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If you need to be in Downtown Milwaukee, the hotel is well located, has parking (though it's really expensive with in and out privileges -- and I say this as a Bostonian used to paying out the nose for parking), and the public spaces of the building are really nice and well maintained. The gent working the desk when we checked in was also a delight and gave lots of useful recommendations about what sites to see and where to eat. A+ to that guy. Our room itself was pretty low end, especially for an Intercontinental. The air conditioning didn't work, every piece of furniture was damaged, and the walls and bathroom showed a lot of wear and tear. When the front desk staff was alerted the ac didn't work, the guy simply said, "Oh, sorry." D- to that guy.
Great location Take of and clean the ac vent better
One of the best in Milwaukee. We had to move to another 4 star (hyatt) on the same street after a day due to lack of availability at intercontinental and it was much inferior.
The rooms are old & out dated. The beds are horrible.
Beds not that comfortable
Great customer service every time we visit. You can't beat this great downtown location.
Quiet room, easy walk to the show at the Riverside, cozy bedding, perfect room temp, courteous and helpful staff, excellent and affordable restaurants within walking distance. Arrive after 6:00 pm and leave before 8:00am so parking very reasonable at $8. everything was wonderful
Great hotel if you are attending a show at The Pabst Theater or Milwaukee Rep since all three share a common lobby. Check in was quick and friendly (thanks Cory) and the room was spacious and clean. The candy/RedBull/bottled water purchase basket was a bit strange, but the rest of the room was fine. Parking is expensive for the area ($27).
The location is fantastic and the price of the rooms great. The room with 2 double beds my adult children had was pretty disgusting. The lamp had huge stains on the shade and the mattresses were all stained and disgusting looking ( they always check for bedbugs because my oldest son travels a lot and has seen them in hostels and nice hotels). The room was just very dingy and looked like a 2 star hotel Our room with a king was better but all the mattresses need to be upgraded and replaced. Carpets need cleaning etc The Kilawatt for brunch was okay. Food was not great....bloody Mary's were not so good....food adequate
Fire alarms all night
Beautifully restored Art Deco hotel. Staff friendly and attentive. Room very large. Free shuttle to any location downtown which was convenient. Great proximity to Marquette University.
The room was nice and the bar/lounge area was also nice The location was in the bad part of town Front desk staff was rude The check-in was a hastle since there are two ambassador hotels across the street from one another Room key didn't work first night coming back in to hotel Shuttle van was a cargo van with squealing brakes
The room and bathroom were very large Overall, the hotel seems a little shabby. The blinds in the bathroom were dirty and sticky. One of the elevators wasn't working upon check-out, so after waiting 10 minutes or so for the other one, I had to carry my suitcase down the stairs. It seems expensive for what feels more like a motel than a hotel.
I loved that the consiarge Eric helped me out with setting up our room. He was great!! Food also was great from Envoy. Everything was wonderful. One of the front desk people ( Connie I believe her name was) she was very crass toward the person that had dropped some items off for me the night before we checked in. Also the box that was on front of the TV did not work when I hooked up my laptop with the HDMI cord.
Location TV in the room was not working, structure is old,
Beautiful interior, non-homogenized aesthetic, helpful staff, great central location, tasty food on site and a complimentary shuttle available for those working in the area. Neighbors could be easily heard at times, but it is an older hotel so that kind of comes with the territory.
The hotel overall was very beautiful, we had a clean, great sized room. Parking did cost $20, but they give you a pass when you check in so you can come and go as many times as you'd like with the one ticket they give you. There's also convenient 90 minute parking right by the main entrance if you just need to quick pop in and out. There are no microwaves or refrigerators in the room, but you can request and pay $10 a night for them. Overall we had a great experience.
Staff, shuttle service Location, outdated, overpriced, no vending machines, dirty rooms
The room was bigger then expected, which was nice We had to pay $20 to park and they had snow on the roof of the parking garage, so we got stuck along with 5 other cars and had to help push each other out
Rooms were very spacious. Breakfast was not included. Gave lame reasons not to provide breakfast. Left side of the building was leaking. No pools. Will never visit nor let friends visit here.
