The Pfister Hotel

, Milwaukee, United States
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The Pfister Hotel

, Milwaukee
4 star

Rooms: 307

424 East Wisconsin Avenue - Milwaukee - Wisconsin - 53202 - United States | 414 273 8222
394 Traveller

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Wonderful, Memorable Experience

from The Mekon
We booked this hotel on line, having read its website. We were not dissapointed. An absolutely wonderful, first class hotel that we would liken to the very best hotels in England.
Excellent value for money, Excellent food, Wonderful views, Clean and tidy room and the staff are top class.
We could not speak highly enough of this hotel, other hotels would do well to emulate the Pfisters ethos.
The concierge service is nothing less than spectacular. They are like your own personal butler.
If you travel to Milwaukee, you MUST stay at the Pfister.
Centrally located, a few minutes walk from the historical quarter.
Want to have an adventure? Go sailing, try out the Segway or visit the museum.

Loved It

from nycrunner5
I stayed at the the Pfister for my wedding, and it was an amazing experience.

Almost all of the out of town guests stayed there, and everyone of them thought it was a great hotel, and this is coming from high maintenence people from the East Coast.


The Blu Bar on the top floor is also great. They also have a pool as well.

Pfister Historic Section Just Okay

from donandmelissa
The Pfister Hotel lobby, registration desk, and lobby bar are quite elegant in the historic section. The walls are adorned with fine oil paintings in gilted frames and the floors are covered with expensive Axminster custom woven wool carpet. The Martini and Wine Bar at the top of the newer tower is also quite nice.

Unfortunately, the upscale lobby interior that greets the guests does not proceed above the first floor, Martini and Wine Bar excepted. Our room was on the eighth floor of the historic section. The extra wide hallways and ceiling heights reflect the late 1800 construction period. The hallway walls were covered with bland wallpaper, and each room's entry door had plastered upon its face a quite large and peculiar radial protrusion. Tacky would best be the word to describe the doors appliques.

Our room's furnishings were in need of replacement, but the linens and bedding were okay. As for the room's carpet, we replaced our carpet at home when it reached the same level of wear and collected dirt. The bathroom's vanity front had some cheezy wood appliques.

Although the hotel had fire sprinklers and smoke alarms, I noted that an original grand staircase began in the lobby and proceeded uninterrupted all the way to the eighth floor. (Ballrooms were on the 7th floor.) For fire safety standards, I remain perplexed that the Milwaukee Fire Marshall has not required that this configuration be changed. From my limited knowledge of building fires, a tragedy is waiting to happen. Open stairwells allow toxic gases and smoke to flow freely to upper floors.

If you are expecting the consistency of quality and refinement similar to the historic section of Chicago's Inter-Continental Hotel, the former Medinah Athletic Club, you will be sadly disappointed .

All-in-all, the room was overpriced. I would give this hotel four stars for its lobby, two stars for the guest room, and maybe one collective star for the entire property given the danger of the open stairwell. -- The newer tower may be a different experience.

wonderful stay, even during a peak time

from schwantizzmo
My wife and I decided (with only a week or so notice), to go downtown for Summerfest. I called to book the least expensive room they have, however I upgraded to a 'semi suite' for $50 extra.... Once we got there, we were upgraded to the Governor's Suite. All I can say is.... WOW!! 2 full bathrooms (one of them huge), a HUGE living room, very large bedroom... the room had two entrances with two room numbers!! The room service is outstanding and staff is extremely friendly and helpful!! This is the second time we've stayed here in about a month... I hope its not long before we go back!!

Average hotel, not one of the greats

from INDurham
We've had the good fortune to stay at many exceptional hotels - several selected from TripAdvisor.com (as the Pfister was) and this hotel was ok, but for it's price was not a great value or an exceptional hotel.

We were well greeted at the front door by a prompt and courteous doorman/bellhop/valet team. Check in was easy and efficient with nice service to our room. The room was fine.
We stayed in a King Suite on the 3rd floor of the original building. Plenty of charm, plenty of room and decent but average furnishings.
The hotel is well located in downtown Milwaukee, which is both a positive and a negative. Our room was on the back side of the hotel - we had a horrible view of the alley and dumpsters between the buildings - but we weren't there for the view - although a nice view would have been expected for the price.

This was also a problem because on Sat. night, the glass recycling for the area bars was in this alley and without exaggeration, every 15 mins a new load of bottles would be dumped creating a huge crash of glass. We also had a problem with our AC system - it was fixed when we reported it to a woman at the front desk who could barely muster the energy or courtesy to record our complaint. My sister's room (next door) suffered a plumbing issue, which was also eventually resolved.

