The spirit of hospitality lives at The Pfister Hotel in many forms. From the warm greeting guests receive at the front desk to the signature service guests experience throughout the historic hotel. Some even say that the ghost of hotel founder, Charles Pfister, has been spotted in the original hotel building, making certain the high standards he established are met for every guest. See Room with a Boo package.
The Pfister opened in 1893 as a “Grand Hotel of the West” and a welcoming and luxurious meeting place. It was the most lavish hotel of its time, constructed at a cost of more than $1 million, with groundbreaking features including fireproofing, electricity throughout the hotel and thermostat controls in every room.
Showing its age, The Pfister 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 section of the building added, a 23-story guest room tower.
The Pfister has hosted some of the world’s most celebrated entertainers and dignitaries. The most historic hotel in Wisconsin, The Pfister is a member of the elite Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The hotel is also a perennial winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award.