Nice rooms, spacious and well arranged. I'm guessing they never move the furniture at all when they clean because there was all sorts of trash and food under the couch an TV stand. Soft beds, lots of pillows.
Dirty old hotel. No vending machines, unhelpful staff. The area around the hotel was not in the best location.
The Club option is nice...quite a refuge from a horrible room. Couldn't check in until 5:00 despite the 3:00PM check in time. Tub and sink had hair in them. Bedding was ripped.
I do like the atmosphere and location of this hotel. They forgot to freshen up our room. We came back after being out for the day to find the bed not made and no fresh Towels.
Beautiful historic hotel. Comfortable, clean and we enjoyed our stay.
Loved the ambience in the lobby. The room we stayed in was clean with a great view is the lake. Have to pay for wifi in this current age of free WiFi everywhere.
Amazing hotel. Everything was 5 star.
We booked a last-minute room at the Pfister and loved our stay from start to finish. The room was beautiful and clean with a great view, service was stellar, and the location could hardly be improved. It doesn't hurt that the hotel is where we stayed after getting engaged! Great experience and we will definitely stay again next time we're in Milwaukee. Pretty much perfect.
Beautiful hotel with tons of character and charm. Good service, friendly staff, comfortable accommodations. Hotel lobby bar and Blu were excellent. Complimentary breakfast in the Cafe offered good food and full choice of anything on menu. Onsite amenities such as spa, shops and additional restaurants offer an extra touch. For the price of the rooms, wifi was not free. Given the necessity in today's day and age, not to mention that it is complimentary in many more basic hotels, this was a big let down. Especially when service in the tower is spotty for mobile without Wifi. It felt like a nickeled and dimes amenity. Clientele felt a bit uppity.
The hotel is clean, excellent amenities, friendly staff and good good location. I'd stay again and recommend it to others.
This is a beautiful hotel We had the $200 room. No fridge or extra sink. I thought it was a little lacking for a luxury hotel. I guess we should of upgraded.
Old school charm and service The decor, the people and the vibe.
Nice clean room staff is exceptionally well-trained and friendly Food was very good at two of the restaurants I was able to dine at the catered meals were good, maybe a little better than average, although the waitstaff could have been a little more attentive to clearing plates of finished diners. Although you can tell they have great smoke cleaners, the amount of smoke encountered in the casino is still noticeable, and the only way to the restaurants is through the casino! The checking out process needs some help - I haven't had to physically check out at the front desk in years, unless I wanted to. Usually there is a receipt under your door the day of checkout.
It was a casual atmosphere with an elegant touch. The rooms we had (we stayed on the way to and from Minneapolis) were unique. We had two different corner alcove rooms, and each of them were fantastic. The Patio was comfortable and a lot of fun. We were there for the first Thursday night of the season (biker night) and we very pleased.
Cool rooms Kinda dirty guys. House keeping woke me up and I had already called for late check out. Not cool
Courteous staff, great decor, and clean room. The amount of endless noise in the hallway ALL night. Several parties were screaming from outside to someone staying on our floor.
The location is excellent, great views of the river and right next to the river walk. Within walking distance to some really great restaurants. Quiet, and the room was very comfortable! No parking lot, so you either pay to park or pay for valet service. Also, no free breakfast so we had to pay almost $30 just to eat breakfast.
Friendly staff, modern and comfortable accommodations, free water in the room. Great location, valet parking was mid-priced at $25 per day. We chose Aloft because I've stayed at the properties in other cities and had a similarly pleasant experience. And we had to find a place with a swimming pool. Aloft ion Milwaukee is well worth it. not much to dislike as we stayed for one night and the experience was very good.
There basically is no room. You feel cramped from the moment you arrive and realize you cannot pull up to the door and cannot park. Very casual staff. Maybe the 30 year olds like things this way. We do not. We will not be back.
Loved the design, decor and features. Hip & modern without the overkill. Comfortable beds and spotless rooms.
The showers are nice. The blinds are really poor. You need thicker blinds to keep the light out. You can't keep the blinds open and expect to have any sort of privacy. The door from the shower to the rest of the room does not seal, so coming out of the shower is freezing. The walls are paper thin and you can hear EVERYTHING from surrounding rooms. They say the mattresses are firm. There are not firm.
