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A Night at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel

There are a lot of places to stay in Milwaukee, but the best hotel is easily the historic Pfister Hotel. How’s it the best? Here’s how…


As I always say, the most important thing for a property is the location. And the Pfister’s got it. Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the Pfister Hotel is only a few blocks from the shore of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Market, and so much more. It is in such a fantastic location that I’m not sure it can be topped in Milwaukee, whether you’re in town for business or pleasure.

The Pfister Hotel's lobby

The Pfister Hotel’s lobby

The Hotel

The Pfister is the sort of classic luxury that I look for in so many of my stays. The décor isn’t bright and flashy. Instead, it’s tasteful and beautiful in every respect; from the lobby, to the lounge, to the hallways, the Pfister is attractive in that turn-of-the-twentieth-yet-modern way I love so well.

Bedroom in a Pfister Hotel suite

Bedroom in a Pfister Hotel suite

The Room

My room at the Pfister Hotel exceeded expectations so much so that I decided to skip a night out on the town. I could have run off to hit the bars and knock back a few, but opted to stay in and enjoy one of the best rooms I’ve ever stayed in. The suite was so large that if you were staying with someone, and wanted to, it’s not a problem to spend time apart; including the bathroom, there are three rooms with multiple televisions, a mini-bar, a huge sitting area, and an amazingly comfortable bed.

Suite room sitting area

Suite room sitting area

The bulk of my night was spent in the sitting area, sipping on some beers I had cooling in the mini-bar’s fridge, and attempting to take care of some writing at the desk. In the end, I ended up watching a movie while sprawled out on the sofa. It was just too comfortable to get up from after finishing dinner, which brings me to my sole complaint about the suite. Except maybe the desk – where I had my computer and papers already spread out – there wasn’t a table available to eat the…

The Food

…I ordered from room service. They delivered it promptly and with incredibly polite service. The professionalism and appearance truly impressed me. But it was nothing compared to the taste. I really expected a cardboard-style pizza, so I ordered some chicken wings and fries, too. As it turned out, it was all so good I wolfed it all down minutes after it was delivered. I just wish there was a better table I could have used instead of the glass one in front of the sofa.

Room service pepperoni pizza

Room service pepperoni pizza

While relaxing in the lounge the next day, I experienced the same type of service with the same fantastic food. The only thing that changed was the setting; instead of in my room, I kicked back at the bar and later on a sofa in front of the incredible fireplace. My only disappointment while sitting next to it? Winter was months away, so a fire wasn’t lit. (Note to self: Return in the winter.)

Room service wings and fries

Room service wings and fries

The Service

As I mentioned with the food service staff, everyone was incredibly polite. From check-in to check out, I was impressed with how the staff treated their guests. My only issue came after my stay when I was overbilled for my orders. The trip was hosted by Visit Milwaukee, and instead of only being charged for my food and beverage orders, the whole stay was charged to me. This was quickly fixed with a couple of calls, but should have been handled from the off when I informed the staff and they acknowledged the billing arrangement. Other than that one glitch, as I said, I was impressed with level of staff service, attitude, and professionalism.

The lounge in the Pfister Hotel's lobby

The lounge in the Pfister Hotel’s lobby

End Result

My time at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel was fantastic. I highly recommend it for anyone else traveling to Wisconsin. The room was impeccably clean, beyond comfortable, and impressively spacious. Despite the billing glitch, the service was some of the best I’ve experience at any property. And, as I’ve said is the most important thing to me, the location in downtown Milwaukee is second to none. Any guest will truly have a difficult time not walking away happy with the level of attention they’ve received at the Pfister Hotel in every respect.

NOTE: Some folks believe the Pfister Hotel to be haunted. Baseball players, for instance. I didn’t experience anything during my stay. But, then again, I’m not a baseball player.

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4 Comments on “A Night at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel”

  1. EllAwitHatwisT August 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Even though you didn’t mention it, I noticed you tagged this as “haunted.” If you like haunted history, I highly recommend the Shaker’s Bar ghost tour next time you find yourself in Milwaukee. The joint used to be a speakeasy and brothel–while there, you’ll learn about the opportunity to stay in the bar’s haunted penthouse (something you can only book in person, I believe).If you ever do it, I would definitely be interested in reading about your experience =)


    • Jason's Travels August 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks for the tip. I actually did the tour a few times over, including some private time in their basement, and am writing about the experience in a ghost hunting book I’m working on. I have a few experiences left to do, and then should hopefully have it off to a publisher early next year.

  2. EllAwitHatwisT August 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    **Whoops, guess you did mention it at the end there–but you know what I’m getting at

  3. readingunderground September 17, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    If you saw the basement where some of the food is prepped, or the employee designated areas, you might not feel so enthusiastic. js

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