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Plaza Hotel in Milwaukee, WI

Plaza Hotel in Milwaukee, WI

Specialties

Extended stay hotel and apts.

History

Established in 1925.

This art deco hotel has had a combination of guest rooms and unfurnished apartments. All rooms have kitchens. Recently renovated.
Cafe has been on-site since the 1960's.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.31

Address: 1007 N Cass St, Milwaukee, WI, 53202

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    Comments (35):

    1. Gus A.
    The place has atmosphere...that's for sure.  These remarks are about the cafe only, which we visited this Sunday morning.   The place was wildly busy...I didn't know that it was possible for one restaurant to serve breakfast to the the entire population of the East side of Milwaukee plus every attendee of what appeared to be a podiatrist 's convention that has holding it's annual confab in our fair city.  But the Cafe at the Plaza managed to do it with aplomb.  We waited 10 minutes for a table, 10 minutes for a waitress to take out order, 20 minutes for our order to be served.  That's 40 minutes.  We then gobbled down the groceries in another 15.  Thus we were in and out of the place in less than an hour, a notable culinary-logistical victory considering that the Cafe was crawling with the aforementiond east-siders and podiatrists.  And the food was damned good.  No fancy pants (as Raymond Chandler would say ... I half expected to see the master at a table opposite, plotting out his next Phillip Marlowe saga).

    The Cafe at the Plaza oozes art deco...at least by Milwaukee standards. If you gaze about, then shut your eyes and hold your breath for a good two minutes, you might begin to imagine that you are far away from the Brew City...  In New York perhaps, or at least a suburb of Trenton, New Jersey.  The atmosphere is there,...no question about it.  But I digress.  The food is excellent for what it is.  The "American Potatoes"   thinly sliced and sauted with onions peppers and undisclosed and subtle seasonings, were superb.  The eggs were perfectly cooked.  The sausages were a bit over-done, but this I attribute to the fact that the kitchen was overburdened.  On a quiet weekday morning, I suspect that they would have been perfectly timed.  

    And I certainly plan on going back on a week day...and not during convention season.  Podiatrists give me indigestion.

    20/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Stephanie R.
    This is where most of the major theatres in Milwaukee house their visiting artists, and that's how I've come to spend the last month here while I work on a play. And I've loved every minute.

    It's nothing fancy --and heads-up: there's no elevator-- but it's got charm to spare. It's retained its original 1920s flavor, and the famous cafe is always bustling with
    travelers, young bohemian residents and old retired
    men wearing cornsilk-looking toupees and gold chains.
    My first day, one of them said to the desk guy, "Everyone
    should be retired until they're 65, THEN they should
    go to work! You're pretty much worthless till 65!" To
    which the desk guy replied, "I'll never retire. I'll
    probably work till I'm 95."

    "That's bullshit!" yelled Yellow-Toupee amiably, and
    wandered off to get some famous Plaza Cafe potatoes.

    The harried-but-gracious cafe manager/waitress/cashier has become reason alone for me to get downstairs and off to work just a little earlier every morning, so I can be sure and grab a cup of coffee and a short chat before ambling down to nearby Water St. (a 7-minute walk) for my daily performances.

    The veggie omelet at the cafe is always delicious (don't worry, they use frozen spinach!), my boyfriend is a fan of the pancakes, and their potatoes are famous for a reason: buttery, crispy, mealy and perfectly spiced, they need no condiment... and this is coming from a person that believes most breakfast food is merely an excuse for ketchup.

    [The service is unequivocally crappy on the weekends, though, when the cafe (and stunning, ivy-covered courtyard, weather permitting) fills up and the hapless young weekend waitresses stand around, apparently bewildered, while you grow grumpier by the minute eyeballing the French toast and coffee growing cold on their trays.]

    I always leave at least a $5 tip for Patricia, the gal assigned to clean the rooms in my section-- at first, I did it because we're both Central American, but now I do it because SHE EVEN DID MY DISHES! And folded my clothes. I don't know if housekeeping here goes the extra mile for everyone, but I do know that tipping is not only good karma, it ensures a sigh-worthy, sparkling room when you get "home" at the end of your grueling technical rehearsal.

