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Knickerbocker on the Lake in Milwaukee, WI

Knickerbocker on the Lake in Milwaukee, WI


Knickerbocker on the Lake, A Boutique Hotel located in Downtown Milwaukee. Walking distance to lakefront festivals, museums. Situated just off of Lake Michigan. Lakeview rooms are available with breathtaking views of Downtown Milwaukee's shores and skyline.
Standard Suites, Jr. Suites, one and two bedroom suites available. All rooms feature kitchens with all plates, utensils, pots and pans. Knickerbocker on the Lake is perfect for the shorty getaway or a long term stay!


Company Info:

Rating: 3.55

Address: 1028 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
  • Mon: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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Comments (22):

1. Chris C.
kind of creepy is right. the window air conditioner is loud and annoying. the furniture feels like it was pieced together from old family members. there is no counter in the bathroom, kind of musty smelling. nice location near the lake tho. skip it.

27/07/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
2. Stephen S.
Mostly not. Sorta cheap. And kind of creepy. Not really a hotel at all. More apartments. The Knick and the spa downstairs are good...but how this place calls itself a "hotel" I don't know.

17/12/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Anne M.
OK, Lemme get this outta the way, because the rest of Milwaukee is mostly awesome.  The Knick is beyond quirky into really crusty territory.  Our room was fine, but had lots of strange details; coffin shaped doors, a combo of wallpaper and paint, a yellowed window air-conditioner and a silly mix of Memphis-inspired and 80s faux wood details.  Bathroom could've been cleaner (lost of evidence of hair product overspray on the walls and hair in the corners).  Our toilet paper roll fixture was half hanging out of the wall (crumbled plaster) and there was no remote in the room for the telly (front desk said, "um...don't know what to tell ya".  Our friends in another room discovered urine-stained sheets and got little response from the front desk when they complained.  Really too bad, because this establishment has some great bones if someone who pop to spruce the place up and bring it into the 21st.  I haven't stayed in many Milwaukee hotels, but surely we can all do better.

30/05/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
4. Steven Andrew M.
I can not recommend this hotel at all.

Before making a reservation, I called to make sure the hotel had parking. Having previously lived on the East Side of Milwaukee, I knew that on-street parking is nearly nonexistent. The staff member who answered the phone informed my that "Yes, parking is available, and it is $10 per night." What they didn't tell me, and I didn't find out until I had driven many hours to Wisconsin, is that parking is first-come/first-serve and the hotel does not have enough spots for all of their guests. I was checking in at 6:00 pm, and the lot was already full. I had to spend 45 minutes driving around to find a spot that wasn't 15 blocks away from the hotel.

When I arrived to check in, there was no staff member at the desk, and I waited twenty minutes before someone showed up. When she did, she was less than apologetic about making me waste my time or that there was no parking.

As for the room: The walls are paper thin, we could hear other guests all  night long. There is no central air (a window unit that hardly worked). The bed seemed to be smaller than a Queen, and was very uncomfortable, The shower was streaky hot and cold, scalding you one second, freezing you the next.

When you visit Milwaukee, stay somewhere other than the Knickerbocker!

16/06/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Gfiddy F.
Classic, cute hotel.

15/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Toni S.
The Knickerbocker is equal to a classic New York Hotel.  It's a Condotel & in Milwaukee, that's unique.  
It's like Elloise at the Plaza, 24 hr. concierege, historic building,rooms etc.  
2 excellant hotels at it's base & location, location, location!  What more could you want in a Condo or Hotel!

18/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Samantha D.
Historic, affordable, good restaurant/bar downstairs, kitchenettes in the room, big! walk in closets, original 20s tile in the bathroom, extremely helpful/kind staff, and it's union!

Knickerbocker is a no brainer. The neighborhood is beautiful and the hotel is really, really well-kept.

The only reason I couldn't give it five stars is because there is no business center or fitness room. But in some respects, I guess that's to be expected at a historic hotel.

I highly recommend this place to folks who are staying for awhile or even just passing through!

16/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Ian W.
This place is worth a try because the price is reasonable, it's in a great neighborhood and it feels unique.  Stayed in Rm 823 - top floor with a lake view.  

