The Pfister Hotel Receives AAA Four Diamond Award, Gives Away Diamond Pendant

The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee has received more precious diamonds—and also has given diamonds away to a lucky winner! The Pfister was recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond award for the 35th consecutive year. Leading up to this year’s announcement, the hotel held a contest in which one contestant was awarded a diamond necklace.

“We are honored to have been recognized again with AAA’s Four Diamond award,” says Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister. “We are proud of the high level of consistent service we offer our guests and are committed to maintaining this critical focus in the years to come. It is a privilege to be ranked among the top four percent of all hotels in the country that have received the esteemed Four Diamond award.”

Last year, The Pfister was one of only 14 out of more than 50,000 properties recognized with the honor for 34 consecutive years—since the inception of the ranking itself in 1977. To qualify as a AAA Four Diamond hotel, applicants must undergo an intensive evaluation process that assesses the hotel’s cleanliness and condition; management and staff; exterior, grounds and public areas; guestroom décor, ambiance and amenities; bathrooms; and guest services.

“The Pfister certainly knows the meaning of customer satisfaction, as it consistently delivers premier experiences, complete with superior personal service, first-class amenities, and impressive surroundings,” said AAA Wisconsin Regional President Tom Frymark. “To uphold the Four Diamond rating for 35 consecutive years is a testament to their commitment to providing the absolute best experience for their guests.”

On New Year’s Eve at The Pfister Hotel, Cortnie Pfarr of Racine, Wis. was announced as the winner of a 14K white gold, black and white diamond pendant from Kloiber Jewelers for participating in the “Find a Diamond, Win a Diamond” contest held by the hotel, which was held to celebrate the previous 34 years The Pfister had received the award.

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. Home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, The Pfister is a member of two of the industry’s leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Located at 424 East Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, The Pfister can be found online at www.thepfisterhotel.com, on Twitter (@Pfister_Hotel) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thePfisterHotel.

Search for Next Artist-In-Residence

Tradition inspires tradition at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. Home to more Victorian Art than any other hotel in the world, medicine The Pfister is currently seeking its next Artist-in-Residence.

Entering its third year, The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of each piece first-hand.

Since its inception, cialis the program has gained significant popularity and attracted national attention. Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, visited the program during a recent trip to Milwaukee.

“The Pfister Hotel is the only hotel I know of that has an artist in residence,” Landesman said. “We met the artist—painter Katie Musolff—and she is a very accomplished young woman. She actually works at the hotel, so you can go into her studio there and watch her work and see the finished product. She keeps certain office hours so people can come in and observe what she’s doing. It’s a pretty neat thing to see a hotel make that kind of commitment to the arts.”

“For decades, The Pfister has hosted the much acclaimed Victorian Art Collection,” adds Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister. “We want to expand on our reputation as a destination hotel for art connoisseurs by offering our guests and the public a glimpse into the world of art as it is being created – in real time, by amazingly talented artists.”

Each year, The Pfister’s Artist-In-Residence is chosen to fill the role from a pool of highly qualified candidates based on artistic process, personality and a public vote. The next artist, replacing Musolff, will move into the studio space April 1, 2011 and will continue working at the hotel for a one-year period.

The deadline to apply for the program is Dec. 1, 2010. Interested artists can download the application form at www.thepfisterhotel.com/artistinresidence.

Fall Gallery Night

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So, this Friday is Gallery Night again, and once again you are invited to come and see the progress made in my studio at the Pfister Hotel.  Then, after all of the galleries close down, come to the Rouge Ballroom, just off of the lobby of the hotel for the after party. There will be a cash bar and complementary food.

Work by Milwaukee artists Eriks Johnson and Chris Miller will be the featured in the ballroom.

Here’s the schedule.

Oct 15, Friday: Open studio 5-10pm

After party in the Rouge: 9-11:30pm

Oct 16, Saturday: Open Studio 10-4pm

Come on by, and hang out after seeing all of your favorite shows.  I’d love to see you.

Katie Musolff

East Town Elegance feature on WISN Channel 12

Great News everyone! WISN-TV will be doing a live shot inside the Pfister Hotel lobby tomorrow for the East Town Elegance Tour. What a privilege!

Reporter Kidd O’Shea will be interviewing Anna Opgenorth from Historic Milwaukee starting at 7:15 a.m. within the historic walls of the Pfister Hotel.

If you’d like to see the story, it will be airing on channel 12 – WISN from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m.

We’re looking forward to seeing the story.

Be sure to let us know what you think?

Historic Happenings

The Pfister Hotel has been a historic destination in Milwaukee since its grand opening in 1893. This vision by Guido Pfister and his son Charles has been viewed as the “Grand Hotel of the West” and a welcoming and luxurious meeting place. At its opening, help the Pfister hotel boasted groundbreaking features such as fireproofing, electricity through the hotel and thermostat controls in every room. Continue reading “Historic Happenings”