The Pfister Hotel

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
United States
At A Glance
Historic Hotels of AmericaPreferred Hotels & Resorts
Opened 1893
Renovated 2014
Guest Rooms 307
Kings/Suites/Doubles 191 / 82 / 116
Seasonal Rates: High Low Shoulder
Ideal Group Size 100
Max Group Size 250


Resort Fee $0
Room Tax 15.1%
Sales Tax 5.60%

Airport Proximity

General Mitchell International Airport
15 min 10 miles (16 km)
Pfister Club Lounge
Travel Green Wisconsin Certified
24-hour room service
Business Center
Wireless High-Speed & On-site A/V
Starbucks On-site
Pet Friendly
Valet Parking
Full Service Restaurants
Spa Services
Complimentary iPad Use
WELL Spa + Salon
Fitness Center
Indoor Pool
Boutique Shopping
Board Games
Hotel Shops
Starbucks On-site
Complimentary iPad Use
Artist in Residence Studio
Victorian Art Collection
Festival Packages
Cathedral Square Park - Jazz in the Park
Lake Michigan
Milwaukee Art Museum
Pabst Theater
Boutique Shopping
Entertainment and Nightlife
Discovery World Museum
Betty Brinn Childrens Museum
Milwaukee Public Museum
Summerfest Grounds
BMO Harris Bradley Center
UWM Panthers Arena
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Dining, Food & Beverage
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Martini Bar
Mason Street Grill
Classic American Grill
Pfister Club
Elite Club Louge
The Cafe
The Rouge
Traditional Sunday Brunch
F&B Averages:
Breakfast Buffet $30 Cont. $20
Lunch Buffet $34 Plated $34
Dinner Buffet $50 Plated $40
Coffee Break $7
2-Hour Open Bar $34
Meeting Space
Largest Meeting Room 8,988 ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 24,000 ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 25,000 ft²
Capacity Chart
Empire 406 14 9 20 35 30 35 20 0 0 0
Grand Ballroom 8,988 107 16 500 1,500 800 1,500 0 0 0 0
Grand Ballroom Central 2,730 78 16 150 400 250 500 0 0 0 0
Grand Ballroom East 3,024 84 16 150 400 300 500 0 0 0 0
Grand Ballroom West 3,024 84 16 150 400 300 500 0 0 0 0
Hall Of Presidents 2,088 72 12 100 250 180 250 100 0 0 0
Hall Of Presidents Kennedy Room 522 18 12 20 50 40 60 25 0 0 0
Hall Of Presidents McKinley Room 522 18 12 20 50 40 60 25 0 0 0
Hall Of Presidents Roosevelt Room 522 18 12 20 50 40 60 25 0 0 0
Hall Of Presidents Taft Room 522 18 12 20 50 40 60 25 0 0 0
Imperial Ballroom 5,760 48 32 250 850 350 850 0 0 0 0
Kings Row 2,632 94 12 125 425 200 300 125 0 0 0
Kings Row Charles I 420 15 12 20 40 20 60 20 0 0 0
Kings Row Henry VII 840 30 12 35 125 50 75 35 0 0 0
Kings Row Louis XIV 840 30 12 35 125 50 75 35 0 0 0
Kings Row Richard II 532 19 12 35 75 50 75 25 0 0 0
Mirror 544 34 12 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0
The Rouge 2,888 76 14 0 75 130 250 35 0 0 0
Twenty 3 567 21 12 40 75 60 60 25 10 12 0
Special Offers
Valid From:
2014-06-01 to 2014-12-31
$149.00 + tax based on double occupancy
Book a new meeting or event at the Pfister, and all guests in your room block will receive complimentary Pfister Club Lounge access each day. This offer is valid on all room types within the block, either in the historic section or the newly renovated tower. Enjoy spectacular views on the 23rd floor of the Pfister hotel in the Club Lounge, and the following amenities:


• Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
• A full, hot breakfast each morning
• Snacks and beverages throughout the day
• Hors d’ oeuvres in the evening
• Computer and printer access
• And televisions for monitoring the days events

A Club Attendant will assist Club Lounge guests, providing the high level of service that our guests are accustomed to.

The Pfister Club is open 7 days a week.
6am-8pm Weekdays and 7am-8pm Weekends.
Offer valid on NEW bookings from June 1, 2014 through December 30, 2014. Some restrictions apply. Based on availability. Current blackout dates: June 23-28, 2014; July 20-22, 2014; August 8-9, 2014.

