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06.26.24

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Promotes Aaron Slattery as General Manager of the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation, today announced that Aaron Slattery has been promoted to general manager of the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington. In his new role, Slattery will oversee the 256-room hotel located near the Mall of America and West Bloomington Business Corridor. He assumes the general manager role following Jim Waldvogel’s promotion to general manager of the recently acquired Loews Minneapolis Hotel, which has been rebranded as The Lofton Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is manager and part owner of The Lofton Hotel.

“With more than 15 years of service at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, we are excited to promote Aaron to general manager,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Aaron is an accomplished hospitality leader with a strong background in hotel operations. He is results driven with a passion for enhancing every guest’s experience. We know the property will earn continued recognition and success with Aaron as its next leader.”

With nearly 20 total years of hospitality experience, Slattery has spent most of his career at the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, including his most recent role as director of operations. In this position, Slattery managed daily hotel operations across both the rooms and food and beverage departments and created and implemented new operational standards and efficiencies throughout the property. He also served as a task force food and beverage manager to onboard new properties and improve operations at several locations across the Marcus Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

For more information about Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, please visit www.bloomingtonhilton.com.

For more information about Marcus Hotels & Resorts and its properties, please visit www.marcushotels.com.

About Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

The Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington is conveniently located in a sophisticated suburb of the Twin Cities in Bloomington, Minn. The modern property offers 256 deluxe guest rooms and suites in addition to exclusive amenities for Hilton Honors and VIP travelers. Perfect for business and leisure travelers alike, the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington is a short drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, Twin Cities financial district and multiple dining and entertainment options. For more information on the hotel, visit www.bloomingtonhilton.com and find the hotel on Facebook.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts 

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 16 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes unique food and beverage concepts, developed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, such as Mason Street Grill, ARIA Restaurant, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill, and SafeHouse® Restaurant. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 993 screens at 79 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® by Marcus and BistroPlex® brands. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

05.28.24

Marcus Hotels & Resorts Appoints Lynette Knutson as General Manager of Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

 

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation, today announced Lynette Knutson has been appointed as general manager of Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. Knutson brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience in the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois areas to oversee the award-winning 240-room hotel.

“Lynette is a talented hospitality professional with a history of success,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “She has experience managing premier hotels across the greater Madison area, and under Lynette’s leadership her properties have earned numerous regional and brand awards. Lynette’s commitment to operational excellence and passion for guest satisfaction will continue to elevate the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and its guest experience.”

Knutson joins Marcus Hotels & Resorts after most recently serving as general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Madison East. In this role, she drove year-over-year business growth while leading operations with strategic vision and planning. As a result, the property earned Hilton’s Award of Excellence in 2022 and 2023, and the DoubleTree’s Bright Together CARE Award in 2023, in addition to other honors from NCG Hospitality. Knutson’s hospitality experience also includes serving as general manager at hotels in the Madison area and Rockford, Ill.

To make a reservation or for more information on the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, please visit www.hiltonmadison.com.

For more information on Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: www.marcushotels.com.

About Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is located on the shimmering shores of Lake Monona, one block from the state capitol building and in the heart of Madison’s dining, shopping, entertainment, art and theatre districts. The property is connected to the Monona Terrace Convention Center, making it the premier location for business meetings and social gatherings. The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace has been named the best hotel by Madison Magazine and received the Planners Choice Award from Meeting News, among other recognitions. For more information, visit www.hiltonmadison.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 16 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes unique food and beverage concepts, developed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, such as Mason Street Grill, ARIA Restaurant, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill, and SafeHouse® Restaurant. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 993 screens at 79 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® by Marcus and BistroPlex® brands. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

04.30.24

Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center Unveils New Restaurant Watermill Kitchen + Bar

Watermill Kitchen + Bar features locally sourced and fresh ingredients taking the region’s favorite comfort food to the next level 

Locals and visitors alike can now explore Coralville’s newest restaurant, Watermill Kitchen + Bar. Inspired by the mills historically found along the banks of the Iowa River, the restaurant offers a newly crafted menu featuring locally sourced and fresh ingredients as well as a menu of signature handcrafted cocktails. The beautiful, new expansive restaurant, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center, is the last phase of property’s multi-million-dollar transformation.  

“Watermill Kitchen + Bar is a modern nod to the past,” said Matthew Hill, director of food & beverage of Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center. “As with the rest of the renovation being inspired by our local community, the essence of Watermill Kitchen + Bar is to honor our Midwestern and Iowan history with classic yet elevated comfort food we all know and love. There are also highly curated dishes introducing new flavors that aim to inspire diners to try something unique and special.” 

The menu features a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend specials that blend Midwest favorites with new flavors for a delicious dining experience any time of the day. From morning starters, farm-to-table salads, satisfying sandwiches, shareable plates, and innovative entrees there is something to satisfy each and everyone’s tastebuds.  

