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The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, WI

The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, WI


The Pfister Hotel is Milwaukee's premier Four Diamond Hotel and has held that designation since the inception of AAA's prestigious award.   The hotel is historic in nature, built in 1893, and has 307 guestrooms, of which 82 are suites.  Accommodations are available in the historic section or a more modern tower section.   High atop the tower on the 23rd floor is Blu, a cocktail lounge featuring live entertainment and the best views in the city.   WELL Spa + Janice Salon is a quiet respite from your hectic day.  WELL Spa features private treatment suites complete with your own bathroom and high quality shower.  The salon specializes in up to the minute styles, pedicures, hair extensions, and Gelish and Shellac 14-day manicures.  visit Cafe Pfister: Proudly Brewing Starbucks Coffee from 6am-8pm daily. A great place for an impromtu afternoon meeting.   Mason Street Grill, located adjacent to the Pfister has classic wood grilled steaks and chops and live music nearly every day of the week.


Established in 1893.

In 1893, The Pfister opened its doors and became one of the nations grandest hotels and a "palace for the people." The Pfister Hotel is a 307-room luxury landmark hotel in downtown Milwaukee, featuring 24-hour room service, concierge service, valet, indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, both with great views on the 23rd floor. The Pfister Hotel also offers a full-service salon and spa, Starbucks coffee and a classic American grill serving high-quality steaks, amazing sandwiches and housemade desserts.
Elegantly restored to its original splendor, The Pfister's lobby features a heavenly ceiling reminiscent of the hotel's original skylight and the word "Salve," The Pfister's way of greeting everyone with a warm welcome. The Lobby Lounge has been the place to see and be seen for over 100 years. Over 80 original oil and watercolor paintings grace The Pfister's grand hallways, lobby and restaurants. Begun by Guido Pfister, this is the largest Victorian art collection of 19th and e


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Address: 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202
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Comments (150):

1. catherine r.
delicious pizza appetizers. cool ambiance.

17/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. LeAndra M.
The views are spectacular - night or day.  SIt on one of the couches, enjoy a wine flight and snack on some cashews.  A great experience all around.

27/03/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Michael T.
Excellent service. Great place to host an upscale brunch for a large number of people.

03/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Dave S.
I've never stayed at the Pfister, but I have attended conferences and "galas" there many times over the years. The Pfister is one of those places that helps convince me that, maybe, I might just actually live in a "big city." The ambience in this grand old hotel is superb, and the variety of cafes, shops and bars in the building makes any business event more enjoyable. When attending an event at the Pfister, I often find myself absconding to the top floor bar, Blu, an upscale martini bar with great drinks, smooth atmosphere and incredible views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Always a good time.

16/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Bobby D.
Yes, The hotel is very blue chip, But classic in it's own rite. The classic lobby. The great sunday brunch. Although I actually think the modern wing is better when staying in. The older wing is OK, But not as viewable when inside looking out. Yet the biggest mistake was buliding that scenery spoiling structure across the street, Thusly blocking the classic Allen-Bradley clock tower, looking South.

30/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Colin D.
The Pfister is an excellent hotel. Unlike many newer, trendy hotels that tend to be very sterile and business-like, the Pfister is has a very comfortable atmosphere. I stayed in just a standard room but I was very surprised by how spacious it was - we basically had a living room AND a bedroom. Didn't stick around to try the food, it seemed pretty overpriced, but there are several excellent, reasonable restaurants within walking distance (we stopped in at Elsa's on the Park). The hotel rooms themselves are incredibly reasonably priced, I paid over $100 more for the Sheraton in Chicago and wasn't half as impressed.

13/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Justin M.
The Pfister Hotel is a nice hotel, but for $204.00 a night...I was expecting more.

Our biggest problem was the room they initially gave us. We were out and about in the sun all day Friday, and were looking forwarding to coming home to our cool hotel room. I opened up the door, and it felt like a back draft was occurring. Hot air just smacked me in the face, and immediately I was sad. It was 11:30PM, and we called the front desk. They sent up this goofy engineer, and he started working his "magic." He pulled out his plyers and fooled around with the vent, he flushed the toilet (???) and then he started taking temperatures with his digital thermometer. He point the thermometer at the vent and it registered a 66.7. Then he waited a few minutes and did it again. It registered a 70.5. He said, "See? It's getting better in here already." HUH?? Looks like a temperature increase to me you dummy. Then I told him to point it at our pillows, and it came up somewhere in the low 80's. NOT COOL! He then spit out some excuse and then left. Not happy at all!

One of the bright spots on the stay at the Pfister was the access to the WELL spa. I enjoyed that a lot. An hour massage at a reasonable price, awesome. My one complaint was the 15 percent gratuity tip that was already added to the bill. I was going to tip my masseuse anyways...but to force a gratuity tip on us at the end was a bit much. Not a classy move for a supposed classy place.

02/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
8. Stephen S.
Yes, this is an excellent hotel. All the history and classy looks...

But if you're not staying in the Tower I think this place looks creepy on the guest floors...like something right out of "The Shining".

The lobby is beautiful and the bar is fun to hang out at and enjoy some conversation.

Blu upstairs is cool...and the Spa here offers some really good body treatments...but some spa services are not up to par.

A-OK in my book, but nothing fabulous...a good place for the over 45-50 crowd...NOT really cool and hip enough for anyone under 35.

17/12/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Bridget B.
I have stayed at the Pfister Hotel twice now and was very happy both times.  Not only is the old world feel so charming, the staff is so friendly and helpful.  They allowed us to check in a few hours early and extended a late check out.  I have stayed at many other hotels that would not allow any extensions at all.  The rooms are very clean and well kept and it is in a great area, we walked everywhere we needed to go including the wedding we were in town for.  Well worth the money they charge per night ($215 plus) but I got them on priceline for $80, deal of the century!!

11/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Robert U.
Just stayed here this past Monday on a quick business trip.  Great to stay in a luxury, non chain, hotel without breaking the bank.  Very affordable rooms considering the superb quality and service.  Always nice to be in a place with such character.  Will most certainly stay here again if passing through.

09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Joann W.
The Pfister hotel is an ideal place to stay when you visit Milwaukee. It is ideally located to visit museums and the lakefront. As you walk into the hotel you get the wow effect as you glance at the staircases and the chandeliers. The rooms are elegantly decorated and clean.The service is amazingand the conciege was a grea storyteller. He told us the history behind the hotel and even gave us a historic printout. A stay at the Pfister is a good reason to visit Milwaukee.

09/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Michael T.
Wonderful place to stay in MKE, with a great bar at the top and in the lobby. Good downtown location surrounded by food and nightlife.

04/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Mark F.
Great service/friendly staff.  Stayed here for one weekend in November.  Had a tower room on the 17th floor.  It was advertised as having a lake view--which it sort of did.  The lobby is beautiful. The Blu bar is closed on Sundays (would have been nice to know this earlier, rather than finding out by a sign on the elevator on Sunday itself).  The Mason Grill restaurant is so so (see my other review).  Overall, a good experience though.

15/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Carrie S.
The Pfister is hands down one of the coolest hotels in Milwaukee. During high school, we had father daughter dances there. The ballrooms are beautiful, just amazing. There's a women's bathroom where you get the best view of the city from too. My brother's wedding was there and the staff was wonderful even with getting gift bags to out of town guests. The rooms are also very nice.

16/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. David D.
Always a pleasant stay. Good for a weekend get away/Milwaukee shopping. Heart of downtown and a quick walk to the lakefront.

26/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Jennifer M.
Pros- Beautiful and luxurious hotel, extremely friendly and helpful staff, nice LCD flat screen TV in the room, very comfortable beds.

Cons- The entire top floor reeks of smoke, there is a bar up there, but the fitness center and pool are up there as well. Sorry, but I really don't want to walk through a cloud of smoke after a workout. Also the rooms were clean but I still found quite a bit of dust... especially in the bathroom.  Lastly, the elevators are VERY slow, but they are the original elevators and they have to service 22 or 23 floors, so I suppose I can't really hold it against them, but it's just really annoying when you're in a hurry.

Overall, it's a great hotel and a wonderful experience. I hope to be back again!

15/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Happy Mama M.
I would definitely recommend staying here.  It was sooo much fun to walk through.  The room was not amazing but the hotel was so unique and old.   The lobby is amazing to stare at.  We had drinks at both bars (lobby and roof top).  The view up top was great.  Overall, this hotel was a pretty good overnight stop for us.  I would recommend this to others, especially if you may not get back to Milwaukee again, as this really is one of a kind.

09/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Mopsie B.
Just got back from a two-night stay at the Pfister and I have to say, I do not understand the rave reviews. We were in town for a wedding and got a wedding rate. I would never stay here again for any reason. Aside from the place not being my taste at all (it's just so overbearingly stuffy and Victorian and full of itself for no reason), it just wasn't that special to me. So, I booked a room awhile back at the wedding rate for a king size room in the Towers. Instead, we were given a room with two full size beds. The bellhop (Thomas- who was incredibly professional and charming) called down to fix the error. They were "sold out" of rooms, so they gave us a room in the Governor's Suite in the main hotel as a "free upgrade" (I would think it would be free, since it was their mistake!). Later that night, we went to Blue, the nightclub at the top of the hotel, for some appetizers and drinks. They had some awful cover band playing and the element of person there was generally not well dressed. Since we'd come from a rehearsal dinner, we were pretty dolled up and expecting a little more elegance. In any case, we ordered shrimp skewers and vegetable tarts. The bartender said they were out of shrimp but brought us the tarts. They were FROZEN, served on a tiny plate and the bartender did not provide any utensils or napkins. When I told him they were frozen, he informed me that all of their apps are served cold. I then asked him for silverware and he looked totally confused before sputtering out that all of their apps are meant to be "bite-sized." I continued to ask for silverware and he finally brought me a fork ("We don't have any knives," he said) and about three paper cocktail napkins. I mean, are you kidding? This is supposed to be a luxury hotel??? We had a couple drinks and left, in search of food. Down in the lobby bar, we again ordered shrimp and...guess what?! We got it! My husband wondered aloud how the first floor had shrimp but the 23rd floor claimed to be out. We also had the thin crust pizza on the menu and that was very good. But still. Back in the room that night, we stayed up until 1:30. Unfortunately, a party was in full swing next door and we could hear every word. My husband called the front desk and we heard security come up and ask them to break it up. They didn't. So, we had to call again and this time the night manager took care of it. But again, really? I was expecting a luxury hotel. 1:30 in the morning is late enough for any guests with any class to have a little decency towards other guests. The next day, on our way to the wedding, we needed a bite to eat, so we went to the cafe off of the lobby. The host gave us menus and I decided on a dish, when she came back and said, "I apologize, but we stop serving at 2." It was two when we walked in. Could she not have said that before we came in?? And again, is this really the way a so-called "luxury" hotel operates? After the wedding, we came back about 9:30 and the valet acted as though he didn't even know us, even though we were checked in for a two-night stay. They don't keep track of your car and every time you leave, you have to re-introduce yourself to the valet and tell them what room you are in. Most hotels that I've dealt with have you on file after the first night. Also, the valets apparently feel free to mess with your radio settings because both times, they had on sports stations and my lights were messed up. I found that to be totally unprofessional, particularly at $30 a night. Overall, the only great employee we encountered was the waitress in the lobby bar and Thomas the bellhop. The room was only so-so in terms of views. The windows are nailed shut, so we couldn't get any fresh air and the bathroom had no vent or ventilation. The pillows were very mushy and the maids never cleaned the bathub/shower area on either day of our stay. I feel as though this hotel is way overrated, way overpriced and somewhat snooty. Milwaukee apparently doesn't have a lot of decent hotels and certainly no luxury hotels because if they did, the Pfister would be out of business. I feel bad saying all of this because I think some nice people work here but the hotel as a whole just doesn't work for me.

10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
19. DJ S.
This is the best hotel in Milwaukee. Very old and lovely. The rooms are comfy but a tad outdated. I did love the bed- super comfortable with giant cozy pillows. We had a suite so there was a cute living room attached. Very centrally located for everything in the city. No little extras...you will still have to pay for WiFi. I stay in lots of hotels. With the cost of this hotel, there should have been a treat or added extra to compete in the high end range of hotels. The gal that checked us in was very nice and made dinner reservations for us. But later, when I went to buy a bottle of water at the spa, I was greeted with a lot of attitude. Those little service flaws just don't cut it.  Minus a star.