Rate: beginning at $149
Call for Reservation: 414-390-4646
Contact Email:
Hot Dates
8/14/14 3/31/15 25 or more From $149 w/ Club
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Announces Completion of Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation of The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis.
Posted June 26, 2014
Milwaukee, Wis., June 26, 2014. . . . .Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced its flagship property, the AAA-Four Diamond historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. has completed the renovation of its 176 tower guest rooms. The completed guest room renovations are part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar reinvestment in the property, which includes new club floors offering additional enhancements and amenities for guests, a high-tech executive boardroom and a Club Lounge.

“The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, was purchased out of bankruptcy by Ben Marcus, The Marcus Corporation’s founder, in 1962. The hotel’s tower was originally added to the building in 1966 to meet the growing demand from travelers and to add a contemporary look and modern amenities, while still embracing the rooms in the historic section of the hotel. Once again, the tower guest rooms have been redesigned with today’s modern traveler in mind, while still preserving the art and history that makes the property a unique jewel,” said Thomas F. Kissinger, interim president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and senior executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation.

The newly renovated tower guest rooms were designed to reflect a vision of livable luxury – blending tradition with modern esthetics and amenities. The power of neutral grays and neutral space is a constant theme throughout, with a pop of imaginative color. Each bathroom features marble vanity tops and flooring, a separate commode stall for privacy and a tiled shower. Designed with the everyday business traveler in mind, the rooms offer guests a comfortable work space – in beautiful style.

As part of the renovations, the hotel introduced two new club floors with added personalized conveniences and services that include access to the hotel’s new VIP Club Lounge on the 23rd floor and a private attendant. “Club floor guests will be greeted with a special welcome amenity and personalized note in an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Guests in these rooms can enjoy convenient technology amenities, a Keurig coffee maker, and a personal club room attendant to manage any special requests throughout their stay,” said Kissinger.

The Pfister Hotel announced the completion of its Club Lounge in April 2013. The Club Lounge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. The Club Lounge is located on the top floor of the hotel, offering expansive views of the city and Lake Michigan. With an atmosphere similar to a home library, guests can enjoy a fireplace, bookshelves, comfortable seating, workstations for individuals and small groups, Wi-Fi Internet access, printers and televisions for monitoring the day’s events. The Club Lounge also offers guests breakfast each morning, snacks and beverages throughout the day and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the evening. Guests not staying on club floors can upgrade their room reservation to include Club Lounge access for a nominal fee.

The Pfister’s new executive boardroom, Twenty 3, was also introduced last year. The upscale, high-tech boardroom incorporates unmatched presentation technology, multiple 4K LED monitors, including 3D, gesture recognition, iPad multi-media controls, surround sound and an iMac lab.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of the newly designed guest rooms, and believe our guests will be too,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation. “We are committed to the continuous improvement of the hotel. From the décor and personal service to the new Club Lounge and club floors, we are always looking for ways to enhance our guests’ experience. Many guests stay at The Pfister because of its rich history, extensive Victorian art collection and personal service. The renovations allow us to meet the needs of today’s savvy millennial travelers, while also maintaining the historic look and feel of the hotel.”

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About The Pfister Hotel

Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for more than a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style; 2013 marked the hotel’s 120th year as an icon in Milwaukee. The Pfister Hotel was purchased in 1962 by Ben Marcus, who vowed to renovate the distinguished hotel to its original beauty. Significant renovations were completed and a new 23-story guest room tower was built. In fall 2012, The Marcus Corporation celebrated its 50th year of ownership of the property.

Home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, The Pfister is a AAA Four-Diamond property with membership in two of the industry’s leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. More information and updates on the hotel can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its Marcus Hotels & Resorts division, the company’s movie theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fifth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 685 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s web site at

The Pfister Hotel Honored with ‘Stars of the Industry’ Award from American Hotel & Lodging Association
Posted June 18, 2012
The historic Pfister® Hotel, which is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, in downtown Milwaukee was honored earlier this week with a national ‘Stars of the Industry’ award from American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in the category of guest relations for a large property. The awards program recognizes lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry.

“We are honored to have been recognized with this prestigious award, which is a testament to our dedication to service,” said Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “We’re proud of the unique guest programs we’ve incorporated over the past few years, and would like to thank our guests for their ongoing support.”

The award in the guest relations category is given for programs that develop a climate conducive to new or repeat business, create goodwill among guests, or provide special services.

