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Aloft Milwaukee Downtown in Milwaukee, WI

Aloft Milwaukee Downtown in Milwaukee, WI

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Celebrate your style at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, steps from the scenic Riverwalk. We're around the corner from NBA action and cool concerts at the Bradley Center--plus close to the Marcus Center's high culture and the city's top dining and brew pubs.

Breeze into one of our Aloft rooms, featuring our ultra-comfortable signature bed, an oversized showerhead, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, and more. Our plug & play connectivity station charges all your electronics and links to the 42" LCD TV to maximize work and play.

Meet & mingle with friends at our w xyz(SM) bar, grab a sweet, savory, or healthy snack from re:fuel by Aloft(SM), our 24/7 pantry, or play in our re:mix(SM) lounge. Plus, you can always stay connected with complimentary hotel-wide wired and wireless Internet access!

 

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Rating: 3.45

Address: 1230 Old World Third St, Milwaukee, WI, 53212

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    Comments (110):

    1. Scott C.
    If you're looking for a place to stay that offers a change of pace from the traditional chain-hotel, give the Milwaukee Aloft a try. The lobby is different from other hotels as it serves as the command central for all activities; lounging, drinks, pool, internet, even a convenience store style self serve eating area. When you walk in, the first thing you notice is the music. The lobby is always pumping high energy music to set the ambiance. The room was small-ish but a nice break from the traditional standard room setup. The room had a 42" flatscreen, a clear glass (almost naughty) shower, a very nice bathroom, great beds, and some very nice amenities. Our room overlooked the Milwaukee river, which was a nice plus.  We used the pool and the gym which were both satisfactory and the location is only a block away from one of Milwaukee's major dining and drinking districts. The only downside I encountered was unfortunately when I first pulled up to the hotel. I had read only that parking was $24 a night, but meter marking was widely available (which it is). So, when I pulled up I explained to the valet that  I would be parking by the entrance for a moment while I checked in.  He asked me how long I would be, since this was a "very busy area". I explained that I was checking it and I would just be a few moments. He again asked me how long I would be. I repeated that "I'm checking into the hotel"... it shouldn't matter how long it takes, I'm a paying customer damnit don't try to push me along! That really set a bad tone for my visit and almost caused me to go in and cancel my reservation for another location that would appreciate my business. Nonetheless, I rationalized that the valet company was different than the hotel and found a way to push that experience aside. All in all it was a great hotel, in a great location and for around $100 a night, I would stay there again.

    15/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Dave Z.
    I would give it 5 stars, but the $23 parking when its obviously WAYY off site is extreme. Still, this was an amazing hotel to stay and play at and I will be seeking them out in other cities and not likely stay anywhere else in Milwaukee! So very modern and high tech. A reviewer here said it's cool for anyone 21-40, well I'm 41 and my wife and I loved it! Okay, full disclosure; YES, we are easily impressed with style. Yes, when we go to Vegas we do get a NICE room at a froo froo hotel. That's us! But we got a pretty good deal via Starwoods discount too. The staff was VERY friendly. Had NO trouble at front desk as others had (kind of early on a Sunday morning when we checked out though), The bar is small but beyond cool. Overall, this place would best be described as someone vision of the future from the 1950's or 60's only some of it came true, like the insane amount of touch screens, high def flat screens and wifi. Jetson's look outdated next to this place. Just made me happy and wanted to hang out there. What a great getaway we had (kids at Grandma's - so got to act young again!).

    16/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. melanie p.
    Consider this when staying here.after tax, parking, our $132/night was $177/ night total.If you solely rate it on the hotel it's a 3 or 4, even though our soap dispenser didn't work and our lotion wasn't replaced...Parking is why I give them a 2 -I'd say, be honest with your guests and just add the price on to the hotel room...I would only stay here again in the future if they do something about the $23/night parking charge+tips ..I pay less or the same at a 5 star in L.A., this is highway robbery in Milwaukee. Truly disappointed in the parking, and if you want to come & go, it's not quick valet either. Other than that, staff friendly and bed comfy,, room nice, clean- could be a bit loud if you are not used to the sounds of a city. One side could be VERY loud due to the cars going over the bridge, but we got the quieter side and you could still hear the cars over the air conditioner. I don't know...this place would not be for everybody. We investigated the area parking lots and the signs are very unclear about overnight parking---seems really uninviting for out of town guests for sure. I don't think it's going to attract the more frugal traveller due to the parking. I am staying at Metro next time, less parking hassle and better location.

    24/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    4. Rebekah H.
    We stayed here this past weekend and had a great experience. The lobby is sleek, modern, and full of life. The bar is just alright, but is a great place for meeting up before going out. I think it will be great in the summer as the patio right outside of it looks awesome with an outdoor fireplace. The rooms were very nice, bed were comfortable, bathroom was sleek and modern, and there were Bliss brand soap and shampoo! Pretty sweet. The location is great, right next to the river and decent walk to the Pabst theater. The price was awesome and we'll for sure go back!!

    09/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Ryan L.
    This was my first experience at an aloft, and if any of the others are like this, I'm hooked.  Nice, modern (but not tacky) feel, very friendly staff, Sheraton/W affiliation, affordability, FREE WIFI, and convenience to downtown event centers makes this my hotel of choice if/when I ever return to Milwaukee.  I initially had a larger corner room (SPG Gold status, and recognized as such) but the thermostat had malfunctioned and the room was literally 50-some degrees when I entered.  A/C was leaking which left part of the carpet damp, so had to be moved to a smaller (altho still larger than normal king size room) room that faced the courtyard.  Literally no view, unless some other patrons decided to leave their shades open late at night!  Desk girl was very friendly and down to earth.  Received a few $2 off drink coupons for my room troubles and that took care of the beers I had during happy hour later that day.  $2 drafts??  yessir!

    Completely impressed with the aloft brand, and especially this hotel.  Every 21-40 year old would enjoy this place.  I agree with the previous comment of the desk being understaffed.  When I was checking out, there were a good 12 people around the desk.  SPG elites also receive a coupon for a free hot drink per night's stay.

    04/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Luther Z.
    Not worth the money... even with the Hotels.com discount. The room was small. The toilet was separated from the rest of the bathroom by a sliding door with gaps you could stick your hand through. To make matters worse, the bathroom had no vent/fan. If you do share a room with someone, make sure they're comfortable with this kind of arrangement. The room was in good shape, the bed was decent, but otherwise, the sleek modern design distracts from the fact that other than a room, the hotel offers little else. The staff, while pleasant, had an amateur feel about them. The woman who checked us in kept making welcoming statements that seemed scripted, and delivery was ill-timed - like she forgot her lines, and then remembered to say them at the wrong points. Ultimately, not a big deal, but I suppose for the "discounted" price we paid, I'd expect more. I'd prefer to pay for old school quality, rather than sleek designs with neon accents.

    I think if you're a twenty-something looking for a place to have your bachelor(ette) party hang out, you'd be pleased. However, if you are a business traveler, a family, or an individual who appreciates substance and quality over "cool" looking design, you probably should pass.

    05/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    7. Shane A.
    Beautiful new hotel

    07/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Brittany B.
    I just spent a weekend there and am now a big Aloft fan!  Everything about this property was modern and efficient.  A very clean facility with very helpful staff.  The bartender and night desk clerk even gave us a free round because I was there celebrating my anniversary.  The lobby is very open and allows for socializing.  There's a pool table and board games out for people to enjoy.

    The pool is not huge- but it is open 24 hours which is rare in terms of hotel pools.  The room was comfy and the bed was AMAZING!  

    I am planning on going back to Milwaukee in the summer and will definitely be staying there again.  I want to have a drink on their gorgeous and fun patio.

    15/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Rich P.
    First time staying here, I love staying downtown when I travel to Milwaukee and with the location and rate I couldn't pass it up.

    The rooms are European style, but the beds are all American.  I was a little worried when I saw the lobby, but had a great time there.  Some one else mentioned Misha, great bartender with great knowledge of drinks and Milwaukee.

    Close to the Marcus Center, Bradley Center, and walking distance to Water Street and a whole bunch of bars and restaurants.  I highly recommend it.

    29/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Nigel D.
    This hotel experience was AWFUL. Most uncomfortable beds and pillows ever. Might as well have slept on the floor. The walls were paper thin and I'm pretty sure house keeping was doing laps around the room above us. No privacy in the bathrooms. NEVER STAY HERE.

    10/06/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. Scott F.
    My girlfriend and I recently stayed two nights here because we came to Milwaukee from Chicago for a Bulls-Bucks game. D Rose 30pts 17asts  and a bulls victory...no big deal
    The service was fine, not awesome but not horrible. The hotel and room however was hillarious. They were just trying way too hard to be cool. Calling the pool "splash", the elevator a "lift", or what is with the bathroom??
    Fortunately my girlfriend and I were comfortable around each other to the point were the level of privacy that the toilet had wasn't that big of deal. However if u can't use the bathroom around your significant other this will be a major problem.
    The room was quite small with very little storage and u were forced into watching t v and eating in bed. Paying the $23 to park each night is hilarious as well.
    I will not be returning to a loft myself  but defiantly worth checking it out yourself to see if it's your cup of tea.

    28/03/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    12. Kim B.
    The Milwaukee aloft is clean and the staff was friendly, although some of the things they said seemed very contrived. For example, my room was referred to as my "loft," and the elevator was called a "lift" - both instances seemed very scripted and contrived, and the front desk person felt the need to explain to me what a lift is. ;)

    Pros:
    Free internet
    Bliss products in the bathroom
    Clean room
    Nice TV
    Fridge and safe in room
    Unit on desk to plug electronics into

    Cons:
    Extremely loud heating/cooling unit; every time it kicked on, I had to turn the TV volume up to hear over it
    Thin walls/door - could easily hear everything going on in the hall
    Loud street noise from outside (I was on the 2nd floor, facing the river)
    No privacy in the bathroom
    No restaurant/room service in hotel (there is a small food bar near the front desk)

    I didn't use the parking so I cannot comment on it.

    18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    13. Jeff W.
    I want to like this place, but they're off to a rocky start. I have to admit I haven't stayed there. I haven't stepped foot in there, but was trying to do some advance work to see if it might be a good place for my out-of-state clients. I combed the website and their Facebook page looking for room rates. Maybe I missed them, but I couldn't find any, so I called and pressed 2 for a reservationist (or some such self-important title). A woman with a slow-delivery robotic voice answered and asked when I'd be arriving. It took me a few seconds to realize she was live and not a recording. I asked, "What are your room rates?" She said, WHEN - WILL - YOU - BE - A - RIV - ING - ? OK, I get it... she needs to stick to the script, so I said today, which is a Wednesday. The rates are $149 for two doubles, $159 for a king. I asked if the rates are higher on weekends and was told it depends (IT - DE - PENDS). From what I can tell, the rates slide up and down DE - PEN - DING upon occupancy. (So, you're probably getting irritated reading my all caps words I've been using to illustrate the robo-lady, but you hopefully get a sense of what I experienced.) Now, to be fair, I could have been talking to a centralized reservation center since this is a Starwood property. Before I totally one-star them, I'll probably check out the w xyz bar and talk with the staff, who I hope are not robots. I like the location and the concept, so I'm hoping my initial, harsh opinion can be changed.

    02/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    14. Heather R.
    Hard towels.  'nuff said.  Could have been a nice hotel, I say -- don't bother.  Go to the Iron Horse or the Intercontinental instead.

    07/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Amie C.
    Great location to many bars in the downtown area. Great on and off access to the highway. We were in town for our friends band that was playing at Trinity. It was right around the corner and definitely within walking/post bar stumbling distance. Everyone that worked at the hotel, that I encountered, was super friendly. We booked online and got a decent deal, $100 or just under I believe.
    This hotel feels very trendy and clubby. Now that I'm thinking about it I can't stop thinking about A Night At The Roxbury! Loud dance music blasts in the lobby/bar area. There are comfy couches and chairs plus a pool table in the lobby/bar area. I didn't get a chance to check out the 24 hour pool but I heard there was no hot tub, just a heated lap pool. Also in the lobby was a small "cafe" with snacks and small meals for purchase. Can't speak for the quality of those items but we dis utilize the pizza recommendation of the desk person post bar.
    The rooms were very modern and where the F were the light switches?? The only switches we found were by the door and I was annoyed to have to get out of bed to turn off the lights. Very little privacy with the bathroom door but no worries if you're comfortable with who's staying with you. Beds were comfy but really, only 2.5 pillows?? For a king bed?? Psah! I'd stay again....

