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Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown in Milwaukee, WI

Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown in Milwaukee, WI

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Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown Receives 2011 Best of Milwaukee Award in December 2011!

The landmark choice for downtown Milwaukee hotels, the Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel Downtown Milwaukee provides lodging accommodations in the heart of downtown Milwaukee's business, entertainment, and cultural district. Located blocks from the Harley Davidson Museum, Bradley Center, Frontier Airlines Convention Center, Marquette University, Johnson Controls, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, and the Henry Meier Festival (Summerfest) Grounds and just a short drive from Harley Davidson, Miller Brewing, and Rockwell Automation. Bring your family in for historical fun and entertainment. Minutes from the hotel is The Milwaukee Art Museum, Betty Brinn Childrens' Museum, Discovery World, Pabst Mansion, and the Milwaukee Public Museum. The staff is committed to providing their guests with the highest quality accommodations and customer service at great rates. The Hampton Inn & Suites is a proud mem

History

Established in 2005.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown has a unique history. The buildings that house the hotel were once a bank and two office buildings. Three buildings were fused to make a hotel, which was first a Howard Johnson. In 2005, the hotel went through a complete remodel and emerged as a Hampton Inn & Suites. With the remodel came upgraded rooms and amenities, including exective rooms and whirlpool suites, and meeting space. Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown has four meetings spaces and partners with Creative Cuisine by Mader's for all catering needs. Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown is a great place to stay with its Milwaukee charm and Hampton hospitality!

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.29

Address: 176 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53203
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Comments (51):

1. Roz S.
Hampton Inn in downtown Milwaukee is a good choice for the cost-sensitive traveler who doesn't want to be too far from the action.  We've chosen Hampton Inn several times due to its close proximity to the Pabst and Riverside theaters and its inexpensive cost for the area (a little over $100 plus parking).  The service has always been friendly and knowledgeable, and we've never encountered any problems or inconveniences.  The parking garage is attached to the hotel, making it convenient.  The beds are nice here as well.  No complaints.

18/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Eric N.
It's clean, in a central location, and very reasonably priced.  They have a deal with the Y across the street, so you can use their gym for 5 bucks.  The parking facility is around the corner, and is sometimes filled up, requiring a bit of walking.  Overall, and OK pick in a safe part of town.

10/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Diana M.
Excellent location if you want to be right in the thick of the downtown bar area (which we did!) Great big, comfy bed. Fluffy pillows. Easy casino shuttle. Decent breakfast/coffee. Great price ($99/night, king bed)!

This place is near to sports arenas and is across the street from a big mall, if that's your thing. Parking is in the garage behind the hotel and is connected directly to the hotel. The price was only $12/night, which is pretty good since you get in-out privileges too!

I'd definitely stay at this Hampton Inn again for sure!

02/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Matt C.
In town for work, this seemed like a good central location, and I was right. I'm sure most people reading this review already know what to expect from a Hampton Inn, and this is no different. My room was somewhat unusual in that it had a living area, then you walked through the bathroom to get to the bedroom, but what ever, it worked. My view left a little something to be desired,  a brick wall in the alley, but I kinda expect that when I book a room last minute.

The heating/cooling system was a little loud, and the walls were a bit thin, but I have experienced much worse. The parking was $11 a day with in and out privledges, which from what I have read is good for hotels in the area.

I know it this is a boring review, but I mean come on, what is exciting about a Hampton Inn?

11/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Megan M.
I can't say enough good things about this hotel. The staff is attentive and friendly. The rooms are spacious, clean and well-decorated. The free breakfast is tasty and the location can't be beat. I spent the weekend there with a large group for a bachelorette party and the Hampton staff went out of their way to make sure we had rooms next to each other, even upgrading one of the rooms to make it happen. They let us check in early and every time we walked by the front desk, the staff member always asked if everything was going well and if the party was fun. Will definitely choose this hotel for my next trip to Milwaukee.

26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Liz D.
I was very happy with my two day stay here. It's close to everything you would want to be by, right in the middle of town

We were on the eighth floor, so noise was not a factor. It was very quiet, no noise through the walls at all, and were here on new years.

The room was extremely comfortable 5/5 for comfort. The mattress and pillows and plushy, and instead of a thin decorative topping sheet, we have a fluffy down comforter. Large flat screen tv, nicely painted and decorated. Pretty bathroom with marble type counters. toilet was comfortable.. Enough to mention on a review, it has a downward butt encompassing cradle design, with no splash. Odd to mention, but a delightful amenity!!

There is a pool and hot tub, but
I didn't bring a suit to try it out. It
Looked nice enough, nothing beautiful.

The hotel staff was friendly and the shop adjacent to the desk was a nice luxury for snacks or bathroom type supplies. We bought soup, soda and crackers when we weren't feeling well one night.

I also appreciate the security doorway at night that requires a room key for entrance.

Reasonably priced an extremely comfortable, I would certainly stay here again.

