A Milwaukee hotel to avoid

For some reason, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center hotel doesn’t mention this 1972 review of its earlier incarnation, the Sheraton Schroeder, on its history page:

Eight days in the Sheraton-Schroeder is like three months in the Cook County jail. […] The room radiators are uncontrollable, the tubs won’t drain, the elevators go haywire every night, the phones ring for no reason at all hours of the night, the coffee shop is almost never open, and about three days before the election the bar ran out of beer. […] Dick Tuck, the legendary Kennedy advance man now working for McGovern, has stayed here several times in the past and calls it “the worst hotel in the world.”

— Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail ’72, pgs 168-69.

I stayed in this hotel for a conference a couple of years ago. The worst hotel in the world? I haven’t travelled enough to say. The worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in? Easily. You’d be better off in a Motel 6.

I vowed after I checked out that I’d never stay in a Hilton again, but I take that back now. It looks like Hilton didn’t have much to work with.

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