The menu features several signature specialties and craft cocktails:  

  • Crumpet Benedict with cracklins and cherry smoked pork belly served with a grain mustard hollandaise sauce.  
  • Iowa Corn Cake, a local sweet corn fritter topped with rock shrimp and Cajun remoulade. 
  • Braised Short Rib with a red wine demi-glace, saloon slaw and apple cabbage colcannon. 
  • A variety of locally sourced steaks, including a 10 oz sirloin, 7 oz filet and an 18 oz bone-in ribeye all featuring butter braised mushrooms and apple cabbage colcannon. 
  • Barbara’s Orange Cake with a Grand Marnier drizzle – an ode to Executive Sous Chef Tony Zinn’s mother, Barbara, who baked a mandarin orange cake for his birthday throughout his childhood.  
  • A variety of cocktails and mocktails, including Blackberry Smash featuring Iowa’s own Templeton Rye Whiskey and Fully Rested with spiritless Jalisco 55 Reposado, pineapple juice, lemon juice and honey.  

Watermill Kitchen + Bar is partnering with local farms and family businesses in the community for its ingredients, including Kalona Creamery, Amana Meat Shot & Smokehouse, Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, and Farmers Hen House, among others.  

The reimagined restaurant includes a spacious outdoor patio with a fire table and comfortable seating for those looking to soak up an Iowa afternoon or evening, an expansive dining room and a newly redesigned private dining space that can seat up to 18 guests. The private dining space features a flexible room layout that can accommodate social gatherings as well as business meetings and offers a private door leading out to the new patio for expanded indoor/outdoor event experiences. 

Consistent with the aesthetic of the Hyatt Regency Coralville, Watermill Kitchen + Bar features natural wood elements and a fresh color palette. Hand-selected and curated local art from a number of Iowa’s award-winning painters, illustrators, printmakers, fine artists and photographers adorn the walls, enhancing the restaurant’s ambience and further solidifying its tie to the community. The restaurant is also home to Hawk Talk with Lisa Bluder and Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery, the weekly radio shows featuring University of Iowa head women’s and men’s basketball coaches.   

For more information on Watermill Kitchen + Bar, its menu and exclusive guest experiences, please visit www.watermillkitchen.com 

About Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center 

Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center is located in the dynamic Iowa River Landing district on the banks of the Iowa River and near Iowa City. The newly renovated property features 288 guest rooms and suites, over 80,000 square feet of cutting-edge meeting rooms, event venues and outdoor spaces, including two elegant ballrooms and an expansive exhibit hall as well as exclusive amenities for World of Hyatt and VIP travelers. The Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center is owned by the City of Coralville and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts. It annually leads all franchised Hyatt Regency properties in North America for many key HySat metrics in cleanliness, customer service, check-in experience, and food and beverage experience. For more information or to book a stay at Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Convention Center, a 2023 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winner, visit www.hyattregencycoralville.com. 

 

02.01.24

The Pfister Hotel Begins the Next Phase of Extensive Renovations

The hotel’s historic guest rooms will be completely reimagined as part of the hotel’s $20 million reinvestment

After completing a full revitalization of its ballrooms and meeting and event spaces in late 2023, The Pfister Hotel, a historic AAA Four Diamond hotel owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, has entered the second phase of its extensive $20 million renovation. Set to be complete in early summer, the hotel has begun a total update of its historic guest rooms where countless presidents, performers, authors and hall of famers have stayed since the hotel opened in 1893. Following the completion of those rooms, subsequent phases will include a refresh of the lobby and first floor public spaces, and renovation of the very popular Pfister Café.

“The Pfister Hotel is a local and national treasure, and we continue to make significant investments to enhance its atmosphere of elegance and sophistication,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Every step we are taking in this renovation honors the sense of refined excellence that defines this award-winning historic hotel. Our guests have enthusiastically welcomed the first phase of our renovations, and we are seeing increased bookings for weddings, galas, business meetings and more. As we enter this second phase, we look forward to seeing our historic rooms transformed into new luxurious havens befitting today’s traveler, while maintaining The Pfister Hotel’s classic charm.”

Restyled Historic Guest Rooms

Using a similar refined color palette found in the first phase of the renovation, the restyled historic guest rooms will feature blue and green undertones to honor the majesty of Lake Michigan. New crown molding and chair rails will adorn the walls, along with newly consigned works of art, adding to the hotel’s vast collection. Plush custom carpeting has been designed to represent framed works of art.

The guest room renovations will include updated furnishings reminiscent of the late 1800s, paired with today’s modern luxuries. For example, stylish desks feature wood fluting and special compartments that mimic styles from the Victorian-era, and the couch, chairs and fringed ottoman in each guest room offer a comfortable yet elegant nod to the past. The end tables, nightstands and credenzas found throughout the rooms will feature marble, wood, and leather, adding to the traditional and upscale design. The guest rooms will also include refreshed drapery and window treatments designed to brighten every room, along with brass light fixtures and other luxurious furnishings that represent modern takes on Victorian design.

Completely new bathrooms will include modern lighting, tile showers, marble countertops, Wisconsin-based Kohler Co. bathroom fixtures, and mirrors with built-in lighting. To tie these modern amenities to The Pfister’s deep history, each bathroom will include a specially created watercolor of the Wisconsin state flower, an abstract pen sketch of a woman from the Victorian era, and an antique-inspired mirror.

To add the comforts of home, the Pfister’s numerous guest room suites will have a new wet bar area for entertaining that features marble countertops and custom wood cabinets. To complete the bar area and pay homage to Milwaukee, there will be a custom wallcovering of native plants found along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, as well as a special framed art piece featuring the exterior of the historic hotel.

