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Rating: 4.36

Address: 500 W Florida St, Milwaukee, WI, 53204

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    1. tay n.
    This place is quickly becoming a home away from home for me.  It is less expensive than staying in the city and is not too far from home.  I love the simple loft style, large bathrooms, and overall atomosphere.  Room service is the cherry on top.

    08/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Charlie D.
    I stayed at the Iron Horse for two nights with a wedding party and was extremely impressed with the design, layout and cleanliness of the rooms and common areas.  The service was excellent as well; every staff member I interacted with was as friendly and helpful as could be.  I definitely recommend staying here.  And be sure to check out the great list of local WI craft beers available at the bar!

    16/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. M T.
    I come to MK alot for business and stay at the Iron Horse every time. Super clean, comfortable beds, decent food, and the service is excellent, over the top friendly staff. I've stayed at a few other top rated hotels in Mk and the Iron Horse is definitely the best.

    25/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Ramona H.
    I read Jose's comments (the one star review) with interest, as my partner and I, both African-American women, felt we received patronizing behavior from the staff that appeared to us to be covertly racially tinged. I commented as to particulars when responding to the Iron Horse's survey, but received no response. As we will be going back in July, we're hoping that past experience was an aberration. I have stayed here several times. Notwithstanding the last visit, the experience overall has been positive.

    02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Mr Mrs J.
    WOW!  I didn't know that Milwaukee had flavour like this.  I love this hotel, and I have stayed in "MANY" hotels due to my line of work and I am in love with this hotel.  The lounge is ultra cool and chique, the room is crazy cute, very NY/LA loft feel but somewhat rugged.  The hotel had a chique/rugged/historic theme throughout.  Love the breakfast room, it's like a library.  Service was outstanding!  I shall be back.  What can I say?  I love it.

    05/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Gina D.
    My husband and I took our dog and went on a weekend getaway to the Iron Horse. This place is impressive with a modern, yet biker flair...the lobby is pretty cool with a lounge atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and comfy. Our dog even got his own bed, toys and treats! I love that our 75 lb dog was allowed to join us :) The bar scene is popular there as well and the good is pretty good.  We'll be back!

    18/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Kelly M.
    Absolutely breath taking! Thanks for bringing some class to the hotel scene in Milwaukee...its about time!

    29/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Laura S.
    We just stayed at the Iron Horse last night.  We really needed to relax and this is the place.  It's dimly lit with a loft like feel.  The staff are VERY friendly,  It looks like everyone loves working there.  The bar had great drinks and food.  The room was modern and incredibly comfortable.  Everything was top notch.  I couldn't believe we stayed for around $120 a night.  This is the only place I'll stay at in Milwaukee from now on.  The rooms come stocked with a wine refrigerator and top shelf liquor- no airport size anything here.  There is also a Keurig coffee machine which is nice.  

    The neighborhood is very cool.  It reminds me of Bucktown in Chicago before it became over gentrified.  

    I HIGHLY recommend this hotel!!  I didn't want to leave my comfy cozy room with my atumnal view of building tops and wharehouses.

    01/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. kristine c.
    My boyfriend took me here over the weekend for my birthday.  I absolutely love this place!!  The rooms are super sexy and the lounge area is modern, yet comfy.  I love the silhouette/rain shower and the sheets were super soft. It was pretty crowded in the evening as they were unveiling a new Harley, but it still had a quiet/private feel to it. I'm looking forward to going back and trying the restaurant that opens May 1st. The staff are very attentive, and are very proud of this hotel.

    27/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Mary O.
    Amazing room, amazing service and amazing food!!!

    03/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Clover D.
    My girlfriend and I booked a room at the Iron Horse for a one night trip to just get out of chicago. We did not expect the luxury that awaited us.  The front desk people were very helpful, and the room, well, it was dreamy.  We planned to go out to dinner, but couldnt leave the king sized pillowish bed. its plush feeling literally ate us alive.  A perfect romantic room for a couple, as the shower has tempered glass that shows through to the bedroom. We ordered room service, and the burger was DEEELIGHTFUL. I wish we could have stayed a bit longer and hope to come back sometime in the future.

    20/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Chuck B.
    Boutique lodging at it's finest. I stayed in a fine alcove suite. The room was full wonderful comfy accoutrements, including a super bed and a delightful bathroom with a rainfall shower. The bar was a place to be seen scrummy drinks, while the Smythe restaurant was a little $$$ - but tasty. I'm looking forward to my next getaway to the IH real soon!

    18/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Stephanie B.
    Wow, loved this place. Visiting Mom in Milwaukee and saw an article in the paper about some funky artwork showing here, so motored over to check it out. Holy Moly, is this place awesome. Rivals only a funky place we stayed at in Montreal -- and really hoping to stay here next time we visit. It's in an awesome location, right near the Third Ward and not far from the river and the lake. We were happy to find this beautiful hotel to be completely accessible, so were able to park right out front, and ramp it up, and all the way through the gorgeous library, where the majority of the art was, and into the really cute bar. Everyone was so friendly, from the doorman, to the front desk staff, and especially our waiter. He told us all about the history of the joint and seemed to really enjoy himself. Excellent menu, and we had to try the DLT (duck confit with bacon and lettuce and tomato.. OMG it was so amazing), some truffle/parmesan chips, and the chef totally accommodated the veg BF. The drink/wine/beer menu is also super extensive -- I had a Door County Old Fashioned and it was really quite good (and I consider myself kind of an OF expert;). We noticed they have covered parking for motorcycles, too, which is handy for bikers, that's for sure. Man, what a cool spot.

    29/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Jeff L.
    I stayed at the hotel this weekend, and also dined in their bar. Both experiences were exemplary. I've stayed in boutique hotels all over the U.S., and this is up there with the best of them.

    The decor and the service is exceptional, and the atmosphere is clever without teetering into corny (the target markets are business travelers and Harley riders).

    I would recommend a stay in this luxurious hotel to anyone.

    27/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Jennifer P.
    This hotel is wonderful for so many reasons: location is close to downtown with a view of the water, I love Harley therefore I love the theme of the hotel and the parking lot on "biker night," the rooms are large and comfortable, the bed is like a little piece of heaven, the bathroom is large with a walk-in shower and "rain" shower head, the staff is accommodating and friendly, there are 2 amazing bars in the hotel (one being outside, huge patio, lounge feel with couches and tables, great drink and food menu), and finally they allow pets! I have not one bad thing to say about my experience here. It may be pricey, but the rooms are certainly worth it. My only negative is that they only parking option is $25 valet. They will ticket you overnight on the street...trust me!

    18/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Mary S.
    As it stands right now, it's just nice. My SO and I stayed at the Iron Horse for a weekend getaway. I hadn't visited Milwaukee in a few years, saw the lovely rooms at the Iron Horse and knew it would be a great place to stay. When I booked the room, I specified in the comments that I required a very quiet room. I live in a big city, and quite frankly, I do not want to hear any noise when I'm staying at a hotel. Because I brought my dog along, I was placed on the second floor which normally would be fine. However, on Friday and Saturday nights, there's a DJ spinning in the lobby. (Be forewarned, it's a bit of a scene on the weekends. I don't think I saw any shiny shirts though!) The second floor rooms open up onto the lobby atrium. This absolutely would not work for me. The room was changed and we eventually checked in. I specified a king size bed in my reservation and was given a room with two queen sized beds. I didn't feel like changing rooms so I didn't say anything. The rooms are AMAZING. They are swanky, nice, luxurious and all around fabulous. Our bathroom had a jacuzzi tub, a rain shower, deluxe toiletries from H2O and fluffy towels/robes. The beds were very comfortable. The room was very well decorated. I could have hibernated there for at least a month. The hotels are some of the nicest I've ever seen and completely unexpected in Milwaukee.

    Why three stars? Well, there are a few reasons - 1. The staff seems a bit friendly fake at times. I don't need to be greeted all the time. In fact, I don't want to be greeted all the time. I'm just a regular person who enjoys privacy and being anonymous. I know they are just trying to be nice but it comes off as a bit ridiculous and phony at times. 2. The pet fee is $50. Considering that we received absolutely nothing for that $50, I think it's a bit steep. Other hotels (like the Kimpton chain) provide an in room dog bed, dog treats, directions for walks, etc. for their guests who bring pets. At the very least, I could have used someone saying, "Hey, there's a cute neighborhood just west of the hotel. It would be a nice walk for your dog." I travel with my dog frequently, and those tiny touches make a big difference. 3. If my reservation says a king bed in a very quiet room, that's what should be there for me when I check in. I don't feel like I should have to go over my reservation with the front desk attendant. 4. Housekeeping after our first night was lax. I expected the room to be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. The beds were made and that was it.

    Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Iron Horse. The rooms were nearly perfect. The hotel itself feels fresh, clean and swanky. The little things at the front desk need improvement and I sincerely wish the staff would back off a bit with the over the top smiles and friendliness. I know they are all nice people (at least I felt that way), and I know they are probably forced to act so nice. But really, it's not necessary. It's even a bit uncomfortable at times. I would definitely recommend staying here, especially if you're looking for a romantic getaway or someplace fun to stay in Milwaukee.

    By the way, there's really no need to pay $26 a night for valet parking. I was able to parking on the side streets without any trouble. You do have to call the City of Milwaukee for parking permission but it is a free and easy call.

    04/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    17. Elizabeth Z.
    We held a private event here in July and it was an event that we had planned for over 6 months.  The coordinator never reached out to us - it was always us being proactive to set everything up with her.  It was a sit down dinner where 2 entrees were served with a total of 25 guests.  So it was surprising when 10 minutes before the dinner was to be served the banquet manager comes up to me and says 'do you have placecards so we know who gets what entree?'  I said to her - "since we only have 25 people, can't you just bring out the entrees and ask each person what entree they ordered.  She then rolled her eyes at me and I asked her why she is bringing this up now at the event - we had 6 months to plan this and no one mentioned to me that i needed placecards.  This is something the coordinator should have mentioned when I sent the entree choices & counts to her.  The banquet manager then said - "it was in the contract" and I have since scoured over the contract and there is  no mention of it.  It was bad form and if they were needed it was the coordinator's job to have that detail squared away prior to the event.  It was also rude of the banquet manager to roll her eyes and demand that I was in the wrong since it was apparently "in the contract." By the time you get to the event, everything should run smoothly and this was something that should have been taken care of beforehand. It was not a good start to the event and after all my proactive planning they should have mentioned it to me.  Although the food was delicious, I would not host any future events at this venue.  Their coordinator and banquet staff obviously don't communicate and they had no care for the customer.

    22/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. Megan B.
    Favorite hotel of all time.  Amazing rooms, wonderful food and fun bike nights in the summer at the outside bar.  Drinks are a bit pricey at $11 for an Southern Comfort Old Fashion, but great atmosphere none the less.

    16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Jon H.
    I stayed here Friday, July 2nd and have nothing but great things to say about this place. The decor is amazing and the rooms are styled to the teeth. It is the sort of place where everything is so "now" that you have to wonder if they'll do a total revamp in five years when everything is less trendy. The front desk people were warm and friendly and even gave us a drink to start the night off right. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the shower was wonderful, like showering in the rain. In-room dining was prompt and the food was very tasty. I'm only sorry they didn't have a room open so we could stay another night. Also, the product they stock in their bathrooms is pretty amazing. H2OPlus, I believed they were called. I actually went online to order some. That's a first!

    04/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Matthew B.
    Wow, what a nice find.  The Iron Horse is like that cool loft apartment that you can't afford (nor, in my case, would I have the taste to decorate like this even if I did have the funds).  Everything is bricks and beams and black matte metal, with a sampling of leather couches.  The rooms were surprisingly quiet, what with the freight line running alongside the building.  The staff was friendly and attentive.  We would definitely come back, although I can see this being out of are price range, say, when it's not a cold winter weekend with nothing going on in the middle of an economic almost-depression.

    (Charging $25 to valet the car is a bit silly--but hey, this looks like a neighborhood where cars get broken into, so I'll deal.)

    17/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Steve A.
    Good hotel.  Great style!  Service at check in could be more friendly/welcoming.  If you tip well you car will be parked up front.  Bellhop is friendly and will help bring items in and out. Of course tip is expected.  Fairly standard bathrooms with waterfall shower head.  Would stay again. Not sure about the large picture of a woman's head on the room wall.  Something to talk about nonetheless.

    25/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Jennifer P.
    My favorite hotel to stay at when I am in Milwaukee.  It's beautiful, and the people are always so friendly.  I love the outdoor bar in the summer.

    24/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Stephanie C.
    We stayed here in January and LOVED it.

    When we first checked into the Iron Horse Hotel, we found a brick and timber loft that I can best describe as a mix of biker-chic/boho-chic, think Harley Davidson meets Anthropologie catalog. In our room we first found our bathroom, complete with "rain" shower and see-thru frosted shower...Let's just say that you might not want to share a room with just anyone with this semi-private shower/bedroom view ;-)

    The bed was also great, very comfortable mattress and linens. The accent wall of the room was papered with vintage images of Milwaukee women, the same women that adorned the room keys, and the hallways had funky zebra carpet.

    The hotel also has a library where brunch is served and the lobby was just my style, full on trinkets -- from woodblock letterpress letters on the tables to iron dress forms next to couches.

    Specialty drinks were a bit pricey for Milwaukee, but what you expect to find in trendy hotel bars in most large cities.

    07/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Jess A.
    It ain't cheap, but it was worth it.
    The downside? We only spent one night here.
    Valet and check in were a breeze. FYI: Valet only for $25, but you do get in and out privileges.
    When I stay in a new town, I really dislike staying at a generic hotel chain. I was so happy to find the Iron Horse, a true boutique hotel in Milwaukee. The room was small, but well appointed and just plain nice. Dark and sexy, vintage and comfortable. The building is an old warehouse, which is my kind of thing. Exposed brick, dark colors, wood beams throughout.
    I find myself hoping to go back to Milwaukee again just so I can stay here.

    Sign up for emails on their website, follow them on Twitter, or "fan" them on Facebook to get some good codes for room discounts! I saved a bundle.

    07/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Po R.
    This review is actually for the Smyth restaurant in the Iron Horse. Although, my boyfriend's parents have stayed at the hotel often and have nothing but nice things to say about it.

    On to my restaurant review. We stopped by the Smyth for drinks and appetizers. I had a Kettel One Dirty Martini which was perfect. Kudos to the bartender. We had the Beef Tartare, The Foie Gras and the West Coast Mussels. All of these were delicious. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. Overall a delightful experience.

    05/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Heather C.
    We just returned from a weekend get-away to Milwaukee from Chicago. I am so sad that I had to leave the Iron Horse and go back to work. Best, most relaxing mini-vacation I have had.

    The hotel was tremendous. We ate at the bar, Branded, and restaurant, Smyth. Both were delicious and the drinks/selection was awesome. Yesterday we spent 2 hours just relaxing in the library, reading with a drink and our dog.

    Yup, the hotel is dog friendly. Not budget hotel dog friendly, but high-class with a dog room-service menu and dogs welcome in the lobby and public areas.

    The staff is phenomenal. We talked to one guest staying whose dog had accidentally slipped out of their room and was found munching on left over potato chips in the hallway. 3 staff members returned the happy dog.  

    We managed to explore a bit of Milwaukee, checking out the Public Market, Art Museum and a couple of different neighborhoods - however I would have been just as happy just relaxing at the hotel.

    Oh, and the mini bar in the room, really isn't that outrageous. A couple of beers were $5.

    28/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Michael H.
    The only place to stay in Milwaukee for the discerning traveler!  I've been here four times now for week-long stints, and I'm headed back next week.  Looking forward to it once again.

    As a new hotel, they are still spot-on with service; and the amenities are great.  Good gym; beautiful/unique rooms; great bathroom products...I could go on.

    11/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Melina P.
    We had a great night at Iron Horse. I went with my boyfriend and English bulldog (Lucas) and we all agreed feeling extremely welcomed especially Lucas who was treated like a rock star. The hotel met all of my expectations and then some. They did not mind that Lucas left a trail of drool behind him, and brought him a bowls of water and dog treats while at the bar.

    04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. C C.
    My boss likes this hotel and he is very picky!

    29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Cora B.
    An absolutely fantastic hotel.  Really, the worst thing I have to say about it is the elevator is pretty slow.

    The front desk was friendly and happy to help with any request, from helping us navigate Milwaukee's public transit system to recommending a pizza place for delivery.  Not that we really needed to go elsewhere for food - the hotel's restaurants were so delicious we ended up eating at them more than anyplace else!  Whatever you do, don't miss the French toast, bacon or breakfast potatoes.

    And then, of course, there's the room itself.  The bathrooms are huge and spa-like, and the beds are so comfy you'll wish you didn't make plans to do anything but lay in them.

    Well worth the price.  I'll be back!

    31/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. David P.
    Very nice, but parking made me less than thrilled, but the rooms totally reminded me of a NYC boutique hotel. For me, bathrooms are what sets hotels apart. This bathroom was spotless. Really cool tile shower too.

    30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Mandy P.
    Pure luxury from the moment of arrival until check-out. The Iron Horse did everything right for my weekend stay, including (and possibly most important) fawning over my dog, a VIPooch. The way to my wallet is made easier when my dog is involved. Above and beyond that, the hotel was hip, sexy, clean, and exclusive...if only it were a single man; it would be everything I needed.

    24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Laura R.
    Waited 25 minutes for someone to take our order, offer drinks, ANYTHING.
    We were invisible to the staff, in plain sight. We got up and walked out. But we got to pay $5 for the valet parking since we waited so long for service! The hotel may be good (I don't know since I live a few blocks away), but I'll avoid trying to eat here. We've had breakfast several times before, and it was alright, but nothing to go out of your way for. Now we can scratch off showing up for dinner.

    23/10/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    34. Leo T.
    Don't eat here.  While it may be a cool hotel, the food is incredibly mediocre.  We went there last week for lunch.  I had a steak sandwich that was short on meat and dry, both the bread and the wedge fries.  My wife had a chicken sandwich that took forever to arrive for some reason and was also dry.  Maybe this was a bad day, but for the price they wanted there are plenty of other places in town whee you can get good food at a reasonable price.  So, maybe stay here, but eat elsewhere.

    13/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    35. J T.
    The coolest hotel in Milwaukee. Great public spaces, restaurants, bars, and friendly staff.  The garage has special parking for motorcycles (keeping with the theme of the hotel and the proximity to the Harley-Davidson museum). This hotel looks like it was plucked out of Greenwich Village and dropped in Milwaukee.

    In the warmer summer and fall evenings, The Patio has an amazing place to get a drink and sit in comfortable outdoor lounge spaces. Indoors, Branded has a great bar menu and billiards table.

    13/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Robert H.
    The hotel was awesome!  It was everything that I expected and a little more.  The restaurant was great.  I had two meals during my two day stay and they were both cooked to perfection.  The lobby and hotel bar were lively both nights.  

