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Today is the day: the day I leave for my 10 week study abroad term in London! My suitcases are packed: two of them for a total of about 100 lbs. That might seem like a bit too much but I'm going to be gone for 10 weeks, plus it's too late to unpack them now. My boarding pass is printed and I'll be leaving for the Chicago O'Hare ...
... by Dan, Bailey and Derrick who we met on couch surfing. They were so welcoming and friendly. They had the afternoon all lined up so we could get as much in as possible. They basically gave us a full private tour of the city explaining what every building was with a few good stories thrown into the mix.
We luckily came on the weekend when Milwaukee open doors was on, a number of buildings ...
... and shops. We went into the food markets ..tasted cheeses, bought chocolates, looked a craft stalls. And then went across road for a coffee. We then road to the riverfront enjoyed some treats that Rich and Julie bought..dip, sausage, cheeses, pretzel chips and crisp bread. We then went to the Lake front brewery ..tour booked out ..but we had a 5 sampler of beers. Then headed off to the Miller Brewery. Had a free tour.... Video ...
... amount of exhibits, both on display and stored away. Out for a civilised dinner to a mongolian stir fry, night cap and off to bed. Early start for all today, parted our ways. We did a quick Architectural tour of Chicago and then off to the airport, after an anxious moment or two, we are now at Dallas, waiting for our Qantas flight in a couple of hours. The others would be around Springfield by now. Safe travels guys, see you in Aus ...
... some boys tried to open the doors of my car while I was waiting on the street around the corner from the venue, thank goodness all the doors lock when you start the engine, a pulled away from the curb and drove around the block again, a bit scary. Our last day in Milwaukee was spent at the Harley Davidson Museum and having a look around Milwaukee.
The Cutrupi's fly home tomorrow, I will be sad to see them go. Steve, John, Jenni and I are off 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.