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“Pound pound pound at 8:30 am” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Knickerbocker on the Lake

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Knickerbocker on the Lake
Ranked #41 of 55 Hotels in Milwaukee
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pound pound pound at 8:30 am”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2013

This hotel is need of renovations. This was made apparent by the pounding that began at 8:30am on a Sunday. On what planet would you allow renovations to begin at that hour, on a Sunday, I have no idea. On what planet you would allow someone to be placed in a room directly adjacent to renovations when it's not fully booked, I have no idea.

I intended for a sweet night with my girlfriend who I had not seen in 3.5 months, we got have the night in peace and the morning ruined. The reaction by the front desk was dismal at best.

Room Tip: Obviously, ask where renovations are being done.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RipleysBeliever
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Woodbury
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2012 via mobile

We stayed there for a business trip for 2 weeks and was really a wonderful, safe place near to lake with lake view in the room. Walkable distance to Metro Market, Restaurants, Starbucks, AT&T, Indian hotels. 10 minutes walk to E Wisconsin where most of the giant companies are!! Gym was small but it is kept good. Got a parking lot in the hotel easily which I found was little difficult and unsafe to park outside on downtown. Room we stayed was 1 bed, with attached kitchen and it has everything to cook for two. Receptionists are so friendly!! @lmost enjoyed my stay here!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vignesh M
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Newport, RI
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

Spent just one night at the Knickerbocker hotel - staff was very cordial and efficient at check in/out. Looks like most of the hotel rooms of this semi-converted apt. building are on the 7th floor, near the top of the building. It was well outfitted with all the kitchen utensils one needs. The room was spacious, with an office alcove next to the small kitchen. The kitchens are obviously well used as their was a smell of bacon from another apt. A very noisy but efficient a/c cranked away all day/night. A good bar and restaurant is on the ground floor.

For a bit of old Milwaukee just a block from Juneau Park and Lake Michigan, the Knick was pretty neat.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RIJohn
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normal, illinois
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

We arrived just a few minutes before the early check in (3 PM) on a Saturday. There were 5 or 6 people in line and they were being turned away because their rooms weren't ready. There was only one person in the cubby hole "front desk" and she seemed overwhelmed. They had our room ready so we were able to check in but we felt bad for the others standing in the lobby.

The room was quaint but it had an older apartment size gas stove in it with a working pilot light. The bathroom was small but functional and did have a tub/shower combination. The bed was king size and comfortable.

We changed clothes and went to a wedding on Lake Michigan unaware of the hotel's biggest issue: PARKING. When we returned from the reception we found that their lot was full and were told by the only person on duty that they had limited parking and we'd have to drive around the block until we found parking on the street. He said we should have been told by the person that checked us in that we could have reserved parking in the lot for $15. Luckily we found a spot 1/2 block away and after we calmed down got a pretty good night's sleep.

Room Tip: Room was very large and comfortable with a full apartment sized kitchen, cove with writing desk, kin...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fib55
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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Keep in mind that this is a boutique, 1930s hotel. Don't expect modern day luxury! However, if you are seeking a great location and interesting, historic architecture, this is your place! We stayed here during a busy weekend in Mileaukee when most hotels were booked. We were a little nervous with some of the reviews, but ended up very pleased. Our one-bedroom suite was not "modern", but the bed, kitchen, and bathroom were spacious, clean, and rather cost-effecient for a busy weekend. The hotel is a short walk to the lake. If you are looking for a good meal and interesting bars, Brady Street is a few blocks away. The front desk help was helpful and accommodating, and was staffed 24-hours. I would stay here again. Only thing I didn't appreciate was parking was $19 a night in their private lot. The lot was tight, and even though we paid, there wasn't always space available. We would have to find street parking until space opened up. I would suggest they become more careful about "overselling" their parking spaces.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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97 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

This is a condo hotel. No bellhop, no doorman, no conceirge.

Our suite was a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and two televisions, and we liked the old-fashioned details. Had a real 1930s-'40s charm. Very homey, quiet, unpretentious (without being shabby), clean, and comfortable, and the location next to the lakefront park was fantastic. There's a pretty good restaurant in the hotel.

However, the furniture wasn't too comfortable, the bathroom was tiny, the paint and carpeting needs updating (but again, it was not shabby), and the window air conditioners weren't quite adequate for a hot day, but on the other hand it was nice to have windows that opened. The bedroom was big enough for a king-sized bed, but it was a queen. Also, the Wi-Fi was iffy.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ITravelandEat
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Bloomington, IL
Level Contributor
69 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

Before we arrived, we received wonderful service from the manager who helped us with our reservation. He was very kind and gave us a very good rate.
However, my experience while at the hotel barely met my expectations. The room (617) was clean and had a kitchenette. The bathroom was very small. The rollaway bed we requested for our daughter was so uncomfortable we just put the mattress on the floor. I asked for a different one the next day and was told there weren't any others. Upon check-out, I asked for it to be removed from our bill and was questioned several times before it was removed.
The hallways and carpets were worn. The overall feel was sterile. There was a computer and printer in the lobby which was nice if you needed to print something out.
The salon was nicely decorated, the massages were very good (although the massage therapist was late) and well priced.
As for the parking, the fee was $15 per night for the private lot. I think it should be free for guests.
This would be an okay place for a business trip but not for leisure and definitely not with kids.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Knickerbocker on the Lake
Address: 1028 East Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Knickerbocker on the Lake 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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