Since it opened, this historic Grand Dame—which includes the 1893 building and a modern tower—in downtown Milwaukee has hosted every U.S. president since McKinley. Gilded Age glamour can still be seen in the lobby’s gold-leaf detailing and celestial ceiling mural, but the Pfister’s 225 guest rooms and 82 suites in the tower have recently been revamped with quilted-leather headboards, Grohe fixtures, and walk-in marble showers. The 23rd-floor indoor pool has views of Lake Michigan, and guests can kick back with a cocktail at Blu martini bar. For lunch and dinner, slip into the red horseshoe booths at Mason Street Grill for classic American fare.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.