14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Michael S.
If you're even a little bit twisted you can't help but snicker at the name of this place. I was at the Pfister to see my sister and other family from all over the country.

The Pfister bills itself as the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel, which I have no reason to doubt. It is a Victorian jewel, and interesting (to a point) if Victorian turns you on.

The lobby bar is trite, and way too expensive for extensive pfisting. The food was pretty good. The piano player was unremarkable.

My Mom and daughters raved about the comfortable beds after they napped before the evening party; they loved the room.

We weren't sufficiently pfisted to stay the night, and came home.

11/05/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Margelene D.
My family and I stayed at the Pfister hotel on the second leg of our family vacation.  We stayed at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva and the Pfister came highly recommended by the Manager.  We had reservations at the Marriott Milwaukee and when we arrived the room was not up to our standards so we called the Pfister and got a great rate and a beautiful room.  I have to say that up until the last night and morning our stay was amazing.  Upon checking into the hotel I did not leave a credit card and the host and I agreed that would be fine and we would be providing a credit card when we checked out due to the mix up at the Marriott our bank put a block on our card as a safeguard against fraud.  So the last night of our stay my husband two small kids and myself decided to venture out sightsee  and take some pics around the hotel.  On our way back up to our room we stopped into the Cafe for coffee and pastries (our bill was about $20)  they were getting ready to close and we were going to pay with our credit card when the woman said she would just charge it to the room.  By the time we made it back upstairs we had two messages and a woman by the name of Stephanie was calling us and treated us as though we were criminals.  She was very rude and condescending she kept insisting that we get downstairs with a working credit card for the full amount due for our entire stay.  I then tried to explain our situation to her and she said we were just at the cafe and charged it to the room I told her that we would gladly pay the bill from the cafe but the hotel bill would have to be taken care of in the morning (she took our credit card number and reluctantly hung up.  The next morning as I was getting my kids ready and packing up my husband went downstairs to get my daughters diaper bag from the car and when he returned his room key did not work (it was 6am) I got myself together and proceeded downstairs paid the bill and told them about the keys not working.  The man at the front desk said he would take care of it so that we would be able to go upstairs and have breakfast at their VIP lounge before checking out.  We went upstairs and could not get into the lounge.  We had to go all the way downstairs to the lobby twice and it still didnt work.  The man at the desk assured us that it was the lock as my family and I watched countless other guests enter and exit with no problem the woman who was overseeing the lounge finally saw us leaving and let us in.  I have never been the type to pull the race card but I have to say that is how we felt our last night there.  We felt unwelcomed and like criminals.  My husband and I have stayed at some of the most upscale hotels with our family including the American Club in Kohler, WI. and have never been treated so poorly.  I was so impressed when we checked in and the woman made us feel so welcomed and she was so pleasant but thelast night into the morning of our stay was a nightmare for the first time in our lives we felt discrimination.  Its a shame that a hotel this beautiful would display such distasteful ugly behavior.

30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
22. Roxanna K.
Sexy.  Old Hollywood Sexy.  With beautiful, spacious rooms and nice views of the lake, it was a very nice stay.  The beds are great with high thread count linens, real down comforters and real down pillows.  After all the abuse my mother-in-law's trundle bed back in Chicago did to my neck and shoulders, this was pure heaven.  

We arrived the morning of a wedding we were attending and sat in the restaurant cafe to enjoy a light lunch before the wedding.  Food was very good and moderately priced.  The waitress was very accommodating to our schedule.  Overall, all the staff we encountered were professional and pleasant.  

After the ceremony, we enjoyed some stiff drinks in the hotel lobby bar before heading off to the reception.  We sunk into large cushy couches in front of a gorgeous fireplace.  I felt like I was in an old black and white movie as I was enjoying my martini.  "Hey, Doll.  You look like you need another."  

Not so sexy:

1.  The toilet in our room was freakin' loud when you flushed!  Gooood morning!!  
2.  The a/c never seemed to get very cool, but the weather was mild so it didn't matter much.  
3.  I had to return to the bed of nails back in Chicago.  The End.  :-(

05/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Andrea Y.
Beautiful hotel, outstanding service, great location.  Good place to watch the beautiful people!  Awesomne martini bar on 23rd floor overlooking city.

19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Gfiddy F.
This is for the Sunday brunch at the Rouge - outstanding.  One of the top brunch buffets I have been to, particularly in terms of the many options.

06/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Chris S.
Awesome Hotel - great food Great bar.

Been here 15 times - love it.  Classic place.

01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Eddie R.
This Review is for the Blu - at the Pfister. This is the bar lounge located on top of the Pfister Hotel. After the theatre we decided to grab some drinks and listen to jazz at this club that was recommended. This club is located on the 23rd floor and has a marvelous view, well I think it does. Unfortunately the night we were there it was cloudy and we could see nothing. The bartender was friendly and suggested some great local beers. We ordered some small plates as bar food. The music was something we could have done without. Maybe it was that particular night but the band was just awful. I would like to try this place again and see the view and hopefully enjoy some better jazz

27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Dave K.
I spent a night at the Pfister while in Milwaukee for a wedding.  The accommodations were top notch - especially for the price.  I'd recommend heading up to the lounge on the top floor for a delicious cocktail and an amazing view of the city.

06/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Mark R.
This is an incredibly beautiful historic hotel centrally located in Milwaukee.  I've stayed twice for business, once for personal.  Convenient to many of Milwaukee's best offerings, the canal, lake front, art museum, third ward....the list does on and on.  I've not eaten the food, only coffee from starbucks in the lobby.  Staff have always been very attentive and helpful.  Purchase the ramp parking option for the hotel, only couple bucks more than the public ramps but, you have unlimited exit and return.  No free wi-fi in the rooms, my main complaint but, it is free in the lobby and restaurants.

10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Patrick W.
It's this simple.....for over 300 bucks a night I expect hotel guests who know how to behave as adults, especially after midnight while others are trying to sleep; and if not, I expect the hotel to handle the problem.  Unfortunately neither seem to be in vogue at The Pfister.  disappointing is an understatement.

PS.  Tip from the Valet - stay in the new tower as there are fewer rooms if you are in the main building be sure to get a room as far away from the banquet halls as possible which are located on six or seven and get pretty loud during events, especially weddings.

01/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
30. Susan L.
We stayed at the Pfister (gotta love the name!) for a few nights in 8/04 during a business trip (all expenses paid) and liked it very much.  The lobby is *gorgeous*; very elegant, and a throwback to a long-ago era.  The staff were very pleasant.  Unfortunately I don't remember many specific details about the room (we stayed in the Tower) - except that it was comfortable - but I do remember how much we enjoyed the Sunday brunch (a little pricey - but the selection was very good, and we had a leisurely meal in a lovely setting).

27/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Christopher S.
Fantastic hotel.... It's such a treat to see an independent hotel having a great product and clearly a going success.  We stayed one night for a weekend trip to Milwaukee from Chicago.  The hotel exceeded our expectations.  Very clean, very accommodating, and friendly staff with lots of energy in the lobby with dinners, shop patrons, etc. The bed was very comfortable and the room was well appointed. Perhaps a better choice of higher quality toiletries for the bathrooms would have been a better touch. The price was actually pretty reasonable to other hotels around and we didn't feel one bit of regret for choosing Pfister over any of the upscale national chains!

03/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Emily L.
Such an old school rich feeling . The rooms were clean and comfortable . The cafe offers iPads for you to borrow , neat touch !

13/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. David L.
Words fail me on how surprising and good this Hotel is. I can highly recommend the grill where I had one of the best steaks in my life. Warning its not cheap but it is worth every penny in my humble opinion.

27/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Curtis K.
Nice lobby, good beer at the bar.  Rooms are ok.  When they are busy hot water is in short supply.  Internet is 9.95/day.  In the future I will stay at the Hampton in and visit the bar here for the Hacker Pshor on tap.

27/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. Ben M.
Great hotel. It is a true Milwaukee staple. The architecture and decor is truly unique. Service was top notch, room was great. The hotel is close to everything on Milwaukee street..walking distance to great bars and restaurants. Plus great assortment of bars and restaurants in the hotel. You must go to the blu sky bar at the top of the tower. I would definitely recommend

04/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Dave C.
Are you kidding? This was like staying in my grandparents house that hadn't been remodeled in 30 years and was definitely showing its age. Over the course of a year, I stayed in 7+ hotels in downtown Milwaukee. This was without a doubt the most disappointing.

1. The service was great, can't take that away from them.
2. The rooms were outdated. Definitely an old hotel in need of remodeling. Then again, I'm a W kind of guy, so maybe a certain segment likes staying in something that hasn't been updated since Nixon was president.
3. The bar and restaurant = do not waste your time.
4. Make sure you don't stay on a high level. We were right underneath the rooftop bar and the music went quite late, keeping us up.
5. The neighborhood. Boring.

In conclusion, are you serious, yelp people? The Pfister sucks if you're under 60. If you want top notch, the best thing in the city is the Iron Horse. If you want nice for less, go Intercontinental. I will never stay here again. I can't think of any reason to stay at the Pfister unless you're traveling with your grandparents and want them to feel at home.

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
37. Chrissy N.
I stayed here with a large group for a wedding this summer weekend.  I reserved a room in March (event is June 28th) for a queen room.  When checking in, I asked if they had any king rooms left, and she said they are booked full, but she could manage to give me one.   I thanked her, and the b'friend and I went to our room.  The decor here is very lovely.  Quite old fashioned, elegant, and reminiscent of another time of elegance.  

We got to the room- it was a smoking room. I wish the lady at the front desk would have mentioned that.  There were ashtrays and everything.  I should mention that the boyfriend and I quit smoking not so long ago- so we would have preferred to avoid this.  The room was quite lovely, very cush and luxurious.  The view was a very pretty on of the lake and downtown Milwaukee.  I don't think the A.C. was working properly though- it never did get "cool" in there, and we had it at its lowest-temp setting.  The b-friend  was quite irate about that once he started putting on all the layers of his shirt-suit jacket, tie, etc.  So I blame the Pfister for making that difficult.  

I also noticed while I was primping for the wedding event that our bathtub was very deep and long, and had jets in it.  I decided Sunday morning after the event I was going to relax in there for a bit.  Well, when I tried it- the jets didn't work.

The reception of the wedding we attended were in the Rouge Room near the lobby of the hotel and the room was lovely, it was cool, it was elegant, the catering was wonderful, the bar staff was great, and we had a very very good time.  I would definitely recommend the Pfister for this type of event.  If I had my choice again though, I may stay somewhere a little newer for the evening.

One last thing- in our room, there was a little tiny sink in the main room with a granite counter.  Kind of cute, and so when the b'friend was in the restroom and I was out in the main room, I wanted to quick rinse my fingertips.  Turned on the little brass faucet, and water came squirting out of the top of the faucet.  AND- our TV remote control didn't work as well.  Just a few too many things not working efficiently -or at all- for me to go back and spend the money I did.

29/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. Nicole C.
The Pfister is a beautiful old hotel in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.  (Chicagoans, think Palmer House).  

I had an amazing weekend stay here a couple of years ago.  The room wasn't large, but it was clean and immaculate.  

The Sunday brunch buffet at The Rouge is awesome -- a plethora of meats, cheeses, omelette and pasta stations, fruits, veggies, and desserts for $35.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Darron G.
I am a priority club member and try to stay in the hotels within that brand and don't get much opportunity to try other hotels. My usual Milwaukee hotel was booked, so I wanted to try the Pfister. What an exceptional hotel. Luxury from the time you check in, until you check out. Excellent service and amenities. The only down side, was the gym hours, wish they were 24 hours, as I rise very early, but definitely not a deal breaker. Also, I went out to Dinner with a business partner and upon my return in the evening, to my room, I found a bottle of chilled champagne and a basket of fruit, what a class act.

19/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Jean-Paul M.
Great cocktail lounge at the top with good views at night.

03/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Jeff E.
Best and only hotel I'll stay in while in Milwaukee! Luckily for me, our home office ONLY uses the Pfister.  Beautiful hotel, unbelievable staff and great amenities.

If you're staying here and need a place to eat, I offer Elsa's on the Park. Right up the street. Literally 2 blocks away.

