The Pfister Hotel
What We Love
- Old school chop house fare at the tony Mason Street Grill
- Live music and city views from the 23rd-floor martini bar Blu
- Great location blocks from Lake Michigan and convenient to Milwaukee’s main drags
What To Know
- Self-parking for $25 per night; valet parking for $30
- WiFi is $9.95 per day
- In-room dining is available 24 hours a day
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built for over $1 million in 1893, the Pfister has pretty extravagant roots, still evident today in the vaulted lobby’s hand-painted ceilings, grand chandeliers and golf-leafed carvings. Upstairs, things lean more modern with earthy palettes, pillowy dark wood beds and overstuffed club chairs. Eats span a variety of vibes, with the Mason Street Grill’s clubby steakhouse atmosphere and the glamorous Rouge’s weekly champagne brunch. Indulge the rest of your body with a hammam steam shower at the Well Spa and make time to browse the hotel’s extensive collection of Victorian art.
In the Area
On Wisconsin’s great-lake coast, Milwaukee is generally known for two things: beer and motorcycles. Ride high on the hog with a visit to the Harley Davidson Museum. Take a tour of Brew City’s suds producers, from the historic Pabst Brewery to the German-style Sprecher Brewery to the funky Big Bay Brewing Company. Take a break from the beer at Distil, which uses local liquors and sodas in its craft cocktails. Send your taste buds to the old country at authentic-German-style Karl Ratzsch’s restaurant, check out the comfort food at Hinterland Gastropub and go cheese-head at the Cheese Bar, which pairs 175 Wisconsin cheeses with local beers. Walk it all off along the three-mile Milwaukee RiverWalk, which traverses most of downtown.
How to Get There
We love staying at historic hotels. The lobby and common areas are gorgeous. We had a couple of issues that the hotel worked to quickly resolve - we had requested and paid for a lake view room, but upon arrival didn't get that. They were able to move us the following day. We were in a tower room, which was nicely decorated. The shower could have used a good scrub which is why we rated this just average, especially when you're paying nearly $400 per night. Also, the walls are a bit thin - understandable for an older hotel, but we could easily hear our neighbors who must have been away on a romantic weekend.
Hotel very very nice, with style, ad when it has been made, very little but nice pool at last floor with a wonderful view... nice spa, treatment with private shower and champange to drink... so what... a gasoline smell at our floor, so strong that we need to wash our pigiamas after that... a smell in our noise during the night and all day long after... what’s happened?!?
The minute I walked into this hotel, I felt like I stepped onto the scene of It’s a Wonderful Life. I can just picture the magic of sitting by the castle sized fireplace in the lobby and having snow falling outside and sipping hot cocoa. This is a place of tradition and amazing customer service. Hint, they have a butler app that you can request a nightly turndown service at no extra charge and get two delicious truffles on your bed each night. The rooms are excellent and there are excellent shops and restaurants within walking distance. The area feels like a cross between London and San Francisco. I would recommend getting upgraded to have access the the special room on the 23rd floor with complimentary breakfast and drinks with an amazing view of the city. You cannot go wrong with this hotel and we held a conference for 300 people and the amenities where the perfect size to handle it.