    25/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Don S.
    Wow, I can't believe there are so many bad reviews for this place.  My wife and I *loved* this place.  We even said something like "I'd live here if it was bigger."  The other reviews describe it perfectly, i.e. IKEA chic.  Our bed was very comfortable - the nicest I've had in a hotel in a long time.  Everything was modern and up-to-date; I particularly liked the electronics box on the desk with USB connections.  The only things I didn't like were aforementioned ice issues and the parking.  We paid $95 for a weekend night and felt it was a great deal.

    27/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Alice G.
    Contemporary look and feel with a very efficient layout. I was impressed with their efforts to be envoronmentally conscious about waste (no ice machines on the floors - but you can get bags of ice in the lobby, shower products come from dispesors and not from little plastic bottles). Our room also had a mini fridge and a safe.
    The lobby bar was not overpriced and had plenty of seating for watching guests bring their dogs back from walks (yes, they allow dogs and no, i never heard one bark while in my room). Free wi-fi in the rooms and the pool/fitness room are open 24 hours.
    One immediate knock is the parking situation - $23 for the day and it is requested to call ahead to have your car ready. Aloft did do a great job of communicating this to their guests and I never had a problem.
    I would definately stay in an Aloft hotel again.

    15/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Mark W.
    The location is conveinient within walking distance of dang near every venue happening downtown. The one drawback is the lack of onsite parking and stingy parking for the "temporary check-in" stop.
    The rooms were sparsely decorated but very functional. The bed exceedingly comfortable and everything was clean and well maintained.
    The lobby is techno sleek, with a variety of places to lounge, visit, work/play. Desk personnel are cheery and responsive. The food bar was adequately stocked although I didn't taste what was available from the small kitchen.
    The fitness room was equipped with top notch machines. Open 24 hours a day...same with the pool...which is a bit undersized for lap exercize.

    04/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Galaxina 6.
    My wife, 2 year old daughter and I took a weekend trip to Milwaukee. We stayed at the aloft and were greatly impressed. The hotel itself was pretty spotless- the indoor pool area was a particular draw for our daughter and it was clean (and open 24 hours) with guest towels in the pool area. The room was VERY modern and VERY clean- the mini-fridge and wireless connection was an exceptional bonus- the view through the two large windows was fantastic (try to get a river facing room).

    The front desk staff was friendly and helpful- and the 24 hour "food mart" in the lobby was a nice touch, especially after a long day of sightseeing. We didn't hit the bar/lounge...but it looked very nice- well appointed and attended.

    Their were only 2 drawbacks to our experience. One was the level of street noise we could hear from our room because of the proximity of the highway. The second was a lack of ANYWHERE to get coffee before 10am in the vicinity- but these problems are not under aloft's control, so I give this hotel a very well deserved high rating. Kid friendly and "mod" all in one package. We will definitely be back and/or stay at other aloft hotels!

    21/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Mike M.
    I find all the reviews pretty interesting for this hotel.  I got my room for $50 a night on hotwire and was pleasantly surprised.  The location is great and everything downtown is walkable.  As many have said, avoid the valet parking.  There are plenty of structures and street parking spots around that are much better.  The hotel is newer, and looks modern.  It's definitely aimed at a younger set, but there were some older people there as well.  The lobby is spacious.  There's a pool table and a small bar.  Check in was quick and the employees I interacted with were friendly and helpful.  The room had a nice king bed with a nice TV and work desk.  The bathroom and 'closet' are pretty small, but you don't really live in the bathroom.  As most people have said, the walls are pretty thin and you can hear the neighbors, but unlike other reports there weren't people running through the halls or being obnoxious.  On the weekend the music in the lobby is a bit too loud and could be heard in the room, but wasn't terrible.  I wouldn't bring families here, but for young couples and singles, this place is pretty cool.  Would stay here again.

    29/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Heather E.
    The hotel itself is extremely modern and is a good place for young people or people who like to party.  The lobby has a futuristic bar, and although we didn't have a drink here, we came back after midnight and the bar was filled with revelers.  The surrounding neighborhood is also fun for going out.  The hotel does have security in the lobby, so I felt very safe.

    The room was large, and again is very modern.  The bed was comfortable, but one drawback was that the king size bed only had two pillows, which didn't seem to be enough for such a big bed.

    The hotel was relatively cheap, but unfortunately they charge for all incidentals.  For instance, valet parking is $23 and even a cup of coffee in the lobby is $1.50.  A toothbrush kit I bought was $5.

    The desk also seemed somewhat understaffed.  They have kiosks to check in, but there are some things that need to be done in person, such as buying a toothbrush.  With only one staffer the wait can be long.  

    Everything was very clean.

    I would give Aloft 3.5 stars.

    18/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Heidi L.
    Hotel attempts a European feel, but falls short with a plasticy feel.  Outside looks like a Super 8.  The whole place was super loud on New Year's Eve with young partiers screaming through the halls until 3:30 a.m.  People in hallways were obnoxious, which I guess you'd expect on New Year's Eve in a city, but we didn't expect to hear every word through the thin walls.  Desk set our expectations that we'd hear the band in the room until 1:00 a.m., which we did.  Desk staff and valet were excellent, but the rooms were pretty bad.  Bathroom door was off it's hinge, no closet space, very small overall.  Nice TV.  The hotel just feels cheap.  Even the sign on the elevator door reminds you of the great price, which is not the reminder you want on your way up to the room.  To be fair the front desk manager gave us some Starwood points to make up for the lack of discretion of guests and lack of security presence on New Year's Eve.  Again, staff was great, hotel was not.  Also not a lot to walk to from the hotel -- I don't recommend this hotel for people with kids.

    03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    23. C M.
    Yep, it's modern for sure. Staff is noce and helpful. They suggested a nice running route. The rooms are clean, functional and (I disagree with another  reviewer) small.  There are amenities that are lacking: the closet is just a suggestion; too small to be functional; the sofa sits underneath the flat panel TV ( IF you actually sat on it your head would rest on the lower margin of the TV); there is no chest or set of drawers for clothing.   It has a functional yet small desk.  The bed is firm & comfortable. I am not sure how it got rated better than 3 stars for breakfast; you can get a hot egg sandwich, everything else looks to be pre-made pastries. Parking is expensive unless you want to walk 2 block for self parking (still not cheap). Until November 2012 there is bridge construction directly next to the hotel with resultant traffic issues; maybe why the self parking is so distant.

    16/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    24. Emily A.
    Love this place!

    I've stayed here on three separate occasions for a week at a time.  Always pleasurable.  Hip trendy hotel with everything you want in a hotel and nothing you don't need.  No restaurant, no room service, no dresser even.  But you don't even realize they're missing.  You get a small gym, friendly service, Bliss brand toiletries, BIG flat screen tv.  Feels very clean too.

    I stayed for business, but would gladly stay for personal as well.  It's in a great location as well.  Near water street and a quick skip to the east side.

    Only downside is the $23 a night valet parking.  But in this area there's not really anywhere else to park.  Check for a deal when you book because they are usually running some kind of special.  The last time I stayed they had a half off valet promo, which was definitely worthwhile.

    I think it's fairly priced in comparison to what you get at other hotels both downtown, and in the outskirts.  Check it out!

    21/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Shannon D.
    Cons:
    - trying way too hard to be trendy and ends up seeming cheap, tacky and a little sad
    - walls are VERY thin.  This probably wouldn't have been a problem if we weren't right next to/above/below the laundry facility (which they thoughtfully run all day and night)
    - they nickel and dime you for EVERYTHING - want a toothbrush? You have to buy the kit for 8 dollars. Razor? buy the kit $12. Comb? buy it! 2 dollars. Neat little instant espresso/latte machine downstairs, press a button give them 3 dollars?!  
    - at a hotel I like the little soaps.  I don't know if it's because it makes me feel like a giant, or what the appeal is, but it's undeniable.  Sadly this place does not have little bottles.  It gives you the lowest grade two in one shampoo conditioner in a wall pump, and the body wash left my skin so dry it cracked.  
    - the shower - might be the worst part about it.  Lets face it, all you really need from a hotel is a bed and a shower.  This shower was terrible.  I might not be the tallest person in the world, but by the time it reaches my head I should get more then one sprayer. The water didn't reach my head but it did manage to spray the wall on one side and the door on the other that doesn't properly seal.  Eventually I gave up and washed out the shampoo I bought at Walgreens in the sink.  
    - the cleaning lady came at 7:30 when we were still in bed.  I don't think she's coming back.... guess no clean towels tomorrow either.
    - the washcloth that was in there was stained brown.  Folded, ready to use with the brown stain facing up.  

    Pros:
    + Big bed
    + Good location

    23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    26. T D.
    We had the double-queen room which was very big and very clean.  Location is good, within walking distance to a bunch of shops and restaurants.  It did get noisy at about 3am when people rolled in from the bars but that only lasted for a couple minutes.  Didn't take in the lobby and the funky club W bar.  The splash pool and gym were great.  Free Wi-Fi worked great.

    Rooms have mini-fridge and microwave.  Showers have liquid soap dispensers, but ours was somehow broken. Our room was handicap-accessible and so had a shower with zero-entry.  It was hard to take a shower without flooding the floor.

    They do not have a parking lot so you must valet for a steep price (or figure out nearby parking).  That hefty valet charge probably offsets any deal you'll get on the room.  However, the valet service was very quick.

    13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Mike K.
    I found this place by accident on priceline or hotwireor one of those sites, and since I'd never heard of it wasnt really sure it was a real hotel. And well...it isn't. Its a nightclub with beds. I fully expected Duran Duran to perform by the bar at any moment. There is no real parking lot, except the truly insane price of valet parking. Now inside looks very cool...kind of like the hard rock hotel,its very lively, much like a night club. And the rooms are very modern....although Im not sure who'sa big fan of going to the bathroom while someone else is showering 2 feet away from you. And try finding the lights in your room......just saying.

    Overall the rooms were big and nice. If it were any place but Milwaukee it would have had a great view of the lakeor river, but since it is where it is you're sursed with the worst window scenery money can buy. There is no room service for such a fancy place. Nevertheless you definitely feel like a rockstar staying at this place,asits close to all the hotspots in downtown Milwaukee.  Over-priced,absolutely but not overly horrible.

    08/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    28. Greg P.
    Mixed review on the aloft hotel. Pros: new, clean, good location, good workout room
    Cons: small rooms, tries too hard to be trendy, have to pay for the limited continental breakfast, parking stinks, no small perks that you are use to, very limited storage space for clothes

    Overall my wife and I were not impressed. Seemed to nickle-and-dime you for an already over priced hotel.  A goof place and almost decent location if you are young and want to be close(r) to the nightlife.

    14/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Clif P.
    This hotel is a great deal!
    The location is great if you are going to the Bradley Center, or any of the Irish Sports bars.  It is also easy on/off from the highway.

    We got the "Bucks" package, which included 2 $10 gift cards to their convenience store and bar area.

    The rooms were clean, and I really liked the modern design.

    The pool is open 24 hours, and the place is very dog-friendly.  

    I recommend this place to anyone, unless you have a ton of kids.

    13/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Katie F.
    I would love to have the ability to rate different aspects of this place but have to figure and average. Here we go...

    Upon check in there was a long line, so we hit up the tech savvy console, swiped my credit card and out popped our keys. Took our bags up to the room and UGH -- had a view of a run down lot with a crane in it..not the river view I was hoping for. I called down to the front desk and asked the woman that answered if we could switch for a river view room...Sure she says, just come back down and we'll take care of you. Lug our bags back down to the front desk and the gentleman that offers to help says -- o' sorry...I can't...he proceeds to say, next time check in with a person and you'll get better service and then get the room you want...UH really?!? I thought I was doing YOU a favor by checking in at the kiosk. He offers to buy me a drink at the lobby bar later, so I lug all of our bags back upstairs to our room, pull the shades down and get settled in.