With nearly every inch of the guest rooms updated, no detail has gone untouched. The closets will feature custom wallcoverings of iconic images of Milwaukee and its skyline, showcasing the city and its deep culture and history. Other Milwaukee elements can be found in the tapestries above the beds, where buildings from the city are featured in a unique collage.

In addition to the aesthetic updates, all guest rooms will feature updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. They will also boast the latest guest amenities, such as Nespresso machines, steamers, motion sensor lighting, and more.

The renovations extend into the corridors of the historic hotel where the design continues to marry timeless elegance with the utmost in distinctive style and sophistication. The corridors and iconic staircase will feature custom Axminister carpet that is similar to the carpet in the newly renovated historic ballrooms and meeting and event spaces. This carpeting will create a waterfall art piece as it descends The Pfister’s iconic staircase. It will continue through the guest room corridors where custom wallcoverings can be found. Honoring the city that The Pfister calls home, the wall coverings will feature views from the shoreline of Lake Michigan with the Milwaukee skyline visible from a distance. While walking the corridors, guests will recognize the valets or servidors on every guest room door, which were used for The Pfister’s specialty laundry and shoeshine service in the early to mid-1900s. New molding and custom wood features have also been added to the guest room doors to showcase the hotel’s historic past. In addition, the original U.S. Mail chutes found on every floor will continue to be available for guests to use.

Floor to Ceiling Lobby Renovations and Rouge Ballroom

Renovations to The Pfister Hotel’s spectacular lobby and first-floor public spaces will be the next phase of this extensive reinvestment, following the completion of the historic guest room revitalization. Complementing the design of the updated ballrooms and meeting and event spaces as well as the historic guest rooms, the lobby will feature an updated color palette along with new carpet and luxurious furnishings. The Pfister’s iconic domed ceiling will also undergo restoration while keeping its award-winning artwork and design.

The Rouge Ballroom, located off the lobby and hosting weddings, meetings and other special events, will be renovated similarly to the updated meeting and event spaces. The neutral color palette will allow the art pieces, ornate steps, beautiful crystal chandeliers and original woodwork to be spotlighted throughout the design.

More information on the future phases of the renovation will be forthcoming. Additional information can also be found here, including images of the renovated guest room design.

About The Pfister Hotel
Celebrating over 130 years, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style and has been recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond property for over 45 consecutive years. The hotel is also consistently recognized by top national industry and travel publications and associations, such as Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards as a Top Hotel in the Midwest. This exceptional property is a member of two distinguished hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America, and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).   

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 15 hotels, resorts, and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes unique food and beverage concepts, developed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, such as Mason Street Grill, ARIA Restaurant, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurant. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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01.11.24

The Pfister Hotel Names Heidi Parkes as its 15th Artist in Residence

Join The Pfister in welcoming Parkes during Gallery Night MKE on January 19

The AAA Four Diamond Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced Heidi Parkes as its 15th Artist in Residence. Parkes, a Milwaukee-based fiber artist specializing in quilting, begins her residency in The Pfister Hotel’s lobby-level artist studio this month, and succeeds the previous Artist in Residence, and visual artist, storyteller, and photographer, Nicole Acosta.

 

The public is invited to join The Pfister in welcoming Parkes during Gallery Night MKE on January 19, 2024. Her artwork will be on display in The Pfister Hotel’s Artist in Residence studio where she will be available to talk about her art, her creative process, and her vision for the Artist in Residence program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Heidi as The Pfister’s 15th Artist in Residence,” said Brandon Drusch, managing director of The Pfister Hotel. “This is an exciting milestone for this internationally recognized program that has made an impact on the local arts community as well as everyone who has visited The Pfister in the past 15 years. Heidi and her art form of quilting closely align with what The Pfister Hotel is known for – history and tradition. Guests and locals alike will be able to witness her quilted works come together right before their eyes while gaining a better understanding of Heidi’s work.”

Continuing a family legacy of quilting while combining her multidisciplinary art training, Parkes uses raw textile materials from domestic culture, fashion, family heirlooms, and scavenged prints, as well as custom designed fabrics she makes to create her main quilt imagery. She hand-stitches designs to create unique patterns on the quilt surface to tell their story, treating the quilt like a diary. She will share her art form with others in the studio by offering handwork classes throughout her residency, in addition to inviting guests into her studio to understand her process. Parkes also mends clothing, and plans to offer this service to Pfister guests and visitors. Currently, Parkes’ pieces can be seen at Gallery 224 in Port Washington, Wisconsin as well as in upcoming exhibitions a QuiltCon presented by the Modern Quilt Guild in Raleigh, North Carolina and Shift Change at Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Museum in La Conner, Washington.

“I am thrilled to be working at The Pfister Hotel as the 15th Artist in Residence,” said Parkes. “I look forward to teaching handwork classes and continuing my practice of making Diary Quilts. Like any good diary, my work incorporates abstraction to hold secrets, goal setting to manifest dreams, and artifacts from daily life to tell stories. I’m eager to see what will unfold by shifting from the domestic realms of my home studio into the luxurious and friendly atmosphere of this treasured historic hotel.”

The Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence program hosts emerging and mid-career artists from Milwaukee and beyond in its lobby-level artist studio, enabling them to be at the forefront of Milwaukee’s growing art scene, and to share their work with the thousands of guests that visit the Pfister Hotel each year. Over its 15 years, the program has celebrated many diverse art forms, including fashion design, photography, painting and more. Through one-on-one visits, art receptions, gallery nights, tours and events, guests and visitors are invited to engage in each Artist in Residence’s creative process as they watch the evolution of their work firsthand. In addition to creating works of art for potential buyers and others, the Artist in Residence also creates a legacy piece during their residency that will go on permanent display at The Pfister Hotel, highlighting the mark they made on the hotel’s guests and associates.

For more information about Parkes and her work, please visit: www.heidiparkes.com.

For more information on The Pfister Hotel’s Artist in Residence program, please visit: www.thepfisterhotel.com/artist-in-residence.

To learn more about Marcus Hotels & Resorts and its properties, please visit: www.marcushotels.com.

About The Pfister’s Artist in Residence Program

Now entering its 15th year, The Pfister Hotel’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 their art firsthand. Over the years, The Pfister has received national and international attention for its Artist in Residence program. Since 2009, the hotel has been named a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, an international association of artists’ communities and residencies featuring a diverse field of more than 1,000 programs worldwide.

The program’s past artist include: Nicole Acosta (2023); Christopher T Wood (2022-2023); Nykoli Koslow (2020-2022); Rosy Petri (2019-2020); Stephanie Schultz (2018-2019); Margaret Muza (2017-2018); Pamela Anderson (2016-2017); Todd Mrozinski (2015-2016; Niki Johnson (2014-2015); Stephanie Barenz (2013-2014); Timothy Westbrook (2012-2013); Shelby Keefe (2011-2012); Katie Musolff (2010-2011); and Reginald Baylor (2009-2010).

About The Pfister Hotel
At more than 130 years old, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel is home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, as well as an award-winning Artist in Residence program.

Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style and has been recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond property for over 45 consecutive years. The hotel is also consistently recognized by top national industry and travel publications and associations, such as Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards as a Top Hotel in the Midwest. This exceptional property is a member of two distinguished hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 15 hotels, resorts, and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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10.09.23

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel Welcomes Two Stewards of the Arts to Its Residency Programs

 

Names Anwar Floyd-Pruitt as second Artist in Residence; Welcomes Shane McAdams as first-ever Curator in Residence

 Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, an award-winning arts hotel owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, an interdisciplinary artist, curator and puppeteer from Milwaukee, as its second Artist in Residence. The hotel also announced a new program unique to the hospitality industry: a Curator in Residence program, with Shane McAdams, a Cedarburg, Wisconsin-based curator, artist, writer, and educator, named as its first-ever Curator in Residence.

“Saint Kate is known for discovering distinct ways to connect to all who visit,” said Linda Marcus, one of Saint Kate’s visionaries and a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist, designer and storyteller. “In Saint Kate, we wanted to create a place where artists of all ages, experience levels, demographics and disciplines can showcase their work to a new audience. We have done this with both our Artist in Residence and now our newly created Curator in Residence program. These unique residencies open an entirely new channel for artists and curators to showcase their skills, build new relationships, add to their portfolio, and expand their careers.”

Anwar Floyd-Pruitt’s Upcoming Residency at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

Floyd-Pruitt is an interdisciplinary artist who works across a diverse range of media. His art focuses on human expression as he creates different pieces reflective of the many human emotions. Through various collage activities, zine creation and performance opportunities, visitors will experience the breadth and depth of his studio practice while also taking a small keepsake home with them.

“I have often wondered how to lower the barrier to entry when asking others to participate in art making. This upcoming year as Saint Kate’s second Artist in Residence helps answer that very question,” said Floyd-Pruitt. “This residency is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to develop and experiment with various techniques and materials to bring people into my art practice through hands-on engagement.”

Recently, Floyd-Pruitt’s work of collages, paintings and abstract mixed-media self-portraits have been on view in solo exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, Edgewood College in Madison, Mount Mary University in Milwaukee and the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s downtown Milwaukee gallery at Saint Kate. He also regularly leads puppet-making workshops throughout the greater Milwaukee area and writes and performs a family-friendly singalong called “Hip Hop Puppet Party.” Floyd-Pruitt was recently awarded a grant from the Jane Henson Foundation to engage youth in puppetry. In addition to his artwork, he is associate curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and maintains a studio at the House of RAD (Resident Artist Doers) in Milwaukee.

Floyd-Pruitt holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Saint Kate’s Artist in Residence program offers Midwest-based artists working in any art form or medium a year-long residency inside the hotel’s studio to devote time to their practice while gathering inspiration from Saint Kate’s guests. Throughout the residency, guests are invited to visit the Artist in Residence studio to interact directly with the artist and witness their art evolve over time. The Artist in Residence also hosts events, talks and tours where guests can learn more about their artform and unique process. During the residency, the Artist in Residence will create a legacy piece that will become part of Saint Kate’s permanent art collection.

