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Astor Hotel in Milwaukee, WI

Astor Hotel in Milwaukee, WI

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The Astor Hotel in Milwaukee is one of the area's best kept treasures.  Overlooking the great lake Michigan only two blocks west on top of the bluff, the Astor's rooftop deck provides stunning views found no where else in the city.  The Astor Bar & Grille, located at the entrance of the hotel, serves fantastic food from 5-11 pm on Wednesdays through Saturdays, entertaining the masses with Dave Miller's open jazz jam every Wednesday as well as live music every weekend.  Come stay with us and enjoy our complementary shuttle service with a two mile radius around the downtown area.  Standard room rates apply if the stay is less than seven (7) days, otherwise our extended stay program supports short-term leasing at great discounted prices.

History

Established in 1920.

The construction of Hotel Astor was finished in 1920 with all original architecture engineered by Walter Schroeder.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 2.80

Address: 924 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

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Comments (45):

1. Carole B.
Recently stayed at the Astor. Renovated rooms are very charming.
Loved the neighborhood. Proximity to the Art Museum and Maier Festival grounds is terrific. New management has cleaned and updated the property. Very reasonable as well. Would definitely stay again.

26/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Bobby D.
It's quite unusual for a hotel & residency. Kind of makes one uncomfortable about it's presence. Even though, There's a wall filled with celebrity pictures, Of whom stayed at the hotel.

10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. MJ W.
Classic historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.  I stay at this hotel every time I visit this fine city.

13/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Angela R.
The rate we received at the Astor was a steal at $49!  We arrived to the hotel at 10 am and were allowed to check in 5 hours early.  Not to mention, we checked out late at 1 pm.  The place is old, but charming and clean. Yes, the furniture in the rooms is dated but the bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The continental breakfast is good with toast, bagels, fruit and fresh made waffles.  Our only glitch was being locked out of our room due to the old lock not working, but the staff promptly took care of it.  The hotel is in a lovely residential neighborhood and only a 7 minute walk to the awesome art museum and Discovery World.  Would stay there again!

22/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Jas S.
We just spent 5 days here in September - very courteous staff, homey feeling and NO it's not a cookie-cutter "chain"; decor a little dated but well kept ; room had hair dryer but no coffee maker; NP as their complimentary a.m. buffet had juice, rolls,coffee plus make your own waffles. The bar/dining room relaxing and affordable. Incredible walking location to Museum, brew pubs, Riverwalk and Performing Arts Center!

04/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Reggie G.
Wah-waaaah.  Don't go here because it is $99.  It's ghetto.  For real.  Go to County Clare across the street and shell out an extra $30.  

Or.... if you are visiting, Best Western downtown has this awesome deal where you get all these extras plus parking for $120 but you have to book 7 days out.

Good luck!

29/08/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
7. Princess L.
This hotel has been remodeled as of 3/2012.  Loved the location of this hotel.  Overall the hotel is clean and nice.  We had a swamp cooler in our room which was great for air-flow and to cover up outside noises - which are in every hotel. They supply body soaps & shampoo from AVEDA!!   The ice machine is on the first floor..only.  But I took the stairs for exercise and found it not that bad at all.   Lots of great places to eat, but don't ask the front desk they have no clue.  Also, there is a market really close by like two blocks down - they have so much good stuff already made at grocery store prices! I had the most yummiest pulled pork and grilled vegies for $6.00!!  They also sell beer and wine there.  Overall I would definitely stay there again.  Also, it is about one mile away from the mall, which I walked and was not bad at all.  I'm only giving it a 4 because, although the staff is nice they lack customer service skills.  Overall they get the job done, but they need to learn to be more helpful.

29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Ashish P.
This place sucks!  The rooms suck, the manager in particular was not very professional due to a mixup with our room.  She handled the situation completely unprofessionally, there are plenty of hotels in the area that will treat their guests professionally.

