I booked two nights at the Port Hotel through Groupon as a treat for my boyfriend's birthday. I can truthfully say that we were never as glad to go home after a weekend than we were after this trip! The hotel is not user-friendly - you ascend (slowly on very steep steps) two 20-stair flights to get to the rooms. There is no discernible office/checkin/receptionist area. You hunt it down, then are shown fairly lovely rooms. I will say that the bed was comfortable and room was very clean. We had a special Kohler water chamber shower - nearly impossible to figure as the diagrams on the faucet handles did not coincide with the temperature/settings. On our first night we ate at the Twisted Willow - we highly recommend it! Breakfast in our room the next morning was ok; my denver omlette though was tepid and the veggies raw. On the second night, we dined at the Port Restaurant at the hotel - yuck. That was the only way to get our free bottle of wine that came with the groupon special. It was a screw-top chardonnay! I ordered the chicken wellington (a speciality of the house) and it was too dry to eat. When the waitress finally came to clear our dishes (we tried to make eye contact with her during our meal but it seemed she was serving the entire room...) I complained about it, only to be told she wished I had mentioned it earlier. Well, I would have, given the chance! No discount, not even a comp dessert (which was also very dry - the choc. eclair torte), just another admonishment from the hostess that I should have told them sooner. Brunch the next day was a better. Watching drama between the harried omelette chef and the waitress was entertaining. Again at checkout - not a soul in site even though it was just a couple of minutes after 11am (checkout time! So we left our keys at the restaurant, and fled.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you to indulge yourself in the luxury and elegance of this magnificently restored 1902 turn of the century hotel. The Port Hotel Restaurant and Inn bring together award winning dining and gracious hospitality in an atmosphere of old world charm. The Inn offers gourmet breakfasts, down filled comforters, romantic fireplaces, breathtaking views of downtown Port Washington and Lake Michigan, all just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee. ... more less