02/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Paul D.
I checked into this Hampton Inn yesterday.
The staff here is extremely friendly!  As others mention, the location is great.  I like staying in Hilton properties and like getting Hilton points...

I've stayed in a LOT of Hampton Inns, and they have all been really decent.  However, this one has some problems.  I was assigned room 215 and immediately noticed a lot of bus noise outside.  I thought the noise would go away, but bus and truck noise continued all night long.  When I pulled back the curtains I knew why the noise was so loud.  The spot buses and trucks stop is literally right outside this window, so you are looking at the top 1/3 of a bus when it is waiting for the light to change.

Additionally, this room had a number of problems.  The toilet seat was half on, the toilet was running water continuously, the light switches are laid out backwards with no way to turn off the bedside lamp next to the window without having to get up and turn off the room switch since the entry lamp and the switched outlet are tied together.  The carpet is old and worn and feels like you will stick to it when you walk barefoot in the room.  The desk chair is terribly uncomfortable and sits way too low for me and I'm 6 foot tall!  The height adjustment doesn't allow a comfortable setting off the floor.

When I got up this morning after a mostly sleepless night, I found a little printed note on the desk about the hotel being in an urban environment with urban noises and a pair of ear plugs next to the note.  A high quality window would fix most of the problem, but there isn't high quality anything in this room except the bed linens!

The front desk did accommodate my request to move to another room so I'm up in room 711 now which is MUCH quieter, but the quality of the finishes in the room are still lacking.  Most everything in the room is crooked:  fire alarm box, lamp shades, electrical outlet plates.  It is as if the room was remodeled in a BIG hurry and the construction people didn't have time to line up anything before fixing it in place.  The desk chair is equally uncomfortable.  Unless you really need those Hilton points, you might want to stay away from this property until it is remodeled.

24/08/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
8. Amy V.
First, before I mention anything about anything, our room was freezing.  We walked in, and it was about 62 degrees - so uncomfortably cold!  We called the front desk when we turned the heat on and it didn't work, and they said 'it's an old building so it'll take a while.'  Hm.  I froze my ass off all night, which I have to say ruined my stay here.

Aside from that, it's a fine place.  It's downtown, the continental breakfast is decent, the room was clean.

09/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
9. Brook E.
Alrighty.  My girlfriend had "Hilton Honors Points" so we decided to use them up on a long weekend in Milwaukee.  This hotel is very centrally located, and across the street from Rock Bottom Lounge, which was a fun place to go to for drinks and dessert at night.  

The room was odd.  Sitting area, then you had to walk through a bathroom to get to the bedroom area.  The windows sat at waist level, giving the room a feel like we were half-way underground.  I attribute this to the year that the building was built.  

We didn't need much the way of service, it's very convenient that the parking garage is connected to the hotel so we didn't have to brave the Milwaukee winter to make it to the car.

28/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Amber S.
Great location. I don't know what my room was next too but some sort of vent noise woke me up in the middle of the night and I heard it again twice more the next day. When I asked the front desk about it, they knew nothing. I can't believe no one else mentioned it. It was quite loud. As for the free breakfast, well it free. That's pretty much all the praise I can give it. Enjoyed the Hyatt much better.

01/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Ferd M.
First, I have to do the staff justice. They're the friendliest people I'd want to meet.

Now the bad: Parking. What a nightmare.  Getting in and out if the parking garage can be an exercise in futility. Sorry to say, I cancelled my stay. The Double Tree down the street is much more convenient. And it 24 hr a day valet parking. What a relief.

13/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
12. Mitch S.
Hi all,   been here 6 different weeks.... Was impressed the first time. 2nd time they were renovating, and was a challenging stay.  So the next few stays, here.are my issues.  Several times the internet was very sporadic.  The fire alarm on 2 different stays randomly went off during less than desirable hours.  The elevators are some of the worst I have experience for a building this size.  I am a diamond member for many years now, and they just don't upgrade me, or give me a room based on my profile.  The breakfast is a subpar Hampton inn breakfast. The do have a happy hour on tues and wed  nights with free beer and good food.  The location is excellent.  Overall though, I think they are better places...try the Hilton down the street, or residence inn.  Sorry Hampton... I have you many chances, but you are not a good downtown hotel.

26/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. Michele A.
This hotel is newly remodeled. The beds are very comfy and the rooms are well-appointed. We were in town for a gymnastics meet at the Frontier Center, which was a short walk down the street. Breakfast is included in your stay and is decent with a fair variety of items such as oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, waffles, muffins, cereal, french toast sticks and eggs. Several good restaurants and shopping are within walking distance.

There is a parking ramp attached to the hotel which is convenient.

We will likely stay here again.

20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Kyle B.
Went to see an event at the BMO Harris Center and was within walking distance. I've lived in hotels for 6 months and this place is nothing great. Breakfast is fair. The ice machine and water fountain was broke on our floor so we had to go up a floor everytime we wanted ice. Parking was fine, $12 per day for an attached garage. Pool was awful, small and very enclosed with fake and dusty plants everywhere. No microwave or refrigerator.