05/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
9. Tim S.
I don't know whose hotel rooms they're showing in the pics, cuz our room would've made a hooker blush. Between the radiated heat that we had to beg to be fixed, to the water stained ceiling it was just a bad all around expereince. No i-Pod dock, a dorm room styled bathroom (someone else's hair included), tube TV from 1992, dirty carpets, and peeling paint over the windows. Honestly the beds do look like the pics, but the rest of the room was a mess! Trust me...spend the extra $15 and stay at the Hilton down the road. This was a really disappointing experience...thankfully the rest of the trip wasn't

31/03/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
10. Katie R.
Stayed here on a recent trip to Milwaukee. Cheap rooms - haven't been updated recently, but they work. Our TV was one of those 1st-gen flatscreens that are still really big, and it didn't work. Other rooms had wall-mounted flatscreens. Close to bars and the lakeshore. They still use real keys for the rooms.

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Jennifer P.
I really enjoyed this hotel. I was a little shocked by the bad reviews. Yes, it is an old hotel, but that's what I loved about it. Certainly I wouldn't recommend this place for the elegance, but it's got an old-world charm. There are also residences in here and most of the people living there are seniors, so it's a more low-key hotel. Overall, you can't beat the location.

We stayed in one of the suites. We had a HUGE space - living room, bedroom, and full kitchen. The view from the room left little to be desired, though. Staring at a building across the street wasn't very romantic, but having a mini-apartment to stay in for a week was nice.

There is a continental breakfast which is alright. Basic cereal, mini muffins, bagels, cream cheese and a waffle iron. Nothing fancy, but it's free so no complaints here!

It's certainly not the fanciest in the city, nor the most extravagant, but I enjoyed the location so much and the spacious room. While in Milwaukee I also stayed at the Iron Horse. I definitely liked that place better, but I would have no problem staying here at the Astor again if I needed to!

18/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Dirk M.
Very elegant older hotel.  If you're looking for modern with lots of amenities, this is not the hotel for you.  If you are looking for affordability, excellent location, old, well-maintained rooms and a courteous staff, then you'll be happy.  The lobby is very impressive and the roof-deck is great - wonderful views of the Lake and the city.  The neighborhood is very safe and you're close to a late-night supermarket.  The rooms are older, but comfortable, and larger than other rooms in Milwaukee.

27/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Patrick K.
What a find!  This is a really cool vintage hotel on the lower east side of Milwaukee. The rooms appear to have been remodeled recently and the quality of the rooms and staff are excellent.  The folks that work in the hotel are cheery and have great info on where to eat in the area and things to do.  

You can't get a better location than this too.  Walking distance to the art museum, Juneau park, brady street and water street.

This isn't some big chain hotel, if you're looking for the same experience and bed that you had at the hilton or marriot, forget it.  The rooms were small and  reminded me of places i stayed in spain, but with bathrooms. The beds are very comfortable and there is parking on-site too.

13/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Kim M.
We stayed at the Astor for a wedding and booked a standard room with a queen-size bed.  The room was simple and on the smaller side, but was clean.  This is an older hotel so be aware that many of the modern amenities you might be used to may not be available.  The bed was decent (not the most comfortable, but definitely not the worst we've slept on!).  The hotel is located in a great part of Milwaukee, with many historic buildings within walking distance.  Also, Brady street is only a 10-15 minutes walk and is filled with a variety of restaurants, shops and bars.

So why 3 starts....honestly, the room is quite average.  The staff was hospitable and the main areas of the hotel are quite beautiful, but the rooms are pretty basic.  Also, as a note, be aware that there is step up into the bathroom.  I almost landed head-first in the toilet in the middle of the night because I forgot about the stair!

Lastly, we had to pay $7 to park overnight at the hotel.  We've stayed in other hotels in the area and have not had to pay for parking so that was a bit of a surprise.

Overall, there isn't anything amazing about the Astor, but if you're just looking for a clean place to sleep in an interesting and historic part of Milwaukee, the Astor may be worth checking out.