Guests are invited to meet Floyd-Pruitt in his studio or during his AIR Time: Art & Studio Tour on Saturdays at 5:30 pm. Guests can join for a tour of the hotel’s permanent art collection, feature exhibitions and the residency’s space. In his studio, guests are invited to experience and participate in his multidisciplinary art practice.

Saint Kate’s Curator in Residence Program

Saint Kate’s new Curator in Residence program invites a Midwest-based guest curator to participate in a year-long residency to work inside the arts hotel. Selected by Saint Kate’s creative team, the Curator in Residence will embody Saint Kate’s core values of creativity, curiosity, community, collaboration and common ground. The program will allow curators to hone their skills as they work with artists with a depth of background, experiences and artforms at the forefront of Milwaukee’s art scene.

The Curator in Residence will seek new artists to exhibit at Saint Kate and work directly with them to showcase their works in the hotel’s multiple on-site gallery spaces while developing arts programming that engages the public with featured artists and their artforms. The curator will also care for Saint Kate’s permanent art collection found throughout the hotel and will be available for collaboration with Saint Kate’s Artist in Residence. In addition, Saint Kate’s Curator in Residence will host monthly artist talks and lead special events such as Saint Kate’s Champagne Art Tours and Gallery Night receptions.

Meet Shane McAdams

As a curator, artist, writer and educator, McAdams brings a perceptive approach to Saint Kate as its first Curator in Residence. McAdams’ past curated exhibitions have been found throughout Wisconsin and New York with reviews from The New York Times and The Village Voice.

“I am thrilled to be named Saint Kate’s first Curator in Residence,” said McAdams. “Saint Kate is an artist’s paradise and I’m excited to showcase nationally known as well as emerging artists and give them a spotlight in Milwaukee’s vibrant arts community. I believe that there is common ground to be found between what is popular and what is extraordinary. I want to find that in the art world and bring it to Saint Kate.”

In addition to his curatorial practice, McAdams is a skilled painter with his artwork seen in galleries across the globe, like Allegra LaViola Gallery and Malborough Gallery in New York, Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Scream Gallery in London, ARTISTree in Hong Kong, and locally at The Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee and Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wisconsin. His artwork has been reviewed in Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post, among others.

McAdams’ second artform is writing. He is currently a writer for Shepherd Express, Milwaukee’s arts, culture, and entertainment news publication, where he received the Visual Arts Achievement in Arts Writing Award from the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also contributed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brooklyn Rail, and other arts-dedicated publications.

In addition to his breadth of experience in the arts, McAdams has taught art at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

McAdams holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is a three-time Creative Capital grant recipient and an Andy Warhol Writer’s Grant finalist. In addition to curating, painting, writing and teaching, McAdams is a partner in REAL TINSEL, an art space in Milwaukee.

Under McAdams’ residency, guests can view his new exhibitions: “The Perpetual Surrealist” with works by Soobin Jeon in The Vitrine and “Time Looks Like This” with Risograph prints by Kelli Anderson in The Closet.

“We are excited to welcome Shane as Saint Kate’s first Curator in Residence and Anwar as our second Artist in Residence,” said Dana Johnson, general manager of Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel. “Since Saint Kate opened, the reaction from guests and locals alike has been incredible. They enjoy immersing themselves in the arts as they walk amongst the ever-changing gallery spaces. Our Curator in Residence will help further ensure that what we are offering our guests is always new, fresh and surprising. Anwar’s studio will be an additional place where guests can explore and learn more about his practice as they gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the process.”

To learn more about the first-of-its-kind Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel and its extensive art programming, please visit: www.saintkatearts.com.

To learn more about Marcus Hotels & Resorts and its properties, please visit: www.marcushotels.com.

About Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

Recognized as one of Milwaukee’s most esteemed hotels with an elite award repertoire, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel is among the first hotels in the nation to broadly celebrate the arts in its many forms – from painting and sculpture to music, poetry and performing arts. With a prime location in the city’s Theater District and within walking distance of notable arts and entertainment attractions, the Third Ward and Fiserv Forum, Saint Kate serves as a creative hub for the city offering intimate and immersive arts experiences. Its blend of exceptional hospitality and unmatched dedication to the arts serves as a platform for exploration, connection and expression. For more information or to book reservations, please visit: https://www.saintkatearts.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 16 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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08.29.23

The Pfister Hotel Named to USA TODAY’s Best Historic Hotel List

 

Renowned hotel selected to prestigious list for the first time

For the first time, The Pfister Hotel, a historic AAA Four Diamond hotel owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, has been named one of USA TODAY’s “10 best historic hotels in the U.S.” The Pfister was nominated for this national recognition by a panel of hotel experts with the top 10 winners determined by online voting from readers. The full list can be found on the USA TODAY 10 Best website.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized among the nation’s top 10 historic hotels by USA TODAY, especially considering the important role reader input played in our selection,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “With the Pfister celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, this designation is especially meaningful as we honor decades of impeccable elegance and beloved traditions at this most special hotel. As many will attest, the Pfister long has been home to generations of memory-making moments, including engagements, weddings, anniversaries and celebrations, along with history-making events, career defining accomplishments and so much more. Whether a first-time or long-time guest, we welcome you to visit The Pfister to make memories of your own.”