    Fast forward to later that night, after a nice dinner out, we figure we'll try the hotel's lobby bar for a drink. The same gentleman from the morning was working the desk so we figured, YAY, free round. Well we had a great time at the bar, awesome and talented bartender from Chicago BTW,  and for the hour and a half we were there, the desk guy didn't make his way over once. So call me crazy but if you offered to buy someone around, do you expect them to come up to you and ask for it? AWKWARD!  

    Fast forward to bed time...the walls in this place, as chic as they are are unbearably thin and the HVAC unit in the room is LOUD--strange for such a new place. Bed is comfy but it was really hard to sleep with all of the noise. I was up at 4 am  and there was no getting back to sleep.

    Groggy in the morning and grabbing a late breakfast, we stopped at the front desk to ask our favorite front desk guy to ask for a late checkout...um yeah...no. WOW, I've never been denied the late check out!! Really, you can't spare an hour?!?  He claimed they were too busy to accommodate us because they had a football team coming in. Funny, not sure what football team travels together in April and would be checking in on a Sunday?!? We happened to pass by the place a few hours later and it looked like a ghost town. I call BS!

    Once back home, I check my bank account to find a $50 charge a check-in that is still pending -- two days after we left! I did a little googling and found that they will charge your card $50 for incidentals that will be returned if you don't run up any additional charges. Not a big deal, but it would be nice if they stated this up front and issued the credit at checkout.

    The pros of this place are the decor, the Bliss lotions and soaps, and the bar is a nice place to grab a drink.

    05/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    31. Molly S.
    I thought this was a perfectly nice hotel for a very reasonable price.  Yes, it's pretty trendy, so expect a certain brand of douchey patron.  Like 20-somethings being loud and drunk and obnoxious and slamming doors in the wee hours of the morning.  (I suspect this is a popular hotel for things like bachelor/bachelorette parties, Marquette formals, etc.)  But, at least the loudness wasn't as bad as I was expecting, and it wasn't all night.  I think we were spared a lot of the noise because we were far away from the elevator, so maybe ask to be placed way down at the end of the hall when you book.

    The bar and lounge area is pretty cool, and although it was too cold to go outside, they have a pretty sweet courtyard with cushy benches, cabanas, a fireplace, etc.  I actually kind of dig their self-service food area.

    The bed was very comfortable, and the decor is fun.  Location is good - next to the river, near a bunch of bars and restaurants, etc.  We found free street parking, so we didn't even have to deal with paying for valet.

    As others have said, there's really not a lot of privacy with the bathroom.  (Although I had no problem closing the bathroom door all the way, so maybe others had rooms with damaged doors.)  The lack of privacy comes from the fact that the walls are thin, the door is a slider, and there's a floor-to-ceiling frosted glass window between the shower and the bedroom portion.  (Yes, you can see people in the shower from the bedroom.  Not really details...just flesh-colored blob, unless they decide to press themselves up against the glass...ahem...boyfriend lol.)  The toilet-shower room is kind of like an echo chamber, so you can pretty much hear everything.  It wasn't a huge deal for us, but if you're worried about that kind of thing, don't stay here, or have your roomie turn on the TV or something lol.

    Overall, it was a pretty good deal, and I would stay here again.

    29/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Jeff M.
    I can't speak to aloft from a hotel experience, but I have frequented their bar - the Wxyz Lounge. It has a sophisticated atmosphere that makes it a pleasant place to drink when you want to hear the conversation of your friend. The bartenders and friendly and personable.

    I really wanted to give the Wxyz a 5 but I feel that the space is underutilized. They have a great courtyard, but aside from the occasional smoker, no one is ever out there.

    Somehow, I don't think people really know about the Wxyz Lounge, the must just assume it's a hotel or something. But if you are looking for a quieter atmosphere for drinks or just a good cocktail, so far, this place seems to be undiscovered by Milwaukee drinkers!

    21/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Laura D.
    We stayed here one night before an early morning flight. The staff was very attentive and helpful. We loved the ambience and all the details were exactly what I would hope for. Bonus that it's located right on the River Walk. If we had more time, we would have checked it out. Can't help but love that after a long drive to Milwaukee, there's a super cool bar right in the lobby. Perfect! My only complaint is that they want to valet your car to park it across the street. We will absolutely stay here again.

    28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Jennifer S.
    Great hotel in a convenient downtown location.  It was a quick walk to the Cheese Bar and the Old German Beer Hall - bonus!

    10/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Steve G.
    I'd go 3.5 stars if I could.

    It's a fun, modern, hip hotel, kind of like a very, very high-end hostel vibe. Not quite as cool as the W's marketing department wants you to think it is. For instance, the pool area, a very standard and small-ish pool area, is called splash (lowercase s intentional). The little snack area with sandwiches and sodas is called re:fuel. Ugh.

    The xyz bar is fun, though it doesn't open til 5 p.m. There's a large patio/lounge area with a lot of seats and chairs. There should be a bar in this patio area, at least in summer (no-brainer to me). Seems an odd waste of space.

    One service quirk: I put drinks on my room tab and didn't think about closing the bill before heading up to bed. The bartender called my room at 2 o'clock in the morning to get me to sign the bill. I realize I messed that up, but couldn't she have just left it with the front desk and ask me to sign in the morning? The 10-dollar drinks tab is that important to bother a hotel guest at 2 a.m.?

    The staff working re:fuel in the morning are unpleasant. All other hotel staff are nice.

    It's in a good area just down the street from the old German restaurants and shops. It has access to the river walk as well. The immediate block or two near Aloft is under development, so I think in two or three years it should be more lively if construction continues apace.

    Overall, a fine experience. If it shored up a bit on various things, it'd get four stars.

    05/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Jared S.
    The Aloft experience feels quite a bit like living in an Ikea showroom, including the sense that you're not really supposed to /sleep/ here, and, sooner or later, security will find you out.

    23/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    37. Mike S.
    Great hotel, room was very modern and nice. Great location downtown close to everything.

    19/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. David M.
    Cheap decor.  Skimpy on amenities: towels, soap, coffee.  We had to call down for everything.  Service was prompt, though.  The room and the pillows had a musty smell.  Parking was overpriced.  

    This was my 2nd stay and it seems that, although this is a relatively new hotel, it's starting to look run down.  I think that management needs to get its act together.

    Maybe if you're very young and have no expectations, you might like the Ikea style decor and quasi-hip concept.  For me, I'll go someplace else next time.  Hard to believe that this is part of the W hotel chain.

    18/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    39. Emily K.
    3.5 stars, really. Went to Milwaukee for my girlfriend's birthday so just wanted an inexpensive hotel that was within walking distance to bars and restaurants- and aloft fits the bill. We found an online deal that lowered the price.

    We were offered $23 valet parking or $10 self parking... in the lot directly across the street. Unless this lot is usually full (we went on a Friday night) I don't see why anyone would need to spring for valet.

    The hotel itself was clean and comfortable. Pleasant check-in and out service. HOWEVER. I'd only recommend staying here alone or with someone you're reaaaaallly comfortable with because the bathroom door slides shut and doesn't close all the way. There's a 2 inch gap between the baseboard and the wall. Even just someone peeing in there sounded like they were almost peeing on my head. Let alone... other things. I could literally hear my girlfriend breathing while she was in there. I would absolutely not recommend staying here with anyone you're uncomfortable with hearing you fart. Serious.

    I wasn't thrilled with the decor- way too fake hip for me, and tries too hard to be cool. If you're fine with no frills and can put up with things I've outlined it's fine and an affordable place to stay downtown.

    10/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    40. Steven M.
    The Aloft Hotel in Milwaukee was a great, low cost mini-vacation.

    The design was nice, the location was nice, the room was nice.

    A great tip for future stays is to park you car on the street to the North of the Hotel.  It's free.  Paying to park in a lot nearby is $15.

    14/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Nadia G.
    Great location! Walking distance to bars and restaurants!

    Okay so our room was HUGE!!!!!!!!!! It was awesome. Should I mention it was a wheelchair accessible room? But still, HUGE I think even for a wheelchair accessible room. I checked with my friends and they had big rooms too. This hotel just has big rooms!

    We didn't have a room with a view of the surrounding area. Our hotel room actually looked into the courtyard. Careful when you look out the window! We just to happened to look right into one of our friends' rooms. Awkward!

    Flat screen HD tv, great hand lotion, free water, modern style, comfy bed! I loved my stay at the aloft! I also really appreciated that they were able to accommodate our early arrival and let us check into our rooms early.  They even had computers and printers in the lobby for us to check into our flights on our last day! Love the aloft!

    12/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Laura R.
    This visit tested the staff. We needed a room in a hurry due to an emergency and were nicely handled though our reservation making was after 9 PM and our arrival after 10 PM.
    The next morning we learn we can't yet return home, and the front desk agrees to let us stay until 4PM before charging for another night.
    Since we were evacuated with our cat, I really wanted to avoid any extra stress on him. He is a gentleman, and I take pains to keep him well behaved away from home.
    Luckily our building was given the all clear by 3:00 so we can return home.
    Thanks for a lovely visit!

    31/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Chuck T.
    Stayed a week ago and loved it. Like other a lofts I've stayed this was well done, the staff spot on.  There are some nice restaurants in walking distance, maders being the #1 ranked German restaurant in the us.  Definitely worth it.

    23/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Jen F.
    I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one.  My stay here was definitely pleasant, but there is one thing that might be a deal-breaker for a return stay -- the bathroom.  If you're staying alone - it's great.  Loved the shower, the deep bowl sink, full length mirror on the sliding door to the toilet/shower.  The sliding door that does not close fully, by design.  The architects in this place must have been some serious poop exhibitionists.  No real privacy.    

    The other minor complaint is that they only give you two pillows (plus one extra in the closet area) for a king-sized bed.  Crazy!  That is not enough, especially when the pillows are flat.

    OK, enough bitching - the good stuff! 24 HOUR POOL.  YESSSSS! That is pretty super and quite rare.  It's small, but definitely good for some late-night splashing.  Nice rooms, huge flat screen TVs, pretty comfy bed, nice bar with local beers on draft and specialty drinks, and a little 'cafe' where you can get breakfast or snacks.

    So definitely would recommend for a single traveler, or couples who have no boundaries.

    23/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Julie O.
    The aloft had great staff and a party atmosphere. The rooms were small but modern and clean. The bathrooms definately need a bit more privacy and aeration. Parking is a pain, even with the valet. Plan to valet and then forget you have wheels till you need to drive home. I had a nice river view room, which was pretty cool. I never expected to see kayakers on a Sunday morning.

    I would probably stay there agin if I was in need of a room in  Milwaukee.

    06/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    46. Matt U.
    Nice place for a weekend. Good open rooms - not too trendy like we find the W to be. This place tows the line of trying too hard at times, but doesn't often cross it. It was really close to down town as well as the freeways to get to the suburbs. Really friendly people working there and a very nice lobby area. Computers to print off boarding passes, free internet in the rooms, a good pool and a worthwhile work out area.  Only thing better would be if breakfast came with the deal.

    We'll be staying here again in the future!

    18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Tee G.
    The Aloft hotel is stylishly decorated, ultramodern, bright, hip, & cool, even if it does seem to be constructed completely out of particle board. I think they want to bill it as a luxury hotel, but it's no Ritz Carlton. Think of it like the first "nice" apartment you get in college. It's a definite step up from dorm living & you feel cool staying here, but it's not the high quality kind of place you can afford once you actually have a career.

    Mr. S & and I stayed here after a night out partying for NYE. We got a suite because we had intended to invite some friends to come hang out with us & have a few post-club drinks, but we left the shindig kind of late & everyone was tired so they just went home.  Because it was 3am & freezing when we got there we valet parked the car, but I wouldn't suggest anyone else doing that. $23 is way overpriced for overnight stays, especially when there is a metric crap-ton of free/metered street parking super close by, and an even cheaper city parking structure a block or 2 away.