    I leave in a week, and I find myself hoping for another gig in Milwaukee... just so I can live at the Plaza again.

    24/09/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Patrick H.
    If you can time travel visit the plaza cafe from 2005-2010, I used to go there every weekend. They have new management that took all the classic items off the menus and replaced them with fancy pants cheese dishes and truffle oil eggs... Not the relaxing dinner it was.

    25/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Mzz. Julia X.
    Well, all the Milwaukeeans know about the Plaza Hotel (don't they?), they have a cafe that serves great breakfast! This hotel/cafe is circa 1920s, and they have done a great job restoring it. Our room was nothing fancy, but the old plaster molding and shiny wood trim was beautiful. They have cable in the rooms (if you're a vegetable), a kitchenette with coffee maker, and tons of closet space for an extended stay. You get 2.50 off your breakfast included with the room. Parking, if not available on the street, can be had for 6 bucks. The staff were all professional and nice. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, go have breakfast at their vintage '20s diner. They just re-did their menu and it is delicious. Smoked salmon eggs Benedict with homemade Hollandaise! That is all.

    05/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Richard M.
    We returned yesterday after two years for breakfast and were blown away.

    The Rosemary potatoes are to die for.  Omelet was very good.  Coffee decent and service prompt and friendly.  Prices reasonable.

    Best place for breakfast locally that we have found.

    11/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Elizabeth F.
    I love this place. I had a garden-level room with a view of the cafe's patio. It was quiet even though people woke up much earlier than I do to eat breakfast.

    It's in a fantastic location--10 minute walk to the Art Museum, 10 minute walk to Brady St., 5 minute walk to the MetroMart, 2 minute walk to bus stops... I didn't rent a car; I was able to walk pretty much everywhere.

    The hotel is shabby due to its age, but clean. Each room has a kitchenette, so if you're traveling on a budget, you can buy some groceries at the MetroMart behind the hotel and prepare meals in your room.

    The only problem I had was that the water snuck out around the shower curtain and flooded the bathroom floor every morning, no matter how I turned the shower head or pulled the shower curtain to the wall. Luckily I had a garden-level room, so no room below mine would've been affected.

    01/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Christina R.
    Awesome place.  Fan of the breakfast burrito.  Have enjoyed an omelet there as well.  And have been there with people that ordered the hash...looked pretty good.  I sat in the restaurant both times I was there, but I really want to sit at the breakfast counter or on the patio in the summer.  Great feel to it.

    15/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Nicole D.
    Very friendly front desk staff, cheap priced rooms and they have a cafe on site but the cafe dosnt serve dinner. Just breakfast and lunch. :)

    05/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Kristen B.
    My roommate went to Milwaukee for the night to go the Art Museum the next day. The Plaza was great had parking nearby, which when we got there I was totally worried about, but it all worked out. The room was really cute and old school, we loved having the kitchen area for leftovers, and other than the cafe being super hot, it was a  really great experience. Nearby we went to Buckleys for dessert.

    05/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Richard S.
    The Plaza Cafe has gone upscale a notch or two but it's still a comfortable place to sit for breakfast by yourself or with a friend. The prices have gone up a notch as well, but the good thing is that the food has gone up two. A new thing on the menu since I last visited is the corned beef hash, and it is the the best I've ever eaten. I ordered it with poached eggs, which were prepared perfectly. Poached eggs are becoming a lost art. There is no better hangover cure in the world than good corned beef hash with poached eggs (besides more drinking, which you can do here as well).

    The Plaza Cafe is really now quite elegant, yet it is still a diner. If you know any crybabies who hate diners, take them here to shut them up. The coffee is strong and real. There is good music playing. There is no enormous flat-screen TV to ruin the atmosphere. And the men's room (which is actually off the lobby of the hotel) is the best men's in town. Take a newspaper and a smoke, there's a standing ashtray in the private toilet stall. I can't speak for the lady's lounge.