Docked a couple of stars because the room smelled musty and the sink in the kitchenette hadn't been cleaned very well.

18/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Leslie G.
This was the creepiest, grossest hotel I have ever stayed in.  I got put there because other hotels in downtown were booked for the first night of my stay.  My experience started when I arrived and found their parking lot was closed for resurfacing.  That would have been nice to know ahead of time.  I called, and the lady? man? acted annoyed that I was asking where to park.  She/He says, "just park anywhere outside 'my' front door and you'll be good."   He/She was a horrible front desk person and I felt like I was checking in at the YMCA.  The room I got, 616, was disgusting.  The hallways also smelled like someone was cooking up onions and sausage and something curry.  All the furniture looked like it was gathered out of someone's garage or off the side of the road.  The bed was lumpy, the pillows were flat and smelly.  The "kitchenette" area was laughable.  I had an air conditioner in the window and the blinds were dirty.  The "work area" was again some old nasty desk with a brass lamp.  There was a network hub propped up against the t.v. stand but I couldn't get any connection in the room.  The closet was dark with no light and really deep.  It looked like a storage room.  Needless to say I didn't even unpack.  I spent the night there but couldn't sleep and I checked out first thing in the morning.  Oh, and that place they told me to park.....apparently not where I should have parked and my gift was a $40 parking ticket.  If anyone tries to convince you this place is quaint and cute....run don't walk to another hotel.

04/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
10. Jackie W.
Overall, I enjoyed the stay in my cozy little room at the nifty, historic Knickerbocker on the Lake. I stayed in #417 for some hard-earned "me" time. For one person, for one weekend, this efficiency was ideal. Clean, modern bathroom with eco-friendly shower head; desk, recliner, TV, bed and small dining table in the main room; fully-functioning kitchenette with coffeemaker; wireless Internet access, radiator heat. The Knickerbocker is close to public transportation and within walking distance of a few cultural activities and a shopping center. Although I didn't eat at either of the restaurants, they seemed pleasant enough and had appetizing menus.  

I did knock one star off for noise in the hallway, because I could hear pretty much whatever was going on outside my room. There was an isolated incident of a loud, upset teenager one morning - no harm done personally, except I was disappointed that none of the staff intervened.

Otherwise, the Knickerbocker staff was helpful without being all obnoxious about it. I rolled into Milwaukee fairly late (past midnight), and the night person set me up with a park in the hotel's outdoor lot ($10/day) along with my check-in. Check-out didn't even require any actual human contact.  Lovely stay.

06/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Teresa L.
This turned out to be a lovely place to stay.  My room was large, with a king-sized bed, walk-in closet, kitchenette, and all those neat little interesting details that come along with older buildings (high ceilings, old light fixtures, servidoors, etc).  The place was very clean and the staff at the front desk were friendly and efficient.   The bed was comfortable and the hotel itself was quiet.  I didn't try the restaurant but it was always packed when I walked by it.  

I gather there is a lot of difference among the rooms because they are all owned by different people.  So I didn't run into any of the problems other people reported.  My room did have a window box air conditioner but I didn't open it. The walk-in closet had a light in it and was pretty spacious for a hotel.  The kitchenette had plates, glassware, silverware, and some dish linens available but the gas stove was shut off.  Not a big deal for me and there is a microwave available.   The bathroom was simple with probably the original 1920s tile on the floor (yay!) and a strong shower head.  I was surprised to find that the water was hot IMMEDIATELY when I turned it on.  I didn't have to wait for the water to heat up at all.  I didn't use the wi-fi but the room had its own router and hub and there is a nice desk area to work at.   I also didn't use the AC because I cracked the windows open for some fresh air instead.  I would like to have been able to open the windows a bit further but they had some kind of lock built in to prevent that.

For me the best thing was the location.  It is literally a block to the lake front and there is a beautiful park with bike paths there.  You can easily walk down to the art museum area or into downtown without too much effort.  The neighborhood is one of older gentility, lots of big trees and ornate old buildings, and feels completely safe.  

