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County Clare Irish Inn and Pub
Ranked #19 of 55 Hotels in Milwaukee
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Reviewed July 25, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Limerickid, Manager at County Clare Irish Inn and Pub, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2010

Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review! We here at County Clare love to hear your opinion.
We will always have parking for our hotel guests regardless of what time you check in. Our parking lot is indeed free to all our hotel guests which is something we take great pride in offering in a busy city like Milwaukee. At the very most ( usually Friday and Saturday nights) we have up to 4 cars double parked in the back of our lot. We ask that the hotel guest leave us their keys so when a spot opens up we can park your car for you, so you need not have to worry. Only our bar management are authorized to move double parked cars. If we find a spot before you retire for the night we will hand your keys right back to you. Its a little extra effort we take to make your stay as worry free as possible. Our complimentary fresh chocolate chip cookies are baked daily and given to all our guests as a 'thank you' for staying with us!
In the morning after our guests enjoy their 2 free beers/wines/or cocktails of choice we offer a complimentary made-to-order omelette filled with many different items to choose! We now also offer fresh baked bacon and fritters. Also homemade cinnamon buns and sweet cakes line the bar for all those sweet tooth lovers! Unfortunately because we are a small B&B we try to strive for freshness and good quality over quantity. Almost everything is made in house and therefore we bake only what is needed for the rooms that are booked. Thank you so very much for staying with us and we hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed July 5, 2010

A very nice place place to stay. The cleanliness was impressive. Everything was updated and working - no issues. The complimentary morning breakfast in the restaurant with made to order omelets was wonderful.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

We had hoped to stay two nights over Pulaski Day weekend, but Saturday was booked up weeks in advance. Plan ahead. Based on other reviews, we asked for and were given a quiet room away from the bar. We were completely satisfied with the cleanliness and layout of the room. Overall decor was pleasingly green and Gaelic.
Staff was very friendly and helpful, though the hotel seems to be run with just enough. Be prepared to wait your turn at peak times.
Our supper was tasty and moderately priced. Service was attentive and the wait was not excessive. Smoking is allowed at the bar adjoining the table area, so if you are very sensitive, ask for seating at the far side of the restaurant.
Our complimentary champagne was well iced with classy accessories and of good quality. The free breakfast seems to be designed around a made-to-order omelet, made two at a time over a camp stove set up at the bar. Prepackaged cereals were available. More fresh fruit or items from one of the excellent local bakeries would be a nice addition.
Parking is free but tight in a secure lot behind the hotel. You can double park and leave your key with the staff if need be.
Overall, it was a good base for our cultural visit (Sprecher brewery, shopping, museum) and a very nice, romantic place to stay.
When we checked out, the rate was $20 less than we had expected.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

Me and my boyfriend stayed here while we were house hunting before moving from out of state. The location is perfect to be close to everything downtown Milwaukee. The staff were super nice and enjoyed engaging you in conversation if they saw you in the bar. The room was large with a large comfy bed. The whirlpool spa was a nice addition to the bottle of champagne that came with our room! A hot, delicious breakfast was served each morning in the restaurant. In the evening their pub provided the perfect stop to settle down, have some great food and a refreshing beer! I highly recommend the curry fries!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2010

We stayed here last year, and absolutely loved it! The room was fabulous, very cozy and loved the whirlpool tub. The breakfast in the morning in the pub was also fabulous. Very close to downtown, and the neighborhood was very safe, I went for a 6 mile jog in the area and it was great. This Inn is a great alternative to a hotel, this is more homey and the price was a pretty good deal!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

If you want to experience Ireland without the lengthy and costly trip, go here! We've been to Ireland twice and this inn completely captured the feel of Irish culture. We ate dinner in the pub where they were extremely friendly. The food was very tasty and very Irish. We enjoyed complimentary drinks with our room package (Guinness of course and a bailey's coffee for me!). The tongue-in-cheek quotes that hung about the pub and the beautiful stained glass above the cafe-curtained windows really captured the humor and beauty of Ireland and her people.
The room was just like the picture. There was a fabulous jacuzzi tub, coffee with Irish creamer (of course), and really soft bedding (even the plaid comforter was cozy, not crunchy like so many hotels).
The Irish breakfast was excellent and filling.
The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We traveled with our 1-yr-old baby girl and they gave us a room way up on the 3rd floor in case there was any loudness from the pub. (Which I don't see happening too much, it was a calm yet fun atmosphere down there.)
Walking distance from quaint shopping and to Lake Michigan.

The only complaint was some loud neighbors at midnight or so who were also apparently smoking. I'm sensitive to cigarette smoke and it kept me up for a while. Not the inn's fault!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

Went to County Clare this weekend since we were in town for a show.

The weekend was great and staff could not have been more helpful. They were spot on from the check in clerk and especially the bartenders and waiters. We had a nice room and the price is fair too.

The food is good at the restaurant and there was a harp player Saturday night and then a more lively band later. Try the salmon appetizer :)

  • Stayed: February 2010, 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: $142 - $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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