07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Donna G.
I have never stayed in such a run down hotel room with peeling wallpaper, outdated decor, drapes falling off the rods,... what more can I say.  I made my reservation through American Express, and had a confirmation number yet it took 45 minutes on the phone to get them to find my confirmation prior to my arrival.  After all that, I arrived and they didn't have a room for me.  The lobby feels like an old movie theater and the residents that live their roam around in their p.j.s  Nice for them, but creepy for guests.  I can't say I appreciated the charm that some people have mentioned here, however, the shuttle bus was much appreciated to take you where you needed to go in the downtown.

03/03/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
16. Michael S.
We were duped by the web site, which is a misleading lipstick-on-pig job. Shame on these people.

Run down, shabby, dirty, dated, dead. Had we been in town more than a night we would not have stayed.

What a scam.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
17. Jean S.
Worst place I have ever stayed. Room smells like mold. 3 hours later and still waiting for extra pillows. RUN

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
18. Troy H.
It's rustic and close to the Art Museum. No way I'm giving a hotel four stars if I have to navigate a half-step to get to the bathroom. Otherwise, it was clean and nice rates.

23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Cassandra W.
I truly love the Astor Hotel.

It is elegant and old, and very charming. I love the lobby and I guess they are in the midst of updating the hotel, so some of the rooms are great, while others may be a bit outdated. They have a GORGEOUS roofdeck with excellent views of the city and of the lake. It was actually breathtaking.

The staff is courteous and accommodating.

I don't mind that the rooms are older, especially given the very reasonable price and the fact that they are kept very clean.

06/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Susanna M.
I was going up to Milwaukee for a wedding and it was at the Astor.  For the historical value of the hotel it was really cool and nice.  We had to pay 7 bucks for parking and I didn't know if that's normal in Milwaukee?  The room was $80 whichs seems fair enough.  We walked in and the room was small, the bed was decent, somewhat comfortable.  Now I just couldn't settle into the room because the carpet was so gross.  There was an burned iron mark on the floor!  I'm sure it had been vacuumed but it was just hard and felt crusty I had to walk around with my sandals on!

Talking with other guests at the wedding, they said their room was falling apart, I guess the wall paper was coming off the wall.  Ugh.  

So I guess if you just need a room, price seems ok.  But if you want a hotel experience, this isn't it.

29/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
21. Anna I.
For the price I thought I was getting a classic, old style boutique hotel. I was even excited when I got an actual key for my door (not a key card). But...
The Astor had come recommended by several friends who clearly had not been back to Milwaukee since their college days (5+ years). The room was small with pealing paint and bare walls. You had to put your shoulder into the bathroom door to close it and the shower was unlevel leaving cold puddles of water for the next time you used it. $7 for parking seemed unnecessary, breakfast was included but nothing substantial. Air conditioner unit in the window.  Would not recommend to any of my family/friends.  No in-room concierge book or information about the city.  Staff was helpful when asked, but offered little information unsolicited.

16/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Erika G.
This is one of those grand old places in Milwaukee, like many grand old places in Milwaukee that is relying on their threadbare reputation alone. Faded glamour for days. Interior design that looks like a funeral home.

The website boasts "remodeled elegance", "Aveda products!" "Historic elegance!". What you get is halls that look like something out of The Shining, a couple tiny bottles of Aveda shampoo and lotion and historic . . . wallpaper.

And, what self-respecting bar closes at 10:30 PM on a Saturday?

The location is great, and it's kind of cool to have a room that has actual keys and not plastic card keys, but . . . not cool enough to return.

The "room remodel" seems to be a "coat of paint". It was clean enough, but for the price . . . you can do better.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Matthew K.
My wife and I stayed at the Astor Hotel on our recent trip to Milwaukee.  It is an older historic hotel with a very nice ambiance.  While some features of the hotel are a little old (window air conditioner, boiler heating), the hotel has been kept up very well.  The king bed was ok, nothing special.  The room itself was decent sized, bathroom was a little small.  All-in-all, we had a good experience, the room was quiet, hot water was plentiful, and the room was clean.

The parking lot is small, and they only allow one car per room at a charge of $7 for the parking pass.  The nice part is you can come and go as you please.

The hotel is also across the street from the local Irish pub, County Clare, and it is not far from downtown and night life.