I would certainly stay here again if I ever come back to Milwaukee.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Adam P.
The staff is very helpful and welcoming, by far one of the greatest hotels to stay whether it's for a weekend or longer.  There are two restaurants that have great food on the first floor as well.

24/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Meredith B.
This place was great!  Really, I can't think of a thing wrong with it.  We didn't even need to pay for parking - just parked on the street for free.  Check-in was smooth, they gave us an ethernet cable so the internet worked great.  Hotel has a funny, semi-haunted and "quaint" look to it, which I really liked.

Comfortable bed, furniture that looks "real," not like it just came from some giant manufacturer of crappy hotel furniture.  The bedding matched the desks matched the cabinets - who thinks of things like that in a hotel?

Kitchenette was great - we didn't take full advantage, but since we'd bought some cheese and sausage we were awfully glad they had a fridge, plates, and knives!  If I'm ever in Milwaukee again, I'll stay here and bring some stuff to make real dinner with!

Lots of channels on the TV, couldn't hear a soul all night, peaceful and enjoyable.  I'd recommend it to anybody staying in town - it's affordable too!

23/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Alex A.
I stay here often. Every room I stayed in so far has been wonderful, and one time they even moved me from a  great room to an even better one. They are spacious, clean, have fully equipped kitchens. In some rooms internet has been spotty, but it mostly works great.

Old world charm accompanied by supreme cleanliness, order, and a great restaurant downstairs.The spa facilities are also very good, and the in house taylor Ana is a true master.

27/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Peter Z.
Had an absolutely wonderful stay here for a night in Milwaukee. Was in town to see a concert a few blocks from the hotel, and it was so great. The front desk was super helpful, the room was clean, the kitchenette nicely stocked with utensils and glassware and in general it was a friendly, thoughtful, warm stay. I definitely recommend it!

04/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Jay A.
My bf and I had an absolutely wonderful experience at this hotel. First off, it is an older hotel. But "older" doesn't have to equal "bad" or "poor quality." Essentially the rooms are studio apartments. We had a fully-stocked kitchenette, dining table and a HUGE closet. Everything was clean. Everything looked neat. The bed was comfortable (isn't that the most important part?!). The room had character because it's a older building, but it wasn't shabby or rundown.

Also, I really appreciated the fact that parking was adjacent to the hotel.

Generally, I thought the staff was responsive (promptly delivered my request for extra pillows) and friendly (thoughtful front desk and housekeeping staff who provided directions and recommendations).

Bottom line, we will stay again. It's a little more personal than your typical hotel, but not as overly intrusive as a bed-and-breakfast.

15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Cher M.
Stayed in room #620 for the Milwaukee Wine Festival on Aug. 13.  Boyfriend wasn't sure about letting me pick the place to stay (I tend to prefer to "wing it" which he thinks is code for "sleep on a park bench" but boy was he ever pleasantly surprised with my choice of the Knickerbocker.

First this to know: the Knickerbocker is part hotel, part condos. So you have full-time residents living in this building as well as a steady stream of internet-savvy (It wasn't listen in Kayak, Expedia and the like-- I really had to dig around to find this place) people coming in and out. For some people this is their home, not just their home-away-from-home so the "hotel" vibe wasn't as present as in, say, a Doubletree or a Hilton, and it was a quiet and restful place to stay. It was nice to be in an off-the-beaten-path place that didn't look beaten up.

The clerk at the front desk was ridiculous (in a good way) He was good-natured, kind of goofy, but very friendly, and he made it seem like we just MADE HIS DAY by walking into the hotel. I don't know what he was on, but I want some of it.

The room was clean, decorated, and very homey. It was like house-sitting for a friend (with really good taste in decorative pillows.) with a kickass flat screen TV and GIANT walk-in closet. Seriously...the closet was as big as the bathroom. You could fit a full-sized bed in there.

I was distracted by neat features like the molding (I took pictures, see below) and an old-fashioned dry cleaning passthrough in the door. (which explains the coffin-like doors for those reviewers who don't know how to READ the giant instruction signs inside them), and a kitchenette (complete with a waffle iron, which left me with a 'huh' expression on my face).

