We stayed here for 3 nights during our trip to Milwaukee. This place is both a restaurant and a hotel.
We arrived late at night, and there is limited parking. Luckily, we were able to find a spot. We entered through the back door, which was locked, but we followed a couple into the lobby.
After a certain hour, I think, 8pm, you have to check in at the bar of the restaurant. Check-in was efficient, even though it was at the bar.
We were given coupons for free pints of beer, as well as coupons for breakfast, so that was nice. Because it was late, we ended up eating dinner at the restaurant. While I have not been to Ireland, I imagine this is what it might be like in an Irish pub. It was warm and cozy, and there appeared to be a lot of locals hanging out at the bar. As a totally unexpected surprise, on our last night there, we were also given hand-made chocolate that the chef had created that evening. We also got our cookies then. Apparently, at check-in, you are supposed to get cookies, but we didn't know that until later.
Our room was on the second floor, facing the front, above the restaurant. In most instances, it wasn't too loud, but if you like quiet, I would request rooms on the third floor and facing the back. We communicated by e-mail about this, and I was told that a third floor reservation was available, but then I didn't hear back for a few days. Finally, I called them, and I was told that the third floor was no longer available, and but the second floor was. For future reference, I would call them about reservations because e-mail doesn't seem to be the preferred method of communication. Fortunately, there was only one night when it was a little louder than usual.
Our room was nicely decorated with lots of green. There is even a jacuzzi, which you can use until 10pm at night, probably because filling up the jacuzzi is loud. It was definitely neat and clean.
The hotel is located in a good location (East Milwaukee) and it appeared safe to walk around at night. A 5 minute walk south takes you to the Art Museum and the lake, and a 10 minute walk north takes you to Brady Street. There is not a lot of restaurants around the hotel itself, but a quick walk or drive can take you where you need to go.
Parking is limited. They allow you to double park, but you have to give them your keys so that they can move your car so someone else can get out.
There is a bus that stops right in front of the hotel, so if you didn't have a car, I imagine the bus would be fine.
Breakfast was served daily, and only to hotel guests. On the weekend, you have only one choice, which is whatever the chef is making that morning. It was good, but if you have food allergies or dietary concerns, I think they would probably be able to make simple substitutions. On weekdays, it is a breakfast buffet, and you have to get there early. They seem to run out things and there was only one server that morning. He was in charge of the omelet station, as well as keeping the juices, coffee, yogurt, breads, etc. stocked. He seemed to manage quite well, but it was a stressful job, I'm sure. The breakfast on the weekends was more tasty than the weekday buffet. The made-to-order omelet on the weekday was good though.
There is only one computer available for internet access, and it is at the front desk. You have to stand there to look things up, and they will help you print things, such as boarding passes.
Overall, this is a cozy Irish bed and breakfast, but it is unique because they also have an Irish restaurant. The B+B is in a good location. Beds are comfortable. Rooms are clean. The only thing to remember is that if you are going to make reservations, a phone call is better than e-mail. I would definitely recommend this B+B.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- County Clare Irish Inn And Pub Hotel Milwaukee