    They definitely have a 5 - Star staff.  Everyone I dealt with from the bartenders to the front desk help were very professional and courteous.

    24/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Bobby G.
    love the place....super cool bar and great food.  Hotel is sexy, fun, and beautiful. wish the prices were more affordable.  c u soon.

    19/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Caley C.
    The nicest restaurant at the Iron Horse, Smyth, is an absolute delight. I had the best salmon I've ever had in my life there on a recent visit - quite a surprise since I'm nowhere near an ocean! The service was nice, the decor is tasteful and chic and I can't wait to go back. Even though I live not far from here, I hope to stay at the hotel sometime because it is gorgeous. There's a library room in the back with comfortable seating, a big fireplace and soft, cool music playing. The bar/restaurant Branded also looks fab.

    28/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Camille L.
    We came specifically for drinks at the hotel bar and they have a great selection of high quality specialty beers for $4 - $5! It's a great place to start your evening. Our waitress came to us right away and was attentive. It's an older crowd for the most part but there are some younger people mixed in as well. The ladies bathrooms are pretty!

    22/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Karen C.
    After reading all the glowing reviews I almost hate saying that the bar did nothing for me at all.  The drinks are over priced, the food was mediocre and it was so darned loud I could hardly hear my companion.  Well, it had been my suggestion and I'm glad we checked it out but I won't be returning.

    13/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    41. Drew C.
    After my initial annoyance of the required valet (not because of price, but principal) any negative feeling I had went away once we went inside.  The hotel itself is beautiful. Modern, decent art to look at, and it's pet friendly, because who doesn't love a puppy.  The staff was outstanding, and in fact is the reason I gave the illusive 5th star.  The concierge got us great tickets to the Brewers v. Cubs game at the last minute, the door man was great to talk to when waiting for the valet.  The food/drink at the hotel was also great, we had the cheese pate while sitting on the couches in the main lobby, I had a delicious Old Fashioned with the cheese that was well balanced and wasn't ruined with an abundance of fruit.  I would and have recommended the Iron Horse.  Also, while you're there check out the Harley museum.

    16/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Mark S.
    I've never stayed here, but have been here a number of times.

    The first time I was here I hung out at the bar in Branded and have no complaints.  Simply a very cool experience.

    The next time I was here was for brunch in Smyth which was okay.  I ordered the eggs benedict which was sub standard for brunch in Milwaukee.  The eggs were done almost all the way through, not nearly runny enough.  There was nothing special about the ham either.  And I later learned that my bloody mary turned out to be a virgin mary so the manager later came up to me and gave me the difference back in singles.  At a place like this, I would have expected to come up to me with a bloody mary, not four dollars.

    Dinner here was one of the best I've ever had.  It consisted of five courses with the executive chef, Thomas Schultz, coming out and explaining each course.  They were all very good and the service was also very good.  I brought my own wine which they had no problem with.  At the end everyone also got a dessert sampler which was delicious and innovative.

    Finally, the outside patio is amazing in the summer.  Last night was a party which I came late to, but there were still many people there.  The atmosphere is great, and so is the bar, decor, and furnishings.  Check in on foursquare to get a deal on your first drink.

    28/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Dave C.
    Look. This is going to be a pretty simple review, as I only really did two things at this hotel:

    1. I proposed to my (now) wife here. The hotel was sufficiently amazing / romantic / unique for a place to stay for a romantic weekend away for wooing my woman. It worked, so how can I give it anything but 5 stars?

    2. After getting engaged, we headed down to the bar, where we enjoyed quite a bit of champagne on a Saturday night. The place was packed, but the bartender took fabulous care of us.

    In conclusion, if you want to whisk your lady-friend away for a weekend of romance in Milwaukee (it's Algonquin for "the good land") and convince her to marry you, this is the ideal hotel to stay in that fine city.

    That is all.

    25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Graham C.
    Was visiting my brother in Milwaukee where he recently moved.  He's a little metro, so it was only right that we went to Iron Horse.  This place is cool.  Almost too cool for Milwaukee.  Don't take that as a slight my friends, but the prices were more NYC than MKE.  This is a review for the bar.

    We ordered a bunch of apps.  One of them, which I highly recommend was the surf and turf sliders.  So tasty.  I also had some sort of cucumber cocktail, which tasted like...wait for it...cucumbers.  No big shocker there.  The bill was high, but the vibe was very cool and I would return here again.  

    I'd like to come and stay at the hotel as it looked really cool.  As you can tell by the name, it's a motorcycle themed place, which makes sense given its proximity to H-D.

    24/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Frank M.
    One of my favorite pastimes is traveling, and Iron Horse was one of the best Hotel experiences I've ever had.

    We decided to take a weekend trip to Milwaukee, and heard about Iron Horse through yelp reviews and friends. We caught the 5:08 train out of chi-town and arrived in Mill-town about 6:30pm. The hotel is located just quick cab ride (or ten min walk ) from the train station.

    Upon arrival, two doorman greeted our cab, grabbed our bags and walked us to the front desk. From the moment we arrived, I was highly impressed with the soft, warm colors of the lobby. The guest service agent greeted us in a very friendly way, and checked us in. The staff goes out of their way to make your stay at this hotel comfortable and memorable. We also were lucky enough to arrive during some sort of party in the lobby, and were given two free glasses of Sangria before heading up to the room.

    The Rooms
    I'm not sure where to begin because I can't say enough about the style and decor of the accommodations. The hotel itself is located in a trendy, rehabbed industrial district of Milwaukee, and the rooms are tailored to match the scene perfectly. Each room has fantastic, well thought out light fixtures, which drape from the walls and ceilings. The room's furnishings are ultra sheek and cool, with an interior design you might find in Beverly Hills.

    You will be impressed by the fur ottoman, leather furnishings and steel tables. The bed was cozy, large and totally dreamy. I didn't want to wake up because I was so relaxed.

    The Bathroom
    I was Beyond blown away by the bathroom. The hotel spent big bucks on making each bathroom large, and easy to use. Every detail was thought about for visitors, including the sleek modern sink and clean, black marble tiles. My favorite part of the room has to be the shower. The actual shower head is attached to the ceiling, and has a huge round head. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to bath under a waterfall, Iron Horse's shower is the next best thing.

    Service
    I can't say enough about how impressed I was with the high level of customer service and genuine hospitality at this hotel. If you go to their website before your stay, you can actually sign up for a customized itinerary, which will be waiting for you upon your arrival. We filled out the on line form and said we liked diet coke and cookies prior to arriving, and sure enough, the items were in our rooms when we arrived. Also, I'm a huge coffee drinker so I'm picky about my cup of Joe. I woke up and headed downstairs and asked for the coffee shop. The friendly guest agent showed me the way to an area which provided complimentary FREE coffee and newspaper. She pointed me to their special library area where I could relax and wake up. The library area is beautiful. Tons of books and magazines. I almost forgot, there is a cozy fireplace there as well.

    OK, so I could probably go on forever about this hotel. If you are headed to Milwaukee and looking for a great hotel, this is your best bet. I might add it's perfect for romantic getaway weekends.

    10/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. Charles E.
    Props for being unique and for free internet.  Library is a nice touch also.  Food at bar was average and overpriced for the quality. Staff was friendly and rooms are spacious and interesting. If you are in Milwaukee, i wouldn't stay anywhere else.

    16/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Lauryn M.
    Ok so I have to admit I have only stayed here once and I live in MKE so I likely won't be back any time soon which is a shame...this is easily the BEST hotel in Milwaukee.  Super sexy!!!!  I was lucky enough to stay in the penthouse so I have no idea what any other room looks like but I cannot imagine they are anything short of incredible.  The decor, the vibe, EVERYTHING about this place makes me wish I needed a hotel room again!  If you need a place to stay that isn't some dusty chain hotel--STAY HERE!!!

    21/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Heather R.
    Wine tastings on Wed nights in October

    Seriously...if you haven't stayed here...you gotta.  This is worth the effort of making weekend plans to stay at a hotel instead of driving home.  You won't regret it.  Service, food, environment, experience...all fantastic.

    Don't you dare order room service. Go down to the library for breakfast...just awesome!  Make sure you order something with the breakfast potatoes, they are to die for.

    If you have a furry friend...bring them along.  The hotel personalizes their dog treat bowl for it's canine visitors.

    Don't delay...if you are deciding whether to...or not to.  DO  IT!!!!  This is a fabulous hotel.

    22/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    49. Joe D.
    What a great hotel! One of the coolest hotels I have stayed at in a long time. The rooms are spacious and very cool. Even a bit sultry if you will. Being without my wife, I did not get to take advantage of the surroundings ;-). The bar and restaurant were off the charts. Cool vibe in the bar and Smythe (the restaurant) was incredible.

    P.S. It was my first time in Milwaukee, very cool town. Who knew?

    06/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    50. Dan R.
    Unique. Well-appointed. Fantastic bathroom / shower. Cool bar. Excellent restaurant. Fair prices. What else do you want.

    Here's a little item that makes a larger statement: next to elevator there are two dog dishes with water and treats and a chalk board with the guest dog's names posted.

    If you're going to Milwaukee, this is the place to stay.

    08/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. TW S.
    Very over priced for what you get.  My $10 bloody Mary was missing 3 out of 6 items.   Service was sub par at best and waiting over 10 minutes for a drink that is featured on the drink menu is really  not called for!  In addition I am not sure why our server felt the need to give a tour of the buffet.  So $56 bucks for eggs and poor drinks,  it will take an act of God to get me to go back!

    26/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    52. Lexi N.
    Surprised to find this boutique hotel in Milwaukee. The design & decor are perfect. Quiet, feels like a loft condo. Everything about it is just right...except $25 parking.

    29/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Fabian B.
    If you go to Milwaukee, there is only one place to stay. The Iron horse.

    From arrival over dinner and drinks to departure, top experience. Dont stay anywhere else.
    The place is sort of unreal for Milwaukee, its more like a little New York transplanted into the city , so you dont feel like southern Wisconsin but right in the heart of the big apple.

    Rooms very spacious, bathroom showers creative (rain shower) , restaurant sophisticated american, service more than ok.

    Perfect value for money. Enjoy your stay.

    21/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    54. Leah P.
    Loved it!  My boyfriend and I wanted to get out of Chicago for the weekend so we took a little weekend trip and stayed at the Iron Horse. I thought everything about this hotel was excellent.
    A few of my favorite things:
    1. Our room was clean and spacious.
    2. Our bathroom was stocked with H2O products! Bonus!
    3. We were greeted with a cocktail from a very friendly concierge.
    4. Awesome workout room, very clean, with everything you need.
    5. Smyth was comparable to Chicago's best restaurants.
    6. My boyfriend's favorite thing: The view of the shower.

    We will definitely be staying at Iron Horse again! Hopefully soon!

    21/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    55. Scott H.
    Likely the most beautiful and intriguing hotel I've ever visited, even though I've never actually stayed the night. I've only seen photos of the rooms, but hear wonderful review after wonderful review, so I've sent others here to stay with absolutely no doubt in my mind. If you're looking for an upscale experience, but share an appreciation for the Midwest's industrial past, you simply cannot go wrong here. The bar/bistro and more formal restaurant onsite get high marks as well, but I've only had a chance to enjoy dinner and cocktails at Branded so far. Stop in for a drink and have a look around and you'll know in a minute whether or not this is your type of place for an overnight stay.

    One more note: While Iron Horse is defintely on the pricey side, join their e-mail list and you'll be given several opportunities to score a room (usually in the fall to spring season) at more attractive prices.

    31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    56. Stephen C.
    This is an absolutely extraordinary hotel with a top-notch staff.  My two-star rating is related to managerial decisions to pull their formerly strong support for military personnel.  The Iron Horse originally offered amazing military rates when they opened - they now have blackout dates that include holiday and weekends for their military rates.  Why the reduced support of the military?  Just because the wars are winding down doesn't mean the underpaid warfighter wouldn't enjoy a discount at an awesome hotel while traveling home on a weekend to see their family and friends!!!!  This is a 5-star hotel, with a 6-star staff, and 1-star management.  HUGE disappointment for us military folks. :(

    13/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    57. Jennifer E.
    Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.  The Iron Horse made my dear friends' wedding so very wonderful!  As part of the wedding party I can attest to the outstanding service and professionalism of the entire Iron Horse staff; everyone we were in contact with was extremely friendly and helpful.  The rooms and facilities had an amazing decor and emulated a vibe that totally matched the married couple.  The bar had excellent service and tasty drinks.  The food served during the wedding was delicious!  The location and outdoor setup was immaculate and truly set the mood for a magical evening.  

    Thank you Iron Horse for making my friends so very happy and at ease during their wedding.

    06/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. the m.
    My wife and I stayed at the Iron Horse earlier this Spring and it was perfect.  The decor of the hotel is like none other in the city of Milw.  Masculine and definitely geared toward an edgier crowd but very classy.  Yep, the appeal to bikers, but not in a roadside motel sort of way.   The service was great, I've never seen hotel rooms like this before. The Valley is still going through its revitalization, but the Iron Horse is and will continue to be a huge catalyst for positive change down there.

    Do not overlook this hotel.  Practically priced, and it offers a very unique experience.  Bar/Restaurant and Patio are awesome, too.

    21/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. lisa N.
    What a great hotel! It has a real steampunk vibe and the price is right if bought online.  I knocked one star off for the relatively high valet parking fee--25$ a night--which was fine with us because our room was so cheap, but really, the hotel is right near the railroad tracks and in a very empty part of town, so parking should be free on the street (inexplicably it is not, and there was plenty of it) or in a lot.  We were given earplugs for the train noise but I didn't hear any.  The library is a great place to get work done and the people who work here are professional and efficient.  Looking at other peoples' dogs in the lobby is a big plus.  Generally, this is what Kimpton ought to be striving for.

    27/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Traci F.
    What a pleasure it was to stay in such a wonderful hotel.  The staff, starting with the front doorman Juve, and ending with the floor manager, Jason were top notch and extremely courteous and professional. Also, the drink that awaits you upon check-in is a nice opening touch.

    We stayed in the corner alcove room and it was worth the upgrade.  From the soft linens, flat screen TV, cool interior design and well stocked bar, you aren't wanting for anything, including space.  And a trip to the bar downstairs lead me to one of the most delicious margaritas I've had in a while (thank you, Ellie!)

    I'm looking forward to my next baseball trip to Milwaukee and I will only stay at the Iron Horse. From the luxurious rooms to the well trained and accommodating staff, the Iron Horse is head and shoulders above a lot of fine hotels you'll find in more populated cities.

    25/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Geheimnis V.
    Luxury without being pretentious. Comfortable yet elegant. This hotel deserves more than its 4 star rating.

    Complimentary cocktails at check-in? Yes please! Deluxe king beds, rainfall walk-in showers, attentive and welcoming staff, AND pet friendly. This place is what other boutique hotels should aspire to be.

    19/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    62. Brooke P.
    By far...my favorite...hotel in Milwaukee.

    I feel like I need to do some word association to get you to understand the awesomeness of this place.

    Luxurious
    Delectable
    Lush
    Opulent
    Hip
    Old World Made New
    Sexy
    Cozy
    Rockin'

    This old mattress factory was reclaimed by Tim Dixon (developer and owner) a few years back. He's made it into a great place to eat, hang out and meet people. Oh yeah, and you can also stay in their gorgeous rooms or hit the spa if you so choose.

    The "Manager of Desires" (yes, that's the job title) has an office that looks like an old penny candy store. Do you remember those weird little saucers with the sugar bee bees inside? Oh, he has them! (And candy lipstick!)

    Ask for a tour while you're there. It's very interesting and the whole staff is truly invested in keeping up the highest quality in service.

    You could see my old Ford Focus parked on the street or a Lambo (yes, I actually saw one parked out front) at the hotel door. It's a true mixing of cultures and demographics.

    I can't wait for winter to be over so I can sit on their patio. Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!

    26/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    63. Natalie P.
    So beautiful from the lobby to the hotel rooms.  The bathrooms within the hotel rooms are huge and the shower is fantasitc.  Lush surroundings!!  Simply awesome!

    The hotel is dog friendly, even welcomes your dog with treats and their name on a chalkboard when you check-in.  All of the staff is professional and very friendly.

    I would stay again, without a doubt!

    14/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    64. Ronnie G.
    Out of town visit from Minneapolis. What could Milwaukee possibly have that tops the Graves Hotel?

    Enough said MKE.

    The Iron Horse is truly baller in its own twisted way. Its lounge area is fantastic, complete with chill sofas and tables and well tempoed tunes. Bar area is well designed for conversation and drinks. Smyth's has an amazing brunch (camp fire breakfast and tiramisu pancakes = winning).

    The rooms are extremely, extremely well done. Easily sleeps three women in a bed. Rain showers are delightful. Only thing is their sinks suck. Yea who gives a sh*t.

    off main street but who cares?

    15/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Stephanie L.
    There is not much to share about my experience here, other than my displeasure with the complete disconnect between the beverages ordered and the bar bill.  My companions and I decided to close the evening with a nightcap at the Branded lobby bar.  The round consisted of two ports, a Bacardi Limon on the rocks, and a decaf coffee.  $40 later (before gratuity)...yikes.  I get the ambiance.  It's a fantastic spot to see and be seen.  I enjoy the atmosphere, and understand that there is a price for it.  But, it was exorbitant given the fact that our waitress donned a t-shirt; every time the door opened, we were reminded that it was winter.  Like I think when we drive on the pothole laden roads past the Gurnee, Illinois tollway: What are we paying for?  I would suggest that Branded use the beverage markup on a heater by the doorway.  It would be a good investment.

    19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    66. Mallory G.
    Super cool!  Love this place!

    04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. Michelle T.
    I have to agree with previous reviewers: this is the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in, with the nicest staff.  We were greeted by two valets who helped us into the hotel, were checked in at the front desk in less than two minutes, handed a complimentary beverage and were on our way up to our room.  And it was a Friday night so the place was very busy but that didn't stop them from providing top notch service.

    The rooms are gorgeous.  We stayed in a corner alcove room- I can't say enough about the layout, the amenities, the nice little touches like H2O toiletries, plush robes, and a fully stocked bar to raid.  The bed was SO comfortable (I want it at home, along with the pillows!).  We asked for a cord to plug in an ipod to their charging station and when they didn't have one they loaned us an ipod dock for the night!

    We also stopped into the bar for a drink  and to the restaurant for breakfast.  Service was again excellent.  We will stay there again and be happy to spend the extra money it costs to stay there.