The only con for me was the bed. It was kind of hard... or maybe just stiff? I'm not sure, but I think it was some version of a tempur-pedic mattress. It did no favors for my back, but after being out of bed for a couple hours, I realized that my back felt better than it had in days. So I'm not sure if I'm a hypochondriac or my back is just falling to pieces.  Maybe Yelp can help me find a chiropractor before I return to Milwaukee!

Parking was awesomely easy. We arrived around 4 and found a (FREE) parking spot right in front of the building. There's tons of free parking all around the hotel, so I'm not sure what previous reviews were referring to when they complained about parking.  

Oh, and it was only $99 to stay on a Saturday night! Compared to even the most generic of hotels nearby (Comfort Suites, anyone?) It was the least expensive option by far.

17/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Randi M.
NOT impressed.  I reserved a JR, suite on a group rate for a family wedding.  When I checked in at 12:30, I was charged for the JR. Suite, but given a standard room.  I thought the room looked small,.  I asked the housekeeper if I had a suite and she said Yes.  Only later, did the front desk tell me I didnt have a suite.  They gave my room to someone else.  Why?  Dont know.  I asked them to comp my parking charge and after a little while, they agreed.  The room was basic, bathroom was old.  Fixtures were old.  I just thought it was overpriced for what you got.  Would rather have stayed at the Hampton for the same price.

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
19. Katey B.
Beautifully restored building! Great location in the heart of Milwaukee, helpful staff, parking available. Located right by the lake for an easy stroll to enjoy the lakefront! Amazing restaurant connected to the hotel for grabbing a bite after a long day or grabbing a nightcap!
I've stayed here a couple times and each time it proves to be a wonderful experience! Rooms are great size with all the amenities you can expect from a well known hotel! Next time I'm in Milwaukee, I'll be staying at the Knick!

10/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Liz C.
My experience at The Knickerbocker Hotel has to be up there with one of the worse hotel experiences ever.

This hotel is basically an old woman with makeup on. She tries very hard to look her best with makeup & jewels but at the end of the day, she's still old & not looking her best. Sorry, it's the truth.

When I arrived at glance I thought, cute old hotel. This should be cute. But I was wrong!  With people actually living here, they do whatever they want. We had our next door neighbor smoking cigarettes with his door OPEN so the entire floor could enjoy the smoke and smell. The water also went off for an entire day and night with the staff not doing a thing about it or trying to accommodate me to at least make me feel better. Also the rooms get insanely hot because they take out the air conditioners and unless you have a breeze coming in, you're in for some sleepless nights. Speaking of which, the construction outside constantly always serves as a nice wake up call.

The room we were initially in had disgusting stained carpets, stained and dusty drapes, and a bed that was lifting up on the foot of it from being laid in so much. I had to see a physical therapist after my back was messed up from just two nights on that bed.

We were housed here not of our own choice for 3 weeks so you can imagine the frustration. Don't stay here ever. Find a hotel 30 miles away and drive if you have to. But do not stay here. Easily the worst hotel I have ever stayed at.  

All we were missing were bed bugs. Which is why I'm giving it a 2 instead of a 1.  RUN AWAY!

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
21. Lily S.
This place is even more beautiful than the photos. We stayed 3 nights for our honeymoon, and it was the best thing about Milwaukee, to say the least. The staff was a huge contributor to this. Janelle was so warm and welcoming and darling. Larry was equally attentive and respectful. And Brenda was a delight and very informative. The room was so inviting and cozy and felt immediately like home to us. It was easy to settle in and difficult to leave. And the art deco! Stunning! This place had a lot of incredible energy to it, and we miss it already. The prices are astonishing for the utter class and beauty of this place. We love it and it holds very sweet memories for us always.

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Annie C.
I found a new home away from home when I visit Milwaukee. The service was great. My original flight in was cancelled so I wasn't arriving until the 2nd day of my reservation, they changed it for me (same day!) without any fees or penalties.
My room was clean, the bed was very comfy with a nice variety of pillows. I loved that it had a mini kitchen and a really deep tub.
I didn't get to experience the amenities because I only ended up being there one night so I look forward to my next trip of trying out the gym and salon.
I will be back!

26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0