16/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
24. Stephanie R.
We enjoy staying in historic properties, and this was no exception. There is so much character in old buildings like this.
There is a lounge on site and a couple of bars including the Irish County Claire within easy walking distance.
The room was not big or posh but clean and comfortable, and had steam heat. There was a cold spell that night, and the wind was absolutely whistling like crazy through the windows for some reason, but it was not a problem for us. With the radiators we were plenty warm.
The staff was friendly and efficient.
We did end up making use of the business center to print out a Groupon and had a bit of trouble with their computers, which seemed to have some malware problems or something, but I work in the tech field and noticed that they had Deep Freeze on them, so we rebooted and were able to grab our coupon and be on our way.

02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Aja G.
I have stayed at the Astor hotel and have had an overall good experience. The bed was comfortable and clean, but in one room I was given a queen size bed and in another room I had a full size bed for the same price. The hotel is quiet and the other guest a largely invisible. The area is close to some good restaurants and bars, which I guess is why they think 7 bucks is a reasonable price for parking. The bathroom haven't been updated, so don't expect a fan or a window that necessarily opens. The TV is old, but the place does have wi-fi. Overall this classic gives you what you would expect.

29/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. Jared W.
For those who like historic hotels, this is a great place to stay, and the room rate was pretty good for a downtown hotel.

The room was very clean, and the front desk was helpful. The free breakfast is pretty good, and parking is pretty easy, but the $7 per night might deter some people.

For an old hotel, they still had WiFi throughout, and a nice TV in the room.

Overall, a good place to stay, and I'll go there again the next time I'm in Milwaukee.

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Heather B.
The price is right, and I like that the hotel is situated between Downtown and the East Side, the two areas I spend the most time in.  I would have loved to have given Astor Hotel 4 stars, but I just can't.  The staff was wonderful; I have no complaints there.  The building looks great when you walk in, but their period-style furnishings and classic touches don't extend much beyond the lobby.  

The room was comfortable, but far from wonderful.  The bed was awkwardly situated right next to the door and the walls were thin enough to hear every person walking down the hallway and every *ding* of the elevator.  The electrical outlets were not updated and there were not enough of them.  Plus, tables and nightstands were not necessarily anywhere near an outlet, so charging a phone at night meant setting my phone on the floor across the room, rather than having it on my nightstand.  

Its obvious that they tried to update the rooms, but they completely missed the mark.  The room is an awkward mish-mash of classic antique style and cheap modern electronics.  There's no coordination.  There's a tv in the room, and its a flat screen, but its mounted crookedly in a space between two windows that look out into the courtyard area.

I do appreciate some of the classic touches they got right, like the antique tile in the bathroom.  Unfortunately, there just weren't enough of them.  But it wasn't modern enough either.  They tried to extend themselves in both directions and ended up falling short both ways.

12/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. julie q.
We went to the Astor for the brewfest this past weekend.  
I won't bore you with the devastating details of how the front desk person completely cancelled my reservation because he didn't put a change into the system when hotels.com called him to change my reservation.  They honored my reservation after much stress, crying, and me making them admit blame.
Sans front desk people, the hotel itself is really a neat old hotel.  It's not upscale, it's not modern, and it doesn't have the amenities of a Marriott, Hilton, or Intercontinental.  But it does have plenty of character.  
They now have a shuttle service, valet, and concierge to help you get around the city.
I really liked our stay at the Astor - it did stink they only had one elevator, but I'm a lover of boutique, old, interesting historical things, so I didn't mind.
The rooms were clean, the bed was nice - The window unit AC filter needed to be cleaned but I took care of that myself.

31/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
29. MadisonMade M.
I booked a room on Expedia for a single queen, I arrived, checked in and once I located my room on the 9th floor it was disgusting.

The room had two full beds and was not at all what we expected or reserved.

The rooms are rundown, the staff was unprofessional and the service was sub-par.

Shell out the extra 25.00 and stay somewhere worthwhile.

Nice location though.