    27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    68. Todd H.
    Honestly, It's pretty hard for me to be wowed by breakfast, I mean what could you possibly do to turn a typical scramble into something memorable? If you want to find out go to the iron horse for breakfast.  They serve breakfast in their library room which is pretty cool. They have a limited menu, but anything you are  looking for is there. I had the Wisconsin scramble. It consisted of eggs, a specialty sausage, cheese and pieces of soft salty pretzel. It was topped with a mustard sauce and came with either fruit or potatoes. It was unusual and different. To drink I had the iron horse house bloody mary which comes with a beer chaser. I give the food a ten! So you ask why not five stars? Well, breakfast ends at 10:00 a.m.  and we arrived at 9:45 a.m., the server seemed a little annoyed. She was efficient, but didn't smile or  make us feel very welcome.  Perhaps she was just having a bad day. Everyone else at the hotel was full of smiles and said hello. Btw, the interior of the hotel is spectacular, it is by far the hippest hotel in Milwaukee and one of the best in the Midwest. The Iron Horse sets the standard of what a boutique hotel should be with service, food and lodging. I will be back on a regular basis, yes, it's that cool!!! (I have included picture of lobby and breakfast, check them out!)

    21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. William T.
    Wow, I have stayed a couple of pretty nice hotels before, but they do not hold a candle to the Iron Horse.  I was concerned that it was going to be a bit expensive for a weekend get away, but it was well worth it.  If you don't feel a bit like royalty within 5 minutes of walking in, maybe you are actual royalty, but for sure you live in a different world than I do.

    I was a bit concerned in advance that things would be too Harley.  It is labelled as the "Harley" hotel, but really to me it seemed to represent Americana more.  There happens to be a bike in the lobby, I didn't really go over and take a peak, but other reviewers said it was a Honda.  Outside of the one bike, it isn't even very motorcycle related.  Antique model trains, interesting lamps, an absinthe fountain in the bar, etc.  

    Loved the look, feel, and service at the hotel.

    27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Katie D.
    Love this hotel!

    My husband and I stayed here before we moved back to Milwaukee. I was so impressed with the style, class, and sophistication. While we were checking in, we were handed delicious cocktails, which we took with us up to our room. The room was spacious with modern but very relevant décor to fit the building and the Harley Museum nearby. The bathroom was huge and very clean. If guests don't stay at our house while they are visiting Milwaukee, I will recommend this beautiful hotel!

    24/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Jose H.
    Words cannot describe the horrific, ridiculous and even offensive experience we had at this hotel. But I'll try to be as detailed as possible for you to save your money and your self-respect.

    It was our second wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something out of the ordinary However, we couldn't afford the time to travel somewhere far from Chicago. We originally wanted to book a hotel in the city, but since it was Lollapalooza weekend, even the highest-end hotels were fully booked. A friend of my wife suggested the Iron Horse in Milwaukee as an alternative. We thought we could make a weekend.

    Initially, their website showed their only availability were two queen beds. My wife called directly and asked if they had a king bed room and was told they had a "corner alcove," which, for a mere $25 extra per night, would give us a more spacious room with a seating area, a larger bathroom and a lofted ceiling. So we booked it for two nights, thinking this would be a good place where we could unwind from the work week and celebrate our anniversary.

    So after work on Friday, we drove to Milwaukee expecting something along the lines of what their marketing says: "world-class." But this could not be further from the truth.

    Upon arrival, the valet told me I'd be better off parking on the street and he looked more concerned looking at other arriving female clients. There was no bellhop offering help with the luggage or a doorman to help with the doors.

    At the front desk, two men busied themselves with "hotel business," and that continued doing so for three minutes before one of them finally had time to look up and help us. Help is most definitely an overstatement, as he asked us personal questions that had nothing to do with hotel check-in process or small-talk. Questions that crossed racial lines.

    When he was done being rude, he gave us the keys to a small room with two queen sized beds. We didn't look any further and went right down to the front desk to get our reserved room. This time, the other person behind the desk took over. He looked at our reservation and told my wife she had lied about the room she reserved and that we weren't booked on a "corner alcove," but that he'd give us one. How kind.

    We went up to the second room and again, it was small. We came right back down to get changed to the room we had paid for. Instead, we were sent to the smallest room in the entire hotel: 618. It shares a door (!) with another room and we got to hear the neighbors come in and out drunkenly all night. The A/C was as loud as a diesel engine on idle. The "king" bed was a queen. The pillows had more lumps than a cobblestone street. It had no seating area--hell, it had no chair!

    By then, I was beyond irritated but my wife asked me to please relax and go to dinner. We went to the hotel's restaurant because we were exhausted. The restaurant is great, albeit the menu is more suitable for cold seasons.

    After dinner, the front desk was unmanned and my wife had to go to the bathroom, so we went up to the room. She was so tired that she passed out almost immediately--God bless her, she's a solid sleeper. I'm not. Thus, I didn't sleep one minute the entire night--between the propeller aircraft-like A/C, the awful bed, the monstrous pillows, the loud and drunken neighbors, the roaring motorcycles outside doing burnouts, and a bruise I got from kicking the oddly-shaped bedstand, I couldn't sleep. And I didn't go complain at that time because I didn't want to wake up my beautiful wife who works very hard and deserves all the sleep she can get.

    In the morning, I went to speak to the manager and was given the evil-eye and the runaround before the front desk personnel called him. The on-call manager was apologetic in a very snide kind of way.

    Fortunately, we were able to find a room for Saturday night at the Pfister Hotel and we left immediately.

    In summation, this is a property for the novelle riche and the "be seen" crowd of Wisconsin. I wasn't expecting impeccably-perfect service, like at a Four Seasons, but I've been treated better at the DMV. If I wanted to be abused, I would've gone to work and be paid for the "privilege." And I'm taking my complaint to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin and the Better Business Bureau.

    UPDATE:
    Chad, a manager called me to apologize for our experience. He sounded more sincere than the manager I spoke to while we were there. He offered to send a voucher for one night so he "could prove [he] could get it right." This was Monday morning. It's Friday and I haven't received anything. And why would I make the expense of traveling just to test his "improvement"? STAY AWAY.

    09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    72. Lauren O.
    I planned a trip to Milwaukee and when researching this is the only hotel that stood out. The photos and reviews as well as the reasonable price are what sold me, and I'm really glad they did. This is one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at, not something you'd expect to find in Milwaukee. The entire hotel was beautiful and the rooms were above and beyond what I expected. The shower wall between the bedroom and bathroom was really cool, as well as the large flat screen tv on the wall, the kitchen/counter space, bedding, Kohler faucet/toilet, etc.

    The food was also excellent as well as the drinks in their bar/restaurant.

    On top of just the overall look/feel, the service was the best I've experienced. At least 5 people helped us inside and checked us in. They were all extremely friendly and helpful with whatever we needed, totally going above and beyond just so we were comfortable.

    The only minor things to consider is that this hotel though probably the best you'll find in Milwaukee is not in the downtown area, you'd probably need to drive or take a cab to most places (Bradley Center, breweries, shopping, etc). Also There isn't a parking lot, you have to use their valet which is $25 for the night. The hotel is also brand new which is a great plus because everything is crisp and clean, but their curtains had a weird smell, which I am sure will go away with time. Overall none of these things would have an effect on me staying there again and were very minor.

    All in all, everything about this place was top of the line and I would for sure stay here again and recommend it.

    01/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Tom C.
    Milwaukee is home of the Harley, the Iron Horse is  homel to the upscale traveling biker.  This old industrial warehouse has been converted into a cool hotel.   The rooms are like luxurious artist lofts with a motorcycle theme and lots of visual and textural surprises.
      The bar is usually hoppin.  The food menu is complex and creative.  Don't be afraid to dress up.

    10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Jeffrey H.
    I travel quite a lot for business and when I travel on the company dime I rarely worry about prices. I've stayed at Four and Five star hotels all across the country and I can say without a doubt this is the nicest hotel, with the coolest vibe, with the most helpful staff that I've ever witnessed. As a Chicagoan, I don't consider Milwaukee to be very far. Heck, it takes longer to drive 20 Miles in Chicago than it does to get to Milwaukee. I've made it a habit to visit this hotel anytime I want a staycation. In the last two years, I'm certain I've stayed over 20 nights at this hotel. The Food is top notch, the bar is a great place to people watch and the rooms are authentic lofts.

    My ONLY complaint is that there is a Bloody Mary/Mimosa cart that is pushed around table to table during breakfast/brunch. I swear it takes sometimes 20 minutes for the cart to get to you once you are seated. They should certainly turn that concept into a Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar to prevent extreme aggravation. Furthermore, I'm certain their orange juice is really Tang - something is off there....

    Overall, hands down, you NEED to visit this place to fully comprehend how amazing it is. The fact that my only complaint involves Orange Juice should speak volumes!

    Keep it up Iron Horse!

    16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Kevin K.
    Great place. Period.

    Nice rooms. Thoughtful staff. Relaxing atmosphere.  I'd like a week here without business interfering.

    Love The Yard bar/patio.  Guess I'm too old to fully appreciate the Patron focus.  

    I had a couple issues with taxis.

    31/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. Matt R.
    After living in Milwaukee for 13 years, it was nice to return to the city for a quick weekend get away.  Staying at the Iron Horse was the perfect choice.  In terms of logistics, the location is perfect-minutes from everything you could want to do in the city: Art Museum, restaurants, night life, etc.  

    That said, one of the best things about the hotel is the structure itself.  A gorgeously converted building, the rooms are sleek yet warm, the bar and restaurants are lively and feel both welcoming and modern.  The lobby bustles with locals enjoying one of their signature cocktails and all of this feels very much at home inside this carefully decorated gem.

    The best feature, however, may be the staff.  Extraordinarily helpful, kind, and friendly we enjoyed interacting with everyone that we met at the Iron Horse.

    07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. Andrew K.
    A little piece of LA glamour in Wisco. We stayed here. They treated us like kings. Really wicked. Only annoying aspect - we were kicked out of the lobby at 3 am so as not to awaken the rooms around the lobby. Yes it was 3 am.

    18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Farrah F.
    Upon a number of recommendations, I wagered against my platinum Starwood status and gave the Iron Horse a shot.  It was a great gamble!!  I was given a sweet (not suite) room on the top floor.  The service has been top notch...not annoyingly friendly. They give just the right amount of courtesy and attention that I feel special and important without feeling like I'm dealing with a lot of groveling ass kissers expecting a tip.  Service like this makes me want to tip well!!

    The ambiance is superb!  It's not uber modern and clubbish like the W.  It actually smells of rich mahogany and leather bound books.  The furnishings are heavy leather bound and studded.  The interior walls are brick and all the supports and finishings are heavy wood and wrought iron.  Aptly, there is a gorgeous classic Harley Davidson on display in the lobby.  

    The lobby wasn't crazy-bumping with activity, although I've been told this is a hot spot when the weather is cooperating.  It was a perfect spot for me to order the lemon zest chicken sandwich from the bar with some wine, catch some FREE wifi and get some work done.  At this point, I'll drop three big fat stars.  ONE...wait service:  my waiter was excellent...friendly, funny, attentive not annoying.  TWO...food:  the salad was ok, but the sandwich was ya-ya-ya-yummy!  THREE...music:  it was the right volume and the selections were so fabulous...Phoenix, Black Keys, Lykke Li, LCD Sound System.  I literally plugged in and worked for hours!

    The room?  Wow!  Just look at the website.  It's beautiful featuring an exposed brick wall, wooden ceilings, animal print carpeting and a shower with a rain maker and handheld!  I give extra credit if there is an iPod docking station.  Unfortunately there was no docking station.

    Finally, I have to give a shoutout for in-room dining!  The egg white omlelet with spinach and mushrooms was perfect.  Breakfast was on time to the minute and the server was professional and polite.  I was so happy that I ordered the same thing the next day.  Unfortunately it wasn't as good.  I was impressed to receive a call from room service to make sure everything was okay, so I was able to voice my concern to someone who cares.

    If The Iron Horse were more convenient to down town, i would stay there again.  Unfortunately, it doesn't makes sense for me to stay stay so far out. Plus, there are some great restaurants and places to walk to from down town hotels.  If I'm ever asked to recommend a hotel in MKE, I'll suggest the Iron Horse.

    27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    79. Justin F.
    I have a tough time justifying a trip to the Iron Horse.  None of their craft cocktails really do it for me and everything is at inflated prices.  It is the coolest hotel in town with only one copper mug behind the bar.  Ever drink your Moscow Mules in shifts?  hunde-shiesse! Yet, I like to go there.

    06/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    80. Ye N.
    I was pleasantly surprised when I stayed the The Iron Horse Hotel because I had no idea a hotel like this would even exist in Milwaukee of all places.

    The building was originally a mattress factory then converted to a hotel so it has that lofty feel and reminds me of the Distillery in Toronto. Exposed brick and lumber makes the place feel warm and cozy while the rest of the decor brings it all together very nicely.

    I had a shake to go on a day I was rushing off to a meeting, another day I stayed at the restaurant for breakfast and room service is delivered quicker than most places and all the food I had was very good.

    Usually when I walk into a place like this, it's almost expected that other patrons and employees would have a pretentious attitude but they didn't. Everyone was surprisingly sweet, helpful and accommodating.

    There was actually a point when our keys weren't working and I had a few bags with me, so I waited while my boyfriend went down to get new keys. Someone came walking through the hallway (they work there) turned out to recognize me from the night before and opened the door for me. We both knew they weren't supposed to do this, but under pretty good discretion I think it was a good call and very kind of them to do since it was in fact my room.

    We enjoyed ourselves so much that we wanted to extend another night but they were all full the next day and all they could do was give us late check out. On our way out however, they told us they actually had a cancelation and asked if we still wanted to stay... So we did!

    The reason I knocked off a star is because we had technical difficulties with our TV and it couldn't be fixed. We were in the middle of watching a movie when the picture size reduced to that of "picture in picture." We called down, they sent someone up and no amount of troubleshooting would work. Eventually the TV fixed itself just the way it broke itself in the first place and all was well.

    The Iron Horse Hotel also has a line of souvenirs from wall hooks to bath robes you can purchase which is pretty sweet if you're into it.

    If you have no idea where to stay if you're ever in Milwaukee, I highly recommend The Iron Horse Hotel.

    21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    81. J B.
    Top notch stay and food! The hotel is the essential top of the line hotel that isn't pretentious. It is trendy and diverse. The bar makes this place a must try in Milwaukee but bring your checkbook!

    07/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    82. Bryan B.
    Not cheap, but totally worth it. Probably the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in, ANYWHERE, with a great staff. A drink waiting for you at check- in is so freaking smart, it wins you over right away and it just gets better from there. Why doesn't every hotel do that?

    I'm a Vespa guy and was nervous the joint would be douche bag-harley'ed out with flames and leather and screaming eagles, but it's not at all, it's trendy/classy/tasteful. The only motorcycle in the lobby is an old cafe'd Honda CT scrambler, which is cooler than any Harley in my book. The decor is super postmodern like the Sax in Chicago or a Hard Rock Hotel without the TGI Fridays junk everywhere.

    The crowd is a weird mix, Harley-types, trendy kids, families, biz travelers, seems like everyone likes it as much as I do.

    The bar makes amazing drinks and serves great food. Again, on the pricey side for Milwaukee, but you get more than what you're paying for.

    Also, I'm writing this from my room on FREE WI FI. Come on other hotels, how can you charge $100+ a night and charge extra for an Internet connection. There should be a law.

    27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Jen P.
    The lobby was well decorated. There was a sitting area, a bar with a pool table, and a little further off a library, where I believe they served breakfast (we didn't partake). The hotel staff was incredibly informative and friendly. The lobby had a welcome board and treats for the dogs staying at the hotel which I thought was a great touch. The rooms are very sleek and modern and in fantastic condition. We had a great view of the Harley Davidson museum. The amenities were very nice; they included earplugs in case the occasional passing train disturbed you. We stayed on a Bike Night, so it was pretty crowded, but the valet service was EXCELLENT. The valet parking lots are in front of and beside the hotel, so we had a clear view of our vehicle from the front steps. Overall, this boutique hotel was great. I can't justify spending that kind of money to stay every time we visit Milwaukee, but of the 4 hotels we tried in our Milwaukee stay, this was the best.

    18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. Jim K.
    Fantastic Hotel.  The service was amazing.  Everyone was extremely helpful.  The rooms are swanky and interesting.  No stupid hotel "gotchas" (like the censors on items in the mini bar, etc).  The pricing for room service isn't bad, and the food is fantastic.  They treat dogs as well as any other guest.  

    This is a wonderful getaway hotel, and I look forward to going back soon.

    27/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Holly C.
    Wonderful hotel and wonderful staff! The chef even hand wrote their recipe for cheese soup for me. I'll definitely stay there again if I get the chance.

    12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Paul J.
    This unique hotel, alone, is worth a trip to Milwaukee. I promise you will never stay in a more trendy, hip hotel. I can't wait to go back.

    The room we had was stunning. Exposed brick, exposed ductwork, a leather headboard, raised bed, track lighting (with adjustable settings, to set the right mood), and a gorgeous mural on the wall. It's all rather difficult to describe - I posted pictures of the room, so please check them out to see for yourself!

    The staff were attentive and friendly. They gave us free cocktails upon check-in. Room service was prompt and the food was amazing.

    Check this place out!!

    05/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. David B.
    Love this hotel.. Perfect concept and everything is well thought out..

    Rooms - are very well mapped out with plenty of amenities to suit. Wisconsin favorites and local products are highlighted here. There is a biker feel to the entire place without being too overwhelming. Beds here are very comfortable and there is comfortable seating.

    Minibars - are stocked well with traditional favorites, miller light, new glarus, Stella, Patton Bacardi, Bombay sapphire, dewars and jack along with plenty of mixers and wines. Charles krug 2008 merlot, selbach riesling, 2007 Sonoma cutrer Chardonnay, and a Sonoma brut sparkling wine..

    Restaurants - awesome eats for the foodie including some regional specialties and all are sourced from sustainable farms and local retailers.. Truffle chips are phenomenal!

    Desire preferences- this is kinda where they need some help! This program is like many others in their attempt to reward and recognize frequent stays. My wine and I always visit and stay for our birthday and anniversary but on one particular stay we were offered no suite upgrade or anything.. Purpose is to keep guests coming back and remain salient in their eyes planning their next stay always..

    Front Desk - is a bit of a letdown.. No hi how are you today, no welcome, no bright smile making you feel like you are at home.. Our agent was a complete drip! Not only that but they f'd up the res all together. It's too bad that this is your first experience when walking in the door because now it is up to the rest of the team to recover from something so essential in today's hospitality arena.

    Overall great room for the area and atmosphere is very good

    19/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. Anthony P.
    A truly stunning place. Incredible decor and you can tell that attention was paid to every detail. We had a wonderful experience. My only regret is that we only stayed here one night and did not explore everything that this place had to offer. If ever needing to spend some more time in Milwaukee, I would make it a point to stay here again.

