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The Pfister Hotel
Ranked #5 of 55 Hotels in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Enjoyed my stay here, would visit again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

I stayed at the Pfister Hotel recently for a conference and enjoyed my stay very much. I arrived early but my room was ready, and all of the staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The room was a decent size and was clean and comfortable, though I found I couldn't control the temperature very well and it was on the warm side. The bathroom was a good size, and there was plenty of closet space, with a safe. There was some noise from the hallways, but not bad. My room was in the older historic part of the hotel, and the lobby and hallways are beautiful.

The gym was a good size, but is awkwardly located off of the lobby so you have to cross the lobby in your gym clothes. I didn't use the pool, but its indoors and on a high floor with great views of the city. The dining options in the hotel itself aren't great - there is a cafe serving Starbucks and some food to go, plus some sit down spaces. The Public Market and other dining options are pretty close by. There's not much immediately outside the hotel, but the Milwaukee Art Museum, the lakefront, and the Riverwalk are within fairly short walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Elegance, tradition, and hospitality welcome you to the Pfister. Cozy, clean beds, luxurious bathrooms, the Lobby Lounge ambiance with outstanding drinks, service, and piano entertainment, the top floor pool, and the Blu with incredible lake views, make staying at the Pfister a "must" for total joy and relaxation.

Room Tip: I prefer a room in the historic section facing East or South.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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48 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

Its a cool old hotel from a different era. It has a nice exercise room that you can get into very early if you ask at the front desk. The hotel is more old school than anything. In some ways it would be nicer if they tried to update the hotel a little. It really isn't so nice that it needs to be preserved. The room as adequate at best, although the bed was extremely comfortable. Given a choice I would go back to the Iron Horse hotel which has a lot more character and is a lot more interesting and plain fun.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fishers, Indiana
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54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

I don't travel a whole lot but when I do I like to stay in nice accommodations. The Pfister represents this to the fullest!
First of all I have to say that the staff as a whole was just outstanding. Now a days you see so many people working in the service industry and they have no personal skills but the Pfister's staff was five-star. I can't even begin to tell you how refreshing it is to see people who seem to enjoy their job.
I stayed in the tower on the 18th floor with the lake view and it was very nice. The room was spacious and the bed was huge. I could go on for days but I'm not a writer and I don't like to write so I'll end my review by saying, if you get a chance, stay at this hotel. You won't regret it.

Room Tip: The tower rooms seem to be more contemporary than the others.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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149 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

I spent Easter weekend here. Oh my, it was wonderful. The room was tastefully appointed. The Lobby Lounge was wonderful. We had lunch and a couple of cocktails. We then spent a few hours in Blu - beautiful! The Jazz Band was wonderful and the view was to die for. Sunday's Easter Brunch was terrific. The food was great, the ambience was elegant, the service, impeccable. Can't wait until I can come back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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118 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Stayed here twice for business. I understand I stayed in the new section so can only comment on that. But found the room comfortable, and the hotel charming. Beautifully decorated for Christmas and the holidays. Rumors of it being haunted are charming and alarming, but a lot of ado about nothing in my case. Loved Blu and the dinner restaurant. Nothing to disway you from staying here.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

We visited Milwaukee for the first time this past weekend as a side trip to our visit to Chicago. We know little about the city and booked Pfister Hotel without much knowledge about it. We were completely surprised by how beautiful the architecture of the hotel is, how well it is maintained and how friendly and helpful the staff is.

The location is ideal, right in downtown, and a short walk to the Art Museum with the renowned Calatrava Pavilion. We were given a room in the historic wing. The room was very comfortable, good sized and finely furnished. The place is impeccably maintained and the renovation work they have done over the years kept the beauty and the charm that the building holds. It was good that they didn’t do an over-modernized or trendy renovation that left behind all the history and charm.
The hallways and the common spaces on each floor are generous unlike the hotels of today. The lobby is fantastic - be sure to descend the grand staircase and see its beauty from different levels. This hotel is a true icon in this city, in history and stature and the owners and the staff must be credited for keeping it in mint condition for us all to enjoy.

The icing on the cake in staying at this classic hotel is its great staff and their warm hospitality. They obviously take pride in their work and of their community. The excellent front desk staff, especially Clint, who checked us in, gave good recommendations to restaurants and places to visit and answered our questions about the history of the hotel.

Pfister Hotel is the perfect combination of historical ambiance and gracious hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Pfister Hotel
Address: 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Luxury Hotel in Milwaukee
#3 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
#7 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Pfister Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 307
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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