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“A hotel with contradictions”
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The Clarke Hotel
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Waukesha
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I stayed at the Clarke while visiting my daughter, a student at Carroll University. The Clarke is the closest hotel to the University, situated in the center of town. And that is both a blessing and a curse. It is very convenient for visiting the shops and restaurants downtown and it is very noisy at night on the weekends. We had a large comfortably appointed room on the 3rd floor, and that was both a blessing and a curse - great view of main street but lots of stair walking (no elevator to the third floor). The staff was accommodating but there was an air of emptiness to the entire hotel. If you are spending a lot of time on the Carroll campus, this is still the best bet for hotels.

Room Tip: South facing rooms are very noisy on the weekends. Third floor rooms require a lot of stair-walking.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at The Clark to enjoy an evening of Friday Night Live in Waukesha. The hotel was in a fabulous location with short, easy walks to dinner, the live music, breakfast spot the next morning, and the farmers market on the river. The staff were all very helpful and our room was a spacious corner "suite". The bed was like a heavenly bed... Aaaahhh :) we arrived before 5pm so there was no issue with leaving the car out front for $10.00 valet fee. (After 5 on Fridays during summer the street is closed for the bands). We really had a great stay and would return again!!
No restaurant and bar at the hotel right now but many choices right out the door.

Room Tip: The corner room on the second floor was terrific!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Terisa N
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Deluxe room with a king bed is very large. Decor was fun and the bathroom in the room was different. The shower had 5 shower heads! Found a nice park in Waukesha. The street noise was a little annoying in the evening. The Valet parking was a good deal at 7$ per night.
The location is within 30 min drive to downtown Milwaukee and the lakeshore.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Our family had 7-8 rooms for a wedding in Waukesha last weekend. Lovely rooms, very clean and well furnished. The staff was great. Yes, the parking was a challenge and breakfast was just a simple sweet roll but come on! It's eclectic, right downtown, plenty of good food around. We walked each morning on the riverwalk. Beautiful!! We can't wait to come back!

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Spent 4 nights at the Clarke Hotel and loved the extra large room and bathroom including a multi-head shower. In the center of the old part of Waukesha, it was quaint with a great farmer's market on Saturday and street entertainment on Friday evenings -- a better experience that the standard chain hotel room. Give it a try.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank slwcruiser
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I was doing some work in the Waukesha area and used the site to pinpoint the closest Hotel to where I was working. The Clark was the closest. Upon arrival at the Hotel, it was almost 2:15am and I had to be buzzed in. They had a couple security questions, so that was nice. The gentlemen that was working the front desk was Josh. He quickly had my paperwork and was very social for that time of night. What bothered me at this point was that there was both a "Sign" and your "Initials Required" that if you park out front overnight, you will get a $20 ticket by the City of Waukesha. What's that about? Where do you park? Well, you have (2) options. First, they give you a map and you can drive a couple blocks to a lot; or, you can Valet Park for $7. I opted for the Valet. 2:00am in the morning, I am not going to drive around and look for a lot. That's the ONLY negative of the whole place as far as I could tell.

So, as far as the room goes, I could not believe that I received all of these ammenities for $97/night through Hotels.com. There are pictures so please check them out. All of the plumbing/bath fixtures were Kohler, and boy was the (4) headed-shower a nice way to spend 20-minutes. There was also a Kohler Spa Tub but I did not get a chance to use it. The Vanity was at least 72" and it had a TON of room to layout your overnight bag. Very, Very Nice quality stuff here.

There was a little nook that had a Mini-Fridge (stocked with Pop/Water/Etc.) and Keurig Coffee Maker with (4) pods of coffee. Flat Screen TV, uncomplicated Alarm Clock (I hate the new ones that require an engineering degree to figure out), stereo system, etc. Very nice room.

If you are in the area, it is definately worth staying here, but be prepared to either Valet Park or drive around for a spot. If you're not opposed to this inconvenience, it's definately worth the stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank altitudejunky
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

but downtown isn't that nice - yet? it's a alternative to the normal boxes, but the parking is a pain, their is no free breakfast. I was here on a Wednesday night and it was still a little noise from the street/bars.

i'd stay again, but know know what to expect.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Thank TLD2006
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Additional Information about The Clarke Hotel

Address: 314 W Main St, Waukesha, WI 53186-4605
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Waukesha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Waukesha
Price Range: $133 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Clarke Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Clarke Hotel in beautiful Waukesha Wisconsin! Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, at the landmark Five Points Junction, The Clarke Hotel is a unique treasure. The Clarke Hotel offers intimate luxuriousness in a relaxing, historic neoclassical style - including tasteful full-service hotel accommodations, and amenities for the corporate and leisure traveler. The Clarke Hotel is a unique hotel experience in the new "boutique" tradition, and is characterized by its unique and historic architecture, and an intimate, charming appeal. A stay at The Clarke Hotel is always sure to evoke pleasant feelings and memories will have you coming back again and again! First opening in 2008 after extensive and exhaustive renovation, yet retaining the distinct flavor of heady days gone by, The Clarke Hotel occupies four historic buildings in the heart of Waukesha's business and arts district, and is only minutes away from sites and attractions in metropolitan Milwaukee. The Clark Hotel combines contemporary sophistication with old-world charm You will be surprised and pleased by our unique, sophisticated, modern, and comfortable accommodations for you, your loved ones, or that "Very Important Person" or guest - the value, attention to detail, and the Wisconsin "home town" feel of Waukesha. ... more   less 
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