20/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
30. Daniella D.
Hotel served its purpose.  The rooms were  definitely older.  The lobby had a feeling as if we were in the movie the shining.  Several people had problems because they overbooked the hotel and rooms were not available.  They asked our group to trade our two rooms for a suite with a queen & pull out couch for our party of four for a better rate.  We obliged.  They had a fee shuttle which was nice.  It was walking distance from juneau & water st.   If I found a good rate I would stay here again.

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Chris K.
Alright, I think it is first worth mentioning that I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of the reviews for this hotel on Yelp are fakes. Okay with that out of the way; here is an honest and I think very fair take on the Astor Hotel in Milwaukee.

To start off, here is an insider tip; if you decide to stay in this hotel, under no circumstances should you allow them to give you a room on the 9th floor. These rooms are disgusting, outdated and these should not be rented out in their current state. (Just my opinion)

Okay now for the positives. It is a safe hotel in a nice part of downtown Milwaukee and if you find a good deal on a room (between $65-$80) it will easily be one of the cheapest hotels you can find in Milwaukee (outside of those that are rented by the hour or transient housing)

Yes the 9th floor is disgusting but they do have a rooftop deck that you can look out onto all of Milwaukee (beautiful view)

This is not a hotel to take your wife or girlfriend away to for a romantic getaway or to take them to period. Seriously please take my advice on this, your significant other will thank me later.

This is a hotel for people who are looking for something safe and dirt cheap to stay in for the night (whether you are going to wedding, going out to hit the bars etc..)

Please note you will need to pay to park your car ($7 for the parking lot, $12 for the valet)

You will probably read this review months and years from now and say it couldn't be that bad and reviews will say that the rooms have recently been renovated. All I have to say is make sure you go upstairs and see the room you are going to get.

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
32. Alex B.
The Astor Hotel is something of a misleading name, since a big part of what they do now is rent out space as apartments.  I was shocked and did a double-take when a friend invited me to a party, then said "come to the Astor Hotel."

But it's true, you can live here.  And what better place to live than in a historic hotel near downtown Milwaukee?  I think the value for what you get here is really good.  I can't say much for the experience of staying here as a hotel, but the building is beautiful and elegant.  I'm a fan.

24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Chris M.
The Astor certainly has it's own character and charm. It is an older hotel and as a result doesn't have all of the modern amenities, but it's still a cozy place that has a lot of old world kitsch.

Rooms are generally on the smaller side and are pretty no frills, but the beds are comfortable enough, have window AC, flat screen TV's and are well maintained. WiFi is also available and parking is fairly reasonable at $7/day. The rooftop deck on the 9th floor is also a nice place to relax and enjoy the view overlooking the lake.

The location is also a relatively short walk to Water Street and other downtown activities - not a bad place to call homebase while in Milwaukee.

20/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Liesl C.
My boyfriend and I needed to find a place to stay last Saturday (8/3/2013) after a long day of boating, drinking, and general shenanigans.  Since most of the hotels in Milwaukee were booked up for the night, we turned to The Astor.  Close to where we were hanging out during the evening, and since he was familiar with the place, why not?  Plus the bf told me it was an historic hotel and I was incredibly intrigued.

The lobby area is in incredibly good shape, plus there is a lot from the hotel that is still in original condition - very cool.  Our room was clean, and seemed somewhat-recently updated.  We quickly changed and then headed out to the second portion of the evening.

When we finally returned to the hotel ready to pass out later that night, throwing back the covers we quickly found out that our queen bed seemed a little smaller than what we normally think a queen to be, and the pillows were insanely thick and tiny.  To quote my boyfriend, the pillows were "Chiclet ass pillows".   Who cares. We were tired.

I got into bed to discover that the bed was quite possibly one of the hardest and most uncomfortable beds I have ever slept in.  The pillow was way too thick to be able to put my head on, and the sheets were scratchy and smelled of industrial laundry detergent.

We had cranked up the A/C to max and fell asleep comfortable. Middle of the night I woke up sweating.  Since the A/C is a window unit, unless you want the light from the street to come blasting you in the face, you have to pull the drapes over the A/C.  We struggled to adjust the drapes/AC to make it more comfortable and after a few moments of strong-arming the tapestries, fell asleep with our pillows over our faces to keep out the light.