And, there's Blu. The lounge on the top floor is a nice place cap off the night. Don't let the stuffy insurance guys bother you, in fact, they're actually good targets to make fun of! It's okay, I work with them...

17/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Krystle H.
This was the perfect place for us: a romantic getaway in a historic and classy environment. It feels good to live it up in a ritzy hotel, right? The bed was a dreamy sleepy cloud. We ordered room service for breakfast and everything was perfect.

08/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Kristi T.
Best hotel in Milwaukee.  A little pricey for the rooms, but clearly worth it for the decor, service, and food.  After a visit to a show and the casino (Potawatomi... ouch on the wallet, stupid craps table) we came back, had champagne in the room, and then ordered some buffalo wings.  Standard order, great room service!  They also brought me a toothbrush in the morning, and called to make sure it was delivered.  Wake up call is a real person on the phone who has a charming voice.  Free late checkout, validated parking, and complimentary breakfast service in the room (which has no limit mind you!) .  We ordered our first breakfast at 7am and then brunch at 1pm with my grandparents.  PERFECT.  Wake up call, room service breakfast, nibble, sleep more, shower, nibble, brunch, nap, checkout.  Yay!

May I highly recommend the brunch in the newly remodeled billiard room?  AMAZING!  You wont need to eat another meal for a few days.  Unlimited mimosas, Bloody Mary bar, salad bar, hot food bar, pastry selection, omelette station, pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict, scrambles, sauteed veggies... need I go on?

Alas, I didn't see the bill for our lovely brunch as my grandfather is on the board there, but it surely wasn't cheap - but definitely worth it!!!

26/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Larry J.
Great hotel.
Friendly staff and a wonderful restaurant on top.
I had their cheese platter at the Blue Lounge on their top floor.

10/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Meghan L.
Beautiful views and wonderful staff. We booked on priceline and got an amazing deal 2 nights for under $160. The staff was great, all young adults but very professional. We enjoyed breakfast at the hotel one morning which was nice as well.

I would definitely recommend this place to family and friends, but only at the discounted rates found on priceline, otherwise it is a bit over our cost budget.

PS. The rooftop bar and pool our not to be missed!

22/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Janis F.
WOWZA we stayed here right before Christmas and the lobby was stunning.  The service was delightful and the rooms stunning.  The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is the coffee shop was a little tired with so so service.  If you're ever in Milwaukee and you're not staying at the Pfister, just make a field trip to see the lobby, it's well worth the trip.

26/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Sandy K.
Great Hotel and a wonderful experience! Historically beautiful! The staff was warm, helpful, and friendly. The lobby is stunning. You can not beat the location. We enjoyed some drinks at the bar upstairs, Blu which is a must see.

I will most definetly be back!

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Karen A.
The most pfabulous pflace to sleep in old world style in Milwaukee. The rooms are lovely and the environs are classic. The architectural and interior details still remain intact and kept up beautifully- unlike so many Chicago hotels of this class that sold off their decor and scaled down.

The lobby bar is cozy and has a fireplace and a pianist. Every person at this hotel was friendly and helpful. The location cannot be beat- you can walk to the historic 3rd ward or downtown, both which have many selections of wine bars, restaurants, art galleries, museums and boutiques.

Milwaukee is the most underrated city in the Midwest. If you go there you most definitely should get Pfisted. It was was a great value with ambiance and charm.

21/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Elan S.
Was definitely not happy with both of my stays here.  The first stay, I ended up in a hotel room that had its window boarded up.  How can a hotel such as the pfister, or any hotel for that matter, have no window?  Was pretty unbelievable.  But,  I was only there for one night and it was already fairly late so I did not bother getting another room.

Then, a couple months later, I had to visit downtown Milwaukee again so I figured I would give the Pfister another shot.  This time, at night, I kept on hearing clicks/bangs from the pipes in the wall.  It got so annoying.  

But, other than that, Pfister was a nice hotel.  Great customer service, an expensive steakhouse (didn't try it), and it's beautiful. Maybe I just had some bad luck with my rooms.

02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
50. Shalin D.
Yes, yes, the name is a little awkward but don't be afraid: this ain't no leather S&M bar.

This is a five star hotel at a three star price and possibly one of the best hotel stays I've experienced in the Midwest (even compared to Chicago).

Polite, helpful, and attentive. When I checked in, the clerk asked me if I brought a car with me. When I mentioned I dropped it off at the valet, he recommended a cheaper garage down the street if I wasn't going to use it when I was in town. The concierge was incredibly helpful in planning my stay in Milwaukee. His suggestion of going to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Bradley Street, and to the Lakefront Brewery were excellent! It's the small things that matter, too: a New York Times waiting for me in the morning, a free shoe shine when I called down to the front desk, and late night room service.

This hotel is a grand dame. From the gilt wainscoting to the murals on the ceiling, everything about the lobby impresses (it reminds me of the Fairmont in San Francisco but less cheesy). It feels somewhat formal but  cozy at the same time. The rooms are well-appointed. The sheets have high thread counts, the duvets are real down, and the rooms are decorated in a similar manner to The Peninsula or the Four Seasons in Chicago (but at half the price). Moreover, the rooms on top of the hotel have a breathtaking view of the Lake and the art museum (with its expanding and contracting wings).

Up the street from the art museum and lakefront, a bus ride away from Bradley Street, and a stone's throw away from a bunch of restaurants and shops - the location is perfect for the car-less.

07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Restaurant Vigilant E.
We stayed 3 days over the recent 4th of July Holiday. What isn't to like? A great location, beautiful lobby, well appointed rooms, friendly staff. We stayed in a Tower room on the 17th floor. I would say that this is the best hotel in Milwaukee, certainly the most conveniently located. Its nearest competitor is a very fine hotel, but a bit more casual and way more expensive.

The Blu lounge on the 23rd floor is...well, very blue...but sophisticated and has amazing views. Go there for their beat the clock cocktail deals starting at 5 pm.

The Lounge bar in the lobby is great - I thought a $13 bloody mary was a bit steep, but it is a very opulent (though not really pretentious environment). I would probably expect to pay nearly the same at any other fine hotel.

Randy, the bar tender in the lounge was super friendly, had an extraordinary knowledge of beer, spirits etc...he was also a wealth of info on Milwaukee and we checked in with him nearly every meal time to find a new place to go for lunch or dinner. Sadly, he will be moving in a few months - The Pfister will lose a great asset.

My only critiscm...it would be that parking for guests is not included...it is an extra $25 per night. I would expect that in Chicago, but not really Milwaukee...still, parking is convenient and secure.

It doesn't get better than The Pfister...

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Nancy L.
When visiting Milwaukee, staying at the Pfister is a must! Rooms run ~$150/night. There are smoking and non-smoking available. The hotel has lower floor rooms in the main building and upper floor rooms in the Tower. For good views of the surrounding area, specify when booking that you want the Tower room located on floor 14 or higher.  The Tower rooms have large, curved bay windows that capture the views beautifully! The hotel has 23 floors.

The rooms are large, spacious, and luxurious. The bed consist of a feather down mattress topper, high quality cotton sheets, and a light weight feather down comforter on top. Rooms come with the standard high plasma flat panel screen TV discreetly hidden in a armoire, writing desk and hard back chair, plush chair with ottoman, tea table, and luxury bed with side tables. The bath consists of the standard tub/shower and toilet (loud flush). The granite topped vanity contains a large well lit mirror, sink, and make-up mirror. Guests are provided with complimentary bath robes to use while staying at the hotel (Guests can purchase ones to take home in the lobby gift shop.) The hotel is suppose to have a hair dryer but I never located one and was forced to go buy one at Target after check-in. Note: mini fridge offered by request only ($50/night). No microwaves.

The Pfister offers guests and locals Sunday brunch in the main dining room @ $35/person (buffet).  Otherwise guests can dine inside the hotel at the Cafe or the lobby piano bar. Breakfast menu is extensive with a variety of selections. As an example one can pay $10 for toast, coffee, fruit, and cereal  with a complimentary 4oz. pear smoothie.  Lunch menu choices are also extensive, pricing out at $12 for a large fresh burger with potato fries. Try the onion rings! They will blow your mind! Drinks at the bar are $8.

The Pfister also offers guests panoramic city views at the roof top bar called The Blu. Enjoy a late night martini @ $13 while gazing out at the sunset over the city's skyscrapers. If you are not a night owl, guests can also enjoy the views from The Blue on Saturday and Sunday at 3PM for afternoon tea.

The downtown location of the Pfister is convenient for guests who want to venture down to the famous Milwaukee Art Museum, walk  along the beautiful riverfront boardwalk,  ride the free Trolley for sightseeing through the downtown area (Summer only), shop at the historic Old World 3rd Street Market, bike along the lakefront through the extensive Veteran's Park, or drink at any one of Milwaukee's famous breweries. Be sure to check the festival schedule during a summer stay for access to a great show at the downtown fairgrounds.

The Pfister hotel is home to one of the most luxurious spas in all of Milwaukee. Be sure to book time at the Well Spa for a facial or a relaxing massage! The Janice Salon also provides guests with high quality salon care for hair, nails and make up. The fitness studio offering a complete range of fitness services and activities including select individual personal training and conditioning classes to hotel guests.

WiFi service inside the hotel is free only in the lobby and piano bar.  Guests pay $10/ day to access the Internet by connecting to the cable inside the hotel rooms. There are various coffee bars located within walking distance of the hotel that also offer free WiFI service.

Note: The Pfister Hotel has no free transportation from the airport. To get to the hotel guests must book a roundtrip reservation on the downtown shuttle service (~$25/person) or take the taxi or bus.  If guests rent a car, note that the Pfister has no free parking. Guests must pay $25/night to park in the Pfister parking garage.

If traveling to Milwaukee be sure to book a room at the Pfister Hotel. The hotel's eloquence and charm are reasons enough to stay at one of Milwaukee's finest gems. You will create memories here that will stay with you all of your life!

22/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Laura P.
I love this hotel. Especially at Christmastime. The lobby is gorgeous and the service is always top notch. The Grill located in the lobby is great for a nice meal as well.

05/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Colin U.
Absolutely stunning. And historically Milwaukee!!! My mom stayed here for a conference for her profession and I came to visit her and take her to dinner. We had dinner in the Grill place they had there and i'm sorry I can't remember the name of it but thats not what this review is about but that restaurant WAS amazing! Now, when I met my mom I went to her room because she was impressed with it, and I can't say anything but. It was a gorgeous room elegant and modern clashing together in old-style Milwaukee. It was amazing. I also had a function here in their main... Ballroom? or Dining room on the first floor just to the right of the check-in counter. The check-in counter itself was so elegant and warms you like you have been a guest for years and nothing has changed.

The staff? Go way beyond the call of duty. I had forgotten that there was certain parking times downtime and I ran out just as our food was arriving. The manager or whoever this kind gentleman was ran to the valet and told him to move my car so my dinner wouldn't get cold! They gave me a valet ticket and parked me... FOR FREE!!!! This is what classy elegant Hotels do and the Pfister is no exception. The Ballroom or Dining room was gorgeous, massive chandeliers still in movement like frozen in time from when they were put up.

The food? Spectacular, even though it was made in bulk for as many people as we had there. Furthermore, the massive staircases gliding you to your floor made you feel like you were being whisked away in calming Victorianness. Great couches from early times offer a comforting rest from your journey.

The last thing was the bar in the lobby. This was great too! People were even having dinner there with a quiet drink and some work from the week. Simply an awesome (Websters dictionary defines Awesome as something that leaves you in Awe and Wonder) Milwaukee beacon and Everyone should have the privilege to stay or even visit here while residing in Milwaukee.

14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Noah C.
Fantastic staff! The Pfister staff is easily one of the best hotel staff's that I've come in contact with, and that's saying a lot.

As for the hotel itself, there are definite plusses and minuses to staying here.

On the plus side, the hotel's old school charm and elegance is a total winner. On the minus, it's old, and that's not every one's thing. There are definite old school smells - mildew here, decaying wood there - that hit you out of nowhere on occasion.

On the plus side there downstairs bar is awesome, with some of the coolest bartenders ever. On the minus side, some of the bar clientele were...interesting, to say the least.

The rooms were nicely furnished, but again, had that old-school charm that was both a plus and a minus.

Since my wife and I arrived at 2am here, we decided to order room service - I got steak and eggs, she got french onion soup and fries. We were happy with everything, and it was actually really reasonably priced for room service food.