The cafe was totally understaffed for a holiday weekend when the hotel was hosting at least 3 weddings. Half of the tables were empty and we waited 15 mins after we were seated - no one came to our table, so we placed a take out order with the hostess to eat in our rooms instead of suffering through non-existant service. My parents were also on the third floor, but closer to the open grand stair that looked directly down to the lobby bar - the noise from this bar went on well into the morning and traveled right up the open stairs. The second night they asked to be moved, and were, to the quieter corner on the 5th floor.

Overall, it was a decent place to stay, central to downtown and walking distance to the beautiful new Calatrava Museum. Also easy access to get to the hotel and to the lake and river front. For the price, the details need to be improved to make the blemishes that can't be fixed less intrusive. Make sure you pick a room that you'll be happy with.

Lovely wedding stay

from gretchenenders
We stayed at the Pfister in conjuction with a wedding reception that was being held in one of the upstairs ballrooms which was both convenient and a real treat. The lobby of the Pfister is breathtaking, with vaulted ceilings and ornate decoration. It was as if we'd been delivered to an opulent hotel at the turn of the century. Absolutely gorgeous. The staff was genuinely helpful. I didn't feel that they would have denied me anything, they wanted to make my stay the best possible, even if we were just staying the night. The room was comfortable, clean and large. The fixtures were on the well-worn side, and the bathroom wasn't up to par with the rest of the hotel. But if you take into account the time spent in the bathroom compared to the rest of the hotel, it was hardly noticable. Our stay was a special treat that we probably wouldn't have otherwise allowed ourselves, and I will always think of Milwaukee with a smile on my face.

Old, Lumpy Beds and Not Great Service

from tikkipembo
The Pfister is considered the top hotel in Milwaukee and rated 4 stars. If it were me, I would rate it 2 stars.

Location: In downtown, but not much around the hotel. It is relatively easy walking distance to the "financial establishments".

Room: Medium sized room with "old school" decor, which has its charm BUT it was quite dusty. The bed was horrible, old and quite lumpy. The temperature and the ventilation of the room was also poor. I turned the thermostat to 60 degrees to cool down the room, but it began to feel warmer. They sent us a handyman and I found out that the vent was dispensing 88 degree heat (they don't turn on the a/c component until weather is very warm, which is simply unacceptable for a 4 star hotel).

Service: Mixed Bag. Some of the staff is friendly but some are unprofessional to the point of rude.

If I can help it, I will not stay here again until they learn what it means to be a true 4 star hotel.

The strange case of the missing pyjamas!

from A_TravellerAdelaide
I stayed at the Pfister for 3 days in January 2006 and, overall, the hotel was excellent. A wildly impressive lobby having been sympathetically restored to its Victorian grandeur with an excellent art collection, courteous and efficient check-in, (with a complimentary upgrade to a suite) and other staff who were very professional and obviously proud to work there. The concierge in particular was a concierge in the European manner - informed, efficient and able to arrange anything. The room was spacious, clean and well maintained, apart from some unfinished painting repairs on the ceiling - I would have thought that the 10 minutes to finish the job would have been worthwhile. The only distraction was that I was on the 6th floor and the 7th floor was obviously some sort of service area with hard floors and no soundproofing. So, even through to late at night, the sound of trolleys (?) rumbling across my ceiling was a bit disconcerting.
Now - the pyjamas. After servicing of the room on the first night, I went looking for my pj's and eventually found them tucked behind the curtains! Strange, I thought but perhaps an oversight - but on the second night, it happened again! Then, on the third night, they disappeared completely! Now these were definitely not Gucci pj's and to me the incident was more an idiosyncratic moment (and material for a good after-dinner story) rather than a serious case of theft. The check-out staff were equally perplexed and promised to look into the matter.
All in all, a great Milwaukee tradition and an excellent hotel - one of the best I have stayed at in the US. I will certainly return. I might even find my pyjamas!

t Stay Away!

from nolalola
So, here I am again with another great review of the Pfister. I had originally booked another hotel for cost reasons, but ultimately ended up cancelling and booking with the Pfister because I just knew my experience there would be the best! And again, it was. My Christmastime stay was like a fairy tale. Thank you Pfister Hotel!

ll second that!

from A TripAdvisor Member
THis was a beautiful hotel. Gorgeous!

I had a lousy week staying at a hotel in Chicago, but coming upon an upgrade at the Pfister into the Governor's suite made me soon forget it. Like the previous person, even though I had business, I didn't want to get out of bed (most comfortable bed ever). The lobby was gorgeous, the staff courteous.

Next time I go to Milwaukee, I want to go back here.

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  • Address: 424 East Wisconsin Avenue - Milwaukee - Wisconsin - 53202 - United States
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