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“Gem outside of the big city”
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The Clarke Hotel
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Waukesha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 November 2012 via mobile

I was very nicely surprised by this hotel booked it for cheaper than alive the other chain hotels when I got there the room is amazing floor in the bathroom is not very clean the the bed was very soft, I prefer harder beds but I'm not complaining about that, pillows were very comfortable. The noise from the street was pretty noisy at night. The best thing about this place was the amazing shower that was there, it had lots of jets and sprayers for the single standing shower.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This is a cozy, yet very modern hotel. We were so surprised to find this hidden gem. The room was large, had a gigantic, comfortable bed, ahhhh! Our bathroom was also quite large, with a jacuzzi tub, a separate large glass shower with several shower heads, all in beautiful marble tile. Lots of space in there. Of course a frig, and nice coffee service also in room. Most enjoyable. The first floor has a bar and restraunt, and you must take the elevator up to second floor to check in. Close to shops and eateries, etc.. Some rooms have an additional room within the room with another bed, large windows same as the other room for familes. Nice. You wont be disappointed here. There is a parking complex accross the street for over night parking, street side luggage drop off at the hotel, as well as day parking. Nice getaway for couples,

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank milwdawn
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

It was easy to find, NOT convenient to park (garage two blocks away). The check in desk was on the 2nd floor. It was very clean, no view from the window. The shower with multiple heads and body sprays was amazing! I've got to get that installed in my home! Never saw any staff after checking in. ZERO literature in the lobby on local attractions and ZERO literature in the room on hotel ammenities, TV channels, etc. Just an odd little place.

Room Tip: Cruise around some of the local blocks before parking/checking in to see where you want to go to eat...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Get your best rate online for this surprising wonderful boutique hotel. Worth getting off I-94 and heading downtown Waukesha. Combine the stay with a visit to the unique art galleries downtown. Plenty of places to eat. Hotel rooms have very tall ceilings, large windows, mood lighting, wonderful beds. Some rooms have sort of funky dimensions, certainly not a square room, and not small. You will have to park your car in the nearby garage overnight as there is no on street parking overnight. Make sure to ask if any downtown events, such as Friday night live, or art crawl are taking place while you are there. Since you will be in the center of such fun occasions, there will be some noise.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Patty S
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We booked the Clarke hotel for Friday of Labor Day weekend and when we first arrived, we realized that there were several parking spots reserved for unloading our bags and so we parked there. The hotel lobby is kind of non-traditional in that it's on the second floor, so when you want to enter to check in, you must press the intercom button and they will buzz you in. After you check in and get your room key, you can later just use that to enter. Parking is complained about, but there are 2 parking garages within walking distance. You can go for valet for $10, or if you can walk about 2 blocks, you can just park in the garage, which is a $2 flat rate each time you park. It may not be a great option when it's cold and snowy, but when the weather is nice, I don't see why anyone wouldn't opt for a short walk and cheap parking.

So the building is built in between sharply angled streets and so the room layout and dimensions vary room to room. This makes for an interesting set of largely unique options when you are selecting a room. We got an executive suite which was very roomy with a King Size bed, a work desk, a plush chair, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, large closet, and very large, roomy bathroom. The shower in this room was really quite something...it was probably about 5' x7' feet with rubberized floor and clear glass all around...and there were 6 shower heads, I believe. So we were only there for one night, but I had to make sure I could fit two showers in.

There was also a Sony sound system which was really nice and you could use your ipod or iphone to play your music over the speakers. The towels, the furniture, the shades, the art..it all seemed like they used high quality versions. There were a lot of little nice surprises that would wouldn't get in your typical chain motel which made it feel pretty high-end.

The area around the hotel was also surprisingly cool. We didn't have any expectations about having much immediately around the hotel, but there was. The hotel is located in the center of a small downtown amidst 2-3 story buildings where there were local shops and restaurants. It may be just a summer thing, but every Friday night they have a small music/art festival and the hotel is right in the center of it. Saturday morning they held a really nice farmers' market about a block away. These little events actually threw off our plan a bit as we lingered a bit on Friday before we went to Milwaukee and lingered a bit on Saturday morning when we were originally planning on just taking off. So we ended up spending extra time in Waukesha, but I'm so glad we did. It was an enjoyable stay and the Clarke hotel actually enhanced the whole experience and I really can't say that of very many hotels that I've stayed in before.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

We LOVED this hotel. Went on a Friday night and stopped in early to ask for parking details since the downtown has a festival every Friday with no street parking allowed. The gentleman at the front desk was great. We were able to check in earlier that thought and given directions to the parking garage. The parking garage is only 1.5 blocks away. The cost is two dollars for 24-hour versus ten dollars valet.

The hotel itself is quite grand, as are the rooms. Rooms appear to be newly refinished, and the bathrooms are amazing. Bathtub with jets and a separate shower with multiple shower heads.

Continental breakfast is served in the lobby and it's just that, continental breakfast (coffee, OJ and rolls). If you want something more, there are several choices within a one block walk.

The hotel is in a perfect location – in the middle of town between two busy streets. Depending on the night, expect some noise as you’re in the middle of downtown. The town itself has something for everyone; shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and coffeehouses. Check out TripAdvisor for restaurant recommendations as they’re right on target with suggestions.

Waukesha has a busy farmer's market on Saturday morning one block from hotel worth visiting.

Considering the price and location, this was a perfect hotel. We’ll definitely be back. I would recommend a stay here without hesitation.

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper, request a room that doesn't overlook Main Street.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Eileen244
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

I really wanted to love this hotel. It looked beautiful online and seemed like a good deal for a weekend away. We booked a 2 night stay and ended up leaving after 1 night.

First impressions were good and the lobby area was nice and the man who greeted us was friendly. We found out we could park our own car for $2 (although we would have had to move it after 24 hours I think) or have them park it for $10.

We stayed in the Point Suite "which defines boutique luxury, and the grandest most memorable view of downtown!" That was the first of many inconsistencies between what we were led to expect from their website and what we found when we arrived. The Point Suite is advertised as having "A large separate bedroom". I guess the bedroom was separate from the bathroom but it wasn't separate from anything else, it was just a normal hotel room with a bed and 2 chairs, there was no separation between the bedroom and the living area which is what we were expecting.

Their website also says, "All bathrooms have granite-topped vanities, Kohler spa showers with invigorating body sprays and bubble-massage tubs." Our room did not have a tub and they were unable to move us to a room that did. It also said, "Suites feature over-sized sofas" which was untrue since our room only had 2 chairs.

We were also promised, "ample work space and spacious desks provide a great place to accomplish business from the comfort of your room or suite." There was a small desk, but no chair to go with it.

The linens were nice, but the bed came unmade as soon as we pulled the comforter back and we found all of the pillows quite uncomfortable.

There was a grate in the wall next to our door which meant we could hear any noise in the hallway quite easily. The worst part though was the noise from outside! We were there on a Saturday night and there was loud throbbing music playing until midnight. Turning on the A/C fan was not enough to block it out. Other rooms might have been quieter, but after all the other negative things I wouldn't bother to find out.

Also beware that there is not much open in Waukesha on Sunday and Mondays and the restaurant in the hotel is closed for renovations. The "continental breakfast" is coffee and pastries, nothing else.

Room Tip: Certainly don't get the Point Suite if you're hoping to sleep. Other rooms might be better?
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank rajahope1
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Additional Information about The Clarke Hotel

Address: 314 W Main St, Waukesha, WI 53186-4605
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Waukesha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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: £100 - £124 (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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