The night was spent tossing and turning, waking up sweating, and generally uncomfortable.  For someone who can typically fall asleep at any hotel, I found The Astor to be not only a disappointment, but a literal pain in my neck and back from the bed.

05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
35. Lisa W.
I thought the Astor Hotel was very unique! I booked a room here for last Friday night mostly because it was cheap. I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the fact that parking was only $10. Upon walking in, I could tell that the hotel was very old, but I found it charming. I like that you get an actual key to unlock the door. I had some trouble, but not too much. I thought the room was a good size, comfy bed, nice windows. My only complaint was that it got so hot and I didn't know how to manage the radiator. I would stay here again. I liked it.

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. A.A. Y.
I stayed here last-minute w/a friend visiting from out of town. As someone who lives in Milwaukee, I have pretty good perspective on the pros/cons of this hotel. I've also had a few friends visit from out of state who've stayed here. Some of their comments are echoed below. I'd give it 2.5 stars but 3 sounds about right too. I'd stay here again as I'm a pretty low-budget traveler. Basically, the age of this place (1930s) is either going to be your PRO or your CON, depending on your taste.

PROS: Two things: price and location. The Astor is easy on the wallet, has a lot of "faded grandeur" (as my friend put it) and is in a great location, which is really the reason we stayed here: It's close to the lake, art museum, cathedral square for jazz in the park, restaurants, the east side and downtown. If you're a traveler/backpacker/not in town for business I think you'll be pleased with the neighborhood. (A lot of the less expensive hotels in Milwaukee are located near the Marquette campus, which isn't so safe, or close to anything you'd want to see as a tourist if you're on foot.) Our bed was super comfortable. We got really hot in the night and opened the window in the bathroom. Just the fact that I could open a hotel window made me happy. Of course a spider came in, but whatever.

The rooftop deck is nice and it's down the block from County Clare, which is the best place around to get a pint of Guinness. And they have a good late-night menu.

CONS: The biggest con was our door. The concierge moved us to another room where we had a similar problem unlocking the door. Ironically, this actually made me feel safe because the doors are original to the building, which means they're a chunk of sturdy-ass wood. However, it was a bit of a pain, as we had to try the door about 4 or 5 times before we could get in.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW: This is a residential hotel (this either matters to you or you don't care). Ask for a remodeled room. They will act like they don't know what you're talking about but a lot of the rooms have been updated, painted, etc.

**Because I'm a local and park on the street around the Astor on a pretty regular basis, I have to mention that the parking lot behind the hotel needs cameras and/or an attendant. I don't know how many times I've seen guys working the lot, asking for money and looking for cars to break into. I have no idea if this is actually happening, but as a precaution don't leave anything sitting out in your car. Also, as you would in any American city, be careful if you're walking late at night.

06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Jeff P.
We recently stayed here while attending a wedding nearby. Although the place seemed like it would be interesting - great location in an older building - we were extremely disappointed.

First off - no room service! We had just flown in from Minneapolis with an infant in tow, and really wanted to relax in the room for dinner, but alas that was not an option.

Next - the plumbing was quite poor, even for an old building. Our toilet didn't flush very well, the bathroom sink drained very slowly, and the shower was hung so that only people under 5' could use it without stooping.

Finally, the place was really noisy. I suppose some of that might be just an old building, but mostly because someone on our floor decided to have a HUGE party starting around midnight. It sounded like there must have been 20 people in one room, all yelling at the top of their lungs. We called the front desk to complain, and to their credit they did come up and ask them to quiet down. However, within 10 minutes they were back at it, and we got very little sleep. I understand that this is a difficult situation for any hotel staff, but it comes with the territory, and they probably should have kicked the noisemakers out at that point.

11/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
38. Amrita P.
We arrived for a one night stay and found the hotel easily. Check-in was smooth, however when we got to our room it was really warm and the ac unit in the window was loud and didnt really cool our room. The hotel is walking distance from the hipster part of town, which was nice. However, the loads of spiders in our room didnt help me to get any sleep :(. Parking cost $10.