I liked that it was near a lit of fun bars and restaurants. I also thought it was fun and had a very cool look to it! Beds we a little hard.
Huge room, comfy bed, pet friendly. Good location. Room rates are not inexpensive, so one would expect a little more for their buck. But not at the Hotel Metro. Apparently, they must feel their location, which is good, and the fact their aren't a large hotel is enough. Luke warm showers, no matter time of day. Nickle and dime with charges...for instance a room service fee of $4 if you charge something on the room. Even if you go and get it yourself in the restaurant to bring up to the room, Ridiculous. And a surprise $4.99 historic preservation fee, which is clearly NOT going into upgrading their hot water delivery system. Because of these things, I would not recommend. There are plenty of other cool places to stay in Milwaukee. Don't waste your money.
This hotel is a historic site. The rooms have character and are large. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I would rather stay at a hotel like this than a chain hotel.
Staff were incredibly helpful and sweet. Very cute rooms and spa and roof access was amazing! some loud guests during the night. Bed was firmer than I prefer.
quick, easy check in, excellent room, convenient & available. Airport shuttle driver had safety equipment dirty, out of order and in walkway of persons boarding & un-boarding. Driver was advised personally & well in advance of need of airport pickup, and left my party & another stranded in frigid weather awaiting whilst attempts of phone contact from two independent needs went unanswered & mis-routed. I feel very strongly this was deliberate to obstruct our timeliness. Report to onsite management went without response.
Access to freeway and area locations. Expedient check-in. Cleanliness. Antiquated shower head and bathroom sink outside of the bathroom.
We needed to stay near the airport to see a family member off on an early am flight. We drove a long way. It was wonderful to go into a clean, very comfortable room to sleep. The staff were very helpful and pleasant, even helping when we had trouble with the flight which extended the stay a bit. It is our place to go in Milwaukee, now.
Seemed newly remodeled Way over prices snacks ($2 for a small bag of chips)
The staff were very accommodating and friendly. The breakfast buffet was amazing expensive but very good. The hotel décor was very nice and the hotel overall was very clean and modern. The only problem I had was that the bathroom in my room was not very clean on check in, and due to time constraints I was not able to get the situation rectified so I just had to deal with it. Fortunately when I did mention it to hotel staff they did apologize and gave me a nice discount off the price of my stay. So I was pleased with that. I would absolutely stay there again if ever in Milwaukee.
The staff was very friendly and tried to help the best they could Our rooms were not ready at the check-in time. We had booked two rooms and we were able to get into one room an hour late and the other two hours late. At the price, It was unacceptable.
Intensive training on staff, was very evident where I was approached by every person that worked in the hotel with a smile and inquisitive in nature to see what I might need. Was there for four days for Summerfest and had recently stayed at a Kimpton in Austin on rainy Street and enjoyed it. I was able to the enjoy the upstairs rooftop bar for a very short period as it was too busy . Complementary bicycles were a very nice touch, as I am putting them at two of my rental properties now for clients that come and stay . Not having coffee makers in the room is a mistake. I understand the need to possibly get people out of the rooms too co-mingle down in the lobby, yet it's imperative that the first thing I do when I wake up is have a cup of coffee while I shower, news , prepare . I do this at every hotel I stay and this is the only hotel that has not offered it, and I know that's coming through some type of other reasoning either to generate coffee sales or to make the lobby appear bustling. I do not like the open shower which was the same in the Austin hotel. I like to slide a door shut or have a curtain as I feel rushed to get out of the shower because I am feeling like I am getting water all over the floor, which was somewhat the case. I'm not sure who's design idea that was but not crazy about it .
Our walk to summerfest was short, that's what I liked. This hotel was listed as a 4 star....Wrong! This place was old and dirty. The parking situation was horrible. Don't bother looking at this one, move on. Way over priced the the quality. I would have expected to pay half of that.