04/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Eric S.
The beds are great. The place is beautiful. But the indoor pool is icy cold, and the shower in the morning was cold as well.

17/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. Howard H.
I recently stayed at the Pfister the night I proposed to my girlfriend (now my fiancé).  Pfister staff was most accommodating to my requests, and went out of their way to make the night very special for us.  Thanks Pfister!

09/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Stephen G.
Went there with my friend and his girlfriend for a drink once.
The bar is located on the top of the hotel, so if you want to get some breath-taking view of Milwaukee in the night, you should consider it.
The atmosphere is quiet, with jazz and piano music.
I like it very much, for its surroundings and lovely cookies.

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Russell B.
Nicely kept old school hotel. Rooms were very spacious. Views from the higher floors was a great plus. Location is in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Found many places around the hotel during the weekend to be closed, as it is in a business district.

26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Theo J.
was here for the Northwestern Conference and this hotel was a great guest hotel. All of the staff was great. The rooms were clean. Just an all around good hotel. If I ever come to Milwaukee again(don't plan on it until next annual conference) this is where I'm staying. Next time I will try out the restaurants. I did enjoy Blu for happy hour one day.

25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Eric B.
Fantastic place to stay. We got the Pfister off Hotwire for a low low rate. Old world classic look, new world amenities.  Highly recommend.

05/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Natalie S.
Ohhhh... fancy.

So we were going to the Wisconsin State Fair and wanted to spend the night in Milwaukee. Went to hotels.com and got a rate of $130 a night (plus taxes) at the Pfister and thought it sounded like a pretty good deal for a nice hotel, so we booked it. Last year we stayed at the Hilton in downtown Milwaukee but it was only so-so so we decided we wanted to switch it up.

The lobby is absolutely lovely and I was sad that I am prego because it would have been fun to have a martini in the lobby lounge. Oh well, maybe next year.

The staff were INSANELY friendly and pleasant. The woman that checked us in was not only efficient and helpful but SUPER nice. She even asked us if she could help us find dinner reservations. We had it under control but it was still a nice touch.

The rooms were above average, for sure. The view (we were in the tower and had a lake view) was lovely and we were even treated to a fireworks show off the lake around 9pm. The beds were comfortable and soft, just as I like them. The bathrooms were nice, toiletries were ample sized and good products.

It's conveniently located downtown within walking distance to lots of what appeared to be popular bars and restaurants. While walking to dinner we noticed restaurants serving sushi, Cuban food, Thai, steak... you name it, it seemed to be around the corner.

I didn't use the pool but my husband had some issues with the chlorine levels. His eyes were burning and really bothered him the rest of the evening after being in the pool for just a short amount of time. We probably should have talked to management about this but since we immediately left for dinner, didn't get a chance.

However, the sign near our door said that the regular rate for the room was $329 and I would have NEVER paid that much for what we got. I really liked our deal, however, and would definitely stay again with a similar rate.

08/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Bri L.
My husband and I decided to take a little trip to Milwaukee since we had never been there... we bid on a hotel on Priceline and ended up at the Pfister for $60! What a treat! When we arrived just before 3pm for check-in, we parked my car near the entrance by the valet--just hand them your keys and they will make sure your car doesn't get towed or ticketed while you run in, no charge. Our room wasn't available yet, and even though we were a few minutes early the front desk attendant gave us 2 $10 drink vouchers for the bar in the lobby! We hung out for about an hour until the room was available, then went up to freshen up and drop off our bags before we moved our car to other parking.

Well, I had left my flashers on in my car and killed the battery... we asked the front desk inside if we could get a jump, and a valet attendant went to get his own car from the parking garage, pulled around, and jumped my car. Thank you, Thomas! So thankful, amazing service!

The room itself: perfect for us. We had 2 double beds with pillowtops, which is just what we like on a trip (lots of space!).  The room was pretty cool when we went to sleep, although the blankets are very heavy and I woke up feeling warm a couple of times during the night. The alarm clock was also really bright next to the bed, so I covered it up with a piece of paper. We had an amazing view of the city on the 16th floor. Up in the Blu lounge or in the pool, both on the 23rd floor, there are amazing views of the lake and the city--we were there on the 4th of July and were able to see about 10 different fireworks shows going on at the same time in different directions while sitting in the bar by the window. What a view.

Make sure you walk around the 2nd floor of the lobby and look at all the artwork and their descriptions. In the lobby lounge, there is a huge fireplace and very comfortable seating by the bar. It's great just to sit and relax, listen to the classical music playing, and people watch... it is such an enormous room, and yet it feels comfortable and very accessible.

We drove around and explored the area before deciding where to eat dinner; ended up at Elsa's on the Park by Cathedral Square. We paid about 50 cents for the last half hour of parking until the meters were free after 6pm, then we were able to leave our car there overnight until 8am FOR FREE!!!! In the morning I went and moved my car; check in on Foursquare and you get 5 hours of free parking with a food/beverage purchase inside the hotel (we had breakfast and coffee). Later, we drove over to the Historic Third Ward district, where we walked around to see the art galleries and shops before getting lunch at The Public Market. Another tip here - park at a street meter on E. Menomonee by Jefferson St. (South of the parking lot for event parking) and pay 50 cents an hour with a 10 hour max instead of $1.50 with a 2 hour max anywhere else. In total, we paid $4 in parking for the whole trip instead of the $25 per night valet at the Pfister or at least $15 for any other parking garage downtown.

We LOVED our stay at the Pfister, and for $60 it was a steal. I would recommend this to anyone staying in Milwaukee who appreciates history and art.... it's like staying in a museum, and the service was outstanding! The front desk attendant remembered us when we checked out and apologized for our room not being ready right away. We had a great time. Thanks, Pfister, for helping us explore Milwaukee and making it a pleasant experience! Hope to be back soon :)

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Jake D.
Great old place. Rooms are not amazing, but the history, lobbys, and even hallways are worth a stay!

03/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
65. Randy M.
Classic, historic hotel.

Pros - decent sized rooms, nice bathrooms and toiletries, good spa, great restaurant/bar with a view of Lake Michigan

Cons - absolutely nothing close in terms of convenience stores (seems to be in a bit of a bubble with only restaurants or bars, but no shopping). Pricey for Milwaukee ($30 overnight parking???).

30/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Frederick W.
This is an elegant old hotel.  Signs of this include the wide halls and stairways.  The room we had in the old part was large and had enough seating to be comfortable to lounge around in.  The staff was friendly and helpful.  We arrived just too late for lunch (although in Northern VA, 2 PM is not too late for lunch) but the waiter in the lobby lounged helped out.  The location proved very good for walking to the East side, historic third ward, art museum or short car trips.  Our stay was very comfortable and enjoyable.

28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Zen T.
I've stayed here a few times. Really like it

15/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. Kelly O.
Wow. This hotel will wow you from the second you walk in the door. You feel like you are entering another time.....I'm posting some pictures with this review, but they are only of my room. I'll post some more of the lobby and such later. I keep feeling like I'm in a Gone With The Wind hotel.....it is stunning! The staff is VERY polite and attentive, the rooms are spacious and well decorated- much less of a hotel room feel, more like a small apartment. The bathrooms are spacious and CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. The bed is HEAVEN to sleep on. 24 hour room service and a spa. I want to move here. Seriously, there is not one bad thing in this place. Definitely a 5-star experience.

13/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Jax B.
We stayed at the Pfister Hotel for a night while downtown for a wedding. We enjoyed our stay in the historic section of the building. The room was traditional and clean.

Dislikes: Overnight parking in their structure was $25 and they charge for wi-fi.

09/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
70. Sandy S.
The Pfister Cafe offers the best Sunday brunch I've ever had.  Don't opt for the breakfast only (cheaper), spring for the whole buffet - you won't be sorry.  Loved the huge, tasty shrimp and sauce.  Prime Rib - great.  Duck with buckwheat noodles, a first for me, and very good.  Chef made a special order omelette, not unique I know but they have more options for veggies than most.  And unlimited Mimosas - yum.  I had to take a nap after brunch!

28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Tori L.
Stayed at the Pfister this past weekend for a wedding and LOVED the hotel. Beautiful architecture, great service, lovely rooms, totally haunted, I couldn't ask for more.

26/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Kate S.
This place is absolutely stunning!!!  I was greeted by the bellman when I first arrived to ask if I needed any assistance.  Since I was just there overnight I didn't have any vast amounts of luggage so I politely said no and made my way into the hotel.  The front desk clerk was also very polite, I had questions on where to find the parking garage and he directed me to it and let me know that I did have in and out privleges there!  My room was quite spacious, clean and the bed was so comfy.  It made it very hard to get out of it in the morning!  I wish I could have stayed another night.  I will definately have come back and stay for a longer weekend.  It looks like they have a very nice spa there that I will have to try out!

11/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
73. Sally B.
Such a lovely old hotel!  Helpful, friendly staff.  Really... and there's something good to be said for that!  Great, historic space.  Room not as clean as I'd like.  If the carpet was vacuumed, someone missed a bunch of spots.

12/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
74. Elle E.
There are so many angles to reviewing this classic grand dame of a hotel. As a local, I've never stayed there, but hear the rooms are solid. But as a local the lobby bar is one of my favorite places  to visit with friends.

The service is wonderful there - attentive but not overly friendly unless you want to chat. It's great to get a bite of food and a cocktail and soak up the scenery. It's often a place we stop on the way to a show or out for the evening. It's fun enough to take your hip friends and classic enough to take grandma.

And truly there are few hotel lobbies in the country as elegant and historic as the Pfister's.

As we say in Milwaukee, 'stop by'!

10/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. TJ T.
Good location if you are heading to the Art Museum.  Also a brief walk to the nightlife.  I enjoyed the hotel staff, they were very helpful.  

I asked if there were any upgrades available at check-in, we were parking overnight ($25), we upgraded for $40 and got a suite in the corner, it was beautiful.  I would highly recommend this hotel.

16/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Brandon S.
Stayed here a few nights for a wedding. The Pfister is an old historic hotel in the middle of downtown. There is a new wing and the original wing.  All the rooms are up to date and nicely appointed.   Everything is within walking distance, unless of course you're freezing your a** of....it is Wisconsin....and I'm from California.  Staff was very friendly and accommodating to my wife and small kids.

We went to a Brewers game and afterwards we learned all the players from the other  team were staying at the Pfister.  It looks like the Pfister is THE place to stay in downtown Milwaukee.

Besides the nice hotel I have to say........WHERE IS EVERYBODY????  The city was dead!  I'm used to SoCal but it was unusually quite for 3 days over a weekend......seriously empty, and it wasn't even snowing.   I don't really keep up with Milwaukee, so tell me...did everybody run away, move away....what's the deal with Milwaukee??

01/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
77. Augie R.
My stay here was among the best lodging experiences I've ever had.  The staff was spectacularly courteous and helpful, the room was well appointed and very comfortable, the common areas are ornate and beautiful, and the location in the center of Milwaukee's downtown is convenient.  The bed was great and the shower may be the best shower I've ever experienced.  We needed to request the room be defeathered due to my allergies, and they were very accommodating and quick.  

Don't miss Blu on the top floor of the Pfister.  Terrific view of Milwaukee and great drinks!

28/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
78. Eric B.
I have never actually stayed at the Pfister Hotel, but have been to a few receptions and meetings over the years.  The Pfister remains a very classy and comfortable hotel with great service and flair.

I strolled in yesterday off a still "rough around the edges" Wisconsin Avenue.  The lobby was awash in Christmas decorations and the tree was in the final stages of preparation for the upcoming tree lighting ceremony.  This very comfortable oasis felt very homey and inviting. I could see taking Gayle here as part of a weekend that might include the Milwaukee Art Museum, a sporting event, a Friday Night Fish Fry and other fine dining, visiting friends and relatives, and even a walk on the beach.

29/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Sara C.
I stayed here for a week during a business trip.  Definitely an old school hotel - very ornate and Victorian.  The room I was in was located in the tower on the 21st floor.  The room was a decent size but the beds were doubles.  I know I'm spoiled having a king bed at home, but they were TINY.  

That being said my overall experience was great.  Guest services was very responsive.  Room service was good and reasonably priced (as far as room service goes).  The gym is well equipped with four treadmills, two ellipitcals, two bikes, a universal and free weights.  It gets busy so go as early as you can.  I was there before 5:30 every day and by 6:00 all the cardio equipment would be in use.