    15/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Nora R.
    Great breakfast. Enjoyed the Veggie Eggs Benedict.

    09/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Tony K.
    Not your fancy breakfast place - and that's what's so great about it!  The food was excellent - I got the Vegetarian benedict.  Full of great flavors and fresh ingredients.

    Sat at a table in the dining area - next time would like to be more apart of the action at the bar.  Word is there is a patio as well... I'm sure to check that out when the weather is nice!

    24/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. J D.
    One must keep in mind that this hotel is essentially older, mid-century apartments that have been converted into hotel rooms.  That noted, the rooms are quiet large and even include a kitchen with refrigerator and the hotel has furnished the kitchen with silverware and plenty of plates, bowls and glasses!  

    The cleanliness was perfect and the service from all the reception staff was welcoming and helpful.  Price point was very affordable.  The location is central and there is a complimentary parking lot for guests who have cars located one block south of the hotel, but you will need a validation pass which may be obtained from the reception desk.  

    My only complaint is that due to it's older floor plan, if you are staying on the ground level you will most certainly encounter much noise from morning traffic of residents, other hotel guests, and non-guests patronizing the restaurant [which serves a wonderful breakfast and brunch menu!].  I would recommend ensuring that your room is as far away from any stairs and at the farthest point from the restaurant and any corridor on the ground level.

    19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Paul V.
    I loved this place when I stayed in Milwaukee and would totally stay in it again.

    When we first rolled into Milwaukee, having found this place in a travel guide we picked up at a rest stop, blindly picking a name from a list, I'll be honest as we rolled into town we were like... uh oh... I mean I've seen ghetto's but I ain't never seen dogfighting in a corner like I did in Milwaukee, but then we crossed the bridge and this place like popped out of no where. Beautiful! So old and vintage looking too.

    Beyond just the amazing appearance the location can't be beat. You can really walk anywhere you want to go from here, and hell the cost of the apartments was tempting as well. I almost didn't go home!

    The only slight downsides was the age did show at times, the bathrooms were pretty old school, in fact our bathroom door couldn't close completely. Not a big deal for a couple, but I could see that being "ick" in other pairings. It could probably use a slight renovation, but then part of the appeal of the place is it's age and history, and honestly you're way better spending a few extra to stay here then some crumby motel 6 in the ratty part of town.

    18/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Evan L.
    This review is for the cafe for breakfast, hotel gets 4 stars. Great coffee it doesn't get any better , great service and food and great company

    20/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Steve M.
    The perfect launching pad for a Milwaukee weekend jaunt!  Reasonably priced rooms with kitchens, 1920s flavor, and a great Eastside location that lets us walk to our favorite dive while in town (that would be Jamos, btw).  This place also has an excellent brunch/breakfast option built in!  Come for the cozy apartments, stay for the Benedict.  I love this town.

    07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Grace R.
    Quiet street, easy parking, no crowds...  It feels urban yet quiet.  My new go to breakfast place!

    18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Douglas R.
    Diner breakfast, done in the finest Wisconsin tradition with that old-time charm that Milwaukee exudes. The price was right, the food was nothing less that great, and the service was friendly. If you love eating at a Wisconsin diner counter-top as much as I do, you will not be disappointed
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    15/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Thao T.
    Love the old world feel of this historic downtown hotel and cafe. It transports you to a quieter and slower time at a very affordable rate.  We paid $150/night for four.  Friendly staff and spacious room with a view of the ivy enclosed courtyard. The room has a full size fridge (with some kitchen utensils, plates, cups..) and a stove. If you're a late sleeper you might not enjoy the hustle and bustle downstairs from the cafe, but I like the sound of morning activities.

    Just 2 blocks from the park and a 20 minutes (1 mile) walk to Public Market. I highly recommend this hotel! I didn't give it a 5 stars because the bathroom is smaller than some places I've stayed at but it didn't bother me at all.