Continuing to honor its deep history in Milwaukee, The Pfister is currently undergoing an extensive, state-of-the-art, multi-phased renovation to further elevate its exceptional guest experience. Expected to cost approximately $20 million and be completed in Spring 2024, the project will feature fully revitalized ballrooms and meeting spaces, all-new guest rooms in the hotel’s historic tower and enhancements to the hotel’s iconic lobby, lobby bar and Café at the Pfister. Additional details about The Pfister’s renovation project can be found here.

As USA TODAY notes, woven throughout the cultural fiber of The Pfister Hotel is a longstanding passion for the arts. The hotel holds the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world. Originally collected by Guido and Charles Pfister, the expansive collection can be found on every floor throughout the hotel.

The Pfister Hotel also celebrates the arts with its internationally recognized Artist in Residence program. In its 14th year, the program selects an artist for a year-long residency where they work in the hotel’s working studio and gallery space that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The public is encouraged to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of their art firsthand, inviting collaboration and intimate experiences with the artist.

About The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel is home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, as well as an award-winning Artist in Residence program.

Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style and has been recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond property for over 45 consecutive years. The hotel is also consistently recognized by other top national industry and travel publications and associations, such as Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards as a Top Hotel in the Midwest. This exceptional property is a member of two distinguished hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America, and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 16 hotels, resorts, and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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07.25.23

The Pfister Hotel Announces Extensive Renovations

Already Milwaukee’s premier downtown hotel, The Pfister Hotel’s multi-faceted plan will marry timeless elegance with the utmost in distinctive style and sophistication

Milwaukee, July 25, 2023 — The Pfister Hotel, a historic AAA Four Diamond hotel owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced that it is undergoing an extensive, state-of-the-art, multi-phase renovation to further elevate its renowned exceptional guest experience. The renovation, which began in June and is expected to cost approximately $20 million, will feature a full revitalization of the ballrooms and meeting spaces, followed by all-new guest rooms in its historic tower, and conclude with enhancements to the hotel’s iconic lobby, lobby bar, and Café at the Pfister. All phases of this renovation are expected to be completed by spring 2024, with the newly renovated Imperial Ballroom hosting its first wedding this past weekend

“Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, The Pfister is the crown jewel of Milwaukee” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “For generations, The Pfister has been the hotel of choice for presidents, poets, performers and hall of famers. It has served as the trusted backdrop to red-carpet events, history-making announcements, as well as countless galas, weddings, meetings, reunions and more. With these renovations, we are blending our celebrated history and traditions with contemporary refinements, fresh aesthetics and enhanced amenities that will result in The Pfister’s continuation as a Milwaukee and national icon for generations to come.”

Stately Ballrooms and Event Spaces

The first phase of renovations has begun on the seventh floor in The Pfister’s stately meeting and event spaces. The beautiful Imperial Ballroom and King’s Row gave guests their first look at the complete redesign this weekend, with The Grand Ballroom and the Hall of Presidents to follow soon. As the most celebrated ballrooms in Milwaukee, these spaces are home to the start of countless marriages, where Milwaukee’s top charities raise millions in vitally needed funds, and where thousands of small to Fortune 100 companies meet to learn and celebrate.

 

Renderings of The Pfister Hotel’s Grand Ballroom

 

Utilizing a new and refined color palette, nearly every element of the seventh-floor meeting and event spaces will include luxurious wallcoverings, custom Axminster wool carpet, tailored drapery and historic fixtures for a new appealing look that honors the hotel’s historic roots. As added comfort, all restrooms are being renovated, along with an expanded women’s restroom and the construction of a new unisex restroom.

As host to hundreds of events per year that can accommodate 50 to 1,500 guests, the seventh-floor spaces will feature state-of-the-art technology to enhance the total event experience, including high-performance audio equipment that delivers superior sound as well as top-of-the-line lighting to match any ambiance, day or evening. Each space can be subdivided into smaller spaces to fit guests’ specific needs, with updated climate controls, private entrances for special guests, updated WiFi and conferencing capabilities, and more.

Continuing to honor its deep history in Milwaukee, the Pfister’s seventh floor renovations will also incorporate many elements of its storied past into the redesign, starting with its famous distinctive features. The Imperial Ballroom’s original gold-plated chandeliers have been refurbished to ensure they continue to gleam as they have for more than 130 years, and its stunning gilded ceiling retained its original detail following a restorative cleaning, while the Grand Ballroom’s exquisite crystal chandeliers will continue to shimmer over its guests. Key pieces of the hotel’s legacy Victorian art collection, including originals such as “Reverie” by Consuelo Fould, “Dorothy Vernon” by Louis Emile Adan and “Friends” by Pietro Scadrone, will continue to adorn the seventh floor. And when sitting down to a delectable meal, guests will dine on custom gold-plated fine china, designed to replicate the historic fine china once served at The Pfister Hotel many years ago.

In addition to the ballrooms and meeting spaces, the pre-function area on the seventh floor will complement the renovations with added functional nuances. For example, the seventh-floor bar will feature stone and woodwork details with a moveable wall to transition from daytime to nighttime events. This innovative design will allow for customized experiences, including an elevated full coffee presentation for morning events and a fully stocked bar for the evening. The gathering space will also include additional seating with pieces intentionally designed for aesthetics as well as to foster discussion and collaboration among event attendees.