Food note: the Healthy Start breakfast (egg white omlette w/ veggies and three slices of turkey bacon) comes with a coconut/carrot muffin.  I was able to resist it the first time I ordered breakfast but gave in the second time.  Turns out it's basically carrot cake without the cream cheese icing.  It's absolutely delicious but probably not all that healthy.  :-)

I would stay here again provided I was able to get one of the rooms with a King bed.  Sleeping on a double just isn't for me.

27/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
80. Valerie W.
Almost every time I am in Milwaukee for business the company puts us up at the Pfister.  Each visit is stellar - but I just got back from a 3 day stint - so, here goes!

Front desk staff - very friendly, helpful, accommodating, genuinely sincere.  They enjoy their jobs.

Bell/Door men - also very friendly.  Always hold the door open, greet you with a "hello" or "have a nice day."

Lobby Lounge staff - same as above.  Attentive, friendly.

All staff is knowledgeable of the area, and are more than happy to make restaurant recommendations or give directions.

The rooms are comfortable, the location is within walking distance to several restaurants and bars.

17/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. Leah N.
After growing up in Milwaukee and now moving away I get to view the city as a tourist on my trips back. It's amazing how many things you miss when you live somewhere, this hotel being 1.

I got the Pfister for a great deal on Priceline. It was a steal for being last minute, holiday weekend and on a Friday night. Thank you Priceline for the $100 room!

Valet was easy and quick and this included our entire stay as we left a couple times to meet friends/family for dinner outside of the city. The check in was smooth and the girl helping us was very warm and friendly.

The hotel itself is gorgeous, especially the lobby. Our room was well appointed and very comfortable. Nice bath and products given. We also had a nice view which is always a plus.

The hotel has many bars and restaurants so we checked out BLU. A must stop for a drink- at anytime of the day. Gorgeous view and tasty drinks. I loved the ginger mojito. A bit pricey but the service was perfect and so was the view.

Location: Great! Easy walk to anywhere. We headed over to Water Street and spent the evening at Milwaukee Ale House, another spot I missed while living here.

Overall, we'll be back. Great hotel and staff in a wonderful spot. For someone who i always in a hotel they left a very good impression.

04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Ashley S.
Location in downtown Milwaukee gives you access to a lot that the city has to offer. Lakefront is in view, museums are close by as well as a lot of great restaurants and bars. We even walked over to Brewer's Hill and it only took about a half hour there. The lobby is absolutely stunning and so was the view from our 14th Floor room facing east. I also recommended getting a drink at Blu on the 23rd Floor of the hotel. The views of Milwaukee are breathtaking. The staff was caring and helpful.

11/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
83. Molly F.
Excellent service. View from the swimming pool is fantastic. Definitely tops my list of places to stay in Milwaukee.

26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. little red c.
My friends and I decided to splurge for a room at the Pfister for my 30th birthday, and I am SO glad we did. I had mentioned the occasion for the trip, and the staff went above and beyond to ensure our stay and weekend-long celebration were top-notch. They were friendly and knowledgeable (we received a recco for a great little Cuban place around the corner that we may not have found otherwise), and they lent us an iPhone charger when mine failed to make its way into my suitcase. This stay was my first in Milwaukee and at the Pfister, but I know it won't be my last. If you want a carefree experience in the heart of Milwaukee, choose the Pfister. Yon won't regret it!

18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. Stephanie L.
Nice, old, historic hotel....

So while we were there...a pipe burst and there was a flood in the lobby and spa area...please read my review of the spa for details.

Although, I have to say, the front desk here, ie Rae, really did her best to please us.  She was doing the dirty work of a lot of people that day and stayed professional and cheery the whole time.

The rooms themselves were pretty standard...yes, old and historic but fairly nice.  The bathroom is a very weird set up.  The door is just in the way.  Also I could have used better shades...I like my hotel room to be DARK.  The linens on the beds were fantastic.  AHHH, pure bliss.

I didnt get to check out the fitness center due to the flood and we experienced the spa...kind of.  

The cafe in the front serves up s-bucks coffee.  You can grab an on the go breakfast/snack or sit down.  We did a sit down breakfast on Sunday.  It was pretty good and ok prices for a lobby restaurant.

I also got a fantastic deal on this hotel on priceline....almost half off so it was worth it.  I think if I would have paid full price, I would have been disappointed.

24/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Dan G.
We decided to head to Milwaukee after our stop in New Glarus.  I did one of those Mystery Deal from Hotwire for a $99 room.  It ended up being the one of the best nights stay at a hotel I have ever had.  It was a long drive from New Glarus, especially in a Honda Civic that had no working A/C.  To say the least we were a hot mess.  We were bit worried walking into this classy establishment, but it just happen to be Harley-Davidson Fest and the place was full of bikers.  So we fit in just fine.  When we went up to the front desk the the nice lady who checked us in could tell we were a little spent from the long hot drive, and got us our room immediately.  The room was a nice size and had two queen beds in it covered in fluffy pillows and blankets.  These beds were very comfortable, like fall in love comfortable.  After about an hour of unwinding we got a knock on the door and a bell boy had a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and an iced bottle of champagne compliments of the house.  The letter that came with it said, "I hope this can help you guys relax and enjoy your honeymoon"  it was signed by the nice hotel clerk who checked us in.  That was a classy move and it really showed how this place wants to take care of you.   After we went to dinner we came back and got some drinks at the hotel bar.  We were greeted with a bar snack tray and a friendly waitress.  I ordered the house special Old Fashion.  It was fantastic!  And huge to boot!  In the morning we got breakfast at their little cafe and it was also delicious,  Good breakfast with Starbucks coffee.  Overall, if I stay in Milwaukee again, I will stay here.  It was just an amazing experience

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Michelle M.
We stayed here this weekend and overall had a great time. The beds were comfortable, if a bit small (queens would be preferred over doubles). The decor was elegant and the location unbeatable. The pool was a bit small and oddly shaped so not big enough for laps and no hot tub for relaxing. The sun exposure on the 23rd floor with the big windows was just what the doctor ordered at the end of winter. The shower head came from the ceiling, which was a luxurious amenity for my tall husband. My only complaint with the shower was that I could not get the water quite hot enough. Overall I highly recommend this place and would stay here again on a future Milwaukee trip!

06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Shacey P.
The hotel is a classic - ornate and great character in the lobby and sweeping staircase to the 2nd floor. Check-in was seamless and the newly remodeled room was okay. Missed the traditional rooms, prices have gone up and the furniture was a bit too bulky for the space, but windows were pretty.  Maybe a 4 but dinged it for two reasons:  (1) despite multiple requests our room was not cleaned until almost 3:30pm on Saturday and (2) the service in the lobby bar was slow, surly and absurd. Too bad - used to be such a gem. Think we'll head to the Iron Horse next time.

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
89. Jessica J.
Went to visit my boyfriend while he was in Milwaukee for business. While the hotel is a little dated the guest service was 5 starts! It was a surprise visit and the staff helped me make it special. Deanna was amazing! Above and beyond any customer service I've experienced and I travel ALOT to see my boyfriend.

Rumors say the hotel is haunted... I was hoping to experience some ghost but they just blocked Sprint cell phone towers. I will differently be back! Thank you for making me feel like a valued guest!

03/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Deb M.
Second special occasion stay at the Pfister and this time in a room in the historical section of the hotel.  Last time stayed in the tower.  Both times we were blown away by the service and staff at the Pfister.  What a lovely experience it is to stay here.  This trip we never left the hotel and spent a wonderful afternoon in the Lobby Bar where Elle our waitress treated us like royalty.  We returned to the Lobby Bar after dinner to sip Port by the fireplace and really couldnt have had a more relaxing time.  Felt very comfortable here and althought the hotel is very nice it is not at all snobby.  Love the Gilded Age Lobby and history behind this place.  Will return again to check out the Spa which upon a quick glance looked very promising.  Kudos to everyone there for epitomizing great service.  The only reason I did not give 5 stars is the Mason Street Grill on property restaurant seems to have lost some its edge since my last stay and twice now I've been unable to go to Blu due to the crowd on a Saturday evening.  Also the furniture in my living room area of my suite was just showing a little wear and might need replacing.  Otherwise, really lovely place to hang out in Milwaukee.

18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Zach O.
Thanks to a James Bond themed Yelp event, I was able to get an in depth tour of the Pfister Hotel, and this place is amazing.

This hotel is over 100 years old, the unique style and architecture is something you won't find anywhere else in Milwaukee. The lobby is incredible. The Victorian architecture, mural-ed ceilings, authentic lion sculptures, and relatively dim lighting make you feel like you're walking into a Van Gogh (I googled "classiest painting of all time" and the number one hit was a Van Gogh).

This hotel has every amenity you could want and is located within walking distance of Water Street (food, bars...banks...). I have never had the pleasure of actually staying overnight in this hotel, being that I already live in Milwaukee, but I've had plenty of fun exploring everything except the rooms themselves.  

The following describes my best night ever at the Pfister. I went to a Yelp sponsored James Bond themed event (From Yelp With Love) with my sister Jessica.  We met some great people, and shared some of the best wine, scotch, food and conversation that I have ever had with people that aren't in my mirror.  Near the end of our night the artist in residence, Mr. Timothy Westwood, invited us down to his studio to try on some of the clothes he designed. We got dressed up, went back upstairs to Blu, drank more scotch, and basked in the envious stares from people that hadn't considered dressing as a king, wicked witch, or a pimp before going out that night.

I promise you if you stay at this hotel, you will not be disappointed.

04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. Michael K.
My wife and I stayed here for a wedding this past weekend.  Upon walking in you walk by a small lounge area, complete with fireplace as well as small TV, and bar.  After passing that you step into a large hall with high overhead ceilings.  There are several murals painted upon the ceiling, lined with golden, Victorian-style trimmings.  Off to the left you'll find an elegant looking staircase, complete with pieces of art and antique looking furniture.   Throughout the hotel you will find works of art on the wall, some with little blurbs of info about the artist/painting.

We arrived at eleven-o'clock and intended to just check our bags with the bag clerk since check in is at three-o'clock.  However the staff at the desk were very friendly and were able to give us our room at that time.  

Our room itself is one of the ones they have recently remodeled, something they are apparently in the process of doing across the hotel from what I've heard.  Upon entering I was struck by how clean our room was, it looked impeccable.  The carpet, a dark charcoal color, gave way to ash grey walls with white trimming.  It had a very modern, elegant feel to it.  

The bed, a queen complete with feather pillows, felt like I was melting into it each time I lay down.  Very comfortable and plenty big enough for the two of us.  It did have strange white, padded wall as the headboard.  I found it very odd, though it obviously didn't impact my stay or comfort.

The bathroom had similar decor as the bedroom, with black marbled counter.  The shower was interesting, with one knob to control waterflow, the other to control temperature.  I've never seen anything like it before.  The pressure was decent and I was able to get the water to a temperature that I like.

I realize that Blu is a separate entity of sorts from the Pfister, but I feel it's worth noting here that they have this amazing bar at the top of the hotel.  Dim lighting, cozy chairs, and a view of Milwaukee's skyline make this a perfect place to grab drinks with a special someone.

My one knock on this place is the heating/AC system.  The room was at 76 when we arrived and we found this to be too hot.  We tried turning the air down to 68 before we departed to explore the city.  When we returned we found that the room was still at 76 and the thermostat had mysteriously reset itself to 76 as well.  So in a second attempt as we went to sleep that night we made sure to set it to "cool", and 68 again.  It was still 76 when we woke up and made for a very warm night.  We both tossed and turned as we struggled with it.  Turning it off was the only solution that wound up working, but yet it was somehow turned back on when we arrived back in the room a couple hours later.  

I'd say that I'd hope the heating was an isolated issue, however most of the wedding party were staying at the Pfister.  I know of at least two couples switching rooms, with a tech being called to a third room to check the thermostat to see if it was working properly.  Apparently it is a problem with their system that it can't switch over from heat to AC on those days where it's just not quite cold, but not quite warm out.  

Overall this place had a very classy feel to it, without feeling too stuffy.  I felt welcome and in no way out of place, even on the days I did wear jeans.  I'd certainly stay here again.  Without the heating issues...this is 5-stars.