    11/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    89. Dana D.
    Every time I have an encounter with this place it disappoints me. I have had lunch and drinks outside and drinks inside and both times the service was unapologetically slow and almost sassy. I recently tried to make reservations for a night at the hotel for a wedding we are attending downtown. I left a message on a Thursday afternoon and my call was not returned. That Thursday I had checked the website for availability and rates and I was prepared to book a room, but I wanted to see if there was a discount for the group I was planning to stay with (the wedding). Since nobody returned my phone call, I called again on Saturday. I spoke with Mark who was incredibly rude. He started talking and I knew immediately that he thought he was super awesome and that the hotel was amazing and that I was not worth talking to. Whoa. Ummmm...I am the customer. You are providing customer service. You are supposed to at least be a little nice. When I mentioned the message and no return phone call, there was no response at all. And when I asked for the rate I found online he said it was no longer available. He then quoted me another offer for same price, just a different time frame - the regular check in/check out times vs the 24hr deal I had noted online. He also mentioned another rate that was cheaper and then when I asked to book the room at the cheapest rate he did not give me the lowest rate he had quoted me. He claimed to have never said it. "I would never say that! This time of year is very popular and I would never offer that rate!" It is hard to explain, and emphasize enough how someone can come across so rude during such a simple phone call transaction. The tone of his voice was haughty. All I wanted was for him to apologize for the no call back and maybe, since the room deal I wanted was "not available" (even though I could have booked it online 2 days before), he could have made some small concession. Maybe a free dessert or a glass of wine at the bar. Both would be super cheap for the hotel to provide, but a small gesture goes a long way in providing good customer service.

    02/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    90. Brian S.
    I cannot imagine staying anywhere else while in Milwaukee.

    Awesome decor - check
    Sunday Brunch - check
    Spacious Rooms - check
    Walking distance to summer fest - check
    Motorcycle friendly - check

    31/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Scott W.
    I'm not a business man I'm a business, man! And I happened to be on a business trip to Milwaukee, ahem, an OVERNIGHT trip to Milwaukee... I was terrified.  Where do you stay in Milwaukee??  All I could envision was a cheap hotel that wreaked of chlorine and was staffed by cranky GED graduates (not that there's anything wrong with that) wearing two-size-too-big uniforms.

    So I googled "best hotels in Milwaukee" and what I found was a yelp review of The Iron Horse.  I booked a room, a $200/night top-floor room that sounded pretty nice.  I'll stop there and proceed by pointing out two understatements in the past two sentences: "best hotel in Milwaukee" and "pretty nice".

    Not "best hotel in Milwaukee" but "best hotel in the world"

    May be an over statement but it's closer to the truth than "best hotel in Milwaukee".  The Iron Horse is bigger than Milwaukee or the sleepy Midwest, it belongs to be in the same conversation as the over-priced and characterless boutiques that litter the urban centers of country.  It is better than any hotel I've stayed at in Chicago, New York, Boston,  or LA.  

    Not "pretty nice" but "Incredibly thoughtful, exceptionally detailed, and well appointed"

    The main difference in other boutique hotels and Iron Horse is their attention to detail.  Dimmers on the light switches in the rooms, a brilliantly appointed mini bar complete with bottles of Patron, a chilled bottle of Grey Goose, and micro-brew beer.  Vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, not just a LCD TV but a hotel LCD TV that's actually HD, and not your run of the mill plate glass windows but windows you'd have in your home or condo.  In fact that's what I loved about the room was that it was build as if it was a condo, not a hotel room, which instantly makes you feel at home and comfortable.  And that's just the room.  The service downstairs was incredible, the bar had a full selection of bourbon's, the entire space filled with warm, rich colors and textures are all at the same time luxurious, comfortable, and masculine.  Brilliant.

    17/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Arthur M.
    Sea salt body wash.

    16/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Rosalind R.
    Awesome !!! Great hotel and attentive staff. Fun vibe!

    11/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. Bobb S.
    While the hotel is a little more "off the beaten path" of other downtown hotels, my stay there was amazing.  In a converted warehouse, the theme is extended throughout the hotel.  Great amenities and the rooms are gorgeous.  I stayed on the 6th floor and wireless (free) was a tad spotty.  Great bar onsite.  Definitely a must stay whenever I come to Milwaukee.

    25/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    95. Kate S.
    This place is absoultely amazing and I am so sad that it took me this long to stay at this gem in Milwaukee!  I actually booked this hotel through hotwire and got a great deal!  I really wanted a king size bed.  They upgraded me to a better room for a small fee!  So glad I did.  The room was absolutely spectacular and I had a great view of the Yard and Miller park.  The rain shower in this room was fantastic... so relaxing that it took me a long time to get out!  Staff here is super professional and helpful and it is always nice when you are greeted with would you like rum or vodka.  Ha vodka for me please!  This place is worth every penny even if you don't get a great hotwire deal!  This place is also pet friendly and has great treats for the doggies upon check in.  The Iron Horse Hotel is an official sponsor of Milwaukee's annual Pridefest and other area LGBT events!  This place is so awesome and once again I can't believe how long it took me to find this gem!  Can't wait to return!

    15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Angela D.
    I make a point to stay here anytime I am in Milwaukee.  Anbience is very cool. Rock n roll without being too Vegas or too grungy.  Rooms are gorgeous, top of the line fixtures, linens, appliances...  Everything is very dark, velvety, gives the place a warm feel.  Also, great for dampening out bright light and freight trains that go RIGHT past the building.  Seriously, you would probably never notice if you didnt know. They did a great job with their design there.  

    The lobby is lofty, exposed wooden beams, a LOT of great little nooks to either work in, or grab a drink with friends.  Kind of biker meets stempunk with a little cowboy to  keep it real :)  My husband wishes we could get them to decorate a few rooms of our house for him.  Free wifi is a definite nice bonus throughout the hotel as well.  

    Don't be suprised if you are elbow to elbow with a few dozen bikers.  With the Harley museum across the road, which often hosts large music events, the place can be busy.  But it's always a fun crowd.

    The bar/restaurant and breakfast room are all great places to eat.  Great quality and atmosphere without being overpriced.  My only complaint is that you HAVE to valet park and it is pretty expensie to do so. You can come and go as you please, but just assume an additional $27 or so per night if you are driving.  Even at that rate, it's still a suprisingly luxurious place so that does not stop me.

    Area it is located is is just south of the hustle and bustle of downtown Milwaukee.  But since you are near the 3rd ward, you really never have to go more than a mile for great shopping, food and coffee (Alterra Foundry is only a few blocks away!!)

    22/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. Colleen C.
    Super swanky boutique hotel with a very unique Milwaukee feel. I used to live very near the hotel in Milwaukee so would just go to the bar for drinks occasionally. I've since moved from Milwaukee but was back for a graduation party and spent the night in the hotel.

    The rooms have great detailing including the exposed beams and brick since it was a converted warehouse. Our room had a mural of a woman covering one entire wall which was cool. The bathroom had a huge rain shower. Service was great.

    I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Milwaukee (as long as they had some extra cash because its not cheap).

    The only negatives were:
    1. The room smelled a little musty when you first entered.
    2. The toilet paper and tissue paper were VERY HARD. Worse than average. For such a nice hotel that people are paying good money for, they should have decent toilet paper.

    18/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    98. Sean R.
    I stay in hotels more than 100 nights per year.  This is in my top 3 of hotels in the world....along with hotel pulitzer in amsterdam and the westin in valencia spain.

    06/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    99. Marie F.
    What a great find this place is!  This boutique hotel is very customer focused.  The front desk staff could not be more helpful, friendly, went out of their way to provide good service.  The rooms are comfortable, great beds, rain shower, snacks if needed and free wifi everywhere in the hotel.  Pet Friendly with treats waiting!.  The restaurant is awesome,  would never expect high end food at a hotel.  Great wine list and food selections.  I usually send something back as I am picky, and EVERYTHING was outstanding.  What a surprise to have an awesome gym too.  Multiple heavy bags, and newer, trendier exercise tools, bikes an tredmills as well as free weights.  I was pleasantly surprised and will absolutely come again.  It is a little higher priced, but worth it!  I do agree with the large odd picture of a woman on the main wall in the rooms.  It is an odd choice, but is better than generic pictures of nothing that are typical in hotel rooms.

    Definitely  check it out,  you will not be disappointed.

    08/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    100. Emily M.
    I would give more like 3.5 stars if it was available, it was more than a-ok but I am not totally a fan yet.

    We booked Iron Horse for our 1st wedding anniversary. There are not a lot of cool, modern hotels in Milwaukee so we were excited to see Iron Horse open up and wanted to try it out. I booked the room several months ago and had inquired to James at the "Desires" desk about which room they deem the best. I didn't hear back from him so I just picked a loft room. He did eventually e-mail me back and apologized for the delay and upgraded us, so that was nice.

    Upon arriving to the hotel we were greeted by the valet, $25 per day, in and out, pretty typical. Our bellman, Gouche (spelling?), was very courteous and got us (free!) drinks while we checked in. The room was pretty huge and amazing, we had room 601 which I believe is a "corner alcove" room. It had windows on two sides and great light and views. Some of the more nit picky things I noticed were a stain on the couch, a few discolored paint spots on the wall, no water pressure in one of the sinks, and a breakfast card that had been filled out from the previous guest left behind on the bed. So not perfect but still pretty nice.

    We went to Branded for some drinks after attempt 1 at going to the Yard. I kind of figured it would be packed since it was a Saturday and also Memorial Day weekend but it seems like a lot of locals come there too, not just guests of the hotel. Cheese plate and drinks at Branded were good though a little on the pricey side. We usually go to Milwaukee to get away from Chicago prices but at Iron Horse it was more like what we expect at home. You are paying for the convenience of staying in the hotel because there really isn't much in walking distance.  

    After Branded we debated going to Comedy Sportz but then rented a $15 movie in our room instead. We attempted to run out and get a bottle of wine but they don't sell alcohol past 9PM in Wisconsin which I had totally forgotten about. Boo! On our way back, attempt 2 at going to the Yard. Now, I don't use this word often but it so perfectly fits the description that I must so forgive me. At this time it is about 9:30PM and the Yard has suddenly become douche central! Seriously, again, we leave Chicago to get away from that! It was definitely not a place my husband and I wanted to spend any time, it was crowded and like a meat market. The Yard had just opened for the season a few days prior so maybe just bad timing? But really, eww. We ended up ordering drinks at the bar and bringing them up to our room and all was well but it would have been nice to sit outside.

    Overall, nice staff, interesting and modern decor, nice large room, decent food/beverages but a little too crowded and "clubby" on a Saturday night and definitely pricey. Maybe we will try it again some time in the off season.

    31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    101. Chad K.
    Beautiful and very friendly!

    11/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    102. Jay C.
    Outstanding hotel for self-defined hipsters and big budget tourists!  Located in a slowly redeveloping part of the City, this hotel is isolated from downtown.  However, unique décor and a location just across a river from the HD Museum, give this hotel some sizzle.  For the experienced traveler that appreciates more traditional amenities (location, a reasonable price to value ratio, good customer service and courteous staff), there are many much better options in Milwaukee.  However, for the tourist motorcyclist on a big budget, it is a must stay hotel - at least one time.

    19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    103. Brittany J.
    This small boutique hotel is a gem of a find in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.  The staff pays excellent attention to detail.  When we pulled up to valet - the attendant knew that the party we were meeting was in the bar - without me evening giving him a name!!! That was impressive. All staff members were extremely helpful and polite. The rooms were clean and impressively decorated.  The food and drinks were excellent and well served.  The patio is beautiful and a haven for summer evenings - my only complaint there was they certainly could have used more servers out back on a very busy summer evening.  I will recommend this hotel to all that are traveling to milwaukee in the near future.

    28/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    104. Kandy B.
    This is one of the best hotels ever! When I travel to the midwest, I always try and make a stop here. Rooms are great! The bar has the yummiest fresh herb blended cocktails. The parking does seem to be an issue sometimes. Better to just pay for the overnight hotel parking as I did get a parking ticket after parking on the street during a big snow/ice storm once. Not being from Milwaukee, the parking signs are not very clear and sometimes there are no signs. A minor thing compared to the friendly staff, great service and quality found here!

    14/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    105. Jenni P.
    AMAZING hotel! I checked in the day before my wedding, and upon check-in was given a glass of sangria and one of the girls behind the desk helped me carry all my stuff up to my room (I had my wedding dress with me and several bags & she took care of my very heavy dress!)
    The room was spectacular (I cannot stress that enough, this is THE nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in, including a swanky hotel in NYC in Times Square) - I stayed in a Corner Alcove King, and had asked for a view of the Harley-Davidson Museum since that's where our wedding reception was taking place, and of course, they delivered, so I was really happy about that!
    The next day I got ready with my bridesmaids in the room, and even though it was myself, 4 bridesmaids, a photographer & 2 videographers, it still felt like we had plenty of space. Everyone kept comment on how cool the room was too!
    My husband & I also spent our wedding night there, and we were so sad to have to leave so early in the morning to get to O'Hare! It was definitely sad to leave it.
    The only downside, is that you have to pay (a pretty penny) for parking.
    At the end of the day, is this hotel more on the pricey side? YES. Is it worth it? YES, worth every penny.

    12/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    106. Ruth M.
    Spent a night there last night. Got the room for $149 all up off Orbitz, which was good value. Wouldn't describe the location as 'downtown' - valet parking ($25) is the only option because there's a two hour limit on (unmetered) street parking 7am-7pm - the drive is about 2-3 minutes to downtown, and 4-5 minutes to the Art Gallery waterfront area. Our sixth floor room looked over the recently opened Harley Davidson Museum, and downtown. The hotel is a converted warehouse and beautifully fitted out. A railway line runs within about 20 feet of the hotel. I heard a couple of trains rumble through during the night, but there were no bells, so not a big deal.

    In terms of service, there were a lot of staff. All wearing ear pieces, so we endured the slightly disturbing 'welcome back' greeting from multiple complete strangers on each return to the hotel. The concierge organized us tickets to the Comedy Cafe, and recommended a great dinner spot. I asked for a hot chocolate late in the evening which they didn't have. They more than generously comped me a $12 Baileys and milk to make up for it.

    They are super dog friendly. They made a huge fuss of our Labrador - one of the greeters even took the trouble to remember his hard-to-remember name. We paid $50 to have him stay, which is more than we typically spend, but it did include a plush bed. We saw a couple of other dogs during our stay - a corgi and a Italian greyhound.

    So, in summary, a very personalized experience, great room, and worth what they charged.

    29/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    107. Roxanne P.
    I cannot give enough credit and thanks to the staff at the Iron Horse Hotel. I arrived at the Iron Horse Hotel Saturday afternoon at 12:00PM, with my boyfriend and small dog, Pistol Pete. The valley staff, all of which were friendly and accommodating, immediately greeted us. We were made to feel at home from the very moment that we parked our car- special thanks to Leo, one of the valley staff. We then walked in the hotel, only to find a pool table adjacent to the bar area (free pool), which immediately heightened our excitement.  

    Our room was perfect- clean, spacious and modern. The shower in the bathroom was very large, with his and her sinks, which is always a nice addition. The room was filled with snacks, drinks, a keurig, and other convenient items.

    The lobby bar area was filled with people, which made it a very fun and inviting atmosphere. The bartender Joe was attentive and sociable, which really added to the experience. I also loved that we could bring our dog to the lobby area, he just couldn't be in the bar or restaurant, which makes complete sense. I cannot give enough thanks to Jueve, for taking such good care of us. It was my birthday weekend and he surprised us with a bottle of champagne in our room. I cannot even begin to explain what a wonderful experience it was to be at this hotel and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.

    I should also mention that there is such a diverse group of people at the hotel. You have the people who are there for business, pleasure, locals, families, couples and big groups of single people. This hotel really does have something for everyone and no matter what the purpose of your stay is, this is definitely the hotel to be at, if you want exceptional customer service and an unforgettable experience.

    29/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    108. Eden S.
    I love this hotel! The service is a 10 and they allow dogs! I love that. We brought one of our dogs when we went to Summerfest and one of the employees went up to look in on him and took him down for a walk and to hang around downstairs, because he does not like to be alone. I thought that was just awesome. The room itself is very cool and it was quiet.
    WE will definitely be back!

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    109. Jason G.
    This hotel ROCKS!!!!!!

    This place is so very cool.  It is a rustic iron motorcycle theme that is so very well done.  The lighting in this place is probably the coolest part.  They have these really old 1800's replica bulbs everywhere with the brick and modern accents really work.  The rooms are fabulous.  Large, clean, and the bathrooms are the best.

    If you have to travel to Milwaukee select this hotel.  I promise, you will not regret it.

    05/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    110. Erik W.
    This place rocks, simple as that, and really it's only drawback is there's really not much to do that's in walking distance besides the Harley Davidson museum.

    The food is awesome, the atmosphere is awesome, the outside bar area is awesome (and live music and free valet every Sunday), the rooms are awesome, and I'm a picky bastard when it comes to hotels. The staff there was nothing short of amazing. There's pets allowed there, but it wasn't like there were 50 dogs in the lobby, you saw 3 or 4 being walked outside, or chilling with their owners in the outside bar. It wasn't bad at all.

    They also make a big deal out of the whole ear plugs for the trains thing, but it's not bad at all, because the trains don't even honk. You're in a big brick building, and the trains just roll on by, sometimes stopping next to the hotel before moving on again. If you sleep with a fan, or computer, or some other white noise in the background, you won't even notice, and my room was 508 which I could literally look down onto the trains rolling past just a few feet from the corner of the building.

    The location is right off of 94, and coming from my wife's father's house in Barrington, IL only took me an hour and 10 minutes to get there.

    The Harley Davidson museum is right across the river too, which was a very cool place to check out, and who also had a really good food area to it, so if I remember I'll have to write a Yelp about that place too, but it's definitely worth checking out.
    There was also a park about 5 minutes drive away, that was hosing German fest, but we didn't get a chance to go check that out, but we did find a little car show to check out. It's worth it to ask around and see what's going on in the city, and the staff really seemed to know a lot of what was going on in the surrounding area.

    All the food is gourmet, just like on the cooking networks, but you also pay for it. The breakfast buffet was $33 per person, but literally everything they had there was great, from the omelette station to the prime rib to the fresh fruit. Even the yogurt was amazing, and they had fresh sliced fruit and nuts to put in it.
    I also ordered 1 of the "scotch eggs" to try out ($3), and it was really really good. Interesting, but good. If you are not wanting to pay for the buffet, it seemed like picking a couple things from the menu would be a much cheaper option. You also get a free mimosa at breakfast, and a free drink when you check in.

    The bed was kick ass. They use really high thread count sheets and pillow cases, which makes the sleeping experience so nice. There's also a noon checkout, so you have more than enough time to check out, and with the valet service you can drop the stuff in your car and walk around town even after you've checked out.

