We spent the weekend at the Iron Horse and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The biker theme wasn't what attracted us; rather, we like to try boutique hotels. The biker aspect was there, to be sure, but wasn't a detraction for those of use who don't own motorcycles. What we liked: Awesome corner room on the 6th floor, great view, H20 + amenities, quick check-in, good service, nice liquor and drink selection in the bar (especially the Ginger Snap martini!). What we didn't like: The shower and lack of attention to detail by housekeeping. First, the shower: It had a rainfall shower head, which was cool, but it took forever to rinse off. To rinse shampoo out of your hair, you had to use the handheld shower wand while standing under the shower head. Since this was a leisure trip, we had time available so it's not like this ruined our stay, but it only seems fair to mention it (and the funny thing is that, as we were packing up to leave, we came across a previous guest's comment card that commented on the same issue). Second, our room was clean but housekeeping missed a few details. When we arrived, we found a little sign stating that, although most people love the train outside the building, ear plugs are provided if you don't like it. But there weren't any earplugs. With the white noise app playing on the iPhone, we were ok, but you definitely can hear and feel the train. Ear plugs would be a nice option. Also, when we used our coffee cups and shower gel, housekeeping didn't replace them. Again, this is not enough for me to complain about the hotel, but when everything else is done so well, it's odd to have those details missed. (I mean, you aren't surprised when you have a bath towel with hole in it at the Super 8, but it's not expected at the Iron Horse).
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. The location is interesting - lots of old warehouse space - and it would be great to see the neighborhood developed like the Third Ward (which is within walking distance). We look forward to checking out The Iron Horse again.
- 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:
- Hotel Iron Horse
- Iron Horse Milwaukee