21/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. melissa m.
Don't let the dollar signs sway you, they have deals all the time and if you book in advance the rates are good. It's beautiful, the rooms are spectacular, the location is excellent and the staff is super nice, and not fake nice. I could sit in the lobby bar all night!

08/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
94. Erika G.
Once you get over giggling about the name of this place, come on in and linger awhile at the gorgeous lobby bar. We stopped in here on a Sunday for Bloody Marys (I dubbed them "Bloody Pfisters").

A 5 star Bloody Mary, people. Welcome to Wisconsin. We like cheese, we like to drink, and we like our, um . . . beef sticks. Everything we like is represented here. a little beef stick, a chunk of cheddar, vodka, tomato juice, a beer chaser of your choice, AND a delicious, juicy shrimp - just to show you we clean up well and know how to class it up. Served by a charming, cute bartender who provides a pitcher of tomato juice so you can self-serve freshen your drink. Just great.

The lobby is gorgeous. Upscale elegance for a couple of casual upscale elitists. This is something Milwaukee continues to get right.

And the price is surprising for the Pfister, home of the $35 brunch buffet.

08/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
95. M L.
I stayed here for a night for an impromptu writer's retreat (didn't get that much done, but that's another story) about a month and a half ago. First of all, the hotel room was huge! I felt as dorky as Lena Dunham as I lolled on the bed and checked out the amenities and gobbled chocolate-covered strawberries. Secondly, the room service was prompt and the food excellent. I also liked that you could order your breakfast the night before and have it arrive at your chosen time the following morning. Thirdly, the view! I was on the eighteenth floor of the tower, so I got a wonderful view of MKE as I was drifting off to sleep.

Sadly, I didn't see the ghost of Mr. Pfister (is it just me, or is that a good porn name? I really need to get my mind out of the gutter, hahaha), but I blame that on me not making reservations in the historic part of the hotel. Mayhaps a night in the old part is something I should request for my upcoming birthday?

14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
96. Spencer H.
This is one of the finest hotels in Milwaukee.  As soon as you arrive the staff is there to help & accommodate you.  

The hotel is over 100 years old & has a Victorian decor to it.  The lobby looms like something Da Vinci made.  

The service & hospitality is remarkable.  This is why you pay more to stay at a prestigious hotel.  

The rooms were spacious & clean.  This is the most important thing along with hospitality.  The decor of the hotel was phenomenal & had an antique feel but was still up to date to include a lot of amenities that top of the line hotels had.  The jacuzzi in the room was phenomenal along with the shower.  The art work around the hotel was very nice adding to the upscale ambience.  

The hotel lounge & piano player added to the upscale ambience even more.  

Overall I will stay here again when I am in the area.

17/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Radu S.
This is a such a nice elegant hotel
Has so much history!
Beautiful paintings

10/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Marc R.
This is perhaps the only thing that has not changed since the glory days of Milwaukee.

The Pfister was established by the heirs of Guido Pfister of Milwaukee's tannery boom has always been the best hotel in the city.

Now, the rooms are small in some cases, and it is always better to get a larger room or suite if you can swing it.

The thing I love is the lobby and the restaurant. As you walk through the restaurant you move from upscale find dining to a casual diner atmosphere. How cool is that?

There are still bellhops at the street level, and the staff are all friendly and helpful.

They even have a resident storyteller/narrator who you might meet in the lobby. Now, that is cool! They hire a writer to serve a residency each year. Nice. blog.thepfisterhotel.com

Now you might pay for Internet - just like the Marriott, or most other 4 or 5 star hotels. If you want free Internet check out upgrades or check out a hotel off the highway for the rubber band salesmen. If you can't spring the extra cash for the Internet, you probably shouldn't book a room here or at any other top notch hotel.

22/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. Gina B.
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay. The room was nice, spacious, and clean. We also did the deal of extra $30 a night for valet, rooftop lounge access, and internet. It was defiantly worth it. Rooftop lounge has a great complimentary breakfast as well as snacks/drinks all day. The only thing I wish is that there was a jacuzzi.

22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Chimmeree G.
First time in Milwaukee, and first at the Pfister.    Neither the reviews nor the website prepared us for how elegant and unique it was, and granted these reviews are pretty nice indeed.

The lobby and reception area is very ornate, high painted ceiling and a lobby with a fireplace and piano player.  There is so much more.  The Pfister has its own art collection - and an artist in residence.  How many hotels can claim that?

The staff was polite and friendly, but there was something more in how they seemed to have an incredible eagerness to treat you really special.  I saw this at check in, with room service, the cafe and in both of the lounge and Blu.

In this corporate day and age, independent and historic places like this are few and far between.  It is clearly a gem, and I feel so lucky to have stayed there.

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
101. Ally C.
My review is based on the hotel bar.  Came in on Sunday morning to try one of their famous Bloody Mary's and I'm sure glad I did.  Bartender Joe was working that morning and he made an excellent Bloody Mary.  This Bloody Mary has the most garnishes I've ever seen one have and it was delicious.  Joe gave my friend and I helpful tips and hints of things to go in the city and was super friendly.  Stop by for a Bloody Mary next time you're in Milwaukee!

25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
102. Bill w.
Wonderfull and beautiful property! Excellent amenities, clean room, nice staff. Only complaint was the painfully slow service at the bar near the lobby, they seemed very disorganized. In addition we were in the wing that was 8 floors and our room was on the eighth floor, there must have been something wrong with the elevator because every time it was used this horrible noise reverberated on the entire floor, it was beyond annoying and wrecked our sleep.

30/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Lily M.
This hotel is beautiful and stylish in the lobby area.  The rooms are ok, but they have an old smell to them.  This hotel was built in the 1800's, so even though the place has been renovated, it still has an aged scent.  As soon as I went to my bathroom, I saw someone's used contact on the counter along with hair around the sink.  If that didn't gross me out enough, I'll tell you what did.  They keep two Fiji water bottles on the desk that are $3 each.  One of the water bottles was open and used.  This is something I would possibly find at a cheaper hotel, but for the price of this hotel, I was shocked.

There was a card on the nightstand stand stating that I could call and request what time I'd like my housekeeping each day.  I always called to request 10am, yet the housekeepers would knock on my door at 8am wanting to come in to clean the room.
I ordered room service daily here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Here goes:

Blueberry Pancakes - They were ok.  I've had better, but for what it was worth, I ate them.
Vegetable Omelette with Potatoes - This was my favorite meal out of everything I ordered.  You can't really go wrong with eggs.
Chicken Quesadillas - The tortilla was so overcooked that the taste of it was mostly of burnt flavor.  The chicken was also coarse.
Sweet Potato Fries - They were extremely crispy and burnt (both times I ordered them).
Veggie Burger (black bean patty) - The patty was really crunchy.  I am sure it was a frozen patty that they warmed up.  Do not order this.
Cheese Pizza - I understand that this is a hotel and not a pizza parlor, but the pizza was so nasty that they should instead just buy frozen pizzas from Walmart to warm up so that they $12 can actually be worth it.
Chicken Pesto Sandwich (from the café downstairs) - If there was about 50% less pesto sauce on the chicken, this sandwich could have been enjoyable.

Overall, the food was so horrible.  

My last night here I had to call the front desk because there was a party going on next door to me.  That really did it for me.

Three times I called requesting that a receipt be emailed to me.  I still do not have a receipt in my inbox.

I'd never return here and I do not recommend the hotel to anyone.

17/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
104. Kristen S.
After my stay at the Pfister, I will never stay anywhere else in Milwaukee. It's a classy and elegant hotel with an interesting history.

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
105. Judy S.
I wish to send many thanks to all the employees at the Pfister, especially
to Roc who was kind to open the "Grand Ballroom" and share the "Loin"
and the history of the room, it is definitely a grand room.
Thank you for the wonderful customer service, gold star to all.

27/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
106. Emily K.
My husband and I spent last night at the Pfister.  We bid on a room on Priceline and lucked out to get such an amazing place.  

When we arrived, I was completely blown away by the beauty of the lobby.  It was everything that I had been told about and more. I especially enjoyed the piano player in the lobby bar.

When we arrived at the desk, we were offered an upgrade for $40 to a penthouse level room.  The $40 included a $25 breakfast credit and two $10 drink credits at Blu, so how could we pass it up?

Blu was nice.  Nice view of Milwaukee.  Good drink list.  I really enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberries.

Our room was fabulous.  We were on the 22nd floor, which also had a nice view.  Our bed was HUGE and very comfortable.  The bathroom was also fabulous.  The jacuzzi tub was super deep and very comfortable.  Plus, it had an amazing shower.

I also thoroughly enjoyed all of the artwork around the hotel.  We spent over an hour wandering the halls and taking in all of the beauty.  

Our breakfast this morning was delicious.  I had the Healthy Start. which included the most amazing muffin.  My husband had the Scottish Smoked Salmon plate which was out of this world.

I hope we have a chance to spend another night their soon.  It truly is a magical place.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
107. jim m.
Small.room no view. I also had an issue with an IPOD missing from my checked bags and I am still waiting for security to get back to me on my IPAD. The best part of this was the club level. The service and the staff were amazing but the room verse what I could get at the Metro or the Iron Horse were not comparable.

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
108. Bunny G.
This review is long overdue but had the need to remember and write about this trip. Sadly I was in Milwaukee because one of my best friends had past away and I came up for the service.  

I was a guest of the Pfister and was very fortunate that our mutual friend's mother had been the general manager here for many years and she hosted our stay. She also was the manager when John F. Kennedy was here campaigning in the 60s. We were treated like royalty so the stay was exceptional.  This hotel has a lot of history, its been here since 1893, once you step in you will see its grandeur and appreciate the list of who's who that has stayed here.

The luxurious rooms and hotel were not enough to bring me out of my somber state but enough to comfort me.  The hotel is located near the Lake and we caught a cab to see all of his favorite places. We went to a pub-which in Milwaukee seems like they are on every corner.  I think what struck me the most unusual was seeing little old ladies wearing football jersey's and wearing foam cheese hats on the head!  

Back at the hotel the lounge in the lobby was beautiful.  I sat at the bar and had a wonderful salad and the bartender-like everyone in the mid-west was a sweetheart.

The exciting uplifting part was seeing the entire basketball team (Minnesota Timberwolves) sitting in the lobby, I think they were guests.  A gift shop is in the lobby too and I got to see the coach there "shopping".  

Milwaukee will always have a special place in my heart and so will the Pfister Hotel.

14/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Lori H.
What a beautiful historic hotel.  We loved staying here and looking over Lake Michigan  was a bonus!

03/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
110. Tracy V.
Awesome. Ornate. Stately. Regal. Great room with small parlor. Super cool rooftop lounge! The front desk attendant gave us 2 ten$ vouchers for the bar, and that was more than hospitable. Great location. Wandered over the "The SafeHouse" bar, just a couple blocks away, which I recommend for a for sure weird time.

24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. Talia G.
If it was just for atmosphere, I would definitely give this hotel 5 stars. It's beautiful with it's old Victorian architecture, well kept-up, with nice employees. You definitely feel wealthy when you walk into here, especially with a key to the circular tower in hand.

I knocked it down a star for two reasons:

First, there's no free wireless which I found quite tacky. Secondly, I had absolutely THE WORST breakfast buffet ever here. Cole slaw, potato salad, sliced white bread, lunch meat, scrambled eggs, sausage, and cookies is NOT appropriate for a 9am breakfast. I guess it's probably a midwest thing, but jeeez that was inedible. That said, I had a great dinner here one night, so four stars it is.

05/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
112. Jennifer R.
My company has used the Pfister Hotel as its home base for company meetings for years now.  And we are always pleased with the level of service they provide.  First let's mention how beautiful it is.  This is a glorious example of an Art Deco hotel.  It is truly the Grand Dame of hotels in this city.  Location, location, location.  Secondly the guest rooms are sumptuous and beautiful.  The tower rooms may be smaller, so ask for a room in the older part of the hotel.  Third, let's discuss service.  Top notch.  This is a Marcus hotel, and everyone from the valet parkers to the Concierge is impeccable in their hospitality and treatment of guests.  Fourth and finally for me, although I could go on and on, is the hotel's attention to detail. In the hospitality industry this is a priceless quality and extremely valuable.   Staying in the Pfister is a treat and I recommend having a drink in Blu or in the lobby bar.  You will treat yourself to, and enjoy,  the gracious hospitality of a bygone era.

