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Overview

  • Pet-friendly hotel with a renowned spa and gourmet cuisine
  • Fees for Wi-Fi access

First opening its doors in 1893, The Pfister in downtown Milwaukee maintains its Gilded Age glamour, sporting period decor and Victorian artwork. But that doesn't mean this hotel is stuck in the past. The Pfister's 307 guest rooms, though vintage in appearance, offer contemporary amenities such as LCD flat-panel TVs, iPod-compatible alarm clocks and wireless internet access (for a fee). Visitors praise the hotel's luxurious facilities, which include the WELL Spa + Salon, as well as the delectable Mason Street Grill and swanky Blu lounge. Many diners highly recommend sitting down for Sunday brunch at The Rouge dining room. Though a few recent guests mention that rooms could use a refresh, most agree the staff gives everyone the star treatment while here. Guests also recommend making time to meet The Pfister's Artist-in-Residence; through this residency program, the hotel sponsors up-and-coming artists who, in turn, work right on the premises.

Quick Stats

  • Milwaukee, WI

    [MAP]

  • 4.5-star

    HOTEL CLASS

  • Hotel, 307 rooms

    PROPERTY TYPE

  • City center, Bay, Lake

    PRIMARY VIEW

  • Traditional, Historic

    STYLE

  • Business travelers, Families, Couples, Groups

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How It Ranks

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  • Hotel Class
    4.5
  • Critic Rating
    Moderate
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating Based on 1843 reviews
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Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2017

Travel + Leisure

Since it opened, this historic Grand Dame — which includes the 1893 building and a modern tower — in downtown Milwaukee has hosted every U.S. president since McKinley.
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1843 guests have reviewed the The Pfister Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: | 4.5 (based on 1843 reviews)

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Guest Rooms

The hotel's guest rooms combine Old World elegance with modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs and wireless internet access. Other rooms are more modern in design, featuring chrome light fixtures and leather headboards. In-room amenities include feather bed toppers and blankets, alarm clock radios with iPod/MP3 connectivity, luxe spa toiletries and laptop-sized safes. Some accommodations offer views of Lake Michigan, while others feature city views.

  • Wi-Fi costs $9.95 in rooms, free in the Café and Lobby Lounge

Standard room size: 330 square feet

  • Internet (with fee)

  • Premium channels

  • Workspace/desk

  • Minifridge

  • Bathrobes/slippers

  • Minibar

  • Shower/tub combo

  • Separate shower

  • Separate tub

  • Wireless Internet

  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies

  • Adjoining rooms available

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Location & Parking

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The Pfister is situated in downtown Milwaukee within walking distance of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Cathedral Square, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and The Pabst and Riverside theaters, among other attractions. The hotel is also less than a mile east of the Wisconsin Convention Center, making this hotel an ideal lodging option for both leisure and business travelers.

  • General Mitchell International Airport is about 10 miles south

  • 24-hour valet parking ($33)

  • 24-hour self-parking ($29)

  • Airport shuttle

  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store

  • Movie theater

  • Theater

  • Shopping

  • Bus stop

  • Train station

  • Subway/metro stop

  • Restaurants

  • Beach

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Dining

The Mason Street Grill is a classic American grill that serves steaks, seafood and sandwiches in a casual setting with booth seating and live jazz six nights a week. The Café offers American fare for breakfast and lunch, as well as Starbucks coffee at the patisserie all day. Blu on the 23rd floor features live music on the weekends and serves wine and cocktails as well as light bites with views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. The Lobby Lounge is the place to have a beverage and appetizers while sitting on sofas in front of a fireplace and listening to live piano music.

  • Sunday brunch is served in The Rouge
  • Afternoon tea held seasonally

Number of restaurants: 3

Cuisine types: American

  • Fine dining

  • Casual dining

  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace

  • Bar/lounge

  • Room service

  • 24-hour room service

  • Free breakfast

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Pool

The hotel has a small indoor pool on the 23rd floor with sweeping views of the city. Limited lounge chair seating surround the pool.

Number of pools: 1

  • Family pool

  • Infinity pool

  • Whirlpool/hot tub

  • Adults-only pool

  • Lap pool

  • Wading pool

  • Lazy river

  • Seasonal

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor

  • Indoor/outdoor combo

  • Pool bar

  • Lifeguard on duty

  • Poolside service

  • Waterslide

  • Deck chairs or cabanas

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Spa

The historic spa once housed the Pfister's Turkish Baths more than a century ago. Now called the WELL Spa + Salon, the facility offers treatment suites each equipped with a personal bathroom and shower, heated floors, robes and the choice of aromatherapy. The Remineralizing Hydrotherapy Bath and the Hamman Steam Shower + Mud are some of the treatments on the menu. Hair care, nail care, airbrush makeup services and eyelash extensions are available at the salon.

Services offered:

  • Massage

  • Facial

  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)

  • Salon services

  • Outdoor treatment area

  • Steam room

  • Sauna

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Kids

Cribs and a small family-friendly pool are offered at The Pfister Hotel.

  • Kids club

  • Cribs

  • High chairs

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Fitness

The hotel's 24-hour fitness center offers several cardio and weight-training machines.

  • Weight equipment

  • Cardio equipment

  • Yoga mats

  • Free fitness classes

  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

  • Bicycles

  • Tennis

  • Guided runs

  • Paddle boats

  • Motor boats

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Business

The Pfister's meeting rooms are outfitted with chandeliers, marble accents and Victorian artwork, along with modern technology like Wi-Fi and on-site audiovisual services. The property houses more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space in a variety of rooms that can accommodate small groups of 15 to receptions with 1,500 people.

  • Business center is open 24 hours per day

Number of meeting rooms: 15

  • Business center

  • Meeting rooms

  • Meeting and event planners available

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Pets

Pet packages are available and include a donation to the Elmbrook Humane Society, a doggy gift basket and a pet cleaning fee of $100.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)

  • Dog walking

  • Pet-sitting

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Golf (Information N/A for The Pfister Hotel)

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Wedding

The Pfister offers grand spaces for weddings, including its two large ballrooms with antique chandeliers, rich draperies and marble accents. The Imperial Ballroom can hold up to 350 guests for dinner and dancing, while the Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,500 guests for receptions. Smaller spaces are available for more intimate affairs.

  • Marcus Weddings can take care of planning the details
  • Couples get a complimentary night and special rates are offered for guests

Maximum wedding guest capacity: 1,500

  • Hotel hosts weddings

  • Outdoor space for weddings

  • Wedding planners available

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