13/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
15. Kristen H.
Location is good. Beds hard as a rock. Carpet stained. Weird elevator placement meaning you have to walk through the cold tiled lobby to get from the pool to the elevator. Manager got mad at the kids for getting a tiny bit of water on the tile. Gym looks like it's in a closet. Overall, bleh!

20/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
16. Ryan S.
Great location down town. Within walking distance to everything! There's a garage attached for parking and over night rates are very reasonable! $13 a night, compared to Chicago's $35 or more for most hotels!

The staff here is also very helpful and friendly. And it's not that fake friendly like you get at most hotels. They greet you and cater to your every need any time you want!

The hotel itself and rooms are very modern. We had a king suite we got through the website and it was a very nice room for the price. It featured a small living area when you first walked in, complete with 2 chairs, mini fridge, micro, and cabinet for clothes that also housed a TV. Then you walk through the vanity area with 2 sinks to get the the big bedroom that also featured a large TV and a desk. The toilet and shower were in their own room. The only thing the wife and I didn't like were the pillows were too flat and not very comfortable. The walls are also very thin between rooms. But then again they are in most hotels. We were against the main street and surprisingly the noise from outside wasn't bad at all. They also had a free breakfast buffet on the 6th floor that was phenomenal! Definitely hit the spot after a night down the block at Mo's Irish Pub!

We used to stay at a hotel down the block that's older and has no parking for close to the same price a night. We visit every summer for baseball and Bastille days and I think we have definitely found our new hotel for our annual Milwaukee trip!

21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Carolynne M.
I have always had good experiences at the Hampton Inn, and this is no exception.  Great location, comfortable rooms, pleasant and helpful staff.   Plus a free breakfast that, while it isnt going to win any culinary awards, is varied, well made, and oh yeah, free!

My only two gripes are the parking garage (entrance to the hotel is badly obscured if any sort of large vehicle is in the way, and signage is not all that great), and there was a creepy, abandoned building next door which our room looked directly onto. Which isnt necessarily a bad or good thing, I mean you can just close the curtains, but I didnt get a whole lot of sleep because I kept having dreams there were ghosts over there and then I would wake up and have to go look.  And after getting up three times and never seeing a ghost I was getting a little peeved. Seriously, if I am going to give up much needed sleep I need to get some kind of ghost hunter story out of it.

28/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Amy H.
The Hampton Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.  

Our room was nice and clean, our beds were comfortable, and the service was great.  We had a plumbing issue and a serviceman was sent immediately.  We also needed a hairdryer and one arrived at our door within 5 minutes.  I've stayed at other hotels and had to wait 20 or 30 minutes for such things.  

Also, the continental breakfast was pretty decent (and FREE!) which helped to shake off the hangover I was experiencing.

29/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Jeremy F.
We stay here once per year.  The location is perfect for what we do while in Milwaukee.  Staff has always been great. We always get a whirlpool suite. The suites are pretty small compared to what you get at other locations, but they are clean and quiet.  Price point is around $210/night.  Breakfast is pretty good.  Elevators can be slow, but it is not a new building so...
In life... crap happens. What I care about is how you make it right if you are at fault.
There was a tack strip poking through the carpet in our room last year. It is very sharp. For those who don't know what that is...it is a wood strip with nails poking out of it and holds down the edge of the carpet .  When getting out of the tub, it poked my foot pretty hard.  I told the front desk and they were supposed to send a repairman to fix....next day...they had not yet repaired the problem.  My 1 year old grand son stepped on it before I could stop him and it cut his foot open. Not severely, but bad enough when it should have been fixed the day before.  I spoke with the manager who promptly remove the charge for one of our 5 days on our bill.  She then gave me a voucher for another free night in the whirlpool suites to be used at our next stay.  That is a $420 apology along with ZERO attitude during the entire process as well as what felt like a very real verbal apology.

We will be there again this year.

29/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Michael F.
The location is excellent -- being a two minute or less walk to Riverwalk, museums, shopping and other landmarks. It was also clean and comfy which is all that was required. The elevators are kinda small, but my room was big. I had two beds with a  big bathroom. It also had a small living room area with a microwave and fridge. There's complimentary breakfast and free wi-fi which is always a plus.
It's right across from the Shops at Grand Avenue mall which has no stores except for a TJ Maxx. How sad! yelp.com/biz/grand-avenu…
I'm not going to bother reviewing the mall, but I went inside and 75% of the stores are gone.

11/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. qirk z.
Nice location
Breakfast until 10a. Omelette, bagel, waffle, cereal, oats,  etc

Nice room

Small elevator, but that's the way this building was built back in the day.

02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. L C B.
Hello!
I would like to follow up:
Life is much better at the Milwaukee Hampton In  & Suites!
Many issues that were specific to the fact that the main lobby was under construction have been corrected!
The staff was wonderful and the hotle met all my expctations of staying at a Hamilton property.
This is a great hotel with a perfect location for all of the Milwaukee fun you come to enjoy during a visit.
Love the new lobby and will be staying here again soon!

