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The room had a terrible smell. It smelled like B.O. I called to get a room change and they wouldn't do it. So I called for some room freshener. They came and sprayed but it didnt' last. I don't think I'll stay here again.
Great Location but they block websites!!!
Imagine a hotel that offers free wirless but blocks websites (e.g. gambling or anything deemed remotely pornographic). Confirmed by management, it was a morality choice made by their conscious decision. They will not allow guests to view anything questionable in their own rooms. (I wish I was kidding.) By the way, websites to horror movies and other violent themes were easily reachable. Very shameful.
Looks creepy, feels cozy
The Clarion is an older property, huge and rambling. The building has that discomforting institutional appearance, like a mental hospital.
While checking in late at night after a 16 hour journey originating 100 miles south of Mexico City, we were greeted by a shouted, fractured rendition of "Harper Valley PTA"- Kareoki night at the bar. After check-in we enjoyed a begrudgingly served but very tasty fish fry at the restaurant. We were told since the restaurant was closing in 15 minutes the all you can eat deal was limited to one plate each, which was quite sufficient really. To make ammends the waitress told us, without being asked, the secret ingredient of the cole slaw. I'm sure if I liked cole slaw I would have been overjoyed, and for you who do love it I will share that secret with you now...
Henri's "Tastee" flavored dressing!
Despite poor first impressions, we enjoyed our stay at the Clarion. Our room was a one bedroom and was freaking huge! Too huge, perhaps, as the one cooler located in the bedroom, turned way up and roaring like one of the incoming jets at the nearby airport, couldn't keep the entire place cool. I'm not sure why the room was so hot as the temperature outside was in the low 50s, but inside our room it was tropical-toasty.
As far as ammenities go, we had a microwave and mini fridge, which kept groceries slightly less than room temperature but not spoiling, a jacuzzi tub that comfortably accomodated my husband and myself and bubbled us pleasingly, and free high speed internet that worked pretty well about 40% of the time.
We stayed over Easter weekend and the hotel was packed full of excited families, but we never heard them shrieking and running around in the halls unless we left the room. The old building is pretty darned well sound proofed!
All in all, if I could get a room at the Clarion free with Priority club points like I did this time, I would gladly stay there again! Despite it's excentricies, it does have it's charm, and for under $70 a night would be a good value.
We had a very early flight out of Milwaukee and decided to stay at the Clarion the night before. The hotel's physical facility is nothing special, but the staff was wonderful! Everyone we encountered, from the front desk people to the shuttle drivers, were friendly, helpful, and courteous. We took advantage of the Park & Fly rate, and it worked like a charm! As it was, we flew back into Milwaukee during a major snowstorm and ended up staying another night at the Clarion because the interstate was impassable. Again, they were really helpful -- even upgraded us to a King suite. Overall, staying at this hotel was a wonderful experience!
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Clarion: Milwaukee - Mitchell International
Our Big Family trip of 05 started at the Clarion Hotel. We had researched this trip more than any other and the importance of beginning and getting there was equal to being there.
Our options had included getting a limo to deliver us to and from the airport so we wouldn't have to deal with parking, weather, car problems etc. A friend suggested the Clarion and let us know about their special little secret. If you take their Park & Stay package (about $140 - 05 rate) you can stay for 1 night and leave you car in a gated lot for up to two weeks. The airport would charge $10/ngt (05 rates) for their off-site lot which is farther awhile from the airport than the Clarion is. We had planned a 14 day trip and for the price of the cheapest airport parking we got a clean room with a wonderful pool, a couple of complimentary drinks at the lounge, shuttle service, to and from the hotel, a small continental breakfast and secure parking.
We enjoyed the warm pool during the Wisconsin winter of 05 the night before we left for the warmer climates. The complimentary drinks were enjoyed and the whole family slept sound. We had a wake up call and were delivered to our airport gate at the recommended time.
On our late return flight we called the number Clarion had given us (along with the confirmation #) and they picked us up within minutes and delivered us to our car in the secured lot and waited until we were under power before they guided us to the gate.
It may not seem like much to some and maybe not even to the employees of the Clarion, but having that little extra for before and after a big family trip was a big thing for me (and for the price of parking! It's a no-brainer).
A gem near Mitchell Airport
I recently stayed at this hotel and was quite pleased with my experience. My queen sized room was on the small side, but it was clean and comfortable. The front desk staff was polite and the hotel has gated parking for a fee cheaper than the airport ($7.50 per day). The 24-hour shuttle was quick and efficient as well. I didn't use the free Continental breakfast, but it looked decent enough (doughnuts, muffins, coffee and juice).
I haven't stayed at a Clarion before, but I would recommend this property for sure.
Very nice hotel close to airport
After looking at the (negative) reviews for Radisson and Sheraton 4 Points, I decided not to go with Hotwire or Priceline (which has them as 3 stars, see lists on betterbidding). Instead I booked directly with the Clarion for a rate of $69 (Fri), and am glad I trusted the Clarion's (positive) reviewers.
The staff was very friendly, and the rooms all have high-speed internet access (all wireless, some wired). The continental breakfast is an assortment of muffins and Dunkin-quality doughnuts plus juice, coffee, and fruit. The rooms were very clean, furnishings were pleasant and in good condition. There is a large deep indoor pool and a restaurant is on premises. The beds are really comfortable. Shuttle is fast and runs 24 hrs (call from baggage carousel 4 at MKE). For the price and convenience I don't think you can beat this property.
An Honest Hotel, by far
We fly into Milwaukee quite often on our way to visit family. We've stayed at the Clarion a number of times. It is right outside of the airport property, very convenient. Yes, it is a chain hotel, but very clean, spacious rooms. We stayed here just last month on a Fri. - our way in, and again on Sun. night on our way back out. My husband accidentally left his credit card at the desk, imagine my surprise when a few hours after we arrived home our credit card company called me in Florida to tell me the Clarion was holding our card, and how did we want to handle getting it back? When I called the Clarion about our card, the woman who answered was very kind, dropped my card in the mail the same day (the company put a "hold" on our card till we got it back) and we received it 2 days later. Honest people, I'd say! Be prepared to pay to use a microwave ($.50) to pop your machine-bought popcorn! Had never seen that one before. This is by far the most convenient hotel to the airport.
Nice hotel, would recommend
Overall, it's just a chain hotel and not spectacular, but it was very clean and the front desk personnel were very friendly. They were very polite and gave directions to quite a few places for me, as I just had one night to drive around and see the area. The room was nice and as expected, but I travel frequently and have come to not take things for granted. I would recommend this hotel to others.
Good for business travelers
A clean place to lay your head and safely leave your car for up to two weeks while you go somewhere more exciting! The Clarion provides an excellent parking place for your car, fenced in with gate attendants. They have a free shuttle to Gen. Mitchell and quick pickup upon your return. I've stayed there on five separate occasions and have always received excellent service.
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