We enjoyed our stay here. The rooms were very nicely appointed. Lobby was gorgeous. Very nice seating areas indoors and outdoors where you can watch all the bikes coming and going. Loved that our 120lb dog was not only tolerated, but welcomed and loved on by all the employees. Great that you are encouraged to bring your dog to the lobby area so long as on a leash. Loved that a pamphlet of dog-friendly restaurants and parks was given at check-in and dog treats and water stations are plentiful. Nice lobby bar with great selection of drinks. Very unique hotel that caters to motorcycle enthusiasts and dog lovers, which we happen to be both. Nice spacious rooms with plenty of countertop space in the bar area, lots of available plugs and nice size bathroom. Beds are very comfy. We stayed on the sixth floor, and there is a freight line railway right outside the window (this hotel used to be a warehouse). Since we were higher up, it was not very loud, but I could see how it would be with a lower level room. The staff was awesome. Very friendly, welcoming and helpful and helpful. Great proximity to Harley Davidson museum; however, will need transportation to get to third ward.
I feel like I am being a bit of a Debbie Downer with some of the comments I am about to make, and it certainly won’t keep us from coming back, but it truly doesn’t feel like the rooms are very well thought out. Decorating is unique and nicely done, but not very functional. Great Keurig pod coffee maker in the room with several varieties of coffee, but instead of nice mugs, there are paper cups. The coffee is so hot through the paper, you can’t even pick it up for several minutes. Shower is large and very nice with a rain shower head in the ceiling, but since you can’t completely divert it, the only way you can turn the water on is to unleash an ice cold blast on your head. The hand held shower head doesn’t fit very easily in the holder, so I ended up spraying water all over. Fortunately the nice matte finish tile dries quickly. Finally, there is not a reading lamp to be found in the room. All the lights are attached to the ceiling save for the desk lamp. The clock is a battery operated variety—the face does not glow in the dark—and no snooze. Not the greatest plan there. Smyth, the hotel restaurant, was pretty unremarkable. Nice wine list, but food was just okay and was overpriced like most hotel restaurants.
In any event, the positives by far outweigh the negatives. We will definitely be back--next time leaving the dog and home and bringing the bike!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Iron Horse Hotel is Milwaukee's most chic and sophisticated property - the transformation of a 100-year-old downtown warehouse into a modern luxury boutique hotel. As the industry's first upscale hotel geared for business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike, The Iron Horse Hotel meets the distinct needs of both corporate and leisure guests with its special services, unparalleled amenities and 100 loft-style guest rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Iron Horse Milwaukee