07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Amanda S.
Beautiful hotel , very very comfortable beds. I had my sister's bachelorette party here and they were very accommodating and nice.

18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Gary T.
Very nice hotel, free breakfast buffet was excellent. Staff very helpful. Rooms clean. Beds very comfortable.

If your room temp is uncomfortable when you arrive adjust the thermostat, takes awhile to kick in.

No five star....
I booked three rooms several months in advance. Request rooms to be together on same floor and two rooms to be connecting.

Neither happened. You would think that booking 4 months  in advance would be enough time.

29/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Mark H.
Dont get me wrong this hotel is sleek and modern but there are a few things that seem off. One is the fact that in the parking garage the entrance to the hotel seems like you are entering a speak easy. Also the Temp. of the room was very off.  When we called the front desk they told us to try turning on the bathroom fan to vent the room of hot air.

21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
26. Che R.
The location is great and the rooms are pretty sizable even if a little dated. That said, the customer service is pretty bad. I checked in fairly late three day stay and there was no hot water. In the morning there was a note at the door saying the hot water was out and they were unsure when it would be back on. I asked at the desk for a solution and they told me that not all the rooms were without hot water and they held a few that guests without hot water could use to take showers. I asked the manager when the water had gone out and she told me it had been two days. I asked why they were not telling people when they checked in that they didn't have hit water and was given an apology but no explanation. There was an event in town that weekend and the prices were much higher than normals so I asked why they were still charging higher prices when they couldn't provide basic services. I was told that they had options but customers had to come and complain they didn't offer them. I guess my line of questioning was not seen as a complaint as that is where the conversation ended. I went to my room and called Hilton's customer service and they contacted the hotel and within 30 minutes they had me in a room with hot water. So the short is it is an okay hotel in a great location but if you run into issues you will have to call mom and dad to get a resolution. Consider the Hilton Garden Inn close by it is exceptional.

10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
27. Andrew B.
Stayed here again last night, happier this time around. Was upgraded to a king suite this time, which was very nice. Two TVs, microwave, fridge. This room felt much more up to date than the previous double I was put in. Everything seemed much cleaner. Bathroom was muuuuuch roomier. Still a severe lack of available electrical outlets however -- blows my mind in this day and age that there's only one outlet socket available in the bed area.

Got the in and out parking pass this time, definitely worth it.

06/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Suzie D.
My Husband and I just stayed two nights here and everything was just fine for the price we paid. You can't beat the location! The room was clean breakfast was fresh and good. Everyone who worked there from management to housekeeping were very friendly. We would stay here again if ever back in Milwaukee!

12/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Trish B.
What a great hotel. The staff is super friendly - from Michael at the front desk to the gentleman who runs the breakfast buffet. They are what I expect when I stay at a Hilton property.

The hotel is in a great location downtown Milwaukee. We were going to the Brewers game, so Michael let us know the restaurant next door had a free shuttle to and from the game. It was perfect.

The room was really clean and also had a small refrigerator.

Really the only negative is the terrible cell service inside the building but I don't think there is much they can do about that.

21/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Rob K.
My friends and I stated at the Hampton Inn and Suites on 6/21-6/23.  We had a two queen bed suite with a bedroom.  

First, they let us check in at 12:30 PM.  The woman at the front desk was very friendly.  The room was a decent size and was very clean.  Bathroom even had a vanity with two sinks.  Room also had a fridge, microwave, two flat screen tvs, and a pull out couch.  

They had free breakfast both mornings.  Saturday was eggs, sausauge, and potatoes.  Sunday was eggs, sausauge gravy, biscuits, and french toast sticks.  Both days had waffles and oatmeal.  Breakfast was served from 6-10 and nice.

Parking was around the building.  You were able to access the hotel from the second and third floors with your room key. Parking was 13.50 per day with in and out rights.

Overall I would definately stay here again.  It was very clean, staff was friendly, and the location was wonderful!

29/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. T P.
This is one of those hotels where the only thing going for it is the location.

Let's start from the beginning. Parking is awkward. Really awkward. It isn't the garage that is the problem, but the exit to the hotel. It is hidden very well. We got on the elevator and pushed the floor for the hotel and the door opened. without moving. So we looked around for quite a bit before asking a couple that let us to a door. A door you can't open without your room key. Now, the lobby door is unlocked, but for some reason entering the same lobby from the garage is forbidden. When you finally make your way into the hotel, you have to go to another floor to check in. When you finally get there and go up to your room, it is like a maze. Awkward is the only word I can come up with to describe the layout. Nonsensical I guess is another.

Check in was normal.