    The staff was friendly whenever we interacted with them, but we just slept the majority of the time we were there. The room was very clean & the bed was comfortable. Because it was New Year's, there were a few drunks making noise into the wee hours of the morning, & the walls are PAPER THIN so we could hear everything; even people trudging up & down the halls echoed into our room. At one point during the night, one of the doors across the hall opened & it sounded so close I thought it was our door opening! Talk about spooky. When someone in the room next to ours adjusted their window shade, it sounded like they were adjusting ours. The wood panels that surrounded the window looked like they were made out of the same material as the very first entertainment center I ever bought as a college student...that was made out of particleboard. Don't get me wrong, it didn't look tacky (like my college entertainment center did), it just didn't look very upscale & definitely not the kind of decoration you'd find in a suite.

    The layout of the "suite" was interesting in itself; what seemed to classify it as a suite was an adjoining room with another TV on the wall, a table in the middle & some chairs. There is a locking door that sections off the 'break room' from the bedroom which made it not feel like a suite at all. It seemed more like a conference room or a break room at work than a 'living room' that is common to most suite-type room layouts.  We didn't use the break room.
    The bedroom itself seemed roomy due to its high ceilings & lots of overhead space, but there isn't nearly as much practical "living" space. Still, it was cozy enough for what we needed it for: a place to sleep off NYE drinks.

    The lobby is very hip & ultramodern, with well-placed stylish couches & chairs, the cool little WXYZ bar and a pool table. Heck, I'd say that was probably my favorite thing about the place, aside from the comfy bed. I would come back with a group of friends & just hang out in the lobby.  If I was trying to impress my college-aged younger relatives visiting MKE, I'd have them stay here. If I was trying to impress my distinguished older friends in their 40's & beyond, I'd definitely have them stay somewhere else.

    04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    48. Stephanie R.
    We've stayed at this Aloft several times, starting about one month after they opened. They have a good location near Old World Third and the hotel has a neat vibe. The prices are pretty reasonable. Keep in mind if you park on site there is a $23 per day valet parking fee.
    This last time the lady who checked us in was particularly helpful, and again we had a nice stay.

    21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Rufus J.
    After reading the great and bad reviews I wasn't sure how to feel booking there for NYE. We happened to get a room on the top floor away from the elevator so as it turned out we heard no noise at all and really enjoyed it. It certainly has a modern look to it which they obviously try hard to promote. Staff was nice. My only gripes were for God sake have a parking lot, the valet thing is a joke. What hotel doesn't have a parking lot? Please put an ice machine on each floor. The first thing most people do in a hotel room is either have sex or go get ice...or both. Don't make me go down 5 floors for ice.

    03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Paul R.
    I have stayed twice at this property while on business in Milwaukee and both times it's been a great experience. Really cool high-tech feel lobby, with a nice lounge, pool table, and PCs. The rooms are large with larger than average bathrooms and a humungous wall mounted HDTV!  

    There are plenty of restaurants and really cool neighborhood type watering holes within walking distance of this location.

    Their fitness center is clean and very well equipped with numerous aerobic equipment and more than sufficient weights and universal type gear.

    Customer service is key and the Milwaukee Aloft goes above and beyond to provide their guests with a positive experience. For example:
    Valets: Our car is always waiting for us not the opposite which is key especially during our winter visit.
    Check in: Fast easy pleasant... honest appraisal of dining and cocktails options in the area (verified using Yelp of course).. Special requests = no problem. Here's a tip request a room facing the inner courtyard. Why? If you are a lite sleeper there's a good chance you will be awakened at 0 dark 30 to the tune of dumpster trucks doing their business.

    Another tip if Misha is bartending at the wxyz lobby bar (usually Thurs - Mon) you have to order her special bloody mary...It's her own concoction it's delicious and a work of art.

    14/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. Joe H.
    For a mini-vacation, my girlfriend and I decided to head up to Milwaukee for a three-day weekend and had the pleasure of staying here. We partially choose the location because it's right on the river and a very close walk to downtown.

    I should say that our room was booked with reward points so I would consider the room inexpensive.

    There are two options for parking - self-park in a lot shared with a restaurant around the corner or valet. The price difference wasn't that much but we choose to self park. Unfortunately, the self park lot was full so we had to drive back to the hotel. After we told the valet of the issue he let us self-park in the valet lot across the street at the same cost.

    Check-in was a breeze - we used the desk but a couple of kiosk stations were available as well. The staff was also able to upgrade our room to a corner!

    The lobby is very modern. The decorations are minimal but there is plenty of seating, a few TVs and pool table. The lobby also has a convenience store setup for snacks and essentials with prices cheaper or the same as Chicago (and way less than mini-bar prices).

    The room was nice - very clean and spacious. There is plenty of desk space in the bedroom area and a good deal of counter space in the bathroom.

    I was pretty impressed with the shower. I've stayed in a few hotels that have no heat and no water pressure during the morning rush but the water was always hot and we had no issues with pressure.

    Another review complained about the construction noise but compared to traffic or construction noise in Chicago, it was nothing.

    But...noise from the hallway and the slamming of other room's doors was pretty loud.

    One of the selling points for the hotel was free wi-fi but through our entire stay, the wi-fi didn't work for us. The desk clerk was aware of an issue when I asked but didn't have any idea of what was wrong or when it would be fixed. For a hotel billing itself as trendy, dysfunctional wi-fi is a big let down.

    A gem that I want to point out is the hotel's bar, called the W XYZ Lounge. The beer and basic cocktails are very inexpensive and the bartenders, especially Emily, were attentive and a good resource for advice on places to go in town.

    Overall, I'd stay here again in a heartbeat but as another reviewer said, don't expect the 5-star amenities.

    Pros:
    - Clean, comfy rooms
    - Great vibe and location
    - Nice lobby and bar

    Cons:
    - Loud hallways and slamming doors
    - Wi-fi didn't work

    29/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    52. Rachel F.
    On an overnight quick vacation to Milwaukee we decided to stay a second night, the first was in the Hilton and then second night here. This hotel was pretty nice, especially for getting it for 60 on hotwire. The decor is like a GQ/Ikea advert, but everything did the trick.  I felt like it was as clean as the hilton and centrally located.  Only downside is they said they had HDMI cables at the front desk for the media center, but to no avail.  Lame...

    Also tip don't park at the valet, its overpriced, just park at the city lot around the corner. $10 for overnight. vs the hotels $23

    28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Winnie L.
    As a coworker succinctly characterized it..."a cheap W".  It has the same kind of ambiance, the same Bliss spa items, color scheme, etc. but it lacks the luxury.  It's not central AC but one of those old school AC units.  There isn't a restaurant, and the food at the bar tasted like it got heated up with the microwave (they do give you 500 starwood points though if you spend $25 at the bar).  Unfortunately this is the only starwood property in downtown Milwaukee.

    06/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    54. Annalisa P.
    I like going to the lounge and have some drinks. I was a big pool player in college. Since drinks +pool game+ food= a relaxing time. I meet a cool bartender named Emily.She was nice and polite. I didn't realize that they made appetites. I was with my mom. A girl's night out. Well she still talks about the lounge. She was impressed. My mom felt comfortable.

    25/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Ian Y.
    I almost forgot to review Aloft, but thankfully they sent me an all-text email requesting I fill out a 40-question survey.

    Here was my response:

    Your décor is cheap and tacky. Your parking is outrageously priced for the area. Your walls are paper-thin. Your towels are stained despite your incessant need to operate the industrial-strength laundromat at midnight. You charge ridiculous fees for complimentary products. Aloft is a disgrace to courtesy and professionalism. I am from Milwaukee and live in Manhattan, and even the snootiest hotels here have more character and consideration for their guests than you. You have failed miserably. Find a new profession.

    02/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    56. Cristian V.
    I like the Aloft, the little sister of the W Hotels. To put it one way, it's great for ballin' on a budget. Nice modern decor at an affordable rate. And as a Starwood Hotels Customer you can get rooms for next to nothing with points. Cool patio, & maybe the biggest draw: 24 hour pool. Giddy up.

    13/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. Matthew S.
    I think the Jersey Shore was staying at our hotel this past weekend. If you are coming into town and you want to sleep at night...DON'T STAY AT THIS HOTEL! Loud drunk 20 year-old's screaming and running through the halls the entire night. I can think of two things I liked about this hotel 1.) Location 2.) The TV.

    At first I thought it was trendy and cool looking then I realized we were staying in a dorm room. When I checked out I told the front desk that we didn't sleep the entire night. Her response was "since you pre-booked the room we can't comp it for you."

    Also she told me that there was a concert in town and they didn't know about it.

    These responses made me angry because IT'S ALL BULLSHIT! She said I can offer you a free breakfast. Is that a nice way of telling me that I am over-weight? Give the chubby kid some breakfast that will solve everything. They did comp my valet which was overpriced and ridiculous to begin with ($23).

    People stay in hotels to relax and that was absolutely impossible at this hotel. This hotel wreaks of AXE Body Spray and tackiness. Pay the extra $20 or $30 and stay somewhere else.

    08/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    58. Herb T.
    Nice little boutique.  Clean and hip....the staff are a little too self absorbed...you gotta push to get their attention but then maybe I dont quite get the youth and hip crowd today....it was a nice change from the usual starwood, hilton, marriott scene...its good to mix it up...

    16/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Colleen R.
    This Aloft's affordable rates and convenient location near downtown Milwaukee make it the ideal spot for a weekend getaway from Chicago. It's nothing fancy, but we've stayed there twice and enjoyed the hotel both times.

    A few tips:
    - Parking rates are a little ridiculous, but you may be able to find street parking nearby.
    - Don't bother with the check-in kiosks. Cool idea, but good luck getting them to "print" your key.
    - King room is a wee bit small but layout is cozy. Dismal view facing the construction on the river, though.
    - Sign up for the SPG loyalty program to earn Starwood points for your stay.

    20/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Keith R.
    The aloft Milwaukee Downtown is a dog friendly hotel right off the freeway.  We came here for a long Valentine's Day weekend, and found it to be the perfect hotel for us.  I'd say the only bad thing about the place is the parking situation.  Since there aren't many lots that are very close by, the best option is the $23 per night valet with in and outs.  
        When you walk in, the staff is super friendly, but just a warning, this is kind of a "hip" hotel, the lobby is definitely not quiet, the bar is about 30 feet from the door and if youre coming in on a Friday evening, the lobby may be full of people listening to live music.  
        For the dog owners out there, the aloft staff will prepare your room with doggie treats, a big pet bed and pet bowls.  We brought along a small crate just in case, because there is a surcharge if the housekeeper has to do any extra cleaning.  
       We stayed in a King room on the 2nd floor with 3rd avenue below us.  If you prefer a little background noise, drunken revelers at night, construction in the morning, stay here.  It doesn't bother us or the dogs, but I hear the rooms with a river view are more quiet for those who prefer it.
        The room was efficient, no wasted space here.  the sink is out in the open, the toilet and shower can be hidden using a sliding door.  One funny thing is the way the shower is adjacent to the living area via frosted glass.  So if you're staying in the room with people you aren't real close to in that way, it can be kind of awkward  when showering.  Bliss products are provided in a wall pump in the shower and at the sink.  
        There is a small coffee maker and micro fridge/freezer, and a community microwave located in the lobby along with complimentary coffee available from 6am-1000am. We didn't purchase any food from the hotel, there's a Pick n Save and a Metro Market not too far from the hotel.  The aloft is also just a mile north of the Historic Third Ward.
        We plan on staying here again the next time we come to Milwaukee.

    06/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Greg Y.
    Stayed for MarchMadness at the Bradley Center. Very convenient with valet parking. Room was great and very reasonable with fun hotel bar

    23/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Samantha L.
    Aloft's ratings seriously need a reality check, and I'm more than happy to be the one to deliver it.

    So we were lucky enough to take a chance on Hotwire, and we were able to get one of their standard rooms (that reportedly go for around $120) for around $56 with taxes and fees through their "HotRate". (Plus, we had a coupon from the Entertainment Book to get $25 back).

    Even then, this was a mediocre to bad experience.

    Let's start with some of the positives, and for your reading convenience, bullet-point style.

    + appeared very modern/stylish
    + the location was perfect -- at the heart of their downtown
    + PLENTY of FREE street parking
             DON'T LET THEM TAKE YOUR MONEY

    And now for our cons...

