The Pfister Hotel
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... and smell the "best spice shop in the world", buy some sugar free handmade chocolates, and local cheese. After a wonderful (normal) latte in a café and a spot of shopping in a shoe shop (Rich bought me a lovely yellow leather bag as a surprise) we headed to Lake Michigan in search of a table so we could have our lunch of the cheese, salami, biscuits and dip. It was quite decadent sitting ...
... down to the water........you expect a gator to jump out at you. The ride was drama free until Cannon ran out of gas about 5 miles from a station lol. Not to worry we sorted that and got back on the freeway again charging at 100 to 110mph most of the way. I would add a side note to the wives reading this that you just can't coarse speed here to home. Quite seriously the freeways are totally set up for that sort of speed and even the trucks ...
... headed to beer central !
The bus arrived in Miller Valley, as it is called, and dropped me off straight outside the Miller Brewery. I jumped on the 11.00am free tour which starts, like most tours and attractions in the US, with you getting your photo taken against a backdrop. They then usually try and extort large amounts of cash from you at the end of the tour.
The tour commenced with us being ushered into a room to watch a 12 minute movie detailing Miller's ...
... out early for Cinquo de Mayo and what intrigued me most was the simplicity of the menu. There were only a few menu options, all very cheaply priced and all served on paper plates. The three of us orded up and I enjoyed tortilla chips with guacamole, chicken enchiladas, and some of Kelli’s chicken mole.
We spent the ...
... getting into the Model UN lingo, but after we had the verbals down it got really interesting!
However, by the second day we would have impressed everyone back home! After speeches, resolutions, and extremem notepassing (yes... note passing) we were getting things done!
Constantly hearing "I YIELD MY TIME TO THE ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Pfister Hotel Milwaukee
This a nice hotel with a great location. Problem is the rooms are small and everything is expensive.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Pfister Hotel Milwaukee
Overall I liked the Pfister. Stayed through work so I did not pay for the room but I believe our group rate was $99/night. Top 2 tips: 1. Take a trip to the Blu at the top floor and order a drink. They have delicious cashews as the bar "beer nuts" included with your drink and sit back on the comfy chairs and enjoy the view of the sunset and lake michigan. 2. Request that your room have turn down service at night and they will leave 2 great chocolates on your pillow when they freshen up your room. Other issues: Room was nice. I liked the workout area on top floor which had headphones so you could watch different TV channels while you were working out. My only gripe: I felt the lobby was very smoky upon arrival by the bar - you have to walk through it to check in and it was somewhat overwhelming at that time. A minor room key problem I had was quickly fixed. For our rate, I would recommend it.
Overall, our stay was very nice. The Pfister got on our good side right away by letting us check in at 8:30 am when the airline changed our itinerary. Granted all they had was two doubles instead of the king we reserved, but when you come in from Seattle on the red eye, a bed is a bed. And since the hotel was packed with at least 4 weddings, they could have easly turned us away and made us come back.
Our stay at The Pfister was riddled with problems from the time we got there. We stayed in the penthouse at the hotel which consisted of two bedrooms and one living room, but did not receive the standards that we would expect.
Stayed at the Pfister for summerfest as they had special rates. The room, room service, check in and out, and food was all great. We could walk or catch the bus across the street to the summerfest grounds. We had just a great refreshing time. I would recommend to stay here for sure.
I just spent three nights at the Pfister, two nights on my arrival in Wisconsin, and one night at the end of my trip. The lobby is beautiful and the rooms are nice. However, I was disappointed by many of the details of my stay. They need to pay more attention to the cleanliness of the rooms. Our first room had hairs from a previous guest on the bathroom rug, and when we checked into our second room, the bathtub hadn't been cleaned and was really gross, and the room was so smoky we had to leave so they could purify the air. I also found a hair in my breakfast (although they did automatically comp my meal). A few hours after I checked out, I realized that I had left my cell-phone charger in the room. No one had turned it in, but no offer was made to go and check the room, and in fact they acted like I was a pain in the neck for inquiring a second time about it.
My fiance and I stayed at The Pfister at an excellent rate of $69.00 per evening as members of the Historical Hotels of America. I have to admit, I love the Pfister's rooms (even the first category rooms are lovely at this rate, although I wouldn't be willing to pay full price to stay). The marble vanity area of the bathrooms are beautiful, however the toilet and shower area are lacking severely. What 4-Diamond AAA rated hotels have industrial, Walmart looking toilets? They do not even have a tank, just bare pipes going into the walls. As a frequent guest of The American Club in Kohler, WI, I guess that I am spoiled by elaborate bathrooms.
The Pfister is similar to the old-lady hotel in San Franciso, the Fairmont. Both have the dignity of old-style comforts, with overdone everything, and a slightly victorian feel to all the ornate frippery. Both try to hard to make their mystique palpable and omnipresent.In english, both are deceitful old hags, and best turned over to the wrecking ball. The rooms in both are tiny and cramped, with inadequate space for simple luxuries (like opening a suitcase without climbing over furniture) and basic necessities (like taking a shower without bits and bobs of hardware getting loose, getting jammed or getting broken. Both are old grande-dames of a former era, best left to bask their former glories, long since lost, and long since forgotton to all but the eldest among us. Save your dough for some good meals (which Milwaukee offers in abundance), some fine entertainment (which milwaukee offers around every corner in every season) and don't bother racking up huge "rack rates" at either the Pfister or Fairmont.By the way, Pfister folks put on a sumptuous lunch spread in one of the most magnificent buffets found anywhere. Nbody will every confuse the Pfister lunch buffet with "Old Country Buffet"!
The best in Milwaukee
I have stayed in several of Milwaukee's hotels and this is, by far, the best; actually, I would rate this hotel among the best in the USA.
Although the city's Hilton's public areas might be equally grand or beautiful, the rooms at the Pfister are decidedly better, as is the service, which is not only exceptional, but friendly, too.
Great City, Great Hotel
What a surprise, the city of Milwaukee is bustling with activity. The Pfister hotel is old world charm with modern amenities. "Class" is the first word that comes to mind when describing this priceless gem. I was told when celebrities or sports teams are in town this is the place they stay.If youre in Milwaukee I highly recommend this property. Those Milwaukeeans really know a good time.
A Grand Classic
I stay at the Pfister on visits to Milwaukee and love the hotel. It is a classic in grand style, with a magnificent lobby, professional staff, great food (especially room service), and a fine Martini bar. Rooms can be a bit on the small side, but the ones I've stayed in have been finely appointed. All this does not come cheap, but if you are looking for one of the best in town, this is the place.