Behind the scenes, The Pfister’s renovations will include enhancements to its professional catering services, including top-of-the-line commercial appliances utilized by only the finest dining establishments. Already known for its exceptional event offerings, these enhanced culinary capabilities will elevate the restaurant-quality meals and excellent service found at every event.

“For over a century, The Pfister has been our city’s enduring mainstay, holding as much of Milwaukee’s history as its own,” said Brandon Drusch, managing director of The Pfister Hotel. “For generations, the Pfister has been the hotel of choice for event planners and individual guests alike. And thanks to thoughtful planning, impeccable attention to detail, and expert craftsmanship, we are elevating our time-honored luxury in a way that is approachable and fresh for today’s guest.”

Historic Tower Guest Rooms and Lobby

Following the completion of the seventh-floor renovations in early Fall 2023, the hotel will begin extensive renovations to the guest rooms in the hotel’s historic tower. The historic guest rooms will be restyled with today’s discerning traveler in mind and include custom designed carpet, new luxurious furnishings, updated drapery and window treatments, select new bar areas for entertaining, entirely new bathrooms with updated lighting fixtures, tile showers, mirrors with built in lighting, and more.

Renovations to the lobby and first-floor public spaces will begin in early 2024 and will include new carpet, new luxurious furnishings, and updated color palettes to complement the iconic domed ceiling.

More information about these phases will be forthcoming. In the interim, renderings for The Pfister renovation can be found here.

The Pfister’s Storied History

For 130 years, The Pfister Hotel has stood as an icon of prestige, history and timeless excellence in Milwaukee. Originally the vision of businessman Guido Pfister and his son, Charles, the Romanesque Revival design and its groundbreaking innovations, such as fireproofing, electricity throughout the hotel and individual thermostat controls in every room, made it a true marvel in 1893. Many called it the “Grand Hotel of the West” as it was the most lavish hotel of its time, costing nearly $1 million to build.

In 1962, Ben Marcus purchased the hotel at auction with the intent of renovating the historic hotel back to its original beauty. Since then, the Pfister Hotel has and continues to host the world’s most recognized entertainers, athletes and dignitaries, including every U.S. President since William McKinley. In fact, the Pfister even served as John F. Kennedy’s election headquarters in 1960. The Pfister Hotel also boasts the most celebrated ballrooms in the city with hundreds of galas and special events taking place every year that raise at least $10 million annually.

Longstanding Dedication to the Arts

Woven throughout the cultural fiber of The Pfister Hotel is a longstanding passion for the arts. The hotel holds the largest Victorian art collection of any other hotel in the world. Originally collected by Guido and Charles Pfister, the expansive collection can be found on every floor throughout the hotel.

The Pfister Hotel also celebrates the arts with its internationally recognized Artist in Residence program. In its 14th year, the program selects an artist for a year-long residency where they work in the hotel’s working studio and gallery space that is open to hotel guests and visitors. The public is encouraged to interact with the artist and witness the evolution of their art firsthand, inviting collaboration and intimate experiences with artists and their works.

04.25.23

Multi-Million Dollar Renovations are Underway at Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center

Enhancements to Iowa’s first Hyatt Regency bring a first-of-its-kind experience, blending best-in-class service and sophisticated cultural style with local flavor.

A multimillion-dollar transformation is underway at Iowa’s only Hyatt Regency, with a planned completion by late summer 2023. Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center’s renovation features a complete makeover of the guest rooms and a reimagined and highly curated food and beverage experience—all designed to deliver a market-leading hospitality experience.

Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center sits at the heart of the dynamic Iowa River Landing, which is the fastest-growing retail, restaurant, and cultural hub in Coralville and is steps away from the new Xtream Arena, home to regional and national sporting and cultural events.

Converted to the Hyatt Regency brand in late summer 2021, the 286-room property is getting a complete refresh that will reflect the needs and wants of today’s leisure and business travelers.

“This renovation will blend the brand’s sophisticated, contemporary design and culinary style with Iowa City’s rich arts, culture, and literary scene,” said Matt Traetow, general manager of Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center. “As tourism continues to pick up in the city and nationally, more travelers are eager to combine business and leisure travel and we’re thrilled to offer best-in-class service with our newly renovated property.”

Guest rooms will feature smart lighting and enhanced connectivity as well as custom flooring, furniture, beds, and desks. Each room will also have motion lighting, 55” smart TVs, and hand-selected and curated local art. King rooms will include a chaise lounge for additional leisure, working, and sleeping space.

The renovation will add two new suites, increasing the guest room count to 288. As guests enter on the first floor, they will also find a new Regency Club lounge and an expanded gym with new state-of-the-art equipment, including PelotonR bikes, a family lounge, and a resurfaced pool and spa.

As part of the transformation, the hotel will debut a new restaurant concept, Watermill Kitchen + Bar, with a spacious outdoor patio that will serve hotel guests, locals, and those from Iowa and beyond looking for a local dining experience that truly exemplifies the destination. The hotel will also offer a new, expanded café and marketplace. The renovations are designed to complement the hotel’s existing amenities, such as the Iowa Writers’ Library (a collection of regional, national, and international writers who graduated from the University of Iowa’s renowned Writer’s Workshop), and the Iowa River Landing Wetland Park that acts as a beautiful and natural backdrop to the property.