26/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. Linda V.
Planned a very last minute girls getaway that needed to be convenient and didn't break the bank.  No place along  Lake Michigan was available so a trip to Milwaukee seemed a natural next best thing-of course!  Booked a suite for the three of us at the Pfister, a little spa, time as well as afternoon cocktails.  Had a great time.  The Pfister staff is professional, accommodating and very friendly.  The room was spacious, comfortable and nicely appointed.  And, the Me and My BFF packages was an amazing addition that saved us quite a bit of money.  All in all I would definitely go back for another great get away!

23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. Cosmo W.
Old classic elegance and right in the middle of it all. I love this hotel, some of the rooms are a little outdated, but that adds to the charm. The lobby bar is a great place to hang, and the staff in every department are attentive and friendly, always making you feel like a special guest. I would stay here on every visit to Milwaukee if I could!

21/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
115. Katie K.
Wowsers, great hotel, great service, great views, and potentially haunted, what more can a girl ask for?

The hotel was really nice, probably one of the nicer hotels I have ever stayed in. The staff was friendly.  We didn't have a ton of interaction with the staff, but every encounter was more than positive.  The hotel restaurant was super nice.  And the little cafe was nice too, you can rent i-pads! Wow.  Pretty stellar.

The pool was a little small, but pretty neat views off the top of the building.  I also think the structure of the building is unique in that it is a circle so every room he's these beautiful bay windows, ingenious!

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
116. Trina J.
This is a very nice place. It has a distinguished decor.  I arrived late evening to attend a birthday dinner and to stay overnight.

It was a very cold evening and I arrived dressed for the party. The bellman asked if I had plans for the evening. When I mentioned I was attending a dinner, he asked if I wanted to have the things brought up for me.

Th next morning, we ordered room service and it was the best room service I have ever had. It was of such a good quality. We ranted and raved about our respective meals and mentioned this to others who stayed. Everyone agreed it was something special.

I have no reason to return to Milwaukee for an overnight stay but the room service is a reason to do so.

03/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
117. Jason L.
Excellent service - every staff member was pleasant, professional and approachable.  The rooms, clubs and restaurant were all terrific.  It's a historic building with all the modern touches one could want...

07/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
118. Dimitri T.
The food at the Phister hotel is simply "OK". Nothing necessarily stands out other than the beauty of the building itself. Upon enterance of this majestic building I was instantly greated by the friendly bartender, and sat myself casually, awaiting assistance. Shortly thereafter My server, a very nice younger man promptly came and took my order. A little bit later, the food came out and I was less than impressed. The burger, even though it was higher end angus beef, still lacked flavor, and while ordered "medium" I recieved it as "well". A place as gorgeous as this has a much higher potential for food quality, and was an overal luekwarm experience.

26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
119. Wulfstan C.
This is a beautiful old grand hotel and, from our experience is well run.

It has all the old grand beauty from when it was built, very fin-de-siecle with a beautiful grand lobby with mezzanine looking over onto it, with nice seating and palm ferns on the mezzanine.  That allows one to enjoy the ambience in some seclusion and quiet.  There is a nice looking bar in the lobby, gran staircase that actually goes all the way up.  Halls are lovely, redolent of the old atmosphere and clearly old but in good condition, clean and bright.

Rooms are clean, nicely appointed, with modern updates in the bathrooms, etc., but retaining old character and charm.  Service staff in our experience were great, efficient and friendly.

We had a wonderful stay here.

01/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
120. Kimberly K.
Perfect hotel.  As good as it gets.  This place is amazing.

The staff was the best I have ever experienced, the rooms were delightful, and both Blu and the lobby lounge were great hangout spots. Lots of fun places to eat and drink at nearby too.

25/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
121. Andy F.
I travel nationally and internationally doing sound and tour managing an artist. We stay at 4 and 5 star hotels all of the time and never run into the poor service that we experienced on June 22 at around 3AM in the morning. We checked in late because we work late. The guy behind the desk was a big fat guy and incredibly aggressive. He refused to listen to what were saying. We had already paid for the rooms and our card was on file, but he just kept aggressively demanding payment and would not look up the information I requested him to look up. It was totally unprofessional, unwarranted  and the complete opposite of hospitality. I feel like because we look different than the typical guests we were discriminated against. We will not be staying here again. Too bad because It's an otherwise great hotel.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
122. Melanie S.
I've always wanted to stay at The Pfister. I love its old-world charm and elegance. We were in town for only one night so we decided to splurge on The Pfister.

When we reserved our room, we had asked to stay in the more historic section of the hotel (a Pfister Double Room), and not the newer tower, but that's not the room we were given. It wasn't that big of a deal, but I wished they'd acknowledged it upon check-in, and not when we called the front desk after we saw the room and noticed the beds were smaller than described on their website (note to the front-desk: queen and full beds are not the same size). They told us they were oversold and that whether the rooms were "Pfister Double" or "Tower Double," they were the same price and therefore interchangeable. Okay fine, but that's not what your site states. Just wished it had been handled more smoothly.

The room and decor were lovely and comfortable, and we had no complaints. The bathroom has a separate sink/vanity area, which I always appreciate.

Wi-Fi was $9.95/day and it took a call to the front desk for it to work properly after we tried to activate it. I always bristle at paying for this (just include it in the price of my room), and it was slow, but that tends to be the case in a hotel; and it's not like i was spending a ton of time on the internetz. Overnight parking runs $25/day. Not cheap, but certainly less than other major cities.

The location of the hotel is great. Walking distance to the Art Museum, several shops and restaurants, and the hotel itself has many dining options as well as a spa/salon.

Other than a couple snafus, we enjoyed our stay at the Pfister and will definitely return.

Overall, the Pfister is a pfantastic hotel. Stay here next time you want to pfeel pfancy.

19/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
123. Kevin A.
My wife and I spent the weekend at the hotel. It was a wonderful time. The Executive Club was just an amazing view great refreshments and the other bar was it pleasant experience. We plan on going back again very soon.

18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. J C.
Loved the hotel, my first time in Milwaukee, what a great city.  Stayed in tower, rooms had recently been renovated, very pretty.  Very elegant old hotel, beds were comfy, everything very clean, both lounges, main lobby and Blu were excellent, I prefer the main lobby lounge, beautiful old fireplace.  Had dinner at Mason Street restaurant which was excellent, our waiter wasn't very informative on wines, but they had an Ipad that listed everything and all the descriptions of the wines which was nice, wish more restaurants had this.  We ended up parking just across the street one block, parking was only $15 for 24 hours.

15/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
125. Stephanie S.
I was ready to be blown away with how great the reviews were, but I was a little disappointed.

The lobby is beautiful and the staff seemed attentive.

We arrived around 4:00 to check in and were told our room would not be ready until 5:30 because they had a group that hadn't check out yet. I thought this was pretty ridiculous. They gave us $20 in drink coupons and told us they'd comp our parking to make up for it. So we went up to the 23rd floor lounge to get drinks. With two of us, $20 only covered two drinks and 30 minutes, so we ended up spending more time and money there than we planned. I appreciated the offer to make things better, but for wasting my time, I would've appreciated more.

We stayed in the "old part" of the hotel. Our room was OK (TV was a little small given the size of the room).

The hallways seemed in need of an update. Pepto-Bismol pink paint covers the walls along with green accents. Maybe they're trying to be historically accurate (?), but it seemed dated in a bad way. As you walk up the main staircase, there's a portion of wall that isn't even painted--like someone punched through the wall, they patched it and never got around to painting. Seems lazy.

Our room was stifling. Turned on the air and fan to sleep and still ended up being hot. Should've called the front desk about it, but at 3 a.m. I didn't want to deal with someone.

On top of all that, they charge you for Internet ($5 for an hour, $10 for a day), which I hate. Just roll it into the price of my room and don't make me bother with it.

We had heard good things about the lobby cafe, but when we went to grab a bite, all they had was pre-made, Saran-wrapped sandwiches, which we passed on.

I'd stay here again because of the location. I only paid about $100 on Priceline, which wasn't bad. But I sure wouldn't pay full price.

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
126. John G.
Great rooms, very spacious. The service was awesome, especially in the lobby.
One downside, parking is $30.00!

05/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
127. jen m.
My first time in Milwaukee and I stayed at the Pfister!!  Wow!!  I have been to many 5 star hotels in Chicago but I was blown away at Pfister!!  The staff there is tremendous and was so welcoming.   I had one of the remodeled rooms on 12th floor - lake view suite and it was phenomenal.   Not to mention the best bed I have ever slept on!!
Not sure when I will be in MKE again but I will have amazing memories of this trip!!

22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Kimberly P.
I am a local resident of Milwaukee and have never been inside the hotel until this year... but it looks incredibly gorgeous inside. I went for a Timothy Westbrook winter fashion show in one of the ballrooms with an elegant reception area. I was truly impressed by the quality of the venues offered inside the hotel.

Additionally, I hosted a private afternoon tea event with my friends in the Blu Lounge. We all got the Victorian Tea selection and really loved the experience. The tea butler explained the 10 top teas and passed them around for us to smell them before deciding on our tea (I got Peach Blossom). You get an individual tea pot per person, so if you're with a large group and many people are indecisive, each get a different tea so you can try the other one out~ My group really appreciated the formal and professional attitude of all of the staff at the Pfister Hotel, along with giving us some leeway for photo taking in the Blu Lounge after the tea service.

Tip! The "savory crepes" on the menu are not very big as a lot of people in my group thought we were getting big crepes and I'm not even quite sure if we got them. If you generally have a big appetite, I would recommend eating a small meal before or after the tea service~

I will definitely be coming back again!

21/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Thomas H.
Perfect Milwaukee Hotel.  Check out the bar at the top floor! The only reason it did not get five stars is that the hallways of the original building are atrocious! Yucky Victorian. Needs a total remodel.

02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Nate V.
Felt like Rock Stars! Amazing stay! Exudes class and sophistication, and the location to downtown venues, museums and restaurants is great. We felt like the "One Percent" staying there. In house dinning was fabulous as well as the view of the skyline from our room and the 23rd floor panoramic view pool alike. The restaurant was busy and the wait was a little long however our waitress was attentive and brought us a complimentary muffin top while we waited.

The room was dry as it is with most hotels but it seemed a little out of hand. And you have to pay for wi-fi in the room. At a hotel of this quality in this day and age, it should just be included in the room fee or complimentary.

16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Aaron S.
This is my second time staying here. It feels like you stepped into a wonderful time warp.

The hotel has great customer service as it should.

This hotel is over 120 yrs old located in downtown Milwaukee. This means that the rooms are small but cozy and classy. It also means you can walk out the front door and jump into the action!

Beds are comfortable. There are many Spa Treatments available as well.

Hotel has one of the largest Victorian Art Collections. Amazing!

02/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
132. Laney V.
Damn you Pfister. Stayed in a tower suite after Summerfest at the club level, which gains you access to the new Club Lounge - which shares the floor with the pool and Blu. Great views and a wonderful concierge who offers to pour your drinks from the bottles of top-shelf booze at the cocktail station - or you can pour your own. Tall glass of vodka on the rocks? Yes please. Food spread can substitute as a meal - speidini, spicy shrimp, hummus, salsa verde - all delish.  

No need to mention how outstanding our room was in addition to all of the staff we interacted with.

Now I can't stay anywhere else in MKE...

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Abby S.
Comfortable and elegant, this historic landmark in downtown Milwaukee is worth the visit. The staff is friendly and the service is excellent.

After driving from Chicago, I settled into my hotel room prior to visiting the cocktail lounge.

They offer Layer Cake Shiraz by the glass on the menu as well as the most decadent cheese tower I've had in my life. I can only imagine how delicious the rest of their menu must be.

I will hopefully have a chance to visit it again!

15/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Jv's M.
This hotel is in a great area and the service was superb. The room is really big and it has a very cozy feeling.

I took 1 star off because this is the first hotel of this class that has no refrigerator in the room. Which is weird so you can't store anything in the room like water or leftover from dinner.

30/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
135. Jason K.
Loses a star because of price, but it is the best hotel in the city. We were married here, so we have spent a lot of time and money at the Pfister. The ballrooms are simply incredible. Our reception was in the Imperial Ballroom, with the greeting hour in a side room. It is just jaw-droppingly beautiful. The painted ceilings and Renaissance art are breathtaking. We actually liked this room better than the larger Grand Ballroom.

