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
The hotel itself is a nice, quaint, old hotel with a newer section. I stayed in the old section, was "upgraded" to a king suite on the second floor just above the lobby. The room was nice, but dark - as is a lot of the hotel. Bed was very comfortable, rooms clean, and great TVs. Old rooms are not accessible oriented, tight quarters.
Mayor flaw - the Internet at the Pfister is absolutely the worst that I have experienced anywhere! The signal was strong, no problem there - so it had to be bandwidth. This was evidenced by being able to finally download emails and websites at 4:00 am that were essentially blocked during normal waking hours. In today's world this is completely unacceptable. I've had better internet in hotels in third world countries than I did here. Very frustrating!
I stayed here as it was the "conference hotel". I wish I had stayed across the street at the Marriott - I've always had good experiences at Marriotts.
Perfect hotel, excellent service, super atmosfere, excellent food, Diner, lunch. Perfect see food, egs Benedict, oystregs.
The room are beautiful, big King size bed, nice cheirs, mirror, staylish, beautiful bathroom.
The Pfister Hotel is a beautiful, historic hotel. It not only has not declined as some older properties do, it is getting better all the time.
The lobby is stunning. The rooms are large and comfortable. The bartenders, waiters, front desk staff, doormen all very professional, polite, quick and efficient. The best thing for me was the concierge Peter who is a true, seasoned concierge. He helped us find restaurants, dinner cruise, tickets to local sites - whatever we needed. Excellent hotel - I would go back to Milwaukee just to stay at the Pfister.
At $350 a night one expects everything to be done with excellence. This historic hotel is beautiful our room on the 10th floor featured a very comfortable bed and a bay window overlooking lake michigan in the distance about a half mile away.
Parking was $33 a night for our car.
The Blu lounge is gorgeous and has an amazing view of lake michigan. The live music was outstanding. Service however was extremely slow. We waited almost half an hour to order a drink at one point in the night, so I walked to the bar to order a drink only to find the bartender using his cell phone online. Seriously? Who manages this bar? White Russian was $12. Cost of Jim Beam on the Rocks was $12 and glass of Justin Cabernet was $20. Great ambiance, poor service, live entertainmnent makes high prices somewhat tolerable.
Maid staff was slamming doors every 30-60 seconds from 1 pm to 3:45 pm, again who supervises these people? We were trying to relax before leaving for a wedding at the milwaukee art museum, extremely irritating, and I asked nicely if they could please not slam doors, how hard is it to use a door stop to keep the door open as they service the room?
Management of this hotel is failing.
We spent 4 nights at the Pfister while attending a conference. It is a beautiful hotel full of art work. I ate lunch at the lobby bar and breakfast at the cafe and the food was very good, as was the service. Because we were in the old section, the bathtub fixtures for the shower were very stiff and I could not turn them off or on. My husband had to do it.
I was not in the modern tower, but would guess that the fixtures are more modern. If you have any arthritis or other weakness, I would suggest a handicap room.