Throughout the renovation process, the hotel will give back to the community through donations of existing furniture to local organizations, including Iowa City’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Houses into Homes.

Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center is owned by the city of Coralville and managed by the leading hotel operator, Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

“The hotel and restaurant refresh will take this property to the next level and will serve as a showcase for the area offering amenities and experiences you can’t get anywhere else,” said Kelly Hayworth, Coralville City Administrator. “It’s the only full-service hotel in the area, which means it’s ideal for those traveling for sports or performing arts events as well as the increasing number of leisure travelers and remote workers who want a beautiful destination within walking distance of so much.”

Located by the Iowa River and Wetland Park, the property is ideally situated for locals and tourists to enjoy nature walks, bird watching and wildlife photography. The hotel is also near Von Maur, an Iowa-based department store that was recently named as the top department store in the nation by Newsweek, and two miles from the highly traveled intersection of I-80 and I-380.

Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center will remain open for normal hotel operations during renovations. For more information or to book a stay at Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Convention Center, visit www.hyattregencycoralville.com.

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04.18.23

The Pfister Hotel Expands Treasured Afternoon Tea Service

Guests can now enjoy the hotel’s timeless afternoon tea experience year-round

As renowned British-American author Henry James once said, “Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” But do not take his word for it – come experience it for yourself at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.

At a time when just about everything seems to move a little too quickly, the welcoming staff at the Pfister Hotel invites us to slow down and enjoy a sophisticated and decadent respite. The Pfister, a AAA Four Diamond hotel owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced its Afternoon Tea service will now be offered year-round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The hotel’s Afternoon Tea has historically paused during summer months, but due to increased demand and the rollout of a new online booking capability through Tock, Afternoon Tea will now be available year-round in order to ensure more guests can enjoy this classic, elegant experience.

“Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel is unlike any other occasion, where guests can take in the picturesque views of Milwaukee while enjoying a custom table-side tea experience led by the Pfister’s very own tea butler,” said Brandon Drusch, managing director of The Pfister Hotel. “For over 40 years, generations have visited The Pfister Hotel for this distinguished experience, bringing back their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy the ritual of Afternoon Tea. Even though times have changed – walking gowns, hats and gloves are no longer required – this beloved tradition continues.”

Held in Blu on the 23rd floor, Afternoon Tea allows guests to be surrounded by panoramic views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan as they enjoy a tableside tea blending presented in all-silver service, including a replica of an 18th century self-tipping teapot. During each Afternoon Tea experience at The Pfister Hotel, guests are visited by a tea butler with a gueridon service trolley who explains the tea, discusses tableside blending options and offers tealeaf samples so guests may enjoy the distinctive aromas of each variety. The tea butler also educates guests about the varieties of tea, the countries of origin and unique flavors, the ways that tea affects mood and health, while offering food and flavor pairing suggestions to go with each variety of tea. The Afternoon Tea menu is complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. A selection of sparkling wines is available as well.

“In my 40 years of serving tea at The Pfister, I have formed so many relationships with loyal guests that enjoy our afternoon tea regularly,” said Juan Rodriguez, tea butler at The Pfister Hotel. “Many of them are so loyal that they began coming as early adults and are now passing on the tradition to their children and grandchildren. Serving the next generation of tea timers is such a special experience and one that I hope makes them guests at Afternoon Tea for years to come.”

And there are even more special treats in store for ladies and gentlemen 12 years and younger — an “All Grown Up” menu, featuring warm sipping chocolate, lemonade, cider, or milk as well as roasted turkey and cheddar finger sandwiches, traditional scones, pastries and more.

The Pfister Hotel is proud to offer a fine selection of Rishi Teas in 12 varieties with countless variations of flavors, including its signature blend, Pfister 1893. Exclusively crafted in conjunction with Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea, Pfister 1893 features a blend of jasmine and wild rose-scented white teas infused with rejuvenating peppermint and calming lavender.

Afternoon tea originated in 19th century England when the after-dinner tea ritual was moved earlier in the day to fill the gap between lunch and a late dinner. Though she did not invent afternoon tea, during the Victorian era, Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, set the trend, inviting friends to join her for afternoon tea whether she was at home or staying with friends. It was not until the early 1900s that afternoon tea was popularized by upscale hotels and grand department stores in the United States.

The Pfister’s Afternoon Tea seatings are available Friday through Sunday at 12:00 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (414) 935-5950 or through Tock. Afternoon Tea is also available for groups and private parties of up to 40 people. Group reservations can be reserved by emailing m1res@marcuscorp.com.

To learn more about The Pfister Hotel and its Afternoon Tea service, please visit: www.thepfisterhotel.com.

To learn more about Marcus Hotels & Resorts and its properties, please visit: www.marcushotels.com. 

About The Pfister Hotel
At more than 125 years old, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the Midwest and downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel is home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, as well as an award-winning Artist in Residence program.

Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style and has been recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond property for over 45 consecutive years. The hotel is also consistently recognized by top national industry and travel publications and associations, such as Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards as a Top Hotel in the Midwest. This exceptional property is a member of two distinguished hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America, and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 16 hotels, resorts, and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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