    I'll definitely be back, the place was bad ass, but it's definitely on the pricey side from the room to the food to the drinks.

    30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. Cristian V.
    I love the Iron Horse' style. From the rooms to the lobby, the library to The Yard. I once booked a couple rooms for some out of town guests I wanted to impress. When we checked in all 8 of us received a complimentary boozey lemonade they were serving up front. Pretty great first impression to go along with the stunning decor. I've dined everywhere but The Smyth & always enjoyed it. One could argue that the Iron Horse Hotel, to which I would argue it is worth it if you are a fan of the hip scene happening there, which I very much am.

    13/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    112. Sarah T.
    Beautiful hotel, but there was no hot water. I stopped by the front desk to see if there might be a fix, and they said they were "down to one boiler," and would have an engineer take a look. Tried again an hour later, water was still cold, called front desk, they suggested we wait 20 mins. Waited 20 minutes, still cold. We gave up and checked out without having experienced the awesome rain shower. On check out, I mentioned that we had given up, and the young lady at the front desk offered a meek, "sorry 'bout that" and proceeded to charge us almost $300 for the night's stay.

    17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    113. Evan Thoreau H.
    Fact: this is most likely the coolest damn hotel I've ever had the pleasure of staying in.

    Last weekend, the boys and I took a quick trip up to Milwaukee from Chicago and one of the guys said demanded that we stay here. He couldn't have been more right to do so.

    Located in a very chill part of the city (dim bars, modern lofts, public market), the Iron Horse is class all the way. Carved out of an old mattress factory, the style and attention to detail is breathtaking. Think pottery barn meets wild west saloon - except, you know, actually legit.

    From the exposed brick and raw-cut beams to the tiles in the bathroom to overstuffed leather chairs in the library - everything is so perfect, you couldn't think up a better design. And it's true for every. square. inch.

    And the rooms are just as beautiful. Amazing bathrooms, cool fixtures, comfy beds. It was the perfect place to stumble back to after exploring the realms of the city.

    As if all that isn't enough, I just don't think the service and amenities here can be beat. We basically got to know all the bar and front desk staff. They weren't the kiss-your-ass, yes-sir-no-sir folks you'd deal with at a Hilton; legit cool people, there to show off their little gem, share their own story and keep you feeling at home.  

    Unfortunately, we missed dining hours at one of their legendary eateries, but I'm kind of glad since it gives something to try when we go back. But thanks to a perfectly timed snowstorm, we actually ditched our last night plans and spent the night wandering through the bar, cozy library sitting by the fire, shooting pool on the billiards table and shooting the shit with the staff and other patrons.  I couldn't have had more fun. Oh, and managed to order one of the best burgers I've ever had right from the bar.

    So for anyone heading to our incredibly fun neighbor to the north that wants to elevate their stay - take a ride with the Iron Horse. I guarantee you'll have one hell of a time.

    24/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    114. Kristin H.
    My husband and I stayed her a couple nights ago for 1 night.  I wish we could have stayed an entire week.  The Iron Horse Hotel is the COOLEST boutique hotel I've ever seen!  It would be so wonderful if they opened one in Chicago.  But, since Milwaukee is only over 1 hour away, it's a nice getaway for sure!  

    The Iron Hotel has amazing features: from the hip-chic-industrial-lofty style décor, to the great food, and the nicest staff, to the super awesome outdoor space with bar, lounge chairs, etc....OMG - it's so awesome!  It's super sexy (in a classy way) and artsy!  Every person that served us (in bar, breakfast room, reception...) was absolutely the nicest and most attentive people - not pretentious whatsoever!  It was an extremely comfortable place all around.  I felt I needed to be dragged be out of there - I didn't want to leave.

    I will say....there is a freight train that comes by (it came around 6:30am-7:30am about 3 times), but being from Chicago, we are used to trains and noise. We barely noticed it going by. The location is just a bit south of downtown, but certainly not a far walk or cab ride to some cool restaurants.  

    We cannot wait to come back!  In fact, we already booked a weekend in the fall for when the Bulls are in town.    ***5 STARS and MORE**** It's now my go-to place in Milwaukee!

    28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    115. Erika B.
    Iron Horse isn't your usual hotel on a stop in Milwaukee, it is a destination in and of itself. What a great place! Even though this hip old warehouse is a bit off the beaten path, it has enough great amenities to keep guests happy.

    The lobby and the bar/restaurant were full and happening throughout the weekend.  I only can imagine how amazing the outdoor yard must be during the summer.  The food is fit for foodies and the beer/cocktail menus do not disappoint.

    The guest room is one of the coolest and also comfiest I've stayed in a while.  This exposed-brick homage to Milwaukee's industrial history is topped off with huge windows that share a skyline view of the city. I loved the modern amenities that include a well-stocked mini bar that actually included full bottles of wine and vodka.  I also really liked the sea-salt lotion and beauty products.

    Stay here on your next trip to Milwaukee.

    18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    116. Annie D.
    The Iron Horse is the coolest place I've ever stayed, and I have stayed at some pretty cool places before.

    This hotel was built in the shell of an old factory and has become a stylish, man cave that rightly throws out the "No Girls Allowed" rule. And it's a good thing, because I love me some wood grain, exposed brick and leather couches as much as the next guy. The lobby sort of smells and looks like an Abercrombie & Fitch in the good old days before it was overrun by tweens. Like, 1905.

    There's art and murals all over and lots of common areas for meetings or to get work done outside of your room, including what they call The Library. There's also a small gym and an outdoor area for sitting around on nice weather days. The concierge and valet were both very helpful and the two on-site eateries were lovely (separate reviews of those forthcoming).

    You'll find the rooms stocked with comfy beds, a nice desk and chair, rain showers, Keurig coffee makers and an assortment of pods (even hot chocolate!) and a nicely appointed mini bar with full-size wine bottles and some extras that are a little out of the usual realm. I really appreciated the note on the back of the headache medicine that said, "This product does not contain Red Dye #5. If you enjoy red dye, you will have to eat it separately."

    They have a nice iPod/iPhone docking alarm clock, so you can wake up to your own tunes and charge your phone there. I appreciate that since I always forget my charger. There are dimmers on many of the lights except the one next to the bed, which is a little weird since that's the only one I would've wanted to dim.

    It's dog-friendly, and they even have a little welcome to all the dogs by name on this chalkboard in the lobby. Cute.

    10/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    117. maggie t.
    Rooms far more run-down than one would expect, given the price.

    16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    118. Richard S.
    I stayed here on a Saturday Night a couple weeks ago.  It might be the best non-casino hotel I've ever stayed in!  From the Richly appointed, sexy lobby to the library, to the in house spa, to the fantastic restaurant and bar, to my room itself, everything about this place screams Miami, New York, Chicago or LA.

    My room was fantastic!  Spacious and well laid out, with luxurious touches all around. The HD TV was the largest I've ever seen in a hotel room. The honor bar was amazing, with high end liquor and more snacks than most 7-11's. The Bed was like sleeping on a cloud and the bathroom was huge and well designed for a wheelchair user.

    Even if you don't stay here you should put it on your Milwaukee "to do" list, just to experience the lobby, grab a cocktail or try their amazing Brunch.  The Staff is fantastic and the entire place is very wheelchair friendly.

    16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    119. Mike M.
    we recently stayed at the Iron Horse and it was a great experience. The room was great along with the staff. we enjoyed a great dinner at Smyth and great drinks in the bar. The staff was friendly hand helpful. While not cheap, if you are looking for a place in Milwaukee that is not one of the same old hotel chains you should give it a lot. As I travel a lot for business, it is nice to know in my backyard is a place I can go for enjoyable getaway

    27/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    120. Julie D.
    When planning our trip to Milwaukee, we were hoping for a luxurious hotel that overlooked Lake Michigan.  Instead, we opted for The Iron Horse Hotel that overlooks a dried up looking river and the Harley Museum.  Do I sound disappointed?  I am not.

    Apparently, Milwaukee lacks in the very nice hotel category.  Iron Horse makes up for all that.  We always stay with a well known International hotel chain.  And when they had nothing special to offer, we chose Iron Horse.  A transformed 100 year old warehouse, it's now a masterpiece of architecture and design.  It features the work of 3 Milwaukee artists and a photographer and is a site to behold.  Be sure to visit their website to learn more about these amazing people.

    In the lobby, we were greeted with strong scent of cologne.  The front desk was super friendly and dished up a frosty cocktail.  The hotel hall ways are covered with zebra print carpet, the lighting is sexy and so are the old wooden support beams.  The rooms are amazing.  Our room had a view of the 6th Street Viaduct, the HD museum and downtown.  The exposed brick walls are beautiful.  Loved the bank of cabinets topped with concrete.  All the furnishings are super cool.  Especially the glass wall view into the shower.  

    I could type for a half hour and not cover any new territory that hasn't already been Yelped about.  But for us, the $25 valet parking was reasonable.  The train did travel by during the night, but the sound was not an issue.  No negatives, only positives.  Love this super cool boutique hotel.

    16/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    121. Steve S.
    Fabulous place.  Great rooms, nice people, good restaurant.  This is a really nice place to stay.

    02/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    122. Gabi M.
    It was my first time in Milwaukee and I had no expectations, but I knew from the moment I stepped foot into this hotel that I would enjoy my two night stay... I arrived on a Tuesday and departed on a Thursday, but I could've stayed longer.  My experience at Iron Horse was fabulous, as was the time I spent in Brew City.  

    The decor of the hotel is appealing - it's a twist of modern meets warehouse with a clean finish and fun vibe.  The staff couldn't have been friendlier... everyone from the valet, bell staff and front desk to housekeeping and wait staff in the restaurant went out of their way to accommodate my every need.

    The room was clean and spacious.  Not only was my bed huge, but I slept like a baby both nights.  In addition, they had every amenity in the bathroom, a huge TV, comfortable desk and chair, more than adequate honor bar, etc.

    I didn't take advantage of the bar but it was packed both nights I was there.  The lobby was also bustling (in a good way) throughout my stay, and I did some work there one of the days.  I did use the fitness center and helped myself to a couple of the apples that serve as decoration and complimentary healthy snack for guests.  Oh, and Minnie didn't join me on this trip, but Iron Horse is dog-friendly... I noticed a few furry friends hanging around while I was there.

    Look no further for the perfect place to stay in MKE... and thank me later!

    25/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    123. Lisa S.
    Our family of 4 recently stayed at this hotel during our Summerfest trip to Milwaukee.  Originally slated to stay at the Marriott, but decided on this place to try something out of the norm.  We were so glad we did.  

    Arrived at noon to find easy, smooth check in and our room ready.  Front desk staff were super nice and helpful providing a map of the area along with suggestions on where we could grab items if needed (a Mobil station right down the street has everything you need).

    Hotel lobby is really nice, warm and cozy.  Love the biker theme!  

    The room was very nice; decorated beautifully.  Although we did not use it, there is a fully stocked bar in the room for a price.  Beds were amazingly comfortable.  Bathroom was great; shower head from the ceiling along with a hand held.  No, there is not a shower door or curtain, but thats the trend nowadays with many bathrooms and hotels.

    The outdoor bar (The Yard) was fantastic.  Really nice vibe, good drinks and food.  We were fortunate to end up with the same waiter 3 out of our 4 nights there; Travis.  He was incredibly friendly, fast, and attentive.  Offered suggestions on places to visit.  On our last evening, we had a new waiter who was equally friendly and attentive.  

    Hotel offers coffee in the mornings.  The restaurant also offers a nice breakfast that was not overly expensive.  Sunday brunch was $33.00 per person but we did not eat it.

    Downtown was about a 1.5 - 2 mile walk; the Harley Davidson Museum is just over the bridge and took about 5 minutes to walk to.  There is a Mobil station about a half mile away that is pretty big and offers pretty much everything a convenience store has.  Summerfest was about a 20 minute walk.

    This hotel seems to be located in an older industrial area that seems to be becoming more populated.  Nothing is so far away that you can't walk comfortably.

    We would definitely recommend this hotel and will stay here if and when we visit Milwaukee again.

    09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    124. Steven H.
    This unique hotel is one of my top five in the US.  It is an upscale industrial-chic rehab of an old warehouse type building, with lots of exposed beams and ductwork, high ceilings, huge windows, etc.  The beds are outrageously comfortable and are as cool as previous reviewers said they are.  Even the hallways are cool, with exposed beams and zebra-print carpet that is much more elegant than it sounds (see picture).

    I stayed here last night, and as I was a repeat visitor, they upgraded me to a corner alcove king on the fifth floor.  Wow!  It was huge, and nicely furnished (see picture).

    Service at the front desk was genuinely friendly, the food and beer at Branded were very good and the location was fine - a quick 7-minute drive to my meeting downtown.  

    Looking forward to my visit next year!

    21/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    125. Cristie F.
    I don't even know where to begin with this review. I literally could write a novel on everything that was wonderful about the Iron Horse Hotel. It's sleek. It's swanky. It's gorgeous. And the customer service was beyond amazing. It's no wonder the Iron Horse Hotel was rated one of the best hotels in countless magazines.

    So instead of writing a mini novel. Let's go with the ever so popular good & bad list.

    The good:
    + Customer service. Whatever you need, they will get it for you. Tampons, bandaids, extra toiletries, more K-cups....all of these became necessities on a quick trip and the staff at Iron Horse was happy to provide - at no charge.
    + A complimentary upgrade. Why?? I have no clue - apparently just because! Trust me, I won't complain about that.
    + Drop dead gorgeous decor - rustic. sleek. sexy. trendy.
    + Restaurants with phenomenal food
    + Black-out curtains in the room
    + H2O complimentary toiletries. They smell ridiculously phenom.
    + Ultra comfy bed
    + User friendly Keurig machines in the room with a variety of tea and coffee
    + Fully stocked bar with beer, wine, hard booze, snacks, and a...ummm, errr....intimacy kit.
    + The whole lobby smells like a man. It smells like a blend of musk, patchouli, sage and mahogany cologne. It's intoxicating. I don't know if they're secretly burning Yankee Man Candles, or dousing the place with Abercrombie cologne. Either way - I swooned.
    + Free wifi

    The pits:
    - Since the hotel attracts motorcycles, it can get pretty loud when they're all departing from the bar late at night. It's mildly annoying.
    - No self park - only valet.
    - Slightly expensive - but definitely worth it.

    Clearly the positives about the Iron Horse far outweigh the negative. Hands down, it's one of the nicest and swankiest hotels I've stayed in. It definitely deserves the reputation it has received. And to think, it used to be a rundown warehouse.

    Simply amazing.

    13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    126. Clif P.
    The Iron Horse is one of the coolest hotels I've ever been to.  My wife and I went here while her employer was trying to 'woo' us into moving to Milwaukee.  The hotel is very modern, and has great amenities.  

    The bar area is fun, as there was a good crowd both nights we were there.  

    I'm not big into spending a ton for hotels, luckily this was paid for by a large Milwaukee-area retailer.

    28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    127. Shari D.
    We stayed at the Iron Horse on Nov. 3 for our Anniversary.
    The hotel was a wonderful find and the staff was amazingly gracious and helpful.
    It was clear form the start that this is a hotel for grown-ups, which is what we were looking for. We love our 5-year-old daughter, but we were looking for a night away from her and any other kids.

    When we checked in, we were offered a complimentary welcoming cocktail. The decor was dark wood, natural light and motorcycle inspired.

    We checked into our room, but were initially disappointed to find it was right above the lobby lounge area. No problem. The person at the front desk not only offered to switch our room,

    We took a walk to the Third Ward shopping district, but spent most of our time in the hotel. The hotel surprised us with a bottle of champagne for our anniversary, which was a nice touch.

    We decided at the last minute to have dinner at the Smyth and the food was excellent.

    The Route 66 Brunch at the Smyth the next day was the highlight, with dishes from several restaurants along the famous highway. One suggestion: the made-to-order dishes could be smaller, to allow for more sampling. the order of tiramisu pancakes was a full breakfast entree all by itself.

    16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    128. Sally M.
    Stayed here on our wedding night! We reserved a deluxe King room on the top floor. Checking in around 11:30 that night, the lobby was still buzzing with people (or was I just buzzing? I don't remember). Late check in was not a problem, but I did call ahead.

    Upon entrance to the room, a bottle of champagne was waiting on the table with a note from staff. Great touch. Be sure to get in touch with their staff prior to your visit and they'll stock your room with the goodies you like.

    Our room was fabulous. Very spacious, modern feel, plenty of space. And my god, the oultlets! They were everywhere! A traveling business persons dream. Loved the boutique-y looking sofa and chairs in the room as well as the rainshower Shower and Kohler fixtures.

    I'll be staying here again, even though I'm a local!

    08/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    129. Alexis A.
    Sexy.  Ass.  Hotel.

    I want to be back inside you!

    Artistic, yet simple.  Erotic, yet classy.

    You made me your servant
    Your submissive slave of love
    All dressed up in leather
    Anxiously waiting in cuffs
    Come on break me
    I must worship at your feet
    I want you to take me
    In your vault we will meet

    Alas, a 5 star rating cannot go without some constructive criticism: Please educate your staff (particularly your overnight staff) on the street parking laws.  While it was only a bit inconvenient to have to figure out the city ordinance myself due to the employees lack of knowledge, I felt that this was unnecessary.  Those working in a hotel should occupy some understanding of where it is safe to park overnight, other than the $26 valet. Yuck!

    21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    130. Dave S.
    I did not stay here, but came here for brunch the morning after my wedding.

    If there was a better way to celebrate my marriage at brunch than bloody prime rib the size of my head and a bloody mary, I can't think of it.

    Traditional brunch foods, but with unique twists.  Fig biscuits with duck gravy, sweet potatoe hash with jerk chicken.  The unique twists are not gimmiky, they are godamn delicious.

    They also had a whole side of smoked salmon.

    In short, The Iron Horse does not half-ass anything.  And I appreciate that.

    15/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    131. Steve S.
    After dining at the Iron Horse's restaurants several times, I had the opportunity to stay for 2 nights after moving to Chicago from Milwaukee.  The Iron Horse lives up to its reputation of being a 1st class boutique hotel.  We booked a deluxe room.  The room resembled a loft but is very warm and inviting with lots of wood and warm colors.  It has a little "steampunk" style to it which I like.  Bed was super comfortable and big bonus points for having lots of available outlets next to the bed.  The bathroom was nice although you did have to get blasted with cold water when you turned the shower on.  We ordered room service and had the same great food we have come to expect from the Iron Horse.  Our room faced the HD Museum and train tracks.  I loved that they included ear plugs for light sleepers.  I live directly next to the "L" in Chicago so the relatively quiet occasional train passing by the Iron Horse was hardly noticeable but others might be bothered by.  Staff is super friendly and helpful.  Easily my favorite hotel in Milwaukee!

