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Iron Horse Hotel
Ranked #1 of 56 Hotels in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Suburban Illinois
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85 reviews
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“Unique Hotel we will definitely visit again”
Reviewed September 6, 2010

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!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

Well i accidentally posted this in Smyth's Trip Advisor instead of the hotel, but here is it again.

My wife and I were able to experience the warm hospitality of The Iron Horse hotel recently and let me tell you that it is far beyond all expectations. My first thoughts of the hotel when I walked in the lobby was pure astonishment and awe, and not one person refused to give us a sincere and welcoming greeting from when we arrived to when we left making us feel at home the entire stay. Its beauty and unique style made me never want to leave.

Cory from the front desk was just great. He greeted us outside at the front doors, carried our luggage to the front desk and then checked us in to the most exciting rooms i have ever stayed in. He did the job it normally takes three men to do and he did even better than i could expect. We didn't ask for too much with our room, but you would have thought we were given one of the suites. Its bed you never wanted to get out of, its shower you never want to turn off and its view that you cant turn your eye from whether your looking out the window or at the gigantic mural of the gorgeous woman on the wall that you learn was made by a local artist who wanted to prove Milwaukee's beauty.

Thinking that it couldn't get much better we had to try out one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Milwaukee that was right in the hotel. Our experience in Smyth was unlike any we ever had. My wife loved the Scallops while I savored every bite of the Veal Chop, which is what John, our server, suggested and a good recommendation it was. It was full of flavor and style, just what i was looking for.

When the time came for us to leave we thought we would try out breakfast in the Library. The teamwork in here was amazing. I wouldn't have known Kevin was our server if he hadn't specified because there were four people refilling our coffees and asking how our stay in the hotel was. I'm glad that I ordered something light while my wife ordered the omelet because that meal was fit for two. It was definitely a good send off from the hotel. We will definitely come back

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

Beautiful place - trendy, but comfortable and welcoming. The staff is laid-back but professional and energetic. I loved the library as a breakfast room - food there was yummy and waiters excellent. The room decor is beautiful, and even if you are not a biker, the culture makes this an utterly unique experience. I would stay here again and again and again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed August 26, 2010

My wife and I spent our first anniversary here and we were absolutely blown away. Our stay was one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. From start to finish, The Iron Horse Hotel was elegant and classy, but surprisingly young feeling and not at all snooty. Despite their four star status, you never feel like the hotel is full of itself. You walk in and everything looks gorgeous, but Weezer and The Black Eyed Peas are playing on the stereo! They went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We even got complimentary fruit and champagne to commemorate our anniversary. We had the most basic room and still it was very roomy with an excellent bed and a huge HDTV. The decor is a classy industrial chic. It's certainly expensive (especially for a newlywed couple), but it was absolutely worth every single penny. We will certainly return.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

Iron horse is a lovely hotel in an upcoming warehouse district kind of place! The amenities are excellent and the rooms very comfortable. The only negative is that the bathroom has shaded window separation to the rest of the bedroom. If you are travelling alone or care less, that should not be an issue. However, if it does matter, make sure to ask if they have rooms with completely separate restrooms. Overall, edgy swanky place and would definitely revisit!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 25, 2010

Recently travelled to Milwaukee for business. I was lucky enough to stay at the Iron Horse Hotel. There is nothing like this hotel anywhere in the Midwest, and I travel all over the region. It is hip, trendy, and beautifully designed and decorated. Straight out of New York or Hollywood. The restaurants and bars serve amazingly sophisticated food, and the servers and bartenders are the best I have ever experienced. One of the best hotels in the world in Milwaukee. Believe it!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

You wil not find a more attentive team of personnel that will make your experience an exceptional one! I surprised my wife of sixteen years with a great weekend getaway for our anniversary. The attention to detail, the above and beyond service, the ambiance of the Yard - it all played into a wonderful evening! Kudos to the Iron Horse Hotel team for raising the bar!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Iron Horse Hotel
Address: 500 W Florida St, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1534
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee > Walker's Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Milwaukee
#1 Spa Hotel in Milwaukee
#1 Business Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Family Hotel in Milwaukee
#2 Romantic Hotel in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Iron Horse Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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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