Featuring the largest collection of Victorian-style art of any hotel in the world, The Pfister has a history of commitment to the arts. For more than 25 years, internationally acclaimed pianist Dr. Jeffrey Hollander has been performing at the hotel as its musician-in-residence, and anchors the nightly pianist schedule at the hotel’s signature Lobby Lounge.

The hotel’s guest relations award submission focused on its unique arts programming. For example, The Pfister hosts a successful Artist-in-Residence program, which features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and visitors, and a Pfister Narrator program, in which a member of the Milwaukee community is selected to serve as a writer-in-residence for six months, interacting with guests and sharing their unique stories on The Pfister’s blog,

“We’ve seen great success with all of our arts programs,” said Kurth. “We’re proud to have expanded upon the established support for music arts, culinary arts and Victorian art, with two new programs supporting the visual arts and art of the written word. The positive feedback we’ve received from guests has been overwhelming.”

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit:
Mason Street Grill Bringing Freshly Sourced Maine Lobster To Diners
Posted May 31, 2012
Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant and lounge, announces the addition of several fresh lobster dishes to its spring/summer 2012 menu. Mason Street Grill is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts. Executive Chef Mark Weber, the mastermind behind Mason Street Grill’s mouthwatering cuisine, now adds a selection of lobster appetizers, salads and main courses to get lobster season off to a tasty start.

Chef Weber travels to Maine to directly source fresh, in-season lobster to ensure Mason Street Grill diners get their seafood fix with his delicious lobster dishes. On Fridays and Saturdays, patrons can enjoy Mason Street Grill’s $30 lobster boil, a Wisconsin take on a Northeastern tradition, including a whole Maine lobster, corn on the cob, red potato, clams, mussels and linguiça sausage.

“Mason Street Grill is excited and proud to offer a fresh, rich selection of lobster to the Milwaukee area,” said Executive Chef Mark Weber. “We’ve incorporated flavorful ingredients and sides to perfectly complement the lobster and provide our guests with an unparalleled dining experience.”

Other lobster menu items include:
•Lobster cocktail with cilantro honey lime vinaigrette, avocado and red onion
•Lobster salad with cilantro honey lime vinaigrette, avocado, oranges and fennel
•Broiled whole Maine lobster, crab stuffing, asparagus and red potatoes

Mason Street Grill is kicking off the start of warm weather with their newest menu additions. Stop by to taste Chef Weber’s fresh lobster dishes and sample the other delectable seasonal menu items from Mason Street Grill.

About Mason Street Grill

Located in Downtown Milwaukee, Mason Street Grill is the place where Milwaukee works and plays. Serving lunch, dinner, after work cocktails, appetizers and more, Mason Street Grill is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant for Milwaukee residents and visitors alike. Under Executive Chef Mark Weber, Mason Street Grill’s open kitchen serves creative, regional American cooking that reflects the bounty and steadiness of Wisconsin roots. The wood fired oven and grill are the centerpieces of the menu and help to serve the best Midwestern steaks, chops, seafood and hearth baked breads and flatbreads. Wisconsin’s rich farmlands create a menu that is steeped in traditional elements, yet done with a flair and creativity reflective of Milwaukee’s new urban sensibilities. With a great bar scene, bustling dining room, lounge, elegant private dining and exciting menu, Mason Street Grill is the place to experience wonderful food, service and atmosphere.
The Pfister Hotel Ranks Among Top 1% of Hotels in the World
Posted May 10, 2012
Expedia® has named The Pfister Hotel among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select list. The Insiders’ Select list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. The full list represents only 500 of Expedia’s top-ranked hotels selected from the more than 130,000 properties offered by Expedia®, placing The Pfister among the top one percent.

“Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at The Pfister, said Joe Kurth, general manager. We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia travelers and we look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests.”

The Pfister continuously works to improve upon its guest experience with unique initiatives such as its Artist in Residence program, which features a working artist studio inside the
hotel. Its expansive collection of Victorian art is another distinctive element that helps elevate the guest experience.

The 2011 Expedia Insider’s Select list is compiled based on more than 500,000 annual Guest Reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 500 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide, resulting in an easy-to-browse list that provides travelers with a powerful way to find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of other travelers like them.

The Pfister Hotel has received AAA Four Diamond status for 35 consecutive years and is one of Wisconsin’s six lodging properties that received AAA’s highest Diamond Award ratings for 2011. Additionally, it is one of only 14 hotels in the nation that has received this designation since the inception of the award program in 1977. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. More information and updates on the hotel can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter @PfisterHotel.