    04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    132. Ken M.
    Stay here, and only here, when in MKE. Yes, it smells like Drakkar Noir. Yes, it has an amazingly well stocked lobby bar. Yes, it has a good vibe. NO, it doesn't suck.

    28/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    133. Eric B.
    They say that the way to a man's heart is though is stomach, and that may be true for most, but for me, the express train runs through my liver.  The Iron Horse Hotel knows this (perhaps they read my Yelp reviews?), for on check in we were presented with complementary margaritas.

    Well played, Iron Horse, well played.

    The margaritas were delicious, and the rest of our stay was similarly enjoyable.  The Iron Horse aims to provide a taste of high end urban loft living, and does it well.

    The rooms are large and comfortable, with a king size bed, faux fur covered bed bench, art deco chair, and a long dresser.  The bathrooms are large with an expansive walk in shower.  The a/c system in the rooms is very powerful and makes for a comfortable place to relax.  Even the small speakers on the clock cum iPhone dock are of reasonably high quality.

    The service was friendly and attentive throughout the stay.  There are several areas in which to unwind while you are in the hotel; a massive and festive outdoor patio, a library complete with leather couches and fireplace, a lobby lounge space with leather and mid century upholstered seating, a tavern and a restaurant.  The food at both is delicious, and I was quite impressed with the Sunday brunch at Smythe; one of the better buffets I've had.  Plus, complementary champagne with brunch!

    If you have an itch to get out, Lakeside Distillery is just over the roundabout.  Try the absinthe and gin.

    There were only a few downsides to us for the hotel.  The a/c system does not work as well in the large lobby area or the restaurant as it does in the rooms, and you have to walk all the way across the hotel to get to the restrooms from the massive outdoor patio - a serious buzzkill.

    But, of the three Milwaukee hotels in which we've stayed, this was by far our favorite.  We will definitely be back.

    01/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    134. Gary D.
    Updated another issue. When I checked out I asked for detailed/itemized receipts for my room service charges; they were having a system problem and could not print them but said they would email them to me later that day (Thursday the 17th).

    It is now Tuesday the 22nd and I have received nothing. I go to the website and send an email from their "contact us" section detailing what I need etc. The email bounces back as undeliverable....

    So I make a call to the hotel, explain what I need and am told 'let me transfer you to our food and beverages services and they will be able to get that for you" Of course, no one answers that line and a voice mail of the person being on the phone is what I get.

    This hotel has a zero when it comes to customer service, they will be nice about it and smile but what they can actually do and help with is nothing beyond checking you in, taking your money and getting you out for the next victim.

    DO NOT STAY HERE!

    22/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    135. Mike D.
    Milwaukee charm at NYC prices.

    There is no doubt this place is great, but you can stay at the Penisula or Four seasons for the same price and get a 2 or 3 room suite.

    I found the rooms to be charming but rather small for the price.  The drinks are super expensive too.

    The final straw was the brunch.   Two mimosas and a buffet = $90!    That's simply outrageous.

    Seeing how frugal most yelpers tend to be I am really surprised about all the 5 star reviews.  

    You a probably better of just visiting the bar or restaurant unless you feel like dropping $500+ for the weekend.

    10/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    136. Brian F.
    Modern stylish hotel close to the Harley Museum and the third ward. GREAT bar. Awesome staff.

    22/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    137. Rachel F.
    I was fortunate enough to have my one night at the Iron Horse paid for by a residency program I was interviewing at, and I enjoyed every minute of it! The ambiance from the minute I walked through the door was extremely appealing... dim lighting, exposed beams and brick, very warm and inviting. The attendant was extremely pleasant and helpful, and by the time I got to my room I didn't think it could get any better, and then it did! Amazing shower, bed, TV, lighting, wall mural, etc. The evening got even better when I was treated to dinner at the Symth.
    Hands down would come here again!

    19/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    138. Terry G.
    I stay at this hotel at least 4 times a year when I am on business trips.  I love it for several reasons:
    1. The beds are SO comfortable.  I always sleep soundly when I stay here.
    2. Their customer service is stellar.  They are always ready to help out with any request.  The girls at the front desk helped me fix my boot the last time I stayed there.
    3. Location is perfect. You are super close to the freeways and all the fun bars/restaurants.
    4. They are dog friendly and it's so fun to see pups when I am on a business trip.  

    The only reason I knocked them down 1 star is because:
    1. The entire hotel smells like Abercrombie's perfume.  Not sure why this is, but the scent is so strong that it gives me a headache.
    2. I HATE their showers.  Whoever came up with the open/no door shower concept is a moron. It's so cold in there that I have to rush my shower in order to not be shivvering in the stall.

    27/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    139. Keith G.
    We have stayed at the Iron Horse several times and the service, friendliness of staff and amenities just get better with each trip. We are always in search of interesting, pet-friendly hotels when we travel and the Iron Horse is top-notch in all areas. When we checked in, the client service staffed made sure that we were familiar with the city, knew where to go, what to do and where to eat. We took a restaurant recommendation and were thrilled. Very comfortable, lobby, bar and restaurant. Seldom do we want to hang out in the hotel where we are staying. Milwaukee has wonderful things to see but it is very easy to check into the Iron Horse for the weekend and not leave the property! Floyd (our dog) was as important as we were. All pets I have seen there over several trips are very well behaved and clearly adored members of their families.

    06/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    140. Rebecca S.
    I cannot recommend the Iron Horse Hotel enough!

    I just stayed there for the second time, both times a Friday and Saturday night with one other guest (Sept 2012 & Feb 2013).

    Customer Service: Easy to access the staff at any time. They are easy to talk with, very accommodating and helpful. When our wi-fi connection seemed to be a bit slow, we called the front desk and they went and reset the system (or router, or whatever resets the entire hotel's internet connection) for us. It was up again and lightening fast in minutes. I also need some photocopies made for a presentation I was giving. They let me email the file to the front desk and hand delivered the copies to my room with a stapler.

    Amenities I really liked:
    - Free Wi-Fi and lots of outlets in the room
    - Dog-friendly, though I didn't encounter any dogs during either of my visits
    - Really spacious rooms and bathrooms
    - They have a pretty large library room on the first floor that made for a nice quiet work area
    - When we checked in in the evening we were handed a mixed drink to take to our room
    - If you happen to get a room on the side of the hotel near the train tracks (thus the name "Iron Horse"), they leave you earplugs with the welcome materials!

    Negatives: parking, if you take advantage of the valet parking, is a little pricey at $25 for 24 hrs. If you happen to be vegan like me, there's not much at all to eat at the hotel restaurant or room service... but vegetarians: you're in for a lot of Wisconsin cheese related options!

    12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    141. Mulan B.
    Six out of the seven workers I encountered were fantastic, in fact everyone while I stayed there was great. But one rude/lazy worker on the phone left the worst taste in my mouth. I left a pair of boots from my stay so I called to see if housekeeping found them and put them in the lost and found. When I called I was told the housekeeping runs the lost and found and I should leave a message for them to call me back. I'm visiting from out of town so I decided to come down to the hotel and they went and got my boots and all of 5 mins. So I have to ask, after spending nearly $300 per night on the room, the front desk can't be bothered to check the lost and found for 5 mins?
    And why would a lost and found be closed during the day due to housekeeping? As a paying customer it's not too much to ask to have an office staff member check for lost property. Also it's a hotel, most people are traveling when they stay there so time is essential if they loose something. Management needs to rethink this customer service policy. It's sad b/c outside of that the hotel is 5 stars. It's funny what sticks with you after a hotel stay.

    24/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    142. Erin L.
    Fantastic hotel - the attention to detail was second to none. My husband and I took our pup here for a last weekend get-a-way before our little boy is born. Although a little expensive, it was worth a splurge!

    The Room:
    -comfortable bed and sheets
    -extras to note: H2O+ toiletries, ear plugs in case the train noise bothers you, Keurig coffee makers, ipod alarm clock, huge TV, huge mini bar and snacks, awesome rain shower, bench by door with hooks for jackets etc., outlet plug were in convenient areas, safe, robs, lots of drawer space, ironing board...

    Lobby:
    It's so fun to just sit down here and people watch. This is a popular hotel for events and stopping for drinks in Milwaukee. We saw a wedding party come in and a Bachelorette party. Lots to look at and comfortable couches.

    Puppy Love:
    - Chalk board with all the doggie names staying with them.
    - $50 extra charge for cleaning
    - bowls and shampoo, doggie bed, treats in the room
    - Water and treats in the lobby
    - Booklet with dog friendly parks, restaurants and stores in the area

    Food/Drinks:
    - Focus on local ingredients and brews
    - A little pricey but delicious and unique food/drinks

    If I'm being picky:
    - $25 for overnight valet per day was pretty steep, especially if you're staying at the hotel. It's not like you're in the middle of the city with limited parking. The parking lots are gravel lots located literally right next to the hotel. I don't understand why we couldn't park ourselves. Being forced to pay $25 per night for valet was unnecessary.
    - We were located on the second floor and it opened to the first floor by a balcony. The noise level on Saturday night was soooooo loud. I thought the staff should've kept the people at a reasonable noise level at 2am since the bar was located in a hotel where people are sleeping.
    - Huge cologne smell everywhere. I thought the Jersey Shore cast was following us around. Please tone it down a little people!

    25/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    143. Dan G.
    We just returned from a weekend in Milwaukee and our stay at the Iron Horse.  It's a very nice boutique hotel in a historic warehouse in a desolate area of town.  

    We eagerly looked forward to the Iron Horse and it fell a bit short for us on a few things.  Having just returned from days of bliss at one of our favorite hotels, The Hotel Terra, the bar was indeed set high.  I liked the Iron Horse from the start.  Valets jumped to help us with the black mamba and we checked in.  The lobby is really cool and cozy with some plush couches and two good restaurants to choose from.  We enjoyed a few pints at Branded while we shot pool in the bar.  Despite our early arrival for the weekend, they had our room ready for us.  The building is loft style and we had a nice corner suite with huge windows overlooking the city and the Harley Davidson factory nearby.  Our suite was well equipped with comfy chairs and table, king bed, desk, flatscreen tv, ipod clock radio, safe, robes, large bathroom, H2O products, double sinks and rain shower.  Pretty much what you would expect at this level, where the room ran around two bills a night.

    Now for the things I didn't expect.  No belts for the robes, so they just flopped open.  My wife pointed out that our suite should have included a couch, that would have been nice for watching SB46.  Train tracks right outside our room that literally shook the hotel when the trains rumbled by at all hours.  In all fairness, they do provide earplugs in your room.  But, I still could have done without that.  We returned at 5 one day and our room had still not been tended too.  When my wife called down, instead of getting apologies she got excuses.  Poorly played.  Valet at $25 a night seems awfully steep in such a dead area of town.  While I'm paying that it'd sure be nice to see you open the door for my wife or get the truck and luggage when you see me loaded up.    

    All said, I did like the Iron Horse, they just need to step up their game.  It reminded us of our beloved 21C in Louisville where they do everything better.  It's kind of like they stole the 21C's playbook but couldn't execute it.  Sorry Jerry Rogers, we know better.

    08/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    144. J P.
    Simply put ... one of the top hotels I have ever stayed in.  When you visit Milwaukee, spend the extra money and treat yourself with a night or two at the Iron Horse Hotel.  

    Pros:
    customer service is 5 star, friendly and helpful, willing to go the extra mile
    bar is well stocked with fine "browns" for the sophisticated drinkers
    in room dining is better than most sit down restaurants
    rooms are unique, genuine warmth, cool decor
    free wifi
    dog friendly - treats awaiting
    beds are just ... great!
    cool rain shower feature in the shower, artsy sink
    great location - great eateries within one mile (Cafe Benelux)
    overall cool vibe

    Cons:
    I don't live in Milwaukee!

    19/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    145. Cody K.
    As far as looks and service go, The Iron Horse Hotel is by far one of the classiest hotels I have ever stayed in. While checking in, the girlfriend and I were offered complimentary cocktails, and the valets asked us multiple times if we needed help bringing anything in.  Awesome service from the moment we pulled up.

    The room was beautiful. We stayed in a premium loft room and loved the mini bar, the bed, and the showers.  They only complaint we had, which ultimately lowered my rating to 4/5 stars, was how thin the walls are.  Now I'm usually a pretty heavy sleeper. You have to shake me or speak right into my ear to get a response out of me.  Our neighbors, perhaps, heard of how hard it is to wake me up and decided it was their goal to irritate the every living hell out of us for about half an hour at 1 AM. They were loud and laughing, and after a mini confrontation, (banging on the wall, neighbors shouting expletives through the wall), we called the front desk and within 5 minutes security was up to talk to them.  While I'll never know what was said, we slept soundly for the rest of the night.

    All in all, besides some noisy neighbors, The Iron Horse exceeded my expectations as a hotel.  Branded served up some tasty wings and drinks, and I was sad to leave after just one night. Nice job Iron Horse!

    19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    146. Karl W.
    It's all about the price point. At $360/night, I was expecting much, much more. If I stayed here for maybe around $100, it would be a 3 or 4 star review...

    The pros:
    - Really cool lobby
    - Nice staff

    And well, that's where it stops. Sorry fellow Yelpers but we stayed here based on the amazing amount of 4 and 5 star reviews, and well, for the amount you pay, uhm NO. I've stayed at hundreds of hotels during my business and personal travel and know what price point gets what in terms of a hotel room.

    Here's the cons, done aka "C'mon Man!" style from ESPN's well known segment:
    - No fridge or microwave in the room? C'mon Man!
    - $30 valet parking per night on the outskirts of downtown Milwaukee, where every street within like 5 blocks conveniently have "2 hour only" parking signs everywhere?! I'm in Milwaukee not friggin' NYC. C'mon man!
    - $360 a night for a view of a dirt parking lot and a construction site?! C'mon man!
    - No complementary breakfast in the morning?! I pay $70 at a Hampton Inn and get that. C'mon, man!
    - The website states that my room should contain a "Relaxing seating area with sofa, lounge chair and in-room dining table" and the views in the picture is of downtown Milwaukee. Not only did our room not have that, our views were terrible. C'MON MAN!
    - The bathroom has no bathtub. Are you kidding me?! C'mon man!

    ...I'll stop. You get the picture. For $360 a night in a city like Milwaukee, I should have been absolutely blown away, and completely was not. There is NO WAY they should be charging this much for a room of this caliber.

    We do a weekend trip up to Milwaukee about twice a year, I'll definitely stick to my go-to's of County Clare or Hotel Metro where I can stay for half the price and twice the amenities. I don't understand why this place gets such rave reviews.

    28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    147. Andrea R.
    I actually felt guilty when I checked into this super cool hotel because I'd only be staying there 8 hours before heading back to Chicago. I wish I could have spent more time looking at their sleek modern and fun decor. I wish I could have spent more time interacting with the sweet people who work here (front desk peeps and valet in particular).  And I wish I could have enjoyed a drink or two at their inviting bar.

    I did enjoy 8 hours of blissful sleep in their oh so comfortable bed, but I'll have to make another trip back to Milwaukee so I can really enjoy all this hotel has to offer.

    25/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    148. Steven R.
    Went for a little romantic getaway with the girlfriend , to get away the hustle and bustle that is Chicago . Place is AMAZING. Staff is fun , energetic and sexy . Had a great time and actually rivals any all-inclusive style hotel /resort ! Bar was lively on a Saturday night but I was able to get drinks / food with relative ease . I'll be coming back , maybe with the fellas next go around , as the Iron Horse is conducive to groups and couples alike .

    24/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    149. Ray S.
    The hotel is absolutely beautiful, the people are friendly etc..but the price is insane for Milwaukee. Really, $30 to park overnight or you have to call the city to get a pass.
    I live in Chicago and make a very good living but the only wine bottle they leave in the room to purchase is for $55. Really? Its just obnoxious.

    Its a wonderfully designed hotel but not $500 all-in for 1-night for 2 people. I'll pass next time I run thru Milwaukee ;)

    22/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    150. Ellen M.
    Beautiful lobby/bar area.  Rooms are nice too.  I don't mind the noises from the trains or people talking outside but I really don't want to hear pillow talk, coughing or my hotel neighbors having sex.  There are complementary earplugs in each room for those who are sensitive to "train noise".  I suspect it might be for lots of other noises too. For the cost of the rooms, I would expect a bit more insulation.

    05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    151. Thomas H.
    Cool industrial meets Hell's Angels.  Sprinkle in some yuppie finishes and high priced cocktails and you have the Iron Horse.  We stayed over on an early spring Saturday night.  Rowdy bar patrons spilled over into the reception area.  We would have liked to spend more time in the bar, restaurant, and common areas because they have a great casual yet upscale feel, but it got pretty loud during happy hour.  We returned after dinner and found the atmosphere to be much quieter.  Still not sure if this is a biker hotel for people that don't own bikes or a yuppie hotel for people that own bikes but don't want to go to a biker hotel?

    31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    152. D W.
    Impressive hotel, and nice location. Interesting design, rooms, lobby, etc. I have stayed here several times, and will go back again. The front desk staff needs to be more attentive, and at least two people available at all times. Every time I made a request I had to wait a bit for one or both people to get off the phone. The outdoor cafe is quite nice, and the drinks are good. The hamburger served is perhaps one of the worst I have ever had, two thin overcooked patties. They can do better than this...

    24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    153. Vueve D.
    My husband and I stayed at the Iron Horse hotel on the night of our wedding. We both travel quite a bit and we both agreed that for the price, the rooms simply are not worth it. They are very small and we had a large (wall-sized) photo of a woman staring at us all night. It was actually kind of creepy.

    In addition to that, we tried to book a block at the hotel for our guests. However, after several emails and redirected phone calls, we decided to go somewhere else. Once the Iron Horse did get back to us, they did not answer our specific questions, rather sent a generic email with information on renting a hall for our wedding (which we did not want).

    The Iron Horse has great communal rooms, and restaurants. However, their inconsistent customer service and overpriced rooms leave much to be desired.

    Finally, I know that it is not expected, but it would have been nice for them to send something to the room, soda/snack etc. as a congratulations. We checked into a different hotel after our night at the Iron Horse and received a free upgrade, champagne and and congratulations card. I know it didn't cost the hotel much, but it was very much appreciated.

    12/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    154. Luis M.
    This place is great, location is good, not in downtown it self so walking will not work if you want to explore milwaukee, but is 5 min driving from everything. Parking could be an issue but is the same as any downtown hotel, you can do valet parking for $30 in and out all you want or  You have to park on the street and don't forget to get the city parking permit here is the link: mpw.milwaukee.gov/servic…  
    The decor is awesome, the comfort and quality of the rooms is outstanding, bed was great, bathrooms are big and really clean, i loved the industrial chic style in a historic building leather wood and iron everywhere really manly but still chic and trendy  for the ladies, Pet friendly is always a plus. Some people could say that it is to expensive for the city but to be honest with you is worth it for even for the building alone.
    Rooms are big and amenities are good, no coffee machine in room but you have it  complementary at the lobby, also minibar is not too expensive.
    I understand how some guest can complain about the train passing next to the hotel but to me it was not an issue building it self has good sound proof structure, they have complementary ear plugs if you need them.