The "suite" is weird. I mean, off the wall, you can't be serious....weird. The living room area is no bigger than an office storage room. The 32" tv literally spans the entire wall of the room. The two chairs block the french doors leading to the bathroom. Yes, you have to walk through the bathroom to get to the bedroom. The bedroom is so small that the full size beds prevent the french doors from closing. The thermostat (which isn't a thermostat) is located behind the door that you can't close. When you turn up the heat, the radiator clangs and bangs so loud, you'll wish you were trying to sleep on the end of a navy carrier. My cell phone does not work in the room. Not on 4G and definitely not on the internet, which only has 1.7 mbps up and 0.9 mbps down load speeds. That's slower than dial up.

The work out facility is in disrepair, which isn't unusual for a Hampton. This one though needs the elliptical repaired and the tv's on the machines have bad pictures and randomly missing channels.

I stay in hundreds of hotels every year, so maybe I'm harsh, but I just don't think this hotel meets the same standards as the other Hampton's I stay in. And I'm a very loyal Hampton customer.

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
32. Mel S.
What a great hotel with a great staff.
When we slipped away to breakfast, our room was cleaned within 30 minutes! 30 minutes!!
The breakfast was decent, if not borderline good. Phil, however was amazing and was very attentive during breakfast time.

I would definitely return.

14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Amy M.
Very friendly front desk person was not enough to overcome the leaking bathroom sink (broken pipe under sink in vanity) in room number one, the horrendous air freshener in room number two, or the sticky carpeting in both rooms.  Ick, double ick.  Will check out early tomorrow and not be back.

11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
34. Jasmine B.
Lets Start with zero Stars and do the math.

+1    Awesome Location, walkable to restaurants, shops and theaters
+1    Awesome, super friendly, super helpful staff
+1    Very close to the Bronze Fonzie Statue
-1     No bar
+1    Attached Parking
-1     Being just a little skanky / unclean
-1     Super small room
+1    Appliances in the room
+1    Pull out couch for sleeping another person
-1     Pull out couch sucks for sleeping
+1    Breakfast in the morning
-1     Terrible WiFi connection
-1     Spotty / No cell phone service inside the building
+1    Small store for random food / necessity items
+1    Two TVs

I think that pretty much sums this place up so you know what you are getting into.

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. Timothy H.
This hotel is in an absolute great location in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.  The staff was extremely friendly, and went over and beyond to ensure that we were comfortable.  Our room was on the 2nd floor, and it was a suite.  The suite was comfortable, had two double beds and a pullout sofa bed in the living space.  The breakfast, which was free, consisted of cereal, a few hot items (eggs, ham), and a special sauce.  They also had a waffle bar, which was phenominal!

Parking is not that expensive at $13.50 per night, and the entrance to the garage is around the corner from the hotel.  (You pull a ticket, park on the 2nd level at one of the designated check-in spots, enter the hotel - there's an entrance next to the check-in spots - go down to the lobby and exchange the ticket for a parking pass.)  The parking area seemed very secure, and I had no problem parking there.

The area around the hotel had a little activity at night, seeing as there are several restaurants in the area.  There is a shopping mall attached to the hotel, although we didn't get to visit it on this trip.

All in all, an excellent experience, and we will visit this hotel again when we return to Milwaukee.

01/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Kevin T.
I'm kind of surprised to see all the great reviews. It's not a terrible hotel, but I will stay at a similarly priced competitor in the same area next time. I'm normally loyal to Hilton brands too.

Pros: the location is fantastic!, staff is great

Cons: parking is the worst! It's so screwed up, I'm not even going to bother to try to explain it, but enjoy that. , nothing works, I mean nothing. Water fountains, parking pass, elevator is broken in the garage and the hotel elevators are really rough. On my way out today the elevator door only opened halfway, I managed to push it open, but the other elevator is in a similar state of disrepair. Rooms are kind of odd, not necessarily bad I guess. Parking is additional 13.50/day, Internet is terrible, I can't get it to work well enough to accomplish anything, the building is kind if a fortress, I suspect this is why wifi is lousy, so cell reception and data service is terrible. It's like trying to send a text from inside of a casino.

I guess that's it. It's a fairly nice looking, slightly worn hotel in a great location. If there were no other competitors in the area I would gladly return, but there's enough around there to keep me from having to put up with the many small inconveniences of staying at this property.

04/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
37. Maggy S.
It's August and the air conditioning is broken. The front desk said that it was broken a few hours earlier and would be fixed. We left until it was ready only to come back and find out (from other guests) that they lied and it's been broken for two days. It still wasn't fixed and the front desk man (Dave) was rude about it when I dared to ask for a refund. We did end up getting one. Do NOT stay here.

24/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
38. Susan B.
Just got back from a great stay at Hampton Downtown Milwaukee. We were going to be in town for a comedy show and I looked at tons of hotels within the theater vicinity and did price comparisons. Hampton was the winner based on the price and great reviews on this site and other sites.

We also had a stroke of luck as I entered a contest for their Romance Package and we won! We received a night's stay, chocolate and champagne!! Since I already had a room booked, they were very accommodating to apply the winnings to our previous reservation. When we finally arrived we were pleasantly surprised since our room was upgraded to a Jacuzzi suite!

