This hotel was built in the 1890's and they just don't build them like this anymore. The lobby and lobby bar and "hang out" areas were truly grand in a very old school way.. I could see myself hanging out in the lobby area for hours. The murals on the celing were beautiful and reminscent of the ones in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas (except these were truly old). Plenty of comfortable chairs and couches to grab a bite to eat and have one of the delicious local craft beers on tap. While in the hotel you feel like you're in a different era. There are rumors the hotel is haunted but I never felt uncomfortable. Visiting Major League Baseball teams stay here and supposedly the Marlins won't stay here because they think it's haunted. I don't believe in that sort of thing but I'm sure the look of the place inspires those sort of rumors.
The staff is professional, well trained, courteous, and friendly. One quick example: my in-laws were driving up from Chicago and using GPS but due to street closures and detours they were having a hard time. A bell man with the name of "AJ" had no problem getting on my cell phone and explaining to my mother-in-law how to get to the hotel. Really helped.
The room: We stayed in a suite, room 628. The details are what make a hotel excel, and the details of the room were incredible: very high ceilings, incredible trim work and crown moldings, and a very comfortable king size bed with excellent bedding. Everything from the tiles to the doorknobs/doors felt old and ornate... but not in a bad way. So much more time went into making these details in the older eras. The room felt very clean. I normally don't do this, but I felt comfortable walking around barefoot. The bathroom was a bit small but had beautiful marble everywhere.
The 2 negatives:
1) Very thin walls. My family was greeted every morning by the couple staying in the room above ours, how can I say this, being very intimate. You could hear EVERYTHING. I don't think they were going out of their way to be loud... just very thin walls.
2) Cockroach: We were greeted one morning with a cockroach crawling across the carpet. This is a HUGE turn off for me. Nothing gives me the "heeby-jeebies" more than seeing one of these disgusting creatures. Perhaps they are tough to prevent considering the urban environment and age of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893 has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for over a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. From the moment you arrive, you'll notice the extraordinary architecture, and a welcoming ambiance marked by a priceless Victorian art collection which rivals that of any hotel in the world. The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee has received accolades as being the best of downtown Milwaukee hotels since it opened. We are proud of our AAA Four-Diamond Award and membership in two of our industry's leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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