Marriott took a very old historic hotel in Milwaukee, kept elements of the former building, added a "hip" vibe and reopened it around March 2013. Had a 2 queen bed corner room with windows facing both ways on a top floor and was able to see July 4th fireworks from about 12 locations around Milwaukee, Very nice. This is a great location on Old World 3rd St. with restaurants, piano bar, riverwalk, Summerfest grounds, museums, theaters, 3rd Ward District, shops etc. all walkable. Being new the furnishings and bedding were fantastic. Self parking is on a surface lot just 2 buildings down and it is 24 hour monitored. You can park in front of the building to load and unload. The breakfast is quite good, but it will close by 9 am even on holidays and weekends. This results in loads of people bunching up in the dining area about 8:40. I'm not sure why they don't extend the dining to 9:30 or 10 am as most other hotel's do??? The only reason I'm not giving a 5 star is because I felt the evening security level should be a little tighter in an urban setting. Let me be clear in that I felt very safe walking the area at night, lots of other people around etc. That being said I do think there should be key access into the hotel after 10 pm, or at least the elevators to the floors should require keys after that hour. I came and went at midnight and 1 am without any required additional security check. There was no security guard around either, just the woman at the front desk. As I said, I was never really concerned in the building or on the street about my safety, but I do think urban hotels should control who is getting onto the floors after a certain time in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening May 2013. Situated in the historic Straus Building in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the NEW Fairfield Inn & Suites invites you to relax in our comfortable guest rooms or socialize in our urban public spaces! Just steps from the critically acclaimed restaurant scene, famed Milwaukee Art Museum, BMO/Harris Bradley Center, vibrant theater district, and major corporations, this hotel is adorned with contemporary accommodations and a stylish urban warehouse lobby reminiscent of Milwaukee's yesteryear. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Hotel Towne
- Best Western Milwaukee
- Milwaukee Best Western