Located in a 100 year old warehouse, The Iron Horse is a modern boutique hotel that offers unique features. The building was created in 1907 as a bedding company and remained so until 1927. Until 2005 it was utilized as cold storage, at which point it was purchased by Dixon Development, LLC. The Iron Horse name came from a combination of the location of the hotel and the Native American terminology for "train.'' The hotel sits among an active railroad area, allowing guests to hear the gentle rumble of passing freight cars a few times each day. In addition, the hotel's name is suitable due to its focus on motorcycle culture, located close to Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum.
Rooms at the hotel come in a variety of styles. There is sumptuous bedding and grand showers. The goal of the designers was to create a warm, inviting environment in loft, alcove, and deluxe rooms. Wood beams and stunning views of Milwaukee make the premium loft rooms popular among guests looking for relaxing getaway. Other rooms feature either king or queen pillow top mattress bed, crisp white linens, custom furnishings, 42'' LCD flat screen televisions, and hi-speed wireless Internet. There is also a bar stocked with a Spoil-Me Basket and full-size beverage referigerators with wine bottles. Bathrooms offer ample counter space, H2O bath products, walk in showers, and plush robes. Guests can also request connecting rooms, or rooms with whirlpool baths. The hotel is 100% non-smoking.
In addition to comfortable rooms, the hotel features a variety of amenities including in-room dining, 24-hour valet parking with a fee, concierge service, a 24-hour fitness center, and spa services. There are also special accomodations available for those traveling on bike to visit the Harley Museum. There is a secure, covered on-site parking, on-call maintenance services, and a bike wash station. The Iron Horse embraces its location, understanding that many of its patrons will be in town primarily to visit the museum or attend Harley-Davidson related events. When there are no scheduled events, the hotel hosts Thursday Bike Nights, located in The Yard and featuring bands, exhibitions, and a celebration of biking culture.
The hotel is one of a few in Milwaukee considered "green.'' They have used a variety of recycled and ecologically sustainable materials in their building and renovation process. Many of their appliance systems are energy efficient, and guest rooms stock a variety of environmentally friendly products. If you need a bite to eat, a drink, or a cup of coffee, The Iron Horse has you covered. The Library features warm breakfast, bloody Mary's, and coffee in a unique, warm environment. Smyth is one of Milwaukee's most sought after reservations and they serve lunch and dinner on the daily basis. There is also a Sunday brunch menu that offers classic brunch selections, modernized, but still reflective of the hotel's Midwest roots. If you are searching for unique accomodations, and you have chosen Milwaukee as your destination due to the presence of Harley-Davidson products, consider staying at The Iron Horse.