    + You have to ask for Ice from the front desk which is inconvenient
    + The lines at the Front Desk to check in/out were approx. 5-20 min. wait
    + There was rust on the outside of shower
    + The corner of the bed protrudes wildly from the mattress and resulted in horrifically painful accidents
    + The A/C unit is super weak, and no ventilation can reach the bathroom/shower at all
    + The bathroom door was off track, so you could watch someone use the toilet
    + There was nowhere to hang a hand towel
    + There was mold in bathroom
    + There was a drain problem in shower. The shower floor tilted downward from the drain (so waiter pooled/flooded)
    + Really, really thin walls
    + The bed was uncomfortable--  I unwisely thought it was comfortable as I fell asleep, unfortunately, it wrecked me for two days after
    + And the staff. They were unhelpful, kind of rude, and don't listen

    Summation: It was fine. Cheap.
    If we didn't luck out on the Hot Rate, we would be super peeved

    23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    63. Marcos R.
    In bars in today's capitalistic society, as in Freudian psychology, there are no accidents. A bill charged to a patron which is higher than his consumption is no mistake, but a self-damaging attempt by the business's sleazy management to steal from the customer. I was at WXYZ Lounge for the first time last Saturday, had an Old Fashioned, served in a plastic container and carelessly prepared, and then a mix of grapefruit juice with rum. The bill charged on my card (and without an actual invoice for my order)? 24 freaking US dollars!

    The bartendress who mixed the Old Fashioned told me it was going to be $8.00., so are they telling me that a small glass of grapefruit juice and rum is $16.00? When I asked for the invoice, they took their time (I assume to create a falsely incorrect invoice to include a wine glass that I did not order). After going back and forth, (with the annoying bartender claiming that an Old Fashioned is a martini!), the guy went and charged my card for $18.00 instead (which is itself criminally high, by pricing the the rum with grapefruit juice at $10.00).

    I truly hope that my post deters its readers from patronizing this horrible bar or to have it mend its Scroogean ways.

    07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    64. Richie D.
    aLoft is a-OK in my book.  My partner's friend found an awesome Groupon featuring $65 of a double-queen room for any one night Thursday thru Sunday.  We took a weekend trip up the lake shore from Chicago and enjoyed Milwaukee greatly.  A good hotel is definitely a huge factor in evaluating a new city.  After all, it's the second thing you see, after the skyline.  This hotel is uber modern and hip.  Every which way you look there's a variety of colors, patterns and textures.   For instance, the elevator has flooring with blue ink that changes color as you step on it.  They have a small cafe, shopping shelf wall with all the super last minute travel items (including board games for those rainy/blizzard days), wxyz Lounge for a drink, and entertainment including a tiny pool, pool table and workout area.

    Location is perfect.  Just down the street is the German Old World 3rd Street, plenty of Irish bars, the historic Pabst beer brewery (watch out for flocks of seagulls), and the pleasant riverfront walk leading to downtown (still under construction but almost complete).  They do offer valet parking and overnight parking, however, it is priced at what I see at an excessive amount.  I'd recommend parking on one of several empty side streets to the north or west of the hotel.  One other complaint is the circular check-in desk where you have a lack of privacy.  Not cool--in other words, whisper.  Overall, I was content with my stay and would recommend aLoft to others.

    01/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    65. Tyler M.
    This is more of a European hostel, not so much a luxury hotel.  If you are a business person looking for a quiet night of sleep in a nice room, probably look at the hotels about four or five blocks south.  However, if you are young and looking for a great place to meet people and crash after a night out on 3rd Street, this is the place you want to be.  The location is great for nightlife.

    The lounge is fun, with its bar, pool table and steady stream of fresh faces.

    All decor is prefab and cheap.  You could probably break through the walls, not that I would recommend doing that sort of thing.

    If it's your first time in MKE, do not worry about not being as close to the art museum or the business area.  The city is very walkable, and you can get to most places in under 20 minutes.

    The staff was friendly and informative, service was among the best I have seen, and the hotel was very clean.

    Parking is not included in your reservation.  Cheaper parking can usually be found on the weekends just a block south on 3rd Street.

    24/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Damon R.
    This hotel was great. The location is great if you want to enjoy nightlife in downtown Milwaukee. I was impressed with the interior and the modern posh decor of the establishments. I didn't utilize the bar or other amenities that the hotel offered however the service that i received was excellent.

    The express check in kiosk was a excellent and right in the entrance as soon as you walked in.

    I had a standard room that over looked the Milwaukee river. It was excellent and the shower/bedding were excellent.

    I don't have anything bad or ifey to report about this hotel.

    If you have a little extra cash to pay for a room stay here!

    13/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Steve S.
    After a less than great stay at the Doubletree Milwaukee and not wanting to drive back home to Chicago late at night, we booked the Aloft and absolutely loved it!

    I had stayed at Aloft's before but my partner was new to the brand.  He loved the bright, modern style of the hotel and just the general "fun & busy" vibe throughout the hotel. Made the Doubletree feel like a morgue. I was impressed with how nice the staff was.  From the front desk to the valets, everybody was upbeat and friendly, something you don't always find in Milwaukee.  And I love that fact that Aloft understands the importance of electrical outlets next to the bed and a strong WiFi. Bravo! We both grabbed breakfast sandwiches in the morning from the little cafe and were impressed by how good the sandwiches were.  Better than anything you normally get in "free breakfast" hotels and probably better than the sandwiches at Starbucks.  My only negative thing was that the towels were a bit cheap.  When drying off my back, I actually tore one.  Sorry, Aloft. I don't know my own strength but get some better towels.

    Aside from me tearing up their towels, I absolutely enjoyed our one night stay. In fact, I was so pleased, that I cancelled all my Hilton reservations for the next week and switched to Aloft and it's "sister" brand, Element for all my stays.

    18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. April Joy C.
    From the interiors, the hotel caters to a more youthful clientele.  The staff is very friendly and accommodating.  The room though small was cozy and comfortable on our stay.  My only issue was with the bathroom which didn't appear to be able to look itself.  Overall, my experience here was enough to make me a fan of the Aloft branch.

    22/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. D S.
    Never staying here again. It's so loud and the walls are very thin. Especially if youre staying on a weekend, there are going to be people who drink a lot at the bar and when they're walking back to their rooms, you can definitely hear the drunk clamor. The material that the hotel room is made up of is superr cheap. It looks like they're trying to hard to be "hip". I would suggest staying at the near by Hilton or Westin if you're looking for a good night's rest.  

    Only plus? Free wifi.

    25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    70. Rocco L.
    Aloft. Your standard modern-luxe hotel shindig.
    Clean lines. Blue everywhere. Slick lobby.
    It's kind of like a sophisticated IKEA.

    The rooms were clean and a good size for 2 people, if you're
    sharing with an amigo/amiga. Ah, and there was a fridge to
    keep all the beer you'll stock up on as you venture through
    the streets of Milwaukee. Me like.

    Nice, bathroom - ours sadly didn't have much natural
    light, but it could have just been that room's layout.

    Beds were okay. Don't jump on them or you may break
    your nose... or something else depending on how you land.

    And make sure to bring toothpaste, brush, etc.
    They charge for everything here. True story.

    The pool is open 24 hours a day, which is great because
    it sucks when pools close early and are filled with kids during
    the day. That is not the case here. It is a tiny pool though.
    - and no I don't hate kids, I just hate being in a pool trying to
    relax with tons of kids... sorry all you child-wielding people,
    I'm sure I'll be mad at me when I have a kids and for some reason
    would choose to look back at this.

    All together, not a bad place for the money. I feel like Aloft has
    that "good looking but not a whole lot going on upstairs' kinda thing.
    But I guess that's okay for a one-night stand.. I mean stay.

    *Note* almost all of the surrounding buildings are under construction
    now so be aware that it will be noisy and dirty around the place.
    And cranes are directly outside of  the south-facing windows of the hotel.
    I think the crane operator caught a glimpse of my bearded, beer-gulping
    ass while getting ready to go out... and for that, I apologize Mr. Crane Operator.

    24/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    71. Elizabeth G.
    I was in Milwaukee for the weekend to run in the Rock N Sole Half Marathon.  The sponsored hotel was full when I made my reservation and the Aloft was the other hotel with a discounted rate for runners.  My check-in was smooth and the front desk was friendly.  The last time I had seen such a trendy and contemporary hotel was in Europe.  I liked the atmosphere and had I not been there by myself, I would have had a drink at the bar at some point.  There is a pool table in the lobby which I thought was cool too.  After check in, I went up to my room and was pleased.  It was neat, trendy and had everything I needed.  There was complimentary wifi with the room which is always a plus.  I was very hungry and one of the staff at the front desk suggested a local Italian restaurant that was just a few blocks away.  It was a great recommendation!  As I had to be up very early the following morning, I spoke with the staff about getting a cab.  They said I only needed to call 5 minutes before I wanted the cab and they were right!  Throughout the weekend, I had the staff call me a cab probably 6-7 times.  The front desk staff was very helpful and accommodating.  The only reason why this hotel did not get 5 stars is because 1) It did not completely blow the experience out of the water 2) My room was on a noisy street.  There are a bunch of bars and restaurants within the next two blocks which is really cool and accommodating, except when you have to be awake at 6 a.m.  My guess is that this was a problem because it was a Friday night.  If you plan to stay there on Friday or Saturday, I would suggest trying to get a room that does not face the bars/restaurant area.  Again, this may have negatively affected other guests more than it did me.  Would definitely stay here again.

    07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Sue S.
    Well... let's see... Aloft really kind of reminded us of what would happen if IKEA decided to open a hotel. Everything was supposed to be hip and cool, but had that kind of cheap, don't sit on it too hard or you might break it kind of feel. Everything is designed to look trendy and sleek, from the exterior of the hotel itself to the checkin desk (where I swear to God, I was tempted to order a half-calf double mocha latte to see if one just might materialize).

    A couple of points from other reviews that I wish to reiterate:
    -They do really charge for everything. Forget a toothbrush here? They will charge you. Forget that complimentary stuff you've gotten used to at other hotels.
    -The walls ARE really thin. You can hear just about everything. We could hear people walking down the hallway and were woken up in the morning by the sound of the phone ringing in one of the nearby rooms.
    -The rooms that face the south side of the hotel do face the river (fun) but also get the noise of each and every car that goes over the bridge. It's a bridge with a metal grate, so you really hear every single car that goes over.... fortunately, we are heavy sleepers, but if you are a light sleeper, request a room on the other side.

    Other things:
    -The room layout is just weird.... more IKEA-esque furniture and an uber-modern but less-than-functional bathroom. The strangest thing was the shower... the shower is glass, and one side of it is a shared wall between the bedroom and the bathroom. So that side of the shower is frosted glass instead of clear glass. Fine, I guess for privacy, but only to a certain point. Everyone in the bedroom area of the room (and everyone outside should you have the window open) can definitely see that someone is in the shower. And if they are in the room, they can probably see your movements... it's really weird. I mean, I was there with my husband, so whatever. But it could be really awkward if you were there with someone you didn't know that well.
    -The showers also had shampoo and body wash dispensers installed inside the shower. These also struck me as really weird. Maybe I'm old-fashioned but I want a stinking bar of soap! I was glad I had my own shampoo. There was no indication of what was in the dispenser really, and I don't like to use just random hair products.
    -There were two people in the room and they only gave us two towels and two pillows on the bed. Maybe I'm spoiled, but that seemed really weird for a supposed luxury hotel.
    -The minifridge really did not get very cold and was almost useless.
    -They charge a fortune for parking... $23 to valet park for one day, and $17 or $18 to park in a lot a block away that's really for a restaurant but for which they have some kind of deal. By the time we arrived I just wanted out of the car, so I told them to just valet park it. But the valet lot is literally across the street, which just made me more annoyed. Why not let guests park in your extra-handy, just-across-the-street parking lot rather than charging them $17 for the privilege of hauling their own bags a block? Just my two cents.
    -Free WiFi, but when you access it, it says only for 8 hours. We never found out if you could get your free 8 hours and then get another 8 because I just used my ipad hotspot. But it seemed weird to have "free" WiFi and then put a time limit on it.
    -They did have a really cool charging/docking station on the desk that would let you plug in just about anything and play music. Bonus points for that.
    -And the room was clean and ready when we arrived.

