$134 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Dec 22, 2014 Check-out: Dec 23, 2014

The Pfister Hotel

4 stars
424 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.4
out of 5
128 reviews
Great location

This hotel did a great job. It was such a nice experience. Great location too. It is in the middle... See full review

  • Teethlady
  • Nov 14, 2014
Romantic weekend away

We came to Milwaukee for a romantic weekend and we were not disappointed! The pfsister was elegant,... See full review

  • Megsey
  • Aug 18, 2014
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 early 20th Century Salon and Genre works on permanent display in any hotel in the world. The Pfister has been honored with numerous awards, including the "World's Best Business Hotel Award" for Milwaukee by Travel & Leisure and has been named to the Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List of the World's Best Places to Stay." The Pfister has also been awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award for the past 35 years, only thirteen lodgings have maintained that status since 1976 when the Diamond Ratings were first introduced for lodgings.

Hotel Map

43.0395 -87.9058
Area served
Milwaukee, WI.
Nearby airports
Mitchell International Airport.
Area description
Located just a few blocks from beautiful Lake Michigan, The Pfister is within walking distance of the city's many festivals held throughout the summer at the lakefront. In addition, specialty shops line Jefferson Street next to The Pfister, and The Grand Avenue mall is a few blocks west on Wisconsin Avenue. Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, exciting Theater and Entertainment District are also within walking distance of The Pfister Hotel.

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The Pfister Hotel Rooms

Pfister King Accessible
A tastefully appointed guestroom celebrating the Grand Elegance and Historic Tradition of the original Pfister hotel built in 1893. Enjoy the charm of high ceilings, crown moldings, and the fine detail of an era gone by, while still experiencing the modern conveniences of today. Each guestroom is equipped with a 42 plasma TV, an MP3 compatible radio, and a work station with high speed wireless access. Your deluxe Pfister King Accessible Room features one king bed, and iron/board, in-room safe, WELL Spa + Salon robes, a hairdryer and makeup mirror.
Pfister King with Roll-in Shower
A tastefully appointed guestroom celebrating the Grand Elegance and Historic Tradition of the original Pfister hotel built in 1893. Enjoy the charm of high ceilings, crown moldings, and the fine detail of an era gone by, while still experiencing the modern conveniences of today. Each guestroom is equipped with a 42 plasma TV, an MP3 compatible radio, and a work station with high speed wireless access. Your deluxe Pfister King with Roll-in Shower Room features one king bed, and iron/board, in-room safe, WELL Spa + Salon robes, a hairdryer and makeup mirror.
Grand Tower King with Roll-in Shower
History meets modern luxury in this newly renovated section of the Pfister hotel. Spectacular city views from these naturally lit guestrooms. Grand Tower Accessible Room includes one king size bed, marble bathroom with roll-in shower and separate commode stall, a lounge chair, desk, flat screen television, make-up mirror, snack tray, and a hair dryer. Panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the city landscape are a highlight of the naturally lit home-away-from-home.
Pfister Room
The guestroom features,in-room safe and complimentary nightly shoeshine. In addition to standard amenities offered in all guestrooms, this room type includes oversized workstations.
Salon Room
The guestroom features,in-room safe and complimentary nightly shoeshine. In addition to standard amenities offered in all guestrooms, this room type includes oversized workstations.
Tower Room
This guestroom features *Feather bed toppers and blankets * LCD Flat Panel TVs * iPod/MP3 Compatible Radio/alarm * Cordless Phones * Deluxe WELL Spa toiletries * Bathrooms with hair dryer and telephone * Iron and ironing board * 24-hour movies * Wireless high-speed Internet access (additional fee)
Grand Tower Room
History meets modern luxury in this newly renovated section of the Pfister hotel. Spectacular city views from these naturally lit guestrooms. Grand Tower Room includes, marble bathroom with walk-in shower and separate commode stall, a lounge chair, desk, flat screen television, make-up mirror, snack tray, and a hair dryer. Panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the city landscape are a highlight of the naturally lit home-away-from-home.
Lake View King
Spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the lakefront from these Eastward facing King or Double guestrooms. Tower Lake View Room includes one king size bed, marble bathroom with walk-in shower and separate commode stall, a lounge chair, desk, flat screen television, make-up mirror, snack tray, and a hair dryer.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Bradley Center Arena: 0.6 mi
  • U.S. Cellular Arena: 0.6 mi
  • BMO Harris Bradley Center: 0.6 mi
  • Miller Park: 3.3 mi