The hotel itself as well as our room was very clean and seemed to be recently updated. Our room was very spacious and the bed was very comfortable. We had a separate living room (with microwave and mini fridge) and bedroom. Also, loved the double sinks. We didn't take advantage of the pool or fitness center but checked both out and they appeared to be maintained. There is a drink station in the lobby that constantly has hot water, hot chocolate packets, tea, coffee and ice water. The free breakfast in the morning was excellent! There were tons of offerings such as scrambled eggs w/ cheese, sausage patties, french toast sticks, fresh fruit, hard eggs, waffle station, cereals, oatmeal, english muffins, toast, etc. We loved it! There is also a small mini-mart that had snacks, cold beverages and other items such as toiletries.

There is a parking garage connected to the hotel and if you are a guest, you have in/out privileges for $13.50...otherwise if you park and don't leave until the next day it is $12.

There is also a current activity going on where you can design a mini canvas that will be hung in the lobby...hope ours make the cut!

Hampton Downtown Milwaukee was very accommodating and we will definitely stay here again and recommend to others!

11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Julie G.
I agree with other reviewers that this is an awesome hotel, the staff (especially David and Eric) is incredibly helpful and very pleasant. We stayed in a corner two queen room that was clean, comfortable and relaxing. The heating system made a small knock when it would come on but not noticeable enough to complain about (and I'm a very light sleeper)

We stayed at this location on New Year's Eve and was surprised how quiet the hotel remained. The location is right across the street from the mall, a couple of blocks from the Pabst theater and connected to the parking garage. I read another review about not being able to find the entrance to the hotel, I'm guessing they didn't see the hotels flags or giant advertisement on the parking garage wall, just look around folks.

I'd definitely recommend this hotel, think its a great value and look forward to seeing the fantastic staff on our next weekend getaway! Congratulations to the Hampton inn on your awesome staff.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Nancy R.
Since I live in Milwaukee, I was only here experiencing the meeting room space.  It was very nice on the 6th floor.  Apparently it was once a condo-type living quarters up here. It was old school and a great meeting space.

28/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Gregory B.
I liked the room.  The staff was indifferent and distant.  The location was a bit seedy.  Tiny, filthy pool.  Expensive valet parking for the location. Broken elevators, and 7:30 a.m. fire alarm mishap. Not so great.

19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
42. Nicole W.
Hamptons are consistently very decent hotels. Not so this one. I have had no hot water for the 2 nights that I have been here, and I'm traveling for work, so I really need to take a shower each morning to be presentable. I have heard other guests come up to the reception desk and complain about the lack of hot water here too. The staff seems to be pretty ambivalent whenever I come up to the desk to inquire as to when hot water will be restored.
The internet here is pretty much non-existent except in 2 places in my room. I had none in the lobby either. Again, I'm traveling for work, so I really need to have internet access.
If you're traveling here  on business, DO NOT stay here, unless you want careless reception staff, no internet, and no hot water. No one will give a shit if you complain, so don't waste your time. Rant over.

07/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
43. Rob N.
I travel occasionally for business and have stayed in some very nice hotels. Hampton Inn & Suites in Milwaukee is one of the nicer hotels I have had the pleasure of visiting. The common areas were well kept and welcoming. The breakfast was exceptional and had a wide variety to choose from. The room was spotless and welcoming and the beds were comfortable. The only negative about the room I had was the view out the window. All I could see was the fire escape that crossed right in front of the window, but I don't go to a hotel to stare out the window, especially when there is so much to do so close by. What really put this hotel over the top was the staff. Everyone I encountered was very friendly, energetic and exceedingly helpful. Freddie, the valet, not only took great care of our vehicle, but he always greeted us with a smile, took the time to learn our names, and was very helpful to my wife getting our 3 small children in and out of the vehicle every day. Phil, who works the breakfast area, was not only always friendly and helpful, but he took the time to ask what we had planned for the day. The next day, he remembered what we had done and asked the kids how they liked it and what their favorite thing was. Maria in housekeeping always greeted us with a smile and did an exceptional job cleaning the room. Those we encountered at the front desk were also very friendly and helpful as we'll.

You can get a nice, clean room at most hotels, but you will not find a staff anywhere else that is as friendly or helpful as I have found here.

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Arielle H.
My boyfriend and I had stayed for a night. We were in the transition of moving and unfortunately could not move in right away. Now my boyfriend travels so he is at gold member status with Hilton's. So he did use his points for our room. We had gotten a suite, king size bed, whirlpool, we went all out! When we arrived we were greeted with a very pleasant hello from the front desk! We had both gotten a complimentary drink (water, or soda) and a snack ( chips, candy, and I believe dried fruit) to choose from. Once we got up to the room we were very impressed. It was clean, it it looked nice. There was even a post it on the head board letting us know they sheets and duvet were cleaned and washed upon our arrival. I know that's Hamptons mission, but I still have my concerns.