Location was great for where I needed to be. No restaurant during the day. Cleanliness am issue as well. Nothing like the pictures on their web site.
continental breakfast, location, overnight staff's willingness to fix problems clogged sink in room, evening staff's unwillingness to fix problem or switch rooms
Love the location of this hotel. Near the lake and a lot of nice attractions. The new owners are making some nice changes to the hotel. I couldn't connect to the internet with my computer or my IPhone using the hotel wifi connection. When I said something to the person at the front desk she offered me the number of the provider. I told her she should call. I do not ever have problems with my IPhone connecting to a wifi and my computer was correctly configured. It was the hotel"s problem not mine. I found it annoying that the staff didn't take this request seriously. I also mentioned it at check out and the person on duty didn't even respond to my comment.
Great location. Good bed. Refrigerater ,air conditioning worked great No pool
It was a nice hotel. Dated, but still clean and professional. For the price it was worth it. Parking is not included, but a complimentary breakfast is. It's on the higher end of free breakfasts from mid-price hotels. Waffle maker, eggs, sausages, baked goods, bagels, fruit, cereal, milk, juice, coffee. Enough fuel to get your mornings going well. It had square pillows. And they gave you many. Weird, but not the end of the world.
Definitely an economy hotel and nothing more. It becomes pretty obvious that management put all of their money into the restaurant and bar area and doesn't care at all about the maintenance of the rooms Beyond changing bed sheets and making sure door locks work. I lifted up the curtain above the window and saw layers of wallpaper crumbling from years of neglect. This place is in need of a total renovation. The price paid was not terrible since the location is great, right next to the lakefront, but we would not stay here again unless we had to. On top of that, $15 a night for parking in an empty parking garage attached to the hotel? You've got to be kidding me. And then the receptionist lied to me and said there was nowhere else to park other than the street in which I would have to call the police to okay my vehicle overnight. There is no sign that says no overnight parking, and it was apparent that everyone else in the area utilized street parking overnight. So I parked in the street and lo and behold not a single car was ticketed, nor did anyone have a special permit in their window. Tons of stuff was within walking distance, plenty of great restaurants and bikes for rent. This place has a lot of potential if somebody would invest into some much needed updates to Pull this place out of the 1980s See above
I liked the location and the partial vies of the water. The air conditioner unit is older and every time is turned on it roared to life and was loud and continually woke us up.
Refreshing vintage style (Built and operational since the 20s) with modern updates. Very clean and comfortable. Staff was more than curtious. I wanted to move in. A bit drafty. That's it.
The cafe was wonderful. The staff were fantastic. We initially had a room that smelled like smoke. After telling the staff about this, they instantly changed our room to a different one. They made a bad situation into a great situation.
Location. Room was comfortable. Full kitchen. No elevator. Restaurant limited offerings and hours
It's an older hotel, so it has a romantic charm. The rooms could be updated. The old window air conditioner was loud through the night.
Room was comfortable and large. Location was great. Was told breakfast ended at 9, at check in we were told it ended at 10. Minor inconvenience.
Loved the view, high ceilings, comfortable bed, room/suite size
We liked the river being so close so we could go outside and sit on the benches there along the Walk. It was easier to walk to the events we were attending because the Residence Inn was located close enough to them. The Staff was friendly and professional and helpful. The AC was excellent! The sofa bed was so rough on my cousin's back he was very sore the next morning. There were never enough towels so we had to ask for them several times and for the money we paid to stay there, the towels were thin, very non absorbent and rough on the skin. There weren't even any toiletries provided that even the cheap hotels have in their rooms! When the cleaning person came in, she/he removed the dirty glasses and cups in the sink and never brought any back. We actually would have preferred to NOT have the cleaning crew come in. We kept the room fairly cleaned up and could always call for whatever we needed. One bottle of water, a bottle of soda and a bag of chips cost $8 at the hotel desk so bring your own drinks and munchies!!
The hotel cancelled our reservation an hour before we were set to arrive, and this is after we received a reservation confirmation that morning. We were left scrambling to make alternate arrangements at the last minute and while on the road.
They overbooked us so we were moved to a different hotel that was less convenient. Not a great experience but it could have been worse.
