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The Pfister Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Milwaukee's most famous and historic hotel has maintained a AAA 4-Diamond rating for four decades 
  • Updated rooms in the Grand Tower feature marble bathrooms and feather-stuffed comforters
  • The penthouse-level cocktail bar on the 23rd floor has a great view of the city skyline 
  • Afternoon tea on weekends is overseen by the hotel's "tea butler" and includes tableside tea blending, fresh scones and live music 

"Complete luxury and elegance"
Apr 5, 2019 - Springfield, IL, USA
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The destination for old-world Milwaukee elegance and luxury since its opening day in 1893, the Pfister has hosted presidents, dignitaries and celebrities over the decades and has maintained its AAA 4-Diamond designation since the ratings were first published in 1976. 

Rooms feature polished wood furnishings and pillowtop beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. Tower rooms feature lake and city views, and Club-level rooms also include access to the 23rd-floor private lounge; suites add separate living areas for some extra space.

Dining options include The Cafe at the Pfister for sandwiches, salads and Starbucks coffee (along with free Wi-Fi) and the Mason Street Grill serves steakhouse fare. Head to the 23rd-floor for penthouse cocktails at Blu -- it regularly wins "best view in town" honors -- and there's also afternoon tea served on the weekends. The hotel also features the WELL Spa + Salon, named one of the best destination spas in Wisconsin by Milwaukee Magazine. 

The downtown location puts guests within walking distance of the Pabst Theater, the Bradley Center, the bars and restaurants of Old World Third and Water streets and the famous Milwaukee Art Museum along the lakefront. 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • ATM

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Internet access (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 18 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: $20 plus tax per stay.

Extra beds are available upon request and in King bedded rooms only: 30 USD plus tax, per night. 
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.
Extra person charge is 15 USD plus tax, per person, per night.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, 1 per room, up to 75 pounds, and will be charged a non-refundable pet cleaning fee of 100 USD plus tax, per stay. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Valet Parking (with in/out privileges) for 33 USD plus tax, or Self-Parking (with in/out privileges) for 29 USD plus tax, per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.These rates are subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(35 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee (WI) (part of Marcus Hotels & Resorts & Preferred Hotels/Historic Hotels of America) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Complete luxury and elegance
Other Comments
The staff is very warm and helpful. Best views in downtown from the 23rd floor lounges and the concierge club is very welcoming and a great value
Lucille Apr 05, 2019 Springfield, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
The history and lavish detail. Truly a bucket list experience
Other Comments
The staff (or Pfister family, as they call themselves) were over the top at being warm and friendly, unlike so many other top shelf hotels which are often stuffy and arrogant.
Lucille Mar 20, 2019 Springfield, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
23rd floor. attention to detail. history.
Other Comments
room was too warm
Gregory Feb 25, 2019 Trevor, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Service and room size and appointments
Julie Feb 11, 2019 EDINA, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
This is a beautiful, historical hotel. Everyone is friendly and professional.
Kathleen R Feb 02, 2019 Woodstock, IL, USA
Other Comments
they put us on the second floor with a view of an alley way with a multitude of dumpsters (10 or so) beginning at 5am, A dumpster was emptied with much noise. an hour later, the remaining dumpsters were emptied witch lasted for almost an hour, again with much noise. Than an hour after that, the fresh produce was delivered which meant a guy rolling his cart down a metal ramp out of his CONTANNTLY idling vehicle. this lasted over an hour. got 3 hours of sleep. Mind you, the tops of these vehicles were mere feet from the bottom of my window. What a miserable experience. We did not go somewhere for the weekend and simply stay at the hotel...the hotel WAS the weekend. complete waste of what could have been a spectacular weekend at a truly spectacular hotel.
Jason Jan 12, 2019 Middleton, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The history and beauty of the property. We also liked its central location and concierge service. The lobby is exquisite.
Other Comments
We could not adjust the thermostat and found the room way too hot. The hotel's solution was to put two standing fans in our room. We were there in January! The club lounge food and drinks were sub par.
Anne Jan 07, 2019 Evanston, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Stately Elegance. Truly a place where you could just spend the day marveling at the beauty of the hotel itself. But this is a great location to begin enjoying the city.
PATRICK Dec 31, 2018 Manitowoc, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great breakfast
Other Comments
Staff were exceptional.
Kurt Dec 31, 2018 Freedom, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beautiful historic look and feel of the hotel. Absolutely gorgeous!
Terri Dec 17, 2018 Melrose, WI, USA

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