My only problem with the room was the toilet. I'm not sure if it was from the precious people who had stayed for from the cleaning lady, but someone never flushed the toilet, and just put the seat cover down. I was a little turned off by that!

The whirlpool was nice but it was difficult to fit two people in there comfortably. But it was nice to just relax either way!

The breakfast the next morning was good. We got down there around 8am ( they serve till 10am) but there wasn't much left to choose from. But I still found a decent amount to fill me up! The manager in the morning was watching and greeting everyone as they served themselves. He even walked around to ask people how the food was and if he could take the empty plates! Which you don't see very often!

The coffee was a little watered down, but I needed the caffeine somehow!

All in all we really enjoyed our stay even if it was for a night. The staff was very friendly, and despite the toilet situation, the room was very nice. And your in the heart of downtown mke! How can you go wrong with that!

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
45. Jeremy L.
The rooms are nice.  Good temperature control in winter.  Normal continental breakfast.  By far my biggest complaint is the internet speeds.  Speedtest indicated less than 1MB download speed.  I had faster speeds 10 years ago.  I don't understand why hotels can't figure this out.  I will not stay again in a hotel that doesn't provide sufficient internet speeds.

18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Sue S.
I was a little nervous because this hotel seemed to really have mixed reviews, but I am pleased to report that we had a fine stay. In fact, it was pretty good.

I will admit that the parking situation is a bit unusual and could be better explained, but it was not all that hard to figure out and was not really inconvenient. There's a parking deck attached to the hotel. You have to use a specific door to get into the hotel. For security, you have to use your room key or the call button (if you are just checking in and don't have a key yet) to unlock the door. We just took a ticket on our way into the deck and paid for the parking on the way out the next day. $12 for a 24 hour period. Pretty easy, not a big deal as far as I'm concerned.

Our room was fine -- a bit small and with a not-so-lovely view of the neighboring building and alley in between the two. But it's a downtown hotel. Sometimes that's how it is. Plus we were only in the room when we were sleeping, so who cares? Was not bothered by street noise or anything like that. Our friends who were with us got a room on the same floor with a totally different layout that was much bigger. I could see how this could be offputting to some people, or how people might have expectations that our room did not meet. But it was a perfectly fine, clean, cozy hotel room and I didn't really have any complaints. Our room did not have a mini fridge, I guess because of the size. But our friend's room did. So if that's essential to you, better to ask specifically for a room with a fridge. Linens were nice -- clean and soft with a heavy duvet. Room was clean. Shower had good water pressure and good temperature.

The front desk staff was very helpful and patiently answered a number of questions for us. They helped us find a place when we wanted to order a late-night pizza and generally did whatever they could to make our stay comfortable. There are some nice touches like cold water and hot coffee in the lobby and the free breakfast till 10 in the mornings (which we missed, so can't tell you much about it except it exists). There's also a pool and a workout room, though we didn't use either. Checkout is at noon, which is very generous and very appreciated. Oh, and we really appreciated the handy box mounted near the TV that had three outlets and two USB ports for charging items.

On the minus side, the WiFi situation is not great... there is free WiFi, but the password is not anywhere in the room, nor is it given to you when you check in. When I tried to connect, my phone didn't ask me for a password, so I assumed that the signal was just weak. The next day, it occurred to my husband that there might be a password, and sure enough. Also, we had a light in our room that kept flickering on and off. Not a huge deal, but annoying.

Really, I think you have to accept that this is not a hotel where every single room is exactly the same and not every room has a 5-star view. But if you want a clean room at a decent price right in the center of downtown (we were half a block from the theater where our show was), this hotel is a fine choice.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Andrew T.
Look, it's a Hampton, right? And all that entails. Reasonable price, fitted sheets, comfy beds, decent free breakfast, all of the reasons I like staying at Hamptons. This one is conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee, and there are just a couple odd items.

Their parking situation is...strange? It's cheap: $12 a night - cheap enough that I thought it was a validated or discounted rate, which is not the case, that's the normal overnight rate. And the garage is...confusing. But there is some oddball way to get from the hotel to the garage without going down to the street.

There was bathroom ventilation...and I think it was diesel powered. Based on the noise level when activated (you don't turn on something this loud, you "activate" it), I'm thinking something like the marine diesel powerplants used in large oceangoing container ships. Yikes. Also, the building is, at least for T-Mobile, completely cellphone proof. No way was Catherine Zeta Jones sending me even the tiniest shred of data, which was fun when trying to coordinate with friends in another room.

And finally, there were a lot of fire alarms. All triggered by pranksters in the hotel (maybe even the classy folks on the floor with me smoking trashbags full of weed - I kid you not, that smell is unmistakable). So totally not the fault of the hotel, and I'm not deducting any points for that. But I do feel like they could have handled things a little better? There were a lot of angry people giving them hell at breakfast the next morning, and the only thing they were doing was just complaining to *us* about how they couldn't shut off the fire alarms until the fire department came. Between that and a really long, disorganized check-in process, I just feel like the staff could have been a little more on the ball.

