The Pfister Hotel

Karl Klockars
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • Milwaukee's most famous and historic hotel 
  • This opulent Gilded Age property dates back to the late 1800s
  • Has maintained a AAA 4-Diamond rating for four decades 
  • The 23rd-floor indoor pool has great Lake Michigan views 

"Milwaukee's grandest old hotel" -- Fodor's
Enjoyed This
(65 Member Ratings)
"SUCH a beautiful hotel with wonderful staff."
Mar 27, 2018
Oregon, WI, USA

Map & Directions

The Pfister is a 15 minutes drive from Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport; public transit on the city's GreenLine Bus between Bayshore and the Airport takes 35 minutes. Self-parking is available for $29 per night, and Valet is available for $33 nightly. Both have in/out privileges. 

Rooms & Rates

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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 1977. 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. 

Dining options include The Cafe at the Pfister for sandwiches, salads and Starbucks coffee (along with free Wi-Fi) and the Mason Street Grill serving steakhouse fare. Afternoon tea is served most afternoons, and for drinks, head to the 23rd floor to the penthouse for cocktails at Blu -- it regularly wins "best view in town" honors. The hotel also features the top-ranked Well Spa, 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 as well as the famous Milwaukee Art Museum along the lakefront. 

From the press: 
  • "Historic Grand Dame [with] Gilded Age glamour" -- Travel + Leisure
  • "Puts you in a Victorian frame of mind from the moment you step in" -- Fodor's
  • "Pampering guests since 1893, this restored lodging has an opulent Victorian feel" -- Midwest Living



  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 18 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs are available on request (and based on availability): $20.00 (subject to tax) per stay.
Extra beds are available in King Rooms only for one child on request (and based on availability): $20 (subject to tax) per night or one adult on request (and based on availability): $30 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be applied by hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request (dogs and cats only), 1 per room up to 75lbs and will be charged a non-refundable pet cleaning fee of $100.00 (subject to tax). Charges will be applied by 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: A Valet Parking Fee (with in/out privileges) of $33.00 (subject to tax), or a Self-Parking Fee (with in/out privileges) of $29.00 (subject to tax)  per night applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-12 midnight ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Enjoyed This
(65 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.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
SUCH a beautiful hotel with wonderful staff.
Other Comments
We loved being in an upper club level room, with access to the Pfister Club on the 23rd floor. The breakfasts and hors d'oevres were excellent.
Kathryn Mar 27, 2018 Oregon, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Everyone that works there is friendly and helpful and wants you to enjoy your stay.
Other Comments
I love the history and ambiance of the hotel.
Stephanie Mar 26, 2018 New Glarus, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Classic old hotel in wonderful condition. Also served high tea and food in the restaurant was delicious.
Cynthia Feb 18, 2018 Verona, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
beautiful historic hotel with lovely art and architecture to enjoy
Other Comments
Hotel rooms in the tower are fairly ordinary, though nice. Wouldn't know you were in a "historic hotel" but the lobby more than makes up for that. Club Lounge floor was nice, with evening appetizers and breakfast provided. Blu lounge on the same floor adds nice ambience, as you can hear the jazz musicians both in the lounge and in the pool. Great views.
lacinda Jan 08, 2018 Madisondison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
In the heart of the City but it was quiet and felt so opulent.
Other Comments
Breakfast and snacks in the evening were pretty good, considering that kind of thing is usually not the best. The rooms in the tower were very nice, although it was dry in there because of the extremely cold outside weather. That was really our only complaint.
Terri Jan 08, 2018 Neshkoro, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Art work, history ambiance.
Other Comments
Very nice experience.
Ken Jan 08, 2018 Madison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
An absolutely gorgeous setting at the holidays.
Other Comments
Club level rooms definitely worth the extra cost. Club amenities are great!
Wendy Dec 18, 2017 Milwaukee, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Overall fine experience. Recommend it highly.
John Nov 21, 2017 Rockland, MI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The beauty of hotel.
Eugenia Dec 10, 2017 Cascade, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Christmas atmosphere and the friendly staff.
Susan Dec 19, 2017 Palatine, IL, USA

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