    All that said, the price was OK and I would go back if the circumstances were similar: we needed a cheapish hotel room near an event we were attending, etc.... but it was not my favorite hotel stay ever. If you have another option, I might go with that.

    11/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    73. Michael B.
    Really nice place and dog friendly! Clean room, huge glass shower and a lady even brought us dog treats, dog bowls and a ball!

    15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Heidi M.
    AVOID. YOU WILL NOT SLEEP.

    If you stay here, I hope you like your neighbors, because you will hear EVERY MOVE THEY MAKE. I could hear my neighbors opening and closing doors, opening their blinds, and what TV shows they were watching. I have never had such a bad night of sleep in a hotel! The walls were paper thin. People were stumbling in drunk in the middle of the night and it was like they were in the same room as us. We probably woke up 4-5 times throughout the night. Not okay for a hotel at this price point.

    Also the decor is very cheap and feels like Ikea furniture. It's like the whole hotel is a facade and you're waiting for it to collapse at any minute. It felt like an Ikea showroom or a dorm room.

    The bathroom door did not slide all the way shut -- there was a 2-inch gap at the wall (and obviously not soundproof in the least.) So, yeah, it made for some very uncomfortable moments.

    Seriously, stay anywhere else if you need to sleep or have privacy.

    The second star is for the staff. They were super nice and welcoming.

    26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    75. Sarah R.
    Wow! My fiancé and I wanted to take a little vacation getaway in Milwaukee and we did one of those Price line "name your price" deals. I can't quite remember what we paid, but it was definitely under $100. I was so shocked when we got there. The hotel was so modern and brand new. A nice addition to Downtown MLE. The rooms were the perfect size although the hallways were very industrial and creepy. I kind of felt like I was in a swanky dormitory. The room was updated and also felt very much like an upscale dorm room, but I was ok with that. The pool was 24 hours which made us happy, but I would have killed for a hot tub. There are a ton of awesome restaurants surrounding the hotel and it's right on the river which makes for a beautiful view.  I would love to stay here again when I find myself in Milwaukee.

    16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. Bill S.
    Ikea-ish? Check.
    Clean? Check.
    Pleasant staff? Check.
    Cozy? Check.
    Location? Check
    Affordable? Check.
    Simple place that is quite inexpensive in a great location to discover the pleasures of Milwaukee, 2nd stay here and we will be back again!

    21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    77. Jessica A.
    My #1 hotel choice when I'm off to MKE - - which is pretty regularly.

    There's a lot of complaints in the other reviews - I chalk it up to them not being familiar with Starwood's aloft brand.

    What it isn't:
    a 5* hotel
    the W
    a full service hotel (including restaurant w/ room service)

    What it is/ what I've experienced pretty much every stay:
    Friendly staff at the aloha desk
    Friendly valet team (even though they are pricey)
    Comfortable bed
    Bar
    Great location - - close to Turner Hall Ballroom and Bars! (Hello! Your in MKE to drink, right??)

    As an SPG Plat, one time I was upgraded to a Suite -they only have 4. Most alofts don't even have one suite, so for them to have 4 that's kinda cool. The suite itself is simply a separate entertainment room w/ another TV, large round table, and a few loungey chairs. They're on the corner facing the river.

    But beware - - there is some crazy noisy city construction going on right now with loud cranes and stuff. So bring your ear heros!

    Sure maybe the parking could be cheaper a block away or so. But this valet team is super fast! And that's more important to me.

    05/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    78. Benjamin L.
    Having stayed here over 15 times, it is hard for me to trash the place. A dedicated Starpoints junkie, this previously was my go-to when I would come back for Packer games as it was convienent, consistent, and usually very reasonably priced.

    The downsides are significant. The bed is horrible. The towels suck. The lights are incomprehensible (bedtime can be seizure inducing with all the flicking on and off). The bar is very very shady at night. Your view is of an abandoned parking lot.

    But as I said, my Starpoints are a powerful drug, and I kept coming back.

    Now you have apparently decided that your price point is $189 every night. Are you out of your mind?

    More then the Pfister? The Iron Horse? The new Brewhouse down the street?

    You are out of your minds!!

    26/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    79. Kevin H.
    Great location and amazing staff. I have been staying here for the past four months, and while this hotel isn't the highest quality SPG hotel, they more than make up for it with their excellent service.

    Once you get past that you aren't staying at a Westin, St. Regis, or W, you will enjoy your time at the Aloft. It is in a central location in Milwaukee, and everyone goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.

    24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    80. Jenn N.
    Spent Saturday night at Aloft... My boyfriend and I were really excited about the pool being 24 hours, one of the main reasons we booked this hotel- of course when we got back it was out of service from earlier incident- Brian who was at the front desk Saturday night, compensated us even though he didn't have to. He is the main reason this place gets 4 stars! Thank you Brian! Also the bartender that night was very nice and gave excellent service : ) A+ for your staff.

    20/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    81. Colleen D.
    We paid A LOT - over $200! But it was last minute and it was Summerfest. We parked in garage on North side of Summerfest for day was $15...kept the cars there overnight and they charged another $10 to get out...had we parked at hotel I think t was $30? I'd check that. We walked to/from Summerfest - just under 2 miles. The room was pretty cool though..nice big comfy bed..pretty big room in general. Great shower. Pool is open 24x7 which was nice but a little cold for me. Close to many bars - I was amazed at how many people were crowded into the bars. We did walk to some local establishments and had fun. I'd stay here again if I could get a better rate.

    08/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    82. Jake O.
    Close to the center of the city, good price, clean, and modern decor. The desk staff was happy to help with questions and helpful. The bed was very comfy, plenty of storage in the room, great shower head, and just a cool room layout in general.  Awesome multimedia hook-up port to play your own movies/laptop through the TV. Definitely would go back. Paid $99 a night.

    11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. Emma K.
    The BF and I stayed here this past weekend for our weekend getaway to Milwaukee.  Niether of us having been to Milwaukee before, we weren't sure about the location, but it was super easy to get to from the highway and close to a lot of neat restaurant/bars.  

    We were able to do self park in the lot that is normally just valet as the normal self park lot was full due to a Journey concert.  Everyone at the front desk was very nice and helpful.

    While I think this weekend taught me that I'm not a fan of super modern decor, the room was nice and did the trick.  We didn't like the small thin towels and the odd bathroom.  The bathroom door slides closed, although it still leaves a one inch gap with no lock or way to completely shut it .. odd.  I took advantage of the free wifi and the bf enjoyed having the Golf Channel on Saturday morning when I slept in :)

    Would stay here again as it seemed to be the cheapest option in the area.

    19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Kristin H.
    Rooms were modern, spacious and clean.  Nice modern bathrooms with spacious mirrors and counter space.  

    Front desk staff was very condescending & cold, from the time I checked in until I checked out, & at all times in between.  There are "yes-people" & "no-people" in this world, and the 2 different front desk female staff members that I dealt with are definitely "no-people."  (Yes-people find ways to make their customers comfortable & happy.  No-people shouldn't be in hospitality.)

    For example, when the front desk girl checked us in, she spent a lot of time condescendingly explaining what was not allowed in the pool area & that we would not be permitted back into the A-Loft unless we were accompanied by the person in whose name the room was booked -- even though we all had keys and were overnight hotel guests.  (!?)

    The same girl the next morning was making breakfast sandwiches in the lobby cafe (not included/extra charge).  I asked her if I could have bacon instead of sausage with the "sausage, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich" listed on the menu.  She flatly said no - the sandwiches are premade - & stared at me blankly as I went back to reading the menu.  She offered no recommendation.

    I continued reading the short menu & found a "make your own breakfast sandwich" section.  So, ultimately, I could in fact order a bacon, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich, but I had to figure that out entirely on my own because the "no-person" behind the counter told me "no" & stood there & blankly stared at me as I went back to reading the menu, without suggesting that I should "make my own" sandwich in order to get the bacon, egg & cheese bagel sandwich that I had already told her is what I wanted.  (!?)  Rude.  Uncaring.  Cold.  Annoying.

    24/7 Pool was indoors and very cold.  Only 1 person out of the 8 people in our group was brave enough to jump in!  No beverages or snacks are allowed in the pool area (even in plastic cups, which makes no sense to me).  Not even bottled water was allowed in the pool area.  There was no hot tub.  

    Overall, very swanky and modern feel.  But the staff could not have made me feel more unwelcome.  Rude, uncaring front desk divas.  Night staff was the same.  I think they actually took pleasure in telling me no -- even though I was their guest. (Again, !?)

    15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    85. Daniel C.
    For the record, I only stay at these hotels because I am a Starwoods Preferred member, so I get free and discounted rooms, via reward points. If it were not for the incentives, I'd probably stay elsewhere, since things do tend to be a little over-priced.

    But my stay here was very smooth and enjoyable, so I can't really fault the hotel. I agree the sound insulation in the rooms leaves a little to be desired, though it didn't bother me particularly.

    I found the hotel and my room very clean and neat, modern, and well-run. Every person I spoke to or dealt with was very friendly and eager to please.

    Maybe I just got lucky with the timing of my stay, but I can not fathom why anyone would pay $23 (or whatever it is) for their valet parking. I spent Fri-Sun there and never once paid a penny for parking. There is a ton of street parking all over the area - I never had an issue finding a spot close to the hotel, and in the process I probably saved $100.

    Lastly, you gotta love the free wifi. Sometimes it is the little things that count, and this is just one more way they avoided nickel-and-diming me to death.

    I have not real complaints, and assuming I stay a rewards member, I expect this will be my hotel of choice for any future visits to Milwaukee.

    12/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    86. Brian P.
    This is a nice hotel, in a convient location.  The thing with Aloft's is that I feel like there is always something missing, and holding it back.  The rooms are nice, with the furniture having an Ikea type feel.  The staff is nice.  It's good.

    The front desk attendant gave us a good room overlooking the river.  The parking costs $23.  In the work out center, the TV wasn't working.  When I told the front desk attendant, she said that the maintenance person needed to reset it.  But then they didn't come down in the 45 minutes I was running.

    05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    87. Bridget B.
    I will start by saying I love Milwaukee and I visit often to take advantage of the many bands that come through. We generally spend the night and grab a bite to eat before the show.

    This is the first time I stayed at an Aloft while I have stayed in several Starwood hotels.
    Here is a breakdown of my stay.

    First impression - YAY! Right downtown and on the water. Looks modern is close to the Concert Venue.

    Check In - Since friends booked the rooms there was a bit of confusion but the staff was friendly and we got it worked out.

    Cost - Inexpensive for what you get

    Service - The staff is clearly committed to the customer experience - if they wanted to take it a step further I would have liked to have seen a little more attention to the customer than the task. Meaning the staff did their jobs efficiently and with a smile but I never saw that truly personal connection, i.e.  I felt like they care what I, Me think. It felt more like "see me do my job extremely well with a smile on my face."  To put it more bluntly it was "I do what I'm trained to do" vs "I love making our visitors stay an amazing experience." This is not a bad thing but an area to tweak and improve subtly.

    Cleanliness - Incredibly clean and I brought my own bedding (sheets, blankets, pillow cases), So thats kind a big deal coming from me.

    Hotel Amenities - Set on  gorgeous grounds where you can walk the court yard and river walk.

    Atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool

    Grab a drink with friends at the Re:mix loungeW XYZ Bar

    Recharge gym

    Splash Pool

    Re:fuel by AloftSM, our grab and go pantry, offers sweet, savory and healthy food, snacks and beverages, 24-hours a day

    In Room Amenities - BLISS SPA PRODUCTS!!!! Need I say more . . .  Well I will anyway.

    Entertainment

    In-Room Magazines
    In-Room Movies (Charge)
    42" LCD Flat-Panel Television with Cable Programming

    Bathroom

    Tried and Blue™ by Bliss® Spa Bath Amenities
    In-Shower Amenities Dispenser
    Walk-in Shower with Oversized Showerhead
    Hairdryer

    Office/Telecom

    Easy-to-Program Alarm Clock
    Plug & play connectivity station
    Data Port Line

    Dining

    1.1 Cubic-foot Mini-fridge
    Complimentary Coffee and Tea
    Complimentary Bottled Water

    Room Features

    9-foot Ceilings and Extra-large Window
    Signature Platform Bed
    Choice of One King Bed or Two Queen Beds
    Workspace with Ergonomic Desk Chair
    Individual Climate Control
    In-Room Safe

    Room Amenities & Services

    Iron/Ironing Board
    Customizable Wake-up Calls

    Internet Access

    Wired and Wireless High Speed Internet Access in Guest Rooms (Free)

    03/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Shale O.
    Aloft = A-ok! The staff are very personable and friendly. The rooms are very "Alofty". I am quite disappointed with the gym. 5 cardio machines??? Come on! Do better!

