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County Clare Irish Inn and Pub
Ranked #19 of 55 Hotels in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 25, 2013

If a trip to Ireland is not in the cards but you still want a taste of the Emerald Isle, then book a stay at the County Clare in Milwaukee.

The County Clare is an older 3 story building that sits just off the Lake and just North of downtown, both are within walking distance (less than a mile). Rooms are well maintained and large. Included with your room is a full breakfast and parking.

The restaurant is small, but the breakfast we had each morning was suburb. We also visited the restaurant for the Friday Fish dinner, which was excellent.

Just as other reviewers have mentioned, the bathroom is an open concept, so not a lot of privacy for dressing. This could be an issue for a family with teenagers sharing the same room. Also, the TV was out of the 90's, small, analog and seemed out of place for a hotel at this price point. Finally, although the parking is free, there are not enough spaces for all guests, so the parking lot is really glorified valet parking. This may be an issue if you are using your car a lot during your stay.

Overall, we found a nice hotel close to downtown and the lake for a good overall value. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Stayed here for a night after a Packers game and before flying out of Milwaukee the next day. We got there late and left early but was very impressed. After driving on horrible roads from Green Bay we got there and checked in. It was late on a Sunday so we decided to eat at the pub instead of exploring the city in 5 degree weather. The pub is nice an homey with an Irish barkeep. Good selection of drinks and good food. Rooms were very large and nice. Big showers, will never use a whirlpool in any hotel. Included breakfast was great and had an omlete bar. Over all a great place to stay, especially when it includes 2 drinks, breakfast and parking. Just wish we had 2 nights there so we could have explored a little.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We loved our time at the County Clare -- the cozy "snug" room was plenty spacious, with Jacuzzi tub and queen bed. We decided to bring our drinks up to our room and enjoy a night in. We were towards the end of a 30 day road trip, this was a perfect place to kick back for a night. Amazing complimentary breakfast in the morning, restaurant quality. Friendly service, free parking, great part of town.

Room Tip: The "Snug" room was quite comfy and a great value.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

love milwaukee, and really love this local. As all thier other properties, 5 inns, this place really has it all. Very plesant place to stay with wonderful staff, clean as can be, and frendly beyond frendly. We have stayed at the Pfister in the past and reviewed it very highly, but i think this is our new go to place in milwaukee. Very tastfully well laid out room with firm but comfy bed.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We found this charming hotel by chance and LOVED it! Cozy, intimate, friendly and great, great location. Cookies upon arrival, free parking, complimentary breakfast which includes omelets made to order, comfortable rooms, jacuzzi for 2, free WiFi, live entertainment in pub downstairs (which will NOT disturb those retiring early)! Brady Street (with great restaurants, wonderful Italian bakery, and shopping) is a short walk through a great neighborhood and the lakefront is also within walking distance.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

This is a quaint and charming hotel, wonderfully located for easy access to some of Milwaukee's finest places. The place is modeled after an authentic Irish pub and hotel. It is NOT a "plastic Paddy".

Our first visit was to celebrate our anniversary, we have gone back repeatedly for romantic weekends. The front entrance is both charming and beautiful and many times we have arrived to find a horse drawn carriage, in full regalia parked immediately in front of the establishment which only lends to the ambiance.

When you walk in, you are immediately immersed into an Irish atmosphere and décor. At the registration desk you are each given a delicious chocolate chip cookie, and a pass for a free breakfast for each morning of your stay. We usually book a room with a two-person whirlpool. Each room also has a separate shower and water closet, a flat screen television and very fast internet. The room set up is fun, interesting, and inspiring in that we think we would like to alter our master bedroom suite at home to incorporate some of the amenities here.

The food is amazing, our favorite entrée is their Salmon with steamed spinach and Irish mashed potatoes. Hands down, the very best Salmon experience we have ever enjoyed, and it remains consistently the best, whenever we dine there. The root soup is a very special treat as well, there are no words to describe how delicious it is! Many times we have been there at times when they have live entertainment, and the live entertainment has always been a wonderful addition to the dining experience.

We have returned to the restaurant and pub many, many times with our children and friends, it is definitely our favorite place to stop for a quality meal. The drinks have always been wonderful as well. We tend to lean towards the drinks which are served warm such as the Nutty Irishman, Irish Coffee, Hot buttered rum Cider, etc.

We have never experienced street noise as other reviewers have commented upon. Although, it's a city, anything is possible.

One of our favorite parts is a saying stenciled over the hearth which says "It is impossible to be unhappy when you have a grateful heart."

Room Tip: We really like the rooms with the double whirlpool baths.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the County Clare Inn in Milwaukie, WI for three nights, Friday through Monday morning.
The inn is a bed and breakfast. You get a breakfast plastic card for every day, entitling you to a free breakfast. We didn’t see any restrictions. The inn also includes an Irish pub, multiple award winning restaurant and pub. This isn’t a typical Irish pub like in so many cities. This is as authentic as I’ve seen, copying pubs from the actual County Clare in Ireland. The food is great and varied. Traditional Irish meals plus other options. Everybody eats, from omnivores, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy lovers, whatever. Their Shepherd’s Pie is awesome and can be standard, vegetarian or vegan. The grilled salmon is one of the best I’ve had.
Their breakfasts range from Irish full breakfast to ala cart and everything we had was very good. Weekends have full breakfast, until noon. Weekdays are more like a typical hotel, with custom omelets and a serve-yourself bar, but also good.
We stayed in a 2nd floor suite, fairly inexpensive. The pub stays open until 1am with live Irish music but we could not hear it at all. We had dinner and the pub/restaurant was very loud, and in our room a few minutes later, couldn’t hear anything. The suite facing the street does get street noise, including anybody being loud at the front door, but no other noise. Even nearby rooms or people in the hall don’t come through much.
The suite had a king sized bed and large flat TV and fast, free WiFi.
The service staff are all amazing. Always very nice, professional. We’ve stayed other places and only had a few be this good. Every single person in the inn or pub was all over themselves to be helpful.
And finally, the location is excellent. Two supermarkets are within about 6 blocks. Veterans Park is just a few blocks to the East with miles of running trails and Lake Michigan, with kite selling stores, etc.
Highly recommended in all respects.

Room Tip: get a room on the east (back side) away from the front entrance and main street
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1234 N Astor St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2822
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#9 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range: $144 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — County Clare Irish Inn and Pub 2.5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
County Clare is a critically acclaimed Irish hotel in Milwaukee, located on the trendy East Side. Within 15 minutes walking from Summer Fest grounds (Irish Fest). Every room is fitted with a 2 person whirlpool bathtub and queen size beds(standard room) and king size beds in our suites. A refrigerator is available upon request free of charge. The bar has been voted best Irish pub by Milwaukeeans for the past 6 years straight! Also featured in the Washington Post and the New York Times! Guinness Brewmaster, Fergal Murray recognizes County Clare for the best Guinness pint in Wisconsin! The highly acclaimed County Clare Pub and Restaurant celebrates the music, food, and drink of Ireland. The amiable staff is proud to present traditional Irish cuisine as well as contemporary American fare. Feast on such comfort food as shepherd's pie, grilled salmon, our signature Irish root soup, a meatloaf sandwich, or the popular Bloody Mary. County Clare also has an extensive vegetarian menu with vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options, of all your favorites. ... more   less 
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