Dining

Lobby Lounge
For generations, The Pfister's Lobby Lounge has been the place to be seen in Milwaukee. Join us for a continental breakfast Monday to Friday from 5:30 AM to 10 AM and a variety of soft drinks, coffees and cocktails throughout the day until 1 AM. You can also enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge seasonally, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, September through May.
Mason Street Grill
The classic American grill features a big piano bar, an extensive cocktail and wine list, and a huge menu featuring wood roasted steaks, chicken, and seafood. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling open kitchen and experience the endless array of culinary delights. Serving Dinner Monday thru Saturday 5PM to 10PM, Sundays 5PM to 9PM.
Blu
Blu, The Pfister's newest lounge located atop The Pfister tower, features International wine flights, sassy martinis and signature cocktails, all with breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan.
Cafe at The Pfister
This European-styled bistro has quickly become Milwaukee's most popular meeting place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you're craving a traditional dish like grilled steak and eggs, or are in the mood for something innovative like our Mediterranean burger, Cafe at the Pfister has it seven days a week open 6 AM to 10 PM. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 6:30 AM to 3 PM. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cafe Rouge
For the finest Sunday Brunch in Milwaukee, wrap-up your weekend at our regal Champagne Brunch featuring over 60 unforgettable items including a variety of pastas and soups, a salad bar and decadent desserts. Brunch is served Sundays from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (128)

Ratings and reviews for The Pfister Hotel

Overall score

4.4 / 5
5.01.0
128 out of 128
Amenities:
4.3
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.7
Value:
4

91% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Teethlady
Business
Appleton, WI
Nov 14, 2014

Great location

This hotel did a great job. It was such a nice experience. Great location too. It is in the middle of everything....Water Street, Third Ward, etc. we had a great experience. The room was clean and so comfortable.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Run Rich
Business
Kennett Square, PA
Sep 15, 2014

Magic in Milwaukee

What a wonderful hotel! Captures an era gone by yet operates in a contemporary manner. Great food, great lobby bar, great Blu bar, spacious hallways and rooms. Charm + more charm. Thank goodness the Marcus family persevered the tradition.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ricky Blue
Business
Chicago, Illinois
Sep 12, 2014

Clean and comfortable

Our room had a nice view and was very comfortable. I really enjoyed the bed linens.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

We just stayed overnight, so we saved fifteen bucks by parking at the garage that's kitty corner on Mason.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jnflynn
Business
Chicago
Sep 1, 2014

Nice, but not worth the cost

Our room had dirty water glasses. You had to pay for wifi in your room. The headboards were damaged, making me think twice about if they actually washed the bedding. Parking was incredibly expensive and for the cost of the hotel, should've been included or at least a lower rate than $27 a night. The fridge didn't work and the outlets were very limited for such a large room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Nejohnso
Business
Elkhart, IN, USA
Aug 25, 2014

Didn't give us the room we reserved.

We prepaid for a lake view king room, and got a room looking inland on the tenth floor with two double beds. They did give us vouchers for food and drinks at their bars and restaurants, but it was aggravating that I had to point out that we weren't given the room I paid for. Only after complaining did they give us the coupons. I don't think I'd ever stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JRKE
Business
California
Aug 21, 2014

Great hotel; things could work beter

Beautiful grand old hotel. Coffee in-room did not work -- made a mess -- but we got two free coffees as compensation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Just a block from German restaurant Karl Ratzsch's!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Megsey
Business
Chicago
Aug 18, 2014

Romantic weekend away

We came to Milwaukee for a romantic weekend and we were not disappointed! The pfsister was elegant, accommodating, and beautiful!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Garycopper
Business
Chicago, IL
Aug 7, 2014

Elegance and Friendliness

Elegant yet friendly. They even came up with a phone charger for us when we realized we'd forgotten ours. And Helga the concierge steered us right every time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Wolf Peach...great restaurant

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Huglon
Business
St. Louis, Mo.
Aug 7, 2014

Mr Huglon

This was hands down the best hotle in Milwaukee. Our room was amazing, the decor and cleanliness 5 star. The staff was pleaseant and gracious not over bearing. The breakfast at the Cafe Pfister was great no complaints thanks mostly to our waitress Marisha she made sure our meal was perfect and checked back often to be sure we had what we needed, great representative for your hotel. I would gladly recommend the Pfister Hotel to all my Friends. Saw Aretha Franklin at the State Fair and was blown away, great fair grounds and historic music by the Queen of Soul.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Just outside of the Pfister Hotel are a lot of small shops. My wife and I visited a number of the clothing boutiques. The staff at the small personal shops were gracious, welcoming and greeted you with a smile even if you did not make a purchase. If you are a gentleman visiting Milwaukee stop by the Sophisticated Man Clothing Shop, 322 East Wisconcin Ave. The husband and wife owner operated business was a thrill to shop in good products, great conversation and patient. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Goagain
Business
Portugal
Aug 6, 2014

the good old days!

Excellent location. The atmosphere brings us to the end of the XIX century. We can imagine that place full of beautiful people.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

the fantastic bar in the third ward, where you can sip a cocktail and PAINT !!!

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