The suite we had was very nice, and had lots of charm and character. The room was comfortable, the bed was nice, and the fit and finish was second to none.

It screams old and historic. Come on, Teddy Roosevelt was shot outside the place! It has real American History!

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Alina T.
We celebrate every birthday at the Sunday brunch. We have had this tradition for at least the last 10 years and each experience gets better and better. They have a great selection of food and the service is top notch. Unlimited champagne and mimosas and they now have a bloody mary bar. I cannot imagine anyone going to the brunch and not finding something that they fall in love with. I cannot wait to go back for the next birthday celebration!

05/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
137. Adam S.
The Pfister Hotel is warm, elegant, and has breathtaking interiors. I found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. The amenities and various bars and lounges in the hotel are exactly what one wants from a historic, high-end hotel.

The only downside to Pfister is the lack of exceptional amenities in the room itself. The television in the room was mediocre, there was no refrigerator in the room, I take extremely hot showers -- and I could never get the shower up the temperature that I desired. These small details would not keep me from such a great hotel, but correcting these things could make it a perfect stay.

30/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. Jeri F.
From the front desk to valet to bell staff...everyone was friendly and welcoming. The hotel is historic (translation, bathrooms feel dated)...oh!

09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
139. Margaret S.
Always stay here now when in MKE- it is pricey to park but who does not love a good valet when tired from the relatives. Nice little empty but clean fridge.  Extra touches with the cleaning staff.  Nice bed and bedding.  I wish they had a salt water pool since the chlorine is not for me- but that is the only thing I would change.  

Wonderful room service and the cafe is great.  Love the food and the prices are good. Mason Grill was good too but a bit pricey but the lobby is so great on a cold night after all the stresses of the day: wine, shrimp cocktail and the fire going strong.  

This time we went up to see the view from the Club Lounge and to see the paintings on seventh floor.  They will put you in a quiet room as requested and we always go for the Suite plus since we like our alone times and the office desk area is good for all that computer and paper work.  

Hugs to all the staff~~~ especially Roc!

01/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
140. John K.
This place is breath taking ! 120 plus years old and like stepping back in time. It's decor is original and the lobby alone will have you gawking at its ornate beauty.  The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is my rooms plumbing was slow and the shower wouldn't drain water very quickly. Multi restaurants and bars on property and standard valet prices if you wanna park over night ($30) if you want to make the occasion even more special i strongly suggest this amazing place.

29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
141. Emily C.
This hotel is gorgeous. We recently had our wedding guests stay there for the weekend. Everyone loved it. It's nice but not stuffy and the customer service is amazing. We came back to our room on our wedding night to find champagne on ice and chocolate cover strawberries with a nice note, it was the perfect touch!

27/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
142. JP B.
Woken up after midnight by someone pounding on my door. Follow up phone call, presumably to ensure I was thoroughly and rudely awoken, to ask for someone who's name was not on my reservation. Pro tip: if working the front desk, check the name on the reservation before calling in the middle of the night asking for someone else.

Other notables: someone else's food residue floating in my room service water glass, room service overpriced even by room service standards, elevator incredibly slow (you'd be surprised how little that matters until you wait 6 minutes in the parking garage), wifi wouldn't let me register for service.

It's a nice hotel, don't get me wrong, but you could get arguably nicer for less $$ at the Hilton down the street.

22/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
143. Mike W.
Gorgeous hotel, friendly staff, central location.

We stayed here the on the weekend of 10/18 and had an absolutely incredible experience. The hotel lobby is stunning and we received a warm welcome when we got in (about 11:30pm) by the concierge. We stayed on the club level, it was 100% worth the extra cost. The room was updated and had a nice view of downtown. Internet is included, brunch is included, hors d'oeuvres are served daily, it's what you expect for the money that you pay.

The bed was comfortable, the room held it's temperature, the raindrop shower head was great. Most of all, I loved the glass of cold milk and plate of cookies that were waiting for us when we walked in the room.

If for some reason I was ever in Milwaukee again, this is 100% where I would stay.

23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
144. Todd H.
Luxury mixed with a history lesson. If you're looking for a true Milwaukee experience there is no other choice than the Pfister. Now, the next question is do you prefer historic or modern luxury?  The historic section of the hotel is very nice, large rooms with a classic feel. If you prefer something more modern stay in the tower.  The rooms are beautiful. Even better is it's the same elevator to Blu on the top floor of the hotel, which is a must visit for cocktails. The hotel has introduced the Pfister Club which is on the top floor and offers breakfast and other amenities. This is a $20 dollars a day well spent. Service is top notch from employees who obviously take pride in working at Milwaukee's Premier hotel. Enjoy!

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
145. Steven P.
I was able to stay here a couple weeks ago for a special occasion and was super impressed.

Have you been to Blu on the 23rd floor? We stayed on the 22nd. Great view of the skyline and Lake Michigan. Did you know you need card access in order to get onto the 22nd floor but not the 23rd?

When you first walk into the room you'll wonder why one would need so much space. Two reasons: 1) Professional sports teams stay here, and 2) People who have pet elephants. High ceilings. Sitting area. "Extra large bed, just for me?!" (Home Alone 2, anyone?) Super spacious.  

I'm going to spend a lot of time talking about the bathroom because that was by far the coolest:

-Gold, goose shaped, spitting faucet.
-Jacuzzi with enough room for two.
-A shower that hits you from all angles you can barely breath!
-A heated toilet seat!!
-A toilet that doubles as a bidet!!
-It oscillated too!!!
-A toilet that blows hot OR cold air on you instead of using toilet paper.

Life changing. I need one of those toilets.

Our room was equipped with a single cup coffee maker, which was nice to see. Usually they just give you those cheap bags. Nope. Not when you're paying for a room at the Pfister.

My partner and I loved our experience here. We wouldn't make this a habit (mostly because we live in Milwaukee) but this was nice for a special occasion. Oh, and thanks to the hotel staff for the complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Those were da bomb.

11/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
146. Kim S.
Everything about the Pfister is amazing. When you walk in you're met with high elaborate ceilings and fancy chandeliers. They have floral arrangements everywhere and even golden lions guarding the stairs. It's exquisite and breathtaking.
We opted for the Valentine's package this weekend. It included a one night stay, parking (woohoo), a $50 voucher for food or room service, a rose on the bed, and a bottle of champaign and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to the room. The champaign was delicious and the chocolate covered strawberries were decorated pink and red for the occasion. The one problem with the $50 voucher is that you have to use it all at once so we couldn't split it up for dinner and breakfast. So we just splurged on dinner and brought home the leftovers.
All the food was delicious. We both had the beer cheese soup, I had the Mac and cheese and my date had the buffalo chicken wrap with sweet potato fries. And of course a creme brûlée to finish it off. The serving sizes were huge so we felt the high prices were actually reasonable for the amount you get. We also tried the Scottish smoked salmon plate downstairs in the lobby restaurant. Best smoked salmon I've ever had. I usually hate the stuff, but this one I kept slathering on the perfectly toasted bagel.
The room they put us in had 2 beds which was a little strange as it was a Valentine's special, but we just ate on one and slept in the other. Would have been nicer to get a single bigger bed but it didn't defer from our experience.
The bathroom was really nice with a full glass shower with 2 shower heads and great water pressure. There were nice robes provided from the spa. I will need to return to check out all they have to offer.
It is a must to go upstairs to blu and the pool just to see the view of the city. It's one of the best views in the city. At night you can see all of downtown lit up all around you. Plus blu has delicious drinks to top off your night.
The one downside to this place is that wifi is not included. Which we found surprising for such an expensive hotel in this day and age. Especially since they've upgraded their outlets to have USB ports, so they know almost everyone is on a smart phone connected to the web these days.

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
147. Keri F.
This is an AMAZING hotel. We splurged and got the club level room. Maybe this was why we loved it, but gosh! the Views! the Bed! the Club Lounge! the Art! that heavenly shower! the little things like an umbrella and an iron! the pocket door for the toilet room! Did I mention the view? This hotel has something the others don't: old hotel with updated feel. Plus the Blu Bar up top - I mean COME ON!
The got everything else: valet for a price (even though the cheaper garage is about a block away), gift shop with tylenol (pricey), Sunday Brunch, coffee shop, entrance bar + elegant bar, lunch spot, pool, blah blah blah. You get it; come stay here!

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
148. Aimee M.
I am not familiar with Milwaukee at all.  I wanted a hotel close to the attractions we were visiting over a weekend...oh and an indoor pool too.  The Pfister fit the bill and a whole lot more.

Once we arrived we were greeted by every staff that passed by and genuinely welcomed by the front desk clerk. My 3-year old son pretty much summed up my thoughts on the classic decor when he looked up at the gorgeous painted ceiling and said "oooooh!"
Tip: need to keep your kid occupied while checking in? have him count the cherubs on the ceiling while you talk to the desk clerk.

Check in was a breeze and our clerk did a lovely job explaining the amenities available to us in the Pfister Club Lounge.

Our room was in the Tower and it was beautiful. Classic colors--black, white, beige but done up so that the room was still very warm and cozy.The bed was the right mix of support and softness and the sheets were super soothing. I was surprised that we had a fridge--it was a small wine fridge in the cabinet under the TV--but it did well keeping my kid's snacks cool. There is a mini coffee maker and to-go cups if needed.  Everything was clean, including the bathroom. And the shower has a large rain shower head that I love.

Their pool was also clean and not over-chlorinated.  It's up on the 23rd floor and the large windows give you great views of the city.  It also lets in a lot of sun so between the balmy temp the room is kept and the sunshine, it felt almost tropical. Tropical in Milwaukee one one of the coldest days of the year--I think Alanis would call it "ironic?"  but we just called it wonderful and what made our stay pretty much perfect.  
Tip--there are private bathrooms with a shower stall right outside the pool so you can change before and after your dip in the pool and not have to traipse through the hotel in wet gear.  Towels aplenty on the shelves on the pool deck. Don't forget your flip-flops! The hotel spa shop doesn't sell them.

We didn't dine in the hotel as I had a list of places to visit in MKE, but we did order room service once because that's one thing we have to do when we stay in a hotel, right?  The pizza was good and so was the creme brulee and served by a friendly room clerk.

We normally stay in a chain hotel when we travel, but I'm so glad we stuck with a classic with a storied history. We had so much fun in MKE that we plan to visit again and for sure the Pfister is our hotel of choice.

17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
149. Andrea Z.
First stay at the Pfister and won't be our last.

Room was great and the lobby is amazing. We always love staying in these updated old hotels when they're done right, as the Pfister is. Heather at the desk was SO helpful and nice and not in an annoying or fake way. Great service all around during our stay from anyone we encountered.

One other interesting factoid:

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's PAID WIFI at hotels. Such a ripoff lowbrow bullshit charge. That said, The Pfister has an offer for you. Pay $45 on top of your room charge and this includes the following: overnight valet parking ($30 on its own), WiFi ($10 'value') and access to the Club lounge on the 23rd floor where you can sit by the fireplace, work on things, read, enjoy the great views of the lake, and most importantly, DRINK FREE BEER. And FREE top-shelf booze. And enjoy hors d'oeuvres. And eat a free breakfast in the morning. Totally worth it and the food was actually pretty good.

If you want something different than your standard chain hotel, do yourself a favor and stay at the Pfister and do the $45 value package thingy. Pretty sure you'll like it.

20/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
150. Michael G.
The Pfister Hotel; absolutely the number one spot in Milwaukee for hotel stays.  I've had the pleasure at staying at several hotels in Milwaukee and this one just can't be beat.  I'm a Hilton's Honors diamond member so I almost always give them my business but in Milwaukee it's gotta be the Pfister.

There VIP lounge is on the 23rd floor and offers an outstanding happy hour with appetizers in the evening (drinks are NOT free... don't let that ruin it for you) along with incredible views.  The morning breakfast is a elaborate spread of things from from fresh fruit to your full course breakfast and add OJ, premium coffee drinks and milks.  You can stop in a refresh throughout the day with breakfast bars, sodas and waters.  For a $20 per person add on this is incredible.

I wish they had a hot tub but the pool and workout room are solid.

They treat you well and the rooms are fun and old school mob style!


10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0