I'm probably giving some benefit of the doubt, but realistically, the hotel is fine. Nothing over the top, no worse than any of a dozen other Hamptons. Consistency is why I keep coming back.

15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
48. Abhishek M.
I am up at 6am writing this review and don't necessarily have a choice since I was woken up by a fire alarm at 5:45am, a full 1.5 hours before my desired wake up time this morning. That's not the only reason for the 1 star. Here is why....

I spent a night since I am in town on business. The hotel is a Hampton Inn, a Hilton property so pretty standard experience when it comes to furnishings, amenities etc. No complaints there. However, the lady who checked me in yesterday must be miserable at work or in her personal life since she must have been one of the most non interested hotel front desk agents I have ever interacted with. After I give her my ID and CC, I still had to repeat my last name twice. The traditional cookie plate sat up front but it was empty and I wasn't offered one or an apology for having run out. No big deal!

Check in is finally behind me so I make my way to the elevators and turns out 1 of the 2 is out of order. Again, no big deal until I have to wait a few extra min each time I come down to get dinner or breakfast etc. I return from dinner last night and actually am craving a cookie. That cookie platter was still out there, but empty. On inquiring, the same lady gives me a non courteous response on having run out of cookie. For Pete's sake remove the damn platter so it doesn't remind me of the warm, gooey fresh chocolate chip cookies that you don't have!!!

And then it's morning and the fire alarm goes off. 15-20 min later, it's determined that it in fact was a false alarm!! With a slew of hotels in the area, I am pretty sure I won't be returning!

08/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
49. Jeffrey W.
Hampton Inn is usually my hotel of choice.  When coming to Milwaukee for a five-day conference, I was excited to discover that I had been booked into a Hampton for the week.

Unfortunately, this hotel is loud.  Really loud.  Not loud because the rooms are currently full of obnoxiously-loud college students.  No, the room is just loud.  I can hear every flush of water from the top floor through the pipes behind the wall.  There is a consistent sound of "settling" in the walls, perhaps tied to the cycling on-and-off of the furnace.  Creaking noises in the ceiling.  My room shares a door with the adjoining room, and said door rattles against the doorjamb every time my neighbors open and close their hallway door.

It was disappointingly unrestful.  I had to sleep with music playing in the hopes that it might provide white noise to cover the cacophony of unpleasant room sounds.

I won't stay at this Hampton again.

10/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
50. Steve D.
This has always been an odd hotel and that oddness was part of it's charm. It seems it was made from joining two pre-existing office buildings then attached to a pre-existing parking garage. Which caused all kinds amusing little quirks: every room has a different shape, crazy winding hallways, random steps in the middle of hallways, the jacuzzi tub in the room right next to the bed, you enter the hotel from the parking garage on the third floor then have to go to the first to check in, and a slew of other anomalies. I've find that stuff more funny than a problem.

And it has the normal positives of a Hampton Inn: decent free hot breakfast, pool, ok fitness room, good coffee, a fridge you don't have to empty of hotel items to use, good cable channel selections. And it has an attached parking structure. All reasons I frequent Hampton Inn when I have choice.

I've stayed here many times over the past several years and the hotel has slowly deteriorated to point that I won't be staying there on my next trip. The issues has shifted from amusements to actual problems that make a stay unpleasant.

I've experience much worse and none of the problems were so bad I felt the need to go through the hassle of checking into a different hotel. Which I've done in the past. It's more an accumulation of many small things that indicate a drop in quality and standards and general non-caring. Which then gets you wondering about the quality of the laundry services, maid services, kitchen cleanliness, and building maintenance.

Some of the issues: Hot water ran out, toilet handle fell off, the climate control was stuck on super hot in the common areas, the wall-mounted air conditioning unit was broken off the wall, cords and wires for the televisions were randomly jumbled on the floor, mismatched towels, paint flaking of the doors, pictures in the elevators ripped and hanging, different shades of paint used on the few touch ups that were done, the parking garage is now city run and more expensive, carpet frying at the edges, got a stained towel in the fitness area, and a few more minor things that are slipping my mind.

I know not all of those issues are major. Again, it's more of a general decline in quality. I didn't see any bugs, or rats, or have any safety issues or any terrible costumer service issues. Though the desk staff did seem a little haggered.

For the money, there's just better options.

21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
51. Isabelle D.
Where do I even begin?
I travel constantly for my job and I've had my share of good and bad. This is by far the best little hotel I've stayed in, in a very long time.
+The sheets are soft, fluffy, and cool. Not scratchy, chemically treated, and questionably cleaned like most hotel linen. I will ask the front desk exactly where did they buy this linen for my own personal bedroom.
+The brandless coffee in the room is delicious.
+Warm/white lighting instead of your usual fluorescent/yellow
+The complimentary soaps and lotion are NEUTROGENA
+Simple and elegant mod-decor. Outlets and USB chargers everywhere.

I'm definitely staying here again.

15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0