    No fancy amenities like pool and gym but I  rather be out exploring the city!

    16/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Colette S.
    We stayed for a night in March 2013. Clean, comfortable room with a kitchenette! If you were in need of a place to stay for awhile, this would be a great option.

    Excellent food at the café downstairs. Definitely going to come back for any stays we have in Milwaukee.

    05/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Adam B.
    I travel the country for work, staying in hotels for 2 weeks to 2 months. This has been the BEST hotel I've ever stayed at. Beautiful, clean, old, and charming atmosphere with a full kitchen and the nicest people on staff. Plus the cafe is likely to be the best hotel food you will ever eat. And to top it all off, the prices on everything are totally fair. Only wish they had a fitness center/gym (the closest one was a decent walk away) but it's a small price to pay for such a great experience A+

    10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Roman R.
    Cool place. This is an Art Deco apartment building that is now a hotel. Room was clean and reasonably priced. Comfortable, but not luxurious. Parking is super cheap.

    04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Allison V.
    Our stay at The Plaza Hotel was pretty great, but it was made ten times better because of Jean Marie Vielleux.  She offers a variety of massage techniques and a simple facial for a very reasonable price (80/hour 10 for facial).  I've had many massages before, but I have never learned so much while relaxing.  She introduced me to steaming of hands and feet, and a non-traditional use of Hot Stones- all included in the standard massage!  She rubs you with a smooth hot stone- a getting muscles to magically open up and the heat eases tension.  She taught me all about skin brushing and Dead Sea salt bathing.  Incredible lessons from such an open, interesting person.  She made me feel that she really wanted to give me an experience that continued beyond just the 1-hour session.  If you are in Milwaukee and have the time, call her and treat yourself! You deserve it!

    25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Marina H.
    Nice location - grocery store near by, quiet street.  Has a kitchenette and nice interior, comfortable room. One thing about this place that might be a minus, they don't have an elevator.

    There is a breakfast/lunch diner place in the hotel, which is pretty good.

    15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Deanna P.
    I found this gem of a place after getting continually bad service from the Hyatt downtown. I called from the Hyatt and spoke to an extremely friendly agent who booked my room, apologized on behalf of the Hyatt and told me she was glad I was staying with them! From the moment I walked into the wonderfully charming lobby, I felt like a queen on a royal visit. The staff is friendly, the room was like a home away from home: clean, artfully decorated and with a full kitchen! ( there is a wonderful food market right behind the hotel, so I was able to prepare fresh food for myself). I was so impressed with this place that I extended my stay! When I checked out, I was given a ride to the station so I could return home. (My regret being that I didn't have enough cash to properly tip the driver...). The ONLY reason I didn't give the full 5 stars is that it was hot, hot , hot in the hotel. I am sensitive to the heat and had to sleep with my window open and couldn't stay long in the dinning room as the old fashioned steam heaters worked TOO well. This certainly isn't enough of a negative for me to never stay there again. In fact, every time I return to Milwaukee, I will make it a point to stay at this "boutique" hotel.
    FANTASTIC place!!!

    26/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Jessica A.
    This is my "go-to" hotel in Milwaukee (when my other "go-to" hotel is booked or just too expensive).  Another one of those gems that is such a great place, that you sometimes just want to keep the secret to yourself... but I'll play nice and share with yelp! :)

    Actually I had originally found this place on Hotel Tonight, when I was looking last minute for a place in MKE. I've stayed here at least 1/2 a dozen times now... and here's what i like:
    *Friendly staff
    *Larger than normal hotel rooms
    * Kitchens/kitchenettes in rooms
    *Parking is only $8
    * I can always score a room here when other hotels are all sold-out
    *Free WiFI
    *Supporting local
    *Discount on breakfast in the morning
    * You get an old-school key for your room

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Sarah Z.
    Bought a Living Social deal to enjoy a nice weeken in Milwaukee. For the price, it's in a great location between downtown and Brady Street.