    01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    155. Kevin B.
    I've been to the Iron Horse 3 different times in 3 different years. It never disappoints. This IS my favorite hotel.

    I love the look and feel of this place. Warm, comfortable - I'd describe it as laid-back sexy. The lobby is actually amazing to sit in and have a drink. This last weekend when we checked in, we were offered a free cocktail at the desk - A purple jolly rancher? Yes please!

    When I've been in the summer, The Yard is excellent - love the vibe out there.

    I'd never eaten at Smyth until my last stay. It was an amazing meal with gracious (and unpretentious) service. I'm not sure why I'd go elsewhere in search of a great meal when staying at the hotel.

    Love the hotel, the vibe, but the service seals the deal. Just wish I had a Harley....

    We'll be back!

    31/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    156. P M.
    I took the family for a weekend getaway. Iron Horse provided a unique experience that was very appreciated. The motif is unlike I have ever seen. The decor in the foyer and rooms is very tasteful. Everyone from the valet to the bartender was accommodating, pleasant, friendly and service oriented. Much more so than the traditional 5-stars. They open the doors, ask if you need anything, keep the water glasses full (thank you Travis). The valet even offered to call in our car so that we could get FREE parking on the street. The bartender taught my son how to play pool. The rooms are thoughtfully and uniquely decorated, beds very comfortable, food delicious (particularly Sunday brunch), front desk had razors and deodorant. Dog friendly.

    Two small issues: (1) the walls in our room were paper thin, particularly with the adjoining room door (glad it was good for you neighbors). Use the complimentary ear plugs and get over it. (2) I had a negative interaction with a front desk person ("N...."). Got sassy with me on the phone. She was very apologetic afterwards and the manager (Ben) totally made amends.

    You can't have it all, but it came awfully close. I would highly recommend and plan to come again.

    05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    157. C D.
    I'm a Las Vegas native. Needless to say, I'm used to playing and staying at world class resorts, so my standards for hotels are pretty high.

    The Iron Horse met and even exceeded my expectations.

    It's just a really cool place.

    It's modern and elegant - but with a bit of a wild, rustic twist. I'm sure that sounds like a strange combination, but you truly have to see it to know what I mean. The place is very distinctive and has a lot of character. The rooms are nice, the staff is friendly, and the breakfast buffet is impressive.

    Admittedly, it's not a Las Vegas resort - but then again, no one's asking it to be.

    26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    158. Brad L.
    Everything about this place is excellent.  They have a very high attention to detail that runs throughout the entire establishment.  The staff is great the food, excellent, the rooms premiere and the bar has great beer selection.  I was there for a work event and wish I could have stayed longer.

    11/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    159. Mary Beth W.
    I am soooo bummed that I didn't actually get to stay at this hotel, but I was blown away by the amazing customer service. Our travel plans changed at the last minute and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating. The manager, Ben, even spoke to my husband directly! We plan on re-scheduling ASAP. Can't wait!

    16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    160. J D.
    Great looking hotel. the employees were very pleasant and professional.

    Only issue I had was with the dry air during the night coming from the heating system.

    16/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    161. Angela G.
    Great place to stay for a weekend getaway. Fantastic food, service and rooms. I was nervous about the train and noise but it was not a problem at all for me. Hope to revisit again soon!

    11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    162. Heather M.
    I absolutely love this place. I love all Tablet properties, in general, and this one is a true gem. Really great features and little things around the hotel that make it feel really special.

    Bar scene is happening, not only at night, but also mid afternoon around check-in. Great cocktails and really good food. Try the Bison Nachos!

    The rooms are comfortable and have a really hip design. It's a newer place, so everything feels clean and modern. The rain shower is to die for. H20+ products in the bathroom. Cool selection of in-room snacks/etc. and a great room service menu.

    Staff is extremely friendly and helpful from valet to housekeeping.
    Highly recommended!!

    05/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    163. Bartleby F.
    I've only been here twice.  It's more expensive that I like and the beer selection isn't that great.  I haven't eaten here, but some of my friends say the macaroni and cheese will cause spontaneous singing, it's that good.

    It's a cool place, really large with great seating options (at the bar, in the bar area, a large lounging area with huge couches, a dining area and that's just what I've seen so far).

    A large group of us (approx 25 people) descended on them at 10:00 pm on a Friday night and our waitress was simply awesome.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    164. Cindi C.
    I called The Iron Horse hotel from the airport to let them know that my flight had been delayed (it was a very long travel day due to weather) and that I would be checking in late. I asked if they would be serving food and the gentleman on the phone told me reluctantly that the kitchen would be closed. I told him that was alright and hung up the phone. After renting a car to get here for a big meeting, I got to the hotel and was still starving and now exhausted. As I was checking in they surprised me with a delicious cheese/ bread spread they had put aside for when I checked in - along with a kind note from the managers Jake and Katie. This thoughtful and kind gesture was beyond what they needed to do to be a good hotel. This felt like a friend helping another friend through a rough day and I was truly grateful and blown away. Thank you. You have a customer for life.

    27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    165. Caity S.
    We stayed at the beautiful Iron Horse in the 6th floor corner alcove room the night of our wedding because we are residents of Milwaukee and didn't want to go home on our wedding night (and are having a deferred honeymoon). The Iron Horse truly finished our evening more perfectly than I could have imagined!!! Everyone gave exceptional service and greeted us warmly. We had lots of the extra amenities including late check-in and late check-out, strawberries, champagne, his & hers bath robes and breakfast in bed and felt pampered in style!! (And relatively affordable, too.)

    We even had about 20 of our guests end our night with cocktails in the lounge of the Iron Horse Hotel and it was a lovely way to wind down the evening with people we love, in a beautiful setting.

    Such a relaxing, comfortable environment in an iconic part of the city we love. We were a little sad to not be going immediately on a honeymoon but the Iron Horse definitely helped us have a very memorable end to a special day!!

    Thank you to all of the staff, from the valet to the front desk to the bar tenders and room service and cleaners. We'll definitely be coming back now that we know there's a romantic in-town getaway just a few miles from our home.

    Cheers to the owners for the concept, vision, design and overall feel. I'm a branding and design snob and loved every bit. Not to mention how awesome it is that the Iron Horse can boast of 2 proud and out owners. We're also proudly out and hope to own our own business one day, too. :)

    01/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    166. Adam B.
    Best Value in Town

    06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    167. Nicole W.
    Damn, Iron Horse. Because of you, I am now ruined for all other hotels in Milwaukee. You are a fine, fine piece of hotel.

    Echoing others...this is one of the coolest hotels I've ever stayed at.

    The Good:
    Unique
    Friendly
    Exposed brick and duct work
    Nicely and creatively appointed...lodge gone chic, or cowboy gone modern
    Well-stocked mini bar with some cool local options (New Glarus, anyone?)
    Sweet workout room on 4th floor
    Chalkboard with doggies' names and food/water
    Great looking lobby/bar
    Amazing showers
    Comfy beds
    Earth conscious points throughout
    More than adequate dining options, including room service

    The Meh:
    $25 valet each day: This seems quite steep, especially because this neighborhood isn't ridiculously packed with vehicles

    If you can't tell already, I'm a huge fan of this hotel and I can't wait to stay there again. If you get the chance to lay your head down at The Iron Horse, do it!

    12/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    168. Jennifer C.
    I just had my wedding reception there on 09/29/2012 (I used the lobby & library) I have nothing but good things to say about the Iron Horse Hotel.

    From the beginning, the wedding coordinator was great, answering all my questions, making sure that everything is taken care of and assisting with making sure the right credit card was used for the food & alcohol. I have heard nothing but great reviews about the food from my guests. They all said that it was amazing and very good. I didn't eat much because I was running around talking but from the little bits I was able to eat, they were amazing.

    The hotel rooms themselves were beautiful. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom is awesome (well the showers were the best part of it). They also had robes we can use!

    I would highly recommend the Iron Horse to anyone.

    02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    169. Amy H.
    The Iron Horse has become a tradition for us.  My husband, our dog, and I make a trip to the Iron Horse every year for my birthday.  We've stayed in various different rooms and we were happy with each.  The hotel has this industrial decor and amber lighting that is so welcoming and cozy in the winter.  The service can't be beat; every one is so friendly and accomodating.  The food and drinks at Branded and Smyth are amazing.  The Iron Horse is not cheap, but the service is so good that it feels worth it.

    30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    170. Meghan H.
    PROS:
    1. We stayed in a premium loft. Beautiful room with fine, high end accents and finishes. High, wood ceilings with exposed brick around the windows. Bathroom has large shower with two different shower heads, including a rainfall waterhead.
    2. Nice bathrobes, which fit even those of us that are ..ahem..larger.
    3. Great stocked minibar, which although we didn't use it, was a nice option to have.
    4. Beautiful view from our room.
    5. The bartender at Branded made excellent drinks, provided good service. Plus they have free pool!
    6. Smyth was fantastic, one of the best meals I've had.
    7. Good, free wi-fi.

    Cons:
    1. This is a very noisy hotel. Beware if you are a light sleeper. A train runs by several times a day, which I understand they can't do anything about. They do give you earplugs. But the walls are extremely thin, and I don't like wearing earplugs if I don't have to. Heard a lady laughing in the room next door about 3:30 AM our first night. Note that if you are in the lofts, they have an event room on that floor (6th floor). We were unfortunately across from the service elevator, and every morning, very early (5:30ish) could hear them rolling carts with dishes off the elevator to the party room. Even with earplugs in.  So we didn't really get to sleep in.

    2. Valet parking is $30 per night. To be fair, they apparently give you the option of parking on the street. However, we were concerned about that given 5 inches of snow immediately prior to our arrival, we  didn't know if there was a snow emergency. For that amount of $$, I would expect my car to be in a garage, protected from the elements. But it's not. It's parked in a lot in front of or next to the hotel. I'd rather park it myself.  Or pay less for outdoor parking.

    3. One of the times I ordered room service the gal wasn't very friendly to me on the phone, like I was inconveniencing her.  For example, I asked if a burger could be done medium, and she said the burgers were done medium well.  I asked if it could be done medium, she said she'd ask, but couldn't guarantee anything?  What?!?!  They already have the requisite "don't eat undercooked meats" warning on their menu, so not like I was putting them at risk of a lawsuit.

    4. This isn't the only hotel that does it, but why have hotels moved away from fitted sheets for the mattress? We stayed at another hotel in Green Bay the night before we came here, and both places did not have fitted sheets. They put flat sheets on the bed, which come undone easily, so you wake up with part of your body on the mattress, which is gross. Also, why do places not routinely put duvet covers on? They wrap the duvet in sheets, which again become loose. We now tip our housekeeper each day when we stay in a hotel, and with a tip we got an actual duvet cover (score!) and extra towels. I kind of think those things should be standard, esp. in a high end hotel.

    11/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    171. Philip S.
    If you are looking for trendy this is the place to stay. Lots of post-industrial artifacts lying about along with the occasional cool motorcycle parked in the lobby. Very helpful staff. Large and well appointed rooms. Best mini bar I have seen in a while. On site bar and restaurants all very good.

    28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    172. Karolina S.
    I stayed here over 4th of July weekend and had an amaazing amaazing time! I don't mean to offend any Milwaukee-ans, but this place is WAY too cool to be in Milwaukee. It is impeccably styled, super trendy, dog friendly, with great service. We stayed in a junior suite which was not on the side of the railroad tracks and could not hear any noises from the passing trains! There is a well styled, dimly lit bar area with a pool table and an outside patio which is super relaxing and fun to sit on and have a few drinks. On Sunday there was a live band and a brat/corn grilling station which was so tasty! We ended up spending so much time at the hotel during our trip because it was just that nice!  We spent two nights hanging out on the patio... our server was Kate and she was the sweetest. Gave us recommendations for places to go in Milwaukee and served us delicious cocktails all night. The hotel standards are very high and we really had a GREAT experience. When in Milwaukee, I am never staying anywhere else but the Iron Horse. This is a truly awesome place!

    11/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    173. Karen C.
    The Iron Horse is definitely one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. Granted, I'm usually pretty cheap when it comes to hotels, so this is up there because of that factor, and because of how legitimately nice it was.

    Yelpers are not lying when they say how comfortable the beds are, it really was very nice. The size of the rooms are smaller than I expected, but they are really well appointed and the height of the ceiling makes the rooms feel larger than they actually are. Our room was on the 2nd floor, right behind the ice machine, which I was worried about hearing all night long, but I never did. I did, however, hear all of the people at the bar downstairs around 1am, so I busted open those complimentary earplugs so I could get some Zzz's.

    The best part of this entire hotel though, in my opinion, is the shower head. My word, that thing is what dreams are made of. I already warned my boyfriend that we WILL have one of those in our house some day. I felt like I was taking a shower in a rainforest. All I needed was some audio clips of birds chirping or something, and the experience would have been complete.

    I only leave off a star for a few small things... cost. Very much on the high-end of my budget, but it was worth it for a special occasion. Also, I did not valet park ($30 on a Saturday) as there is an obscene amount of free parking right by the hotel on the street. Upon checkout I was told I was charged for valet, even though I didn't use it. So hopefully that charge does indeed come off my bill. We were going to get a small breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel, but when we found out it was $30/person for the brunch buffet, we high tailed it over to the Milwaukee Public Market. That price is ridiculous, you guys. When I pay that much for brunch in Chicago, I leave full & hammered.

    +++++++++

    Random notes on parking you might find useful... apparently on Saturday nights, you can park overnight without a permit in Milwaukee. However, on other nights, you have to call the city & give them your plate # so they put it in their system. There is no reason at all to pay that much for valet when all it takes is a quick phone call (or you can fill out the online form), so check into this site for info:
    mpw.milwaukee.gov/servic…

    +++++++++

    06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    174. Alice R.
    Iron Horse lived up to the beautiful design that I'd heard so much about...in the way of service, I was very disappointed. Several incidents occurred in the two days that we stayed...

    1) House keeping knocked at 9 AM, we asked them to come back in an hour as we were getting ready to leave but they never came back to clean our room.

    2) Grabbed a drink at the bar before meeting friends and the bartender took my boyfriend's beer to show him a 'trick' that involved putting his thumb in the beer, we were told, "Don't worry my hands are clean."

    3) I left a shirt by accident in our room and had to call 3 times, kept being told that I would be called back but eventually had to lose my temper slightly to get a call back and get the shirt mailed back.

    Not to mention there was no free cocktail offered at check in. These might be nick picks but for the prices that Iron Horses charges, I was hoping for better customer service.

    05/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    175. Antwar P.
    My favorite hotel that I've had the honor of staying in so far. Awesome staff, awesome vibe, incredible rooms, delicious food, and a really cool pool table in the lobby. Also fairly centrally located. You're doing yourself a disservice if you stay anywhere else in Milwaukee.

    08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    176. T J.
    Gets better every time!  We are repeat visitors of this hotel and they continue to raise the bar with every visit.  We have a 130lb dog and are able to take him with us because of their Big Dog Package.

    This visit, we were able to get a room at the last minute and the ease of the new online check in process was seamless.  We had originally requested a high level floor, but because we had our dog they asked us to take a lower level floor and they upgraded our room to an alcove corner room.  Very nice.

    The staff welcomed us warmly as always, the valet and reception teams are the best.  When we walked into our room, the dog crate we requested was all set up with a bed, they had 2 Harley Davidson bowls right next to it and a goody bag with treats and dog toys waiting.  The room was extremely clean with everything in its place. The hotel had a wedding taking place and the restaurants were pretty packed on a Friday night, but we could not hear any noise from our room.  Each time we took the dog in and out of the hotel he received so much positive attention from staff calling out his name and guests asking to pet him.  We had room service and also dined at Branded, food was amazing at both.

    Cannot wait to plan our next visit!

    11/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    177. Sarah Z.
    Went for a networking event so the areas I did get to check out were very industrial modern. The outdoor patio was large with plenty of seating and I like that the full bar is available outside. Servers promptly greeted us at our table and were attentive to our needs. The indoor bar is a little loud but could have been because of the event I was attending. The prices are a bit high but the ambiance is pleasing and for those that are looking for a bit more out of the experience. Another great place in downtown Milwaukee.

    27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    178. Peter C.
    I finally got to check out this amazing, boutique hotel even though I am in the area it is just something I have wanted to do.  

    The lobby area is nice to sit down and wait for guests. I love the bar off to the side that continues down the length of the hotel. Plus in the morning they have free Collectivo coffee freshly brewed in the lobby!

    I love the boutique and Harley feel the Iron Horse gives off. This isn't like any other hotel I have ever stayed in. We were able to get it on a sale site and was able to save some money there yet it is definitely a great hotel to experience.

    The location is within walking distance to National Ave, Walker's Point, and many other attractions, which makes it ideal for just parking your car and getting around town on foot or cab.

    Definitely recommend checking out this place when you are in town for a top notch experience.

    13/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    179. Katie B.
    My boyfriend and I stayed here this past weekend, and Id have to say, I was blown away! The desk clerks were so friendly and we received a complimentary drink. The rooms- were gorgeous. Very romantic. I loved the brick walls and big beams on the ceilings. The bar staff was very friendly too. I am sure we will be back! Thanks again!

    18/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    180. Eric L.
    This review is on behalf of myself and my girlfriend.  We found this hotel to be one of the best, and a nice indulgence.  The entire building itself was awesome and we were warmly greeted with a delicious complimentary cocktail.  We could see the city lights from our corner alcove room.  The room was super clean and the decoration was amazing.  I also liked the tile and shower of the bathroom, and the rainfall part of the shower was great.  H20+ products were a nice treat as well.  The bed was like the comfiest bed we've ever had at a hotel.  "It was like sleeping on a cloud."  - her.

    17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    181. Colleen F.
    This was the best hotel I have been too. I can't say enough about the food. Our late night dinner at the bar tasted like a gourmet meal. The drinks fantastic!!  

    The Route 66 breakfast was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the tiramisu pancakes. I've never had anything like them.

    Room was comfortable and glad they provided ear plugs.  Warning, no coffee pot in room. It's the only thing I would change.

    02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    182. J J.
    Lovely hotel, very upscale and modern.

    Make sure you ask for a room that isn't on the side of the railroad tracks.  It probably wouldn't have been a bad experience if the 2 engine locomotive didn't stop under my window and idle for 15 fucking minutes.

    Also you can skip the breakfast in the library area.  I hate communal dining. I want my own damn table. I'm not a morning person, so I want a little peace and quiet in the morning.  I had to sit at a table with 6 other strangers. The only thing that was going thru my head was to tell the other people at the table, "sit yo ass down, read your paper, drink your coffee and shut the fuck up". Uggggghhhhh!!!!!!!  On top of all that, the food wasn't that great. I should have went out for breakfast.