The hotel has vintage charm, and worth the stay if youre willing to put up with lackluster amenities.

04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
39. Brandon K.
This place is great. Danny at the front desk went above and beyond to help with a room because of a mistake at another hotel on my part. At all times he was professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating. I am looking forward to future stays at The Astor.

20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. B D.
I like old world character as much as the next guy, but give me a break. This place is a dump.  We stayed here ONE night in the winter.  We could not control the temperature and had to attempt to sleep with windows wide open, and it was still too hot to sleep. We could not turn the shower off and had no hot water. In the morning light we discovered that that bathroom was infested with a colony of red ants. The buzzer to the gate entering the parking lot was taped over, so we had to park on the street, then go in to register before we got a key card to enter and park. Need I go on?

03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
41. Mike Y.
Hotel was decent... Kind of a cool vintage thing going on. Staff was great, Danny at the front desk was very knowledgable, friendly and helpful! Could use a few touch ups but overall not a bad experience!

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Roberto V.
I was a guest here last weekend for a friend's wedding and I must admit that I was quite impressed with both the location and the staff.  The staff was extremely helpful during my stay, especially those that assisted with the wedding.  Of particular note was our server Nancy and bartender Mariana.  The level of service they both provided to myself and many of the other guests is unparalleled in my opinion.  I hope that future events that I attend decide to hold them at the Astor as I will gladly be a guest there once again.

03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Jennifer R.
I've lived here. For a year and a half.  Some may feel that makes this review biased.  I believe this view gives me insider's knowledge that is invaluable. The hotel has 135 apartments and 100 hotel rooms to suit a variety of accommodations from overnight to long term renting.

The Astor Hotel's location is unparalleled.   Two blocks from the lakefront, about six blocks from the Milwaukee Art Museum,  Brady Street and Cathedral Square, a short walk from downtown, Old World Third Street, Water Street and the theater district.  Did I mention the Third Ward, Imax Theater, Summerfest Grounds and the Milwaukee Public Museum?

The Astor was built in 1920 and retains a lot of the grandeur of the past, evidenced by the high ceilings, gilded trim, elegant art deco ballroom and restaurant, vintage mail drop, stained glass, and beautiful front desk.  There are weddings here every weekend and security and attentive staff keep things safe.

I consider a number of hotel staff my extended family.  They are tremendously helpful and have a new winter policy where they sweep off my car and dig me out after a snowstorm.   I love it!

I have had a number of guests stay in the hotel when visiting and the experience is always positive.  The rooms are clean and well maintained and quiet.  We always enjoy the hotel's shuttle service that safely takes us where we want to go in downtown  Milwaukee.   Exceptional!

The hotel's restaurant has changed hands a few times while I have lived here.  I am excited by the new concept Pane Vino.  Friends and I had breakfast recently and it was perfectly prepared and delicious. I also tried the Friday night fish fry recently and found it amazing.  Hush puppies and potato pancakes with applesauce were added to fried cod and coleslaw.  Yum!

So finally, whether you live here or stay here, or have an event here,  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the hidden gem that is the Astor Hotel.   I know I am!

15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Crystal B.
When I booked my room I was never told about the $10 a day parking fee or the $50 I would be charged for "incidentals", watch for hidden fees. This is a beautiful historic looking hotel, that needs TLC, my room had a poorly patched hole one the wall below the tv. The walls are also paper thin and I could hear everything in the hallways and in the room next door. This hotel also has residential apartments, and the residents were very rude, just like the front desk employee. When I checked in the kid at the front desk was short and started a conversation with someone else in the hotel while checking me in. I asked about a neighbor bar I saw and was given a short rude answer "I don't know, I don't go out here" I asked about other bars and restaurants and was told that everything was in Water St and that I'd find something there. I would not book here again unless is was under new management and cared for better.

20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
45. Frank Z.
Nice well priced charming old hotel in a great location downtown. Has absolutely the worst shower I've ever used

13/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0