    02/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    89. Liesl C.
    I recently stayed at Aloft Milwaukee and have to say I LOVE this hotel.   It's probably one of my favorites in Milwaukee.

    You can self-park for $15 and a short walk, or valet for $23.  I chose to valet which was ridiculously easy.

    Check in was fast even though there was a bit of a line.  One of the things I love about this hotel is how modern it is.  I love the lighting, music, and general ambiance when you walk in.  You're greeted warmly by staff and are genuinely welcomed to the hotel whether it is your first time or a repeat visit.  

    Upon entering the room, you'll notice that while there aren't a lot of things on the walls, and there isn't a ton of decorations, for the minimalist like myself, I loved it.  The lines were sleek and modern without feeling cold.  I stayed in a king sized river view suite with my boyfriend and we found PLENTY of room to toss our things without stepping over each other.

    I adored how clean our room was and while the bed seemed a little stiff and springy, the plush comforter and pillows made sleeping very comfortable.

    Just a big heads up for anyone particular about their bathrooms... this one is a little bit different compared to traditional hotel bathrooms.  Your sink is off of the entry way into your room, and just beyond that is a sliding partition that separates your toilet and shower from the sink/entry way/hallyway area.  Your shower is a "step in" stall rather than a traditional tub; however, it's roomy and doesn't feel at all like you're in a dorm shower.   There is complimentary shower gel and shampoo/conditioner.  The shampoo/conditioner mix left a little conditioning to be desired, so you may want to bring your own travel size.  

    The lighting in the toilet/shower area is a little dim, so if lighting is a huge deal for you, then that might be a drawback.  But I didn't find any issues with the lighting over the sink (except that it reminded me that I needed a tan - badly) or in the room.

    Other nice stuff?  The free safe in the room, complimentary water, FREE WiFi, the mini fridge, and complimentary sleep kits if you ask for them.

    In terms of the location, You're a short walk from plenty of nightlife in the area, or if you want to venture out, one of the SUPER nice valet guys will call a cab for you.

    Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and the next time I'm in Milwaukee (which is pretty often), I'll absolutely be looking to book at Aloft.

    28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    90. Tammy Z.
    Rooms are a bit smaller than I'd prefer but overall got my monies worth. Beautiful views. I've is located in Lobby not on your floor, that was a bummer.  Def would recommend and will go back

    15/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    91. Arthur Y.
    It was a nice "looking" place.  Clearly made efforts to look cool and chic, down to the bad techno music in the lobby.  Even the rooms were made to look modern.  But the quality is what hurts.  The walls are thin enough that I could literally hear the room next to me when they opened their blinds.  (SERIOUSLY)  

    On the bright side, I know how often my neighbor uses the bathroom...

    30/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    92. Bruce H.
    Great hotel. Way exceeded expectations. Location is awesome. Located directly on river walk. Room was ergonomically perfect. I'll be back.

    28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    93. Mary S.
    We are 50+ years old and have been in many hotels over the years but this place was  not for us. You can see other hotel guests in windows on all floors so keep that in mind while changing. Bathroom didn't have a real door or a fan and it was impossible to find water temp in shower without getting soaked first. Usual binder with hotel information non-existent. Computers in lobby didn't work to connect to Internet. They allow pets in the lobby - even have pet food and water dishes out - which makes it smell and pet hair is on the furniture. Pool was on opposite end of elevators so you have to walk in front of everyone through the lobby there and back. Bar and lobby late at night is lit up bright so there was no ambiance. Convenience store in lobby was overpriced and the only thing that was free for guests were two bottles of water in the room. We will never stay there again. Aloft was Awful.

    12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    94. Steve P.
    This was our first time trying out Aloft.  There is a lot to like about the hotel itself.  The lobby area has a lot of energy -- with the open plan and varied seating options, I could see myself spending a lot of time there if I was on a business trip.

    The room layout is a unique refresh on the standard hotel layout.  Rather than a long, narrow room where you walk past the bathroom, the space is a shallower, wider room with a bathroom that runs along the hallway side in a linear fashion, rather than the typical square.  This allows the bed to go against the bathroom wall, and allows for two windows in the room.  I think this layout has a lot going for it.

    A minor downside to this particular room is that it's difficult to use the bathroom at night without creating a lot of light in the room, as the sink area is both semi-open to the room and is lit in conjunction with the toilet room.

    The hotel staff was very helpful and service oriented.  The WIFI worked well.  This location is particularly convenient to the arena area, a bit less so to downtown proper, but not an issue if you don't mind walking a couple blocks.  

    At this location, noise is the big issue.  The hotel itself is a stick-built structure, so if you're not on the top floor you'll hear your upstairs neighbor tromping around.  If you have an adjoining room with connecting door, you'll hear talking in normal voices from your neighbor.  The hotel is along the river, and two corners of the hotel adjoin metal grid bridges, so if you're near those you'll hear cars going across.  Not so bad during the day when there's other noise, but at night it's a significant sound.  You're also a block or two from a noisy club district, so expect sound from there going well into the night.

    On the parking front, don't expect a suburban motel experience with a big lot up front to park in -- there is no long-term on-site parking.  

    When we arrived, pricing was $15 for self park and $25 for valet, but there wasn't any self park available due to a show at the nearby arena.  We did eventually find an on-street spot and with a minimum of car moving were able to make it through the weekend without paying.

    09/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    95. Pam N.
    Just came back from a girls weekend, and I must say Aloft Milwaukee was really great. Its a short 15 minute walk to downtown and located along the river walk which was a nice way to get around. It wasn't in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, which we actually really liked.

    We were all very impressed by the room. There was plenty of space to put our stuff. And the biggest plus was the number of outlets around the room. With 4 girls and 4 cell phones, we were set! There was a plug and play available in the room to hook up electronic devices to play music via the TV. Unfortunately though, you can only play music. If you happen to have Netflix or another movie playing app on your electronic device, it won't connect to the TV. Your only options for movie watching is what they offer through the hotel TV menu... And paying 17.99 to watch a movie, seems ridiculous to me?!?! They have 4.99 options. But, the selection was pretty sad. The bathrooms were a good size, but I do agree with someone else's review about it is not ideal for someone who requires and ADA room. The showers had stone tile floors and the shower head was one of those rain shower type heads which made the experience more enjoyable. Also temperature control was fantastic - no long waits for the water to get to the temperature you wanted. We loved that the hotel carries Bliss Products. There are Bliss soap and shampoo dispensers in the shower! The last thing I have to say about the room is that it had 2 free bottles of water and a mini fridge - great place to keep all the cheese, beer, or wine you bought while shopping at the public market! If you need ice, they have ice in the lobby, just ask. They also informed us that if you need ice for you cooler they are more than happy to get it for you... I guess this lead me to talk about the staff.

    EVERYONE was helpful and friendly. The valet staff always greeted us and were always willing to give us directions to where we needed to go. The desk staff which I will admit we called a few times about different things and never once acted annoyed by any of our questions. They do have free coffee in the morning and fruit infused water available to guests throughout the day which I absolutely love. I had no excuse not to be hydrated during this weekend.

    The workout room was well stocked - 2 treadmills, 2 ellipticals, 2 bikes, weights, weight balls, and yoga mats. The yoga mats were a bit dingy and probably needed to be replaced. There was no one else in there when we went in. So, obviously getting a machine was no problem. Big plus that they had free headphones and a water cooler for bottle refills  in the room. My cousin had forgotten her headphones so it was a lifesaver for her. The pool was a bit small but it was a comfy space. There were a couple lounge chairs and padded seating to sit around the pool. It actually looked like a great place to just sit and read a book. The only amenity I wish they had would be either a sauna or jacuzzi. It would've nice to partake in one of those after my workout.

    We didn't really spend much time in the lounge areas. But we did see a pool table which you could use for free. Also, there was a long table with a million outlets for those people who want to hang out downstairs with their laptops or other electronic devices. There is also bar down there. We didn't partake but it looked like a decent spot. The outdoor lounge area has a few seating areas - modern chairs, some shade, and a fireplace. I think it could've used a few more layout style chairs and a couple tables with umbrellas if you want to sit and eat out there.

    It was a great place to stay for a girls weekend! I will probably stay there again on my next trip.

    04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    96. Lorie N.
    Fantastic hotel with upbeat friendly front desk. Great location. We forgot the name of the rep that helped us check-in but she was extremely nice. We were watching the Brewers game. So, she gave us tips on going to the Brat House to shuttle for free to the Miller Park; even gave us a couple discount vouchers for yummy bratwursts. She made our check-in experience awesome!

    The hotel is modern, clean, nice furnitures and fixtures with normal accommodations. You would need to purchase any other convenience items. The hotel lobby has a pool table, cool bar and lounge area. The retro bar is called WXYZ serves normal drinks and food. There is a snack/food bar with a la cart items to pick up called
    Re-Fuel. There is also valet available for $25/day. We really liked the entire setting and decor of the hotel.

    One set back was on the morning that we checked out. Hot breakfast is offered at the Re-Fuel. The menu is a bit confusing with 2 options one stating, "Hot Breakfast Sandwich" $10 and the other is "Build Your Own Breakfast" $6 with items listed for choices of eggs, choices of croissant/English muffin, bacon or sausage....the normal American breakfast on a plate. How was I supposed to know both options were served as sandwiches? The cook was a complete jerk....more like an asshole. He agreed the menu was confusing but did not explain it to me. Kept telling me there were 4 meats. What he meant was, there were 4 CHOICES of meat....didn't even tell me how many I can choose from. I asked questions about the menu and he kept shaking his head in a demeaning way and walked away without answering. After his continuos head shaking, sly snickering, and silent treatment...I finally told him stop being rude, shaking his head and answer me! He started being combative saying he wasn't being rude. What planet do you live on buddy? I told him his head shaking gesture and non responsive, walking away was the definition of being RUDE! He then started to " work" and assisted me with my order.

    I walked over to the front desk to pay for the items. I told the front desk rep how rude the cook was and my morning was ruined. The front desk guy was professional, apologized, and tried to make the situation better by taking off my food order and valet fee. I didn't expect or ask for the fee waivers but that was nice of him to try to mend situation.
    We threw away the microwaved sandwiches anyways. There was no way I was going to put anything that bitter son of a bitch cook made in my mouth!

    Besides this unfortunate experience with the cook that needs to be retrained or fired, our overall experience at Aloft Hotel was great. Even the electrician guy on duty this weekend was friendly and attentive. Kodos to the electrician guy, the front desk young lady on Friday 8/22 morning, and the front desk guy Sat 8/23 when we checked out. We will still come back.

    23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    97. Tony D.
    What to Know:

    Plenty of nightlife within walking distance. Which is great if you want to get a drink or watch a game at a bar over the weekend. But it can be noisy if you are in town on a Saturday night.
    Self parking down the street is $15ish, and valet is about $20. The attendants bring the cars around pretty quick if you valet.
    The location is just a minute drive to the highway entrance.
    The nearest Starbucks is a little under a mile away.

    10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    98. Jonathan K.
    Just checked in, and so far it's great! Read reviews about loud music and condescending staff. None of that to speak of thus far.
    Sam, the fellow at the front desk, was exceptionally polite and very helpful. Cheers to him.
    Didn't bring a change of clothes, so storage space is no issue.
    The bathrooms look fun.
    Also, the high ceilings more than accommodate my gleeful bed jumping, which for a tall guy, is really clutch.

    30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    99. Stephanie C.
    We stayed here because Aloft is a dog friendly hotel and we decided to bring Fido along with us for a quick weekend trip to Milwaukee.  Exactly the same as every other Aloft hotel I've ever stayed in, so it's consistent.  The hotel site is in the middle of nowhere but really close to a lot of things to do/places to see, so it's convenient, you won't be walking anywhere though.  The staff was nice and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.

