of Milwaukee.

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  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2006

At $55 a night for the weekly rate, I was a bit unsure of what to expect. But this was a great deal. The east downtown location (across from a large grocery store) is great, and the rooms (which include a full kitchen) are clean and comfortable. It's an old hotel, but it has been nicely renovated, the rooms are quite large, and there's good water pressure in the showers. There's also a neat diner in the hotel, with an old u-shaped counter and great deco designs on the ceilings.

The downside: My room only received an air conditioning unit halfway through my stay, and its windows opened onto the interior courtyard where the diner expands on warm days. So if you have the windows open, it sounds like the customers are sitting in the room with you. I suspect the air conditioning is no longer an issue--I think they have only recently completed renovations. But I'd definitely ask for a room that is not on the courtyard.

Still, overall I was very impressed with what I got for the price.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
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Property: The Plaza Hotel
Address: 1007 North Cass Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Plaza has been a fixture on Milwaukee's eastside since the roaring 1920's. This art deco gem has been thoughtfully renovated to restore many of the stunning original architectural details while providing for the modern amenities & the latest technology today's traveler demands. Nestled in a residential nook of the Yankee Hill neighborhood, the Plaza is just 4 blocks from Lake Michigan and the city's lakefront attractions. Within walking distance to some of the city's best restaurants, nightlife, arts, sports, etc. Grocery store, churches, art galleries & shopping are all nearby. On-site parking for a minimal fee, kitchenettes & laundry room. Cafe at the Plaza, open 7am-2pm. Known for it's great breakfasts! Sitting on the edge of downtown, you will find the Plaza to be a relaxing urban retreat.Property has air conditioning in the summer months. AC unit installed based on weather conditions. ... more   less 
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