    The rooms are smaller but the kitchen is a nice addition. Bathrooms could use some updating and the creepy window to nowhere in our room was unexpected.

    I loved the historic preservation of the place and the staff was really friendly. And the breakfast is delicious. The place was so crowded which is a great sign to start and other reviews vouch for the food!

    If you are looking for an inexpensive place to mainly sleep in MkE, this is the place for you. Hallways do echo causing you to hear people throughout the hotel but it wasn't too bad.

    17/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Leslie G.
    I booked through a travel website the day before my visit. I stayed in a queen suite on a Saturday night. The Plaza is an old hotel with character. If you are looking for old charm, it has plenty with it's creaking floor, doors that don't quite close properly without a good push, and actual metal keys for your room. Overall, it was clean and cozy.

    I appreciated the K-cup coffee and large new tv. Considering the building is old and the hotel was booked to capacity, I was also pleasantly surprised by the silence.

    A couple of things I did not like were the street parking and air conditioning unit. Don't forget your sleeping mask! No black out drapes on the windows?!

    31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Gayle V.
    We stayed just one night in June 2014. We live in the Madison area and have never before had a get-away to Milwaukee. The Chicago area is our usual  local destination.

    The Plaza is great. The room was clean and comfortable. The kitchen was equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave and a Keurig Coffee Maker as well as pots. pans, etc. There was a flat screen TV with full cable, comfortable bed and easy chair and a small table for dining.

    The bathroom was spotless. The shower is a bit tricky but it's really fine too.

    The location is perfect. We were able to walk to & from a concert at Turner Hall at night and felt perfectly safe. In the morning we walked to the lake shore park. Wonderful!

    We decided that Milwaukee and The Plaza will be our destination of choice for a quick get away from now on.

    16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Teresa W.
    We stayed here for a couple days, during our shows in the area (Valentines Tour for The He & She Show ) It was a beautiful hotel! It's like taking a step back in time, to the 1920's with impeccable service, romantic surroundings and art deco style. Their cafe continued the journey back in time with a lunch counter and great food. Our room was outfitted with a great (modern of course) flat screen tv, a full kitchen and a keurig that had both tea and coffee. The bed was comfy and it really was like home away from home. We will stay here every time we come to Milwaukee! The staff was so FRIENDLY! Nicest front desk people in the world.

    10/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Thomas B.
    Absolutely miserable!! Don't stay here during winter! The windows are old and the cold air was constantly in the room. I had the heat to full blast and was shivering throughout the night, I barley got any sleep because I couldn't stay warm enough. Time for some new windows Plaza hotel. This was also in addition to our bathtub's faucet shooting water all over the place after I first checked in.

    17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    32. Christine M.
    This hotel has a lot of charm. The staff were very sweet and accommodating. The bathroom in our room could use a lot of updating. My husband is 6' and had to bend down at an odd angle in the shower because of the low shower head. But overall, it was a safe and comfortable hotel for the low price that we paid.

    14/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    33. Crystal B.
    Breakfast at the cafe was amazing. I love the kutchenette. Service was great

    20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Anjel V.
    When I called Tuesday night to see if they had any vacancies the gentleman on the phone went above and beyond.
    My phone was about to die and I didn't have  access to a charger and my car was about to run out of gas and I am unfamiliar with the area and he helped me navigate safely to the gas station and to the hotel.
    The rooms are so cozy and clean. Cutesie and minimalistic but I had everything I needed at my fingertips in the kitchen.

    I will be back!

    26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    35. Damon W.
    FRICK. Stayed one night for a (small) bachelor party last month. Place has a ton of character, with vintage fixtures and décor, and all of the things you'd be happy about.

    Customer service was second to none. We opened a window to get some fresh air after arriving in our room, and out of nowhere it broke. They handled the situation by apologizing, sending a glass cleanup crew immediately, and ... presenting us with a free stay. Obviously above and beyond. This wasn't the only time where praise for customer service was due. Can't wait to have a reason to go to Milwaukee again so I can stay here.

    19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0