    22/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    100. Robert S.
    THINGS THAT WERE GREAT ABOUT THE HOTEL
    * The architecture, lighting and branding are sleek & contemporary.
    * Speedy check-in
    * Friendly employees
    * An inviting hotel lobby where people can play pool, lounge, get a drink and snacks at the bar and use the hotel's PCs with a printer attached
    * A 24-hour pool with its own bathroom, shower, towel service and lounge chairs
    * A nice workout room open 24 hours and has a good selection of free weights, benches, LifeFitness treadmills, recumbent bikes, an all-in-one station and ellipticals
    * In-room Bliss amenities (combo shampoo/conditioner, body moisturizer and a bar of soap
    * Their conservation program that allows you to forego linen and towel housekeeping for a $5 voucher in the Re:fuel snack shop or 250 Starpoints
    * The in-room safe is big enough for a 13-inch laptop and other gear, but it might not accommodate something larger than a 15-inch laptop.
    * Zippy fast WiFi and a desk dock with HDMI and USB ports, monitor jacks and a couple grounded outlets on the smallish writing desk.
    * The location is close enough to downtown without being in the grittiness of downtown, and the neighborhood is relatively safe.  Other than bars and a few restaurants, there isn't much around the hotel yet.  The land around the hotel has been cleared in the hope developers will build new residential high-rises and commercial spaces.  A CVS or Walgreens within walking distance would be nice, but everything's a short drive from the hotel.

    THINGS I LIKED BUT DROVE OTHER REVIEWERS CRAZY
    * I loved the shower and the peek-a-boo frosted glass panel.  No one seemed to like this, but I liked not having a bathtub to hurdle over just to take a shower.
    * The Bliss amenities supplied via wall pumps.  The hotel doesn't have to worry about stocking little bottles of this & that.
    * I loved the bookshelf & rack for clothes and stuff.  Not having a dresser or closet means not having to worry about the cleanliness of drawers and dinginess of closets.  The only problem was that the rack has six hangers, and there's no privacy for your stuff.
    * The sliding bathroom door.  A half-inch of space you can peek through because the door won't slide all the way?  Stop griping.  DON'T PEEK!

    THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT THE HOTEL
    * The walls and doors are paper thin--you can hear everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING.  The folks two doors down going at it at 8am?--yeah, everyone within 30 feet of your front door heard you.
    * The doors SLAM shut.  If people would catch their front door before it slams shut, everything would be fine, but no...SLAM, SLAM, SLAM, and you'll hear that through your own thin front door.
    * The floors have a weird resonance thing (Wood frame construction?  A false floor above a thin concrete slab?), so you might hear your next door neighbors walking around their room because sound travels sideways.  The hallways, too; if someone walks heavily down the corridor near your room, you'll hear them.
    * The loud group talking and laughing down in the courtyard at 3:30am.  One phone call to the main desk, and they were silent within five minutes.
    * The weekend was party time--a bachelorette party, wedding participants and groups and their noisy conversations down the hallway making their way to their rooms at 1am.
    * The $25/day valet parking.  You don't have many parking options nearby, and you probably won't want to leave your car parked out on the street overnight.
    * There are no curtains in the room; only a couple rolling vinyl shades.  The morning light seeped around the edges and into the room.  This is one of the reasons hotels and motels have light-blocking curtains that overlap and completely cover the windows, but alas...no curtains here.

    THE BIGGEST THING THAT NEARLY RUINED MY STAY AT ALOFT BUT ISN'T THE HOTEL'S FAULT
    * OMFG, the insanely loud outside noise on the weekends!  The Aloft is a block from two streets full of college bars, most of which are open until 2am, each blasting their own music with thumping bass and dozens of revelers screaming and stumbling around drunk in the streets and sidewalks.  It was the worst cacophony I've ever heard, and there's nothing the hotel can really do about it.  Even an interior courtyard room and the room fan didn't provide enough acoustical muffling to overcome the noise.  And that lasted until 2am Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Do NOT stay here on the weekends if you're a light sleeper.  Even though the front desk offered to let me move to another room facing away from the Riverwalk and Water Street, trust me when I write: You'll feel like changing hotels in the middle of the night.  The only saving grace is that the bars have to close by 2am, and things start calming down around 1-ish.

    28/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    101. Paul A.
    Aloft - Downtown Milwaukee
    1230 Old World Third Street · Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212  Phone:(414) 226-0122
    5/24/14-5/26/14

    I need to give two ratings; Hotel 3 (If I could do 3.75, I would); surrounding area: 2

    The hotel of choice on this trip was the Aloft. It's location is very close to the River walk, and maybe 15 minutes walk to downtown. It's also located on a street that has a pretty good (but wild) night life - if you're into drinking, and dancing  then this location is for you!

    The hotel itself is a new concept: trendy, chic. You might say it's more suited for those young 20 to 30 whippersnappers. The hotel itself is decorated very modern: base bowl sinks, swank leather sofa, high ceilings.

    I did not encounter any crazy people running down the halls or hearing neighbors; I recommend you get the top floor.

    PROS:

    + Location can't be beat; 10-15 minute walk to downtown (desolated however, not much activity), pretty much central to anywhere you want to go

    + Friendly Employees (and a roaming security guard to keep things under control (i.e, sounds for example) in the hotel itself)

    + Great lobby for unwinding - comfortable seating, pool table, table to plug-in for computers, pads, etc, snacks for purchase (over-priced, but its hotel pricing...)

    + 24-hour pool/workout access (splash pool, but great none-the-less)
    Room safe: big enough for your laptop and other electronics

    + Free and speedy WiFi

    CONS:

    - LOUD bars and clubs surround this triangular hotel. Music blaring starting mid-day going into the night; apparently a gentlemen's agreement between the hotel and the bars to turn off music blasting into the streets at midnight (per a desk rep); not followed through on Sunday night. Had to call down to desk and ask (at 1245AM), when the music was going to stop.

    - No cabinets for clothing; you'll have to figure it out with the cubby-holes they created for the closet; hanging clothes cannot be placed horizontally across (closet area could have been extended 2 more inches); cubby-holes for suitcases - maybe two - but what if you have a family of 3 or 4?

    - Watch out for the courtyard - if anyone is loud yammering in the late night - call to the desk - they will hand it for you.

    - Bathroom: YES - no vents to switch on if you have smelly poop ;) YES - the doors do not close all the way - so you have a peephole -- all they needed was another 1 to 1.5 inches for the door to make this happen -- they still can since they roll...but basically - don't be peeking in!

    - Last, but no least, $25/day valet parking -- I suppose its the norm; steep; you can get $15/day (prepaid - cash only) across the street with in and out privileges.  You'd think if you were a SPG member; maybe you'd get special pricing for $15/day...think about it.

    NOT A CON, BUT CHOOSE WISELY: They have a 'green program" whereby if you put a card out on your door, housekeeping will NOT visit you, and you get a $5 voucher for the re:charge station in the lobby; In most hotels, you would still get housekeeping to come in and make the bed, clean up the bathroom, etc. (but not clean sheets)... NOT HERE if you choose the program; I would not sign up at registration if you're planning to stay more than a night. I got confused; but they sent up the cleaning people (at 5pm) and took me off the list.

    Final Thoughts: I loved the hotel; but HATED the surrounding area with all the loud noise from the neighboring clubs. Had I known about this, I'd have rethought the location.

    Would I go back?
    Only if there was a guarantee that all blasting bar music shuts off at MIDNIGHT (or sooner) with no grumblings from the clubs - or if the hotel gave a free night.

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    102. Kevin K.
    Perfect location. Great price. The hotel was very modern and clean. $25 for parking was a little steep but oh well. My biggest complaints were the pool area was freezing cold. We were in the pool for ten minutes and had to get out because we were so cold. Also, the bathroom door doesn't really close so you don't get much privacy in there. It was just my girlfriend and me so it was OK but would have been awkward if I was with other friends. But I would definitely stay here again.

    13/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    103. Dan G.
    We just returned from a weekend stay at the Aloft and had a wonderful stay.  

    We got a great deal on our room, which ended up being a top floor corner complete with a river view.  It's similar to any W that I've stayed at.  Comfy, cozy, efficient.  The room had the usual sleeping on a cloud bed.  It also had hip style and decor.  While our room had a mini fridge, it didn't have a dresser and you simply stored your clothes on the open shelves across from the sink.  The shower was good.  But, if you need your privacy in the lou, you don't have it here with the frosted glass side facing the bedroom.  Like I said it's efficient.  I'd also like to see an Ipod docking station.  

    They gave us tons of SPG goodies which included coupons to use at the bar or food/snack area.  Those ended up being clutch as we were able to grab a quick brekkie to start our day.  They even cooked hot items, which is much needed as there is not an onsite restaurant.  We swam in the lap pool, got some sun on the patio, worked out at the gym and chilled in the lounge/lobby area eating our breakfast.  

    We used the valet during our stay and those guys were prompt and helpful with directions.  I was a bit worried that it might get noisy, but we had no problems with that.  The location is perfect and is right on the river by Old World 3rd Street.  It's an easy walking location to the downtown and we strolled the river walk.  You can also jump right on the highways from here too.  The Aloft was perfect for us and we'll be back when we're in town.

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    104. Tiffany B.
    Had the most WONDERFUL stay!  I am a frequent traveler and must say that this was by far my most hospitable and welcoming hotel experience.  We ended up having to wait just 10 short minutes for our room to be ready and were given $40 in drinks at the bar for our trouble.  Everyone was SO friendly - something that is hard to come by in today's world.  The room was beautiful and very clean.  Very fun and laid-back atmosphere in the lobby.  We went to a bucks game and it was a 5 minute walk.  All of the staff made us feel extremely welcome.  We loved everything about this place and will DEFINITELY  be back in the future.

    31/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    105. Jim K.
    The staff and lodgings at the Aloft Milwaukee are very good.  The rooms are small an efficient, so while neither my girlfriend or myself had any problems maneuvering around, it might be difficult for anyone who typically requires an ADA room.  

    The room rates here generally sit in the $99-$109 region... but skyrocket when anything remotely interesting is happening near the Bradley Center or if the Cubs and Brewers are playing.  Lesson:  Book early.  

    The hotel is within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, and pubs, and sits right on a bike/jogging path (along the river).

    If you're in town for a nice beer filled mini-vacation, this hotel is a great place to stay.

    29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    106. Pa Y.
    I booked this hotel for my boyfriend and I to stay at and I wish I had a better rating for it. First off, valet parking and the hotel in general are overpriced. If you plan to be in the area, then this will be a great hotel for you but if you plan to take your car out and travel around the city then expect to either go valet parking for $25 a night or park at a nearby garage which is still a long walking distance for $10-20 bucks depending on the events happening downtown. The only good thing about this hotel is their bed and that's it. Otherwise, not coming back.

    08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    107. Jeff F.
    Exactly what you'd expect from an Aloft in terms of Reception, breakfast area, gym, etc.... The big miss was the bed. Aloft is mini-W. Mini-W means comfortable bed.

    Would pass on this one and try another SPG option.

    18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    108. Ajay G.
    Good SPG property to stay at for the price. Service is quality. Some aspects that are subpar - stylish decor is often low quality, housekeeping is not up there (clock was not set, shower window still had drawings from previous a guest, coffee machine had old water in it), bedding is about 1/4 the comfort of a westin or W.

    Nice location though. Walking distance of many bars and restaurants here. Perfect spot to stay at for a local game.

    04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    109. Justin H.
    If you want to stay in Pee Wee's playhouse, this is the place for you.  

    Overpriced and only offers $25 valet parking ...have to wait forever to get your car back.  Room was dirty with stains on the floors, beat up furnishings, and uncomfortable bedding.  

    Great location in downtown Milwaukee right by the Bradley center but that's the only positive I found...you'll think someone ripped open a bag of skittles for decorating inspiration.

    The color explosion theme would maybe be fun for a 3 year old or Willy Wonka.

    27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    110. Jose V.
    Great experience overall:

    Easy to book, looked great and the service staff was very polite and helpful! I would definitely stay here again if I were to visit Milwaukee.

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0