The room and hotel was great looking and modern and the area was amazing! The bests were a little too firm and stuff, the pull out sofa had a bar that went right where your back would be so keeping it folded up was more comfortable for my friend. The breakfast had potential but the eggs were extremely watery
I loved the beds and the cold bottles of water in the rooms. Transportation. With the State Fair going on, I would have liked to have seen transportation to the fair.
Walkable distance to shopping and restaurants, and other downtown attractions. Breakfast buffet at the hotel was delicious!
comfy bed and pillows friendly staff lots of towels popcorn ceiling lack of shower tub(?) decor remote didn't work (sometimes) no free parking ($20 valet)
The valet attendants were wonderful. They gave us great recommendations for restaurants, remembered us as we grabbed our car multiple times, and were quick with getting the car. We were there for the Hal marathon and one of the attendants probably saw as many miles as we did getting the unusual line of people's cars at 6 a.m. He kept his smile on and joked around as he left multiple times to get cars.
Great central location. Nice clean hotel and friendly staff. Comfortable beds and efficient service There were no refrigerators or microwaves as told me I would have on the confirmation sheet
Clean, comfortable beds, room amenities, very polite and friendly staff Only negative is a mandatory 20 dollar per night valet fee, but that may be standard for the downtown
I liked the cleanliness of the hotel, I also really enjoyed getting free cookies at check in and the location.
The staff and facility were first class and made our stay most enjoyable.
Convenient location for our needs. Dirty. Blood on the back of the bathroom door. Poor drainage in bathroom. Shabby. Very poor internet connection. Very much overpriced -- I've stayed in lovely boutique hotels in the Chicago Loop for less.
Location was good for what I was there for. Staff was friendly. Rooms were adequate. Dated decore, bathroom showers kind of dirty. Long hairs still on shower walls. Homeless people were sitting out front. Price was high for this condition of hotel. Not likely to stay again
It is in Milwaukee and so was I. Pretty shabby. I wouldn't call it dirty, but it was hardly gleaming. It clearly hasn't been updated in decades. It is "downtown," but not really near anything. No exhaust fan in the bathroom. Thermostat didn't apparently do anything. If you are desperate for a room in downtown Milwaukee...
Right next to Amtrak Air conditioning wasn't working, terrible for the late summer. Elevators weren't working correctly either.
Leaving Everything besides leaving
Location Breakfast buffet for $8.95 was reasonable Beds were lumpy and slanted Floors were damp Hallways were stinky and damp TV was a box TV that only got one channel Temperature control didn't work well
Nice bed Nice staff I was disappointed that the front desk person did not know what bus to take to get to the airport.
It was downtown Dated and not the cleanest. Loud, and extra charges on my card at the end...
Friendly staff was the ONLY bright spot, everything else was terrible. Per the previous reviews, I was expecting a rude staff, but the reality was that the staff is friendly. It's the facilities that are terrible and any hotel would/should be ashamed of (ESPECIALLY being situated downtown). - 1 of 2 elevators functions ("functions" used loosely) - walls, ceilings and carpets are old and stained - room furniture was cheap and archaic - A/C did not work, hot air vented at all settings (room was unbearably hot) - bathtub drain was clogged and water did not drain - plain and simple, if the rest of the rooms are like the one my wife and I stayed in, the entire hotel NEEDS to be revamped/remodeled - based on this stay we will not be staying at a Ramada again
The location was perfect The air conditioner didn't work and it was extremely hot and uncomfortable
The bed and pillows were comfortable enough and thankfully looked clean. Front desk staff were friendly. Parking is free, but in an unsecured lot behind the hotel. This hotel has not been kept up. It's in poor shape - lots of things that need to be repaired/replaced, fixtures partially off the wall. It also needs to be deep cleaned - some things, like the light switch, were so dirty that I didn't want to touch them. There was a huge gap under the door, which is both unsafe and bad for noise. Not worth what they charge. I would not stay there again.
Our room was broken into and things were stolen. The overnight guy at the desk was not helpful. The hotel did not offer an apology or look into who could have entered our room. Bad experience!
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Very interesting architecture with incorporating the former beer kettles of Pabst into the design of the hotel.
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