    The hotel itself is very nice and I would stay there again knowing what I know.

    30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    183. Diego V.
    I had stayed at the Iron Horse before and loved it. It was definitely my favorite hotel in Milwaukee until a recent stay on June 24th 2014.

    The hotel and room were the usual stunning architecture that made me fall in love with this hotel in the first place. However, the service level has somewhat dissapointing all around. From the time I checked in, I noticed that the people in reception had some sort of attitude.

    What made it worst is when I decided to have a scotch whisky at the bar that night. I ordered it on the rocks and when I went to paid, they said the whisky was 50 bucks!!!!

    I didn't say anything at the time and just paid....but when I got to my room, still in shock, I called downstairs and asked them to investigate. I got a call back around 20-30 minutes later from the people in reception and they basically said that this is the way they price their drinks there when you order it on the rocks....an 20 dollar upcharge!! Some sort of bar "rule" that I was supposed to know.

    I was obviously very dissapointed and decided there and I find that type of explanation unnaceptable.

    I luckily stayed at the Hilton the rest of the week and decided to ask and explain the incident in detail to the bar tenders there for their opinion. Guess what they said...yup, rip off!!!

    I am really not sure if this is due to a change in management at the Iron Horse, a bar manager mistake, etc. but at the VERY LEAST, I would have appreciated a better explanation and some sort of break due to my ignorance.

    In any case, please, be aware that the Iron Horse isn't what it used to be and also be careful when you order drinks at the bar/restaurant.

    Shame it was such a great hote...

    15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    184. Juliann X.
    I've been staying here for business every week for almost 2 months now. Service all-around has been excellent and consistent. Bed are super comfortable - I sleep like a baby here and that's tough for me at most hotels. I don't have time to dine-out so I have to rely on their food 99% of the time. The food is fantastic. They have fresh-squeezed OJ, and a large bowl of quality mixed berries, that keep me going while surviving on a dine-out diet. I only wish they had more options on their menus, but everything I've tried has been great.The only reason I have to give this place 4 stars is the internet. It's one of the worst connections. It drops every few minutes and is slower than dial-up. I have to use my phone as a hotspot to get anything done. If they'd install ethernet connections or more routers, and maybe up the broadband - or really anything that will give me fast, reliable internet, I'd give this place 10 stars.

    09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    185. Tony T.
    This place is outstanding! So my partner and I and one of our girlfriends went to Milwaukee for Sam Hunts concert. We drove from Chicago and stayed at Iron Horse. Awesome hotel!! The decor is very edgy, and sexy. The food and drinks were great. The reason why I gave it 3 stars was because of the staff. Yes some were friendly and some weren't. Specially the night crew. I asked if I could make a reservation for Easter brunch and was told no they don't have any reservations available. Well that was a lie, when we checked out there were several, I mean SEVERAL tables open. Also when I went to check out the young lady nicely asked me if we would be interested in brunch. What??? I was clearly told the night before that they were booked. Let's go back a little to the night crew again, when we arrived back from the concert there were about 10 ppl at the bar. So we decided to grab a couple drinks. The bartenders were rude to us like they had to be some where to be. I wanted to like this place and did love it at first when we were greeted nicely at the front desk and was given a drink for three of us on the house. There was a staff member that was phenomenal! I forgot his name, but he was a young gentlemen, bald, and had a sleeve of tattoos. Super nice guy. I may give this place a second chance in the summer.

    05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    186. Lauren C.
    Gorgeous and unique hotel, executes well on its vision of style and story. My room was spacious with high ceilings, a comfortable bed, a cool view of the city, and an amazing walk-in shower with dual rainfall and handheld shower nozzles. I stayed here for business but would love to stay again for fun as well.

    08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    187. Carl F.
    This is a unique place to stay and we were very pleased that we selected this place to spend a weekend in Milwaukee.  

    The decor is very masculine; rough, dark woods, metal framing, dim lighting, exposed ceilings, with a touch of Harley Davidson memorabilia.    The building itself also has a bit of history which adds to the ambiance.  

    Every single member of the waitstaff we interacted with was outstanding.  Very friendly, outgoing and helpful.    

    Our room was spacious, the bed was extremely comfortable and we had a great view.    As other reviewers posted, the train tracks do run right next to the building (so close in fact you could jump out of your window and land on the train with ease) so when the train passes the building does rattle a bit... but for me it was all a part of the charm.  

    If we do come around here again looking for a one or two night stay in the Milwaukee area, chances are really good we will come back here.    

    We also ate at the restaurant for dinner and had the Sunday Brunch as well. (of course not in the same sitting.)

    The restaurant itself has a nice decor about it.  I did find the tables a bit close so if you are intending to have a very personal evening, it probably will not happen here.   The wait staff, just like the hotel side were very attentive, they knew their way around the menu and very helpful in providing suggestion from the menu.    

    For our dinner we had steak and it was simply heaven... cooked just as we ordered, it was seasoned just right and was very flavorful.    It was topped off with a good order of bread which mopped up the plate quite nicely.  

    As for the Sunday Brunch.  Hands down, very nice, good selection of food, eggs to order, prime rib (it was good), and ham (a bit dry) if you so desire, along with other breakfast buffet type foods... cheeses, breads, fruits, nuts, thick cut beacon, sausage and hash browns.  However, in my opinion, the Sunday Brunch is over priced if you do not drink the bubbly.... if you do drink the bubbly then it's probably worth it.  Otherwise, I would suggest ordering off the menu and skip the brunch.

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    188. Anna S.
    Great service. Delicious food! The gravy on the poutine is superb. Classy yet casual atmosphere. Love it. I
    always feel welcome there, first class. Did I mention the gravy?
    Indulge in valet parking for $8 and feel like a rock star. Bring your well behaved dog or poorly behaved baby along and sip a good beer.

    13/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    189. Morgan M.
    There is such a thing as heaven in Milwaukee, and it comes in the form of the Iron Horse Hotel.

    Service: On point. Checking in is an absolute breeze. Every staff member--from valet to housekeeping is overly friendly in a fabulous way and extremely helpful. There's always a smile or a laugh present. You are taken care of in every way during your stay.

    Location: It is steps away from the historic district. Views are dependent on the side to which you face, but to be quite honest every room has a view to offer.

    Ambiance: I highly suggest getting one of the suites on the top floor. Both times I have stayed, I have requested one and couldn't have felt more spoiled. The rooms are massive, open like a loft with a modern Kohler infused washroom with industrial/modern chic furnishings. The lighting is catered to be dimmed or kept bright You do not feel as if you're staying in a hotel, as it feels more like urban living.

    History: Considering the hotel was an old warehouse and has been kept within the confines of the original bulling, there is an incredible sense of history within each room. The entranceway, seating area, bar and restaurant all sit within exposed brick walls. It's a landmark in town.

    Cost: Splurge it up. The prices per room are no different than any other boutique hotel and is well worth every dime for your stay. When it comes to hotels, if you can sit in comfort and still feel like a queen or a king why not go for it?

    This is my go-to hotel for visiting MKE and am already planning the next getaway. One stay will hook you immediately.

    30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    190. Tiffany N.
    Upon entering the Iron Horse I wasn't sure if I was cool enough to be saying there. And, usually I'm not really all that worried about how cool I am. However, The Iron Horse is so cool that everyone is cool enough to stay there. (Does that event make sense?) If you've ever stayed at an Ace Hotel this place is like the Ace's older sibling - you know like a person in their 30s whose apartment is in the coolest neighborhood and should be featured in a really trendy magazine? Yeah, like that.

    Usually with rooms this cool you pay the price in size, but not at the Iron Horse. The room I stayed in was giant for a hotel room, easily accommodating a king size bed.

    You might also pay the price in unfriendliness or attitude from the workers. Again, not the case here. Everyone from the valet to the front desk was so, so nice. And they are dog lovers! You can let your furry friend stay with you and the hotel has a welcome sign with treats for them.

    Bottom line - I want all the hotels I stay at to be The Iron Horse. It's time to step up your game, all you other cities.

    10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    191. Lynn G.
    I can only give this four stars unfortunately. My first visit here was for Easter brunch; the food was delicious but at $49/adult, there should have been several more non-seafood, lunch entrees and desserts to choose from. The only hot item they had that was non-breakfast-y was a pasta and desserts were mostly muffins and cookies. The service was very good and, as I said, the food was delicious, but I don't think I'll be back for a holiday brunch at that price.

    07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    192. Kimberly F.
    Hands down, one of the coolest hotels I have ever stayed in.  Located near the Harley Davidson museum, the hotel has an edgy vibe without sacrificing any class or quality.  First, they welcome you with a cocktail, great start.  The entire staff was helpful, nice, and sociable.  We stayed in the upgraded room for a weekend getaway and it was impeccably furnished and clean.  The decorations have a cool, artistic-biker vibe.  Bathroom's shower was awesome, with the rain-like overhead water spout.  It is also pet-friendly, but you wouldn't know unless you actually saw the pet in the lobby.  

    We ate appetizers and had drinks at Branded, the hotel bar.  Cheese curds and split pea soup were tasty and came out at the perfect temperature.   They have specialty cocktails that will surprise and delight your taste buds!  I liked the Apricot Fizz drink, which included vodka, vanilla-apricot liquor, and egg whites.  The standard Old Fashion and vodka martini were also on point.  

    I would not suggest this as a place for children, it is rather branded (to my appreciation) to adults.  I had an absolutely fantastic time.  I would return on my next trip to Milwaukee without question.

    28/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    193. Dawn T.
    Used to live in Milwaukee and always wanted to stay here.  Absolutely the best hotel in the US that I've stayed at in the longest time.  Clean comfortable beds, pillows & linens. Spacious rooms with all the right amenities. Understated cool decor with exposed bricks, wood & duct work. The bathroom is modern with Kohler fixtures and a jet tub.  Friends met us for dinner and drinks downstairs at bar & lobby. Amazing food & drinks. Brunch at Smyth's is best in town. Can't say more about this place. What a gem for Milwaukee.

    05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    194. Mara S.
    I have not had the pleasure of staying at the Iron Horse Hotel yet; however, I was very pleased with their customer service today. I called and spoke with Mark in their Reservations Department today, as I had been looking on the website to reserve a room for my wedding night in 2016. Mark kindly informed me that the hotel would not post their availability for the timeframe I was looking at until around September. I was ready to wait until September and check the hotel website again, but Mark took the initiative and time to go ahead and make the reservation for me over the phone. I am extremely grateful for this, especially since my fiancé and I are moving out of state next month and are trying to get as many items off of our wedding checklist as possible. Thank you again Mark! You're awesome!

    21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    195. Bridget G.
    I feel like I need to go back here again to write a more well-rounded review (as I often do when I order a salad) but here goes.

    I went with a friend and sat at the bar for dinner. We shared an appetizer of cheese curds and they were some of the best cheese curds I've ever had (and I've had A LOT of cheese curds). They were the opposite of those awful pre-made, bar food-style curds. The breading was light, fluffy, and not greasy. Delicious. As I said, I got a salad for dinner (the chop salad I think) and it was fine. Nothing over-the-top great but that can be expected with a basic salad sometimes. (Though, of course, I've had amazing salads too. You've got to balance out the cheese curds somehow.)

    I'd definitely go back and would love to try more of the menu. Great wine, too, and attentive service by the bartender. The atmosphere was casual and laid-back in the bar but a lot nicer and classier than a loud bar with bad food.

    03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    196. Brianne S.
    I always forget that this place has actual food-that's pretty good! While dinner is super expensive, lunch is reasonable. I went today with three colleagues and we managed to stay below our per diem (38.00 for 3 of us).

    I had the poutine, made with clock shadow creamery cheese curds. Fantastic and not too heavy. My friends had the branded burger and the chicken sandwich and both raved-we sent three totally clean plates back to the kitchen. We didn't have any drinks, but the menu looked extensive and interesting.  Service was a little bit slow, but wasn't terrible, although we had to hunt someone down to bring extra ketchup. This is possibly because we ate in the bar instead of the dining room. Friendly and polite, though, whenever he did come to check on us. We'll be back!

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    197. M. N.
    Pros: Cool, nice vibe, unique, good room design, good bathroom supplies, double shower heads, password-less wifi for easy access, brunch food is delicious, bar cocktails, and poutine is good, valet parking was pretty seamless, Alt-J and Chet Faker were on stereo in lobby when we arrived.

    Cons: Pricey, Lobby/first floor smells like Drakkar everywhere, if you have a room on 2nd floor that smells like Drakkar too, if you have a party of more than a few people you can't pay with multiple cards without speaking to manager, brunch service includes fixed tip so waitstaff have seemingly no incentive to put the customer first (and our group of 8 were not happy here), the same Alt-J and Chet Faker playlist played in lobby/bar for three days straight.

    03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    198. Heidi F.
    Love this place, the decor, great staff, great food.  Will be back!

    11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    199. Christine L.
    The Iron Horse is quite expensive to drink and eat. The food is nothing special but they have awesome crafted cocktails that are worth the price. The patio out back is super comfortable and the music is great! We love the free billiards table, nicely kept up and the wall behind it opens up to a small outdoor seating area on nice days. You can find me sitting outside watching the "boys" shoot pool, sipping on a martini. Nice change of pace from a typical Milwaukee bar.

    03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    200. Rachel S.
    I'm going to give the Iron Horse 5 stars even though I have a couple of (minor) complaints. But first, the good & great.

    GORGEOUS hotel. What an amazing repurpose of a building. The common areas, as well as our enormous room. And having a kind of "mud room" as a hotel room entry is inspired. I was a little weirded out with the bathroom and I'm always sad about no bathtub, but minor aesthetic issues. The bed was ridiculously comfortable.

    The staff was SO polite and accommodating, and one of the front desk clerks used the hotel's courtesy car to run my husband to Walgreens for extra diapers and baby food in 11 degree weather.

    Only other minor complaint, the room service breakfast was decidedly meh. We weren't given everything we ordered and the food was okay, not particularly good. That said, we would stay here again in an instant!

    15/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    201. Carol K.
    This place continues to blow me away with the level of service that I receive.  Oh sure.  I'm a returning guest and they can probably see that in their computer system.  But so can every other hotel I stay in and I rarely get the level of service that the Iron Horse provides.

    The front desk staff is on their game . . helping me to switch rooms at the last minute to accomodate the bed needs that we have, getting my luggage to the room while I sit out and enjoy a beverage at The Yard always a delight, and just being totally accomodating.

    On this visit, the girls and I met Juve, hotel driver extrodinaire and all around ambassador to the Iron Horse.  Seriously, we never did figure out what his title is but this guy took great care of us from the moment he met us.  From taking us where we needed to go in the hotel car, to buying us our first round of Bloody Mary's to making sure we wanted to come back to the Iron Horse, Juve is the guy!

    And finally- while I will write a second review for The Yard- that has to be one of the best outdoor patios anywhere!  And I love that the staff recognizes us no matter how long it's been between visits.  Thanks Joe and Nick for always making us feel welcome!

    Sometimes I wished I still lived in Milwaukee.  For if I did, I know where I'd spend my time.  But now that I don't live here, I acually get to stay at this special hotel!

    13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    202. Madison W.
    I've been to the Iron Horse for food on drinks and two separate occasions. Both times were just kind of "meh."

    While the hotel decor is trendy, the location offers cool views off the back patio, and the overall atmosphere is warm and inviting, I think for a night of food and drinks, it's overrated and overpriced.

    During my most recent visit, a friend and I went for a few cocktails. We asked the bartender 1 or 2 questions about some of the ingredients in the drinks, and he was not knowledgeable, at all, about the drinks on the menu. The drinks themselves were decent, but not worth the price. I expected them to be a bit more "crafty" for being considered craft cocktails.

    My first visit to the Iron Horse was during the summer. A few friends and I sat on the back patio, and the atmosphere was incredible. The waitress we had was friendly, and checked in with us frequently to make sure we had everything we needed. We ordered the fondue off the appetizer and a couple cocktails. Again, they were certainly good, but for the price, I expected higher quality.

    Overall, this is an A-OK place, but would pick a slew of other restaurants and bars in Milwaukee over this one. I'd come here again, but just for the atmosphere.

    05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    203. Cee Cee C.
    They allow dogs but not service dogs. I brought my service dog into the bar and was quickly escorted out by the manager. Embarrassing.

    We had been there several times before and had seen several other dogs there in recent years. I inquired and the manager said it has always been the rule. I didn't want to make a scene but he was mistaken. My dog is a service dog. I take him everywhere including McDonalds, Starbucks just to name a couple restaurants.

    Otherwise we had a pleasant time. Our waiter was fantastic!

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    204. Tony F.
    Short review, because this is simply the best hotel in Milwaukee. Awesome room. Beautiful decor. Great bathroom. Awesome staff. Great bar... And the elevators don't even f@$k with my vertigo!!! It's damn pricey, but holy moly what a great hotel!

    22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    205. James F.
    We enjoyed our stay here. The room was modern with a great view of downtown MKE. We did not go to the bar or restaurant so I won't comment on those.

    I'm not sure the hotel was worth the money. There were a couple things that seemed out of place given the price. For example the bed did not have a fitted sheet. Why not? I have no idea. The gym was basically a big open room with a couple punching bags and treadmills and dumbbells up to 50 lbs, no weight machines despite plenty of space.

    I'd probably give it 4 stars if cheaper but for $250 a night in Wisconsin I'm not blown away. I've gotten more for less in downtown Chicago.

    12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    206. Jedd J.
    We stayed two nights and enjoyed the room, lobby, dining, bar, and patio yard.  We did the easy walk to the third ward business district to browse for a morning.  

    It's clear someone actually thought about design, and the Iron Horse is a Milwaukee standout.

    Breakfast and lunch were very good, except for a salad which tasted as though ingredients came out of a bag or freezer.  

    Drinks were very good - none too sweet.

    We brought our dog.  The hotel was very accommodating, and everyone loved him :)

    Hotel staff was very attentive and promptly met our needs.

    I agree with other yelpers: $30/night parking is waaaay expensive for a surface lot across the street.  Make it free.  

    Warning: there are rail lines steps from the hotel.  You'll hear freight trains passing regularly day and night.

    20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    207. Lindsey A.
    I've never taken advantage of all the amenities a hotel has to offer. Sometimes the restaurant might be meh-looking, or the bar overcrowded with suits. The spa is probably overpriced and room service falling into the same category.

    But at the Iron Horse, it all worked. And it was nearly perfect.

    I booked a surprise weekend getaway for my wife's 31st birthday at the Iron Horse. I had called ahead and asked for champagne to be delivered when we arrived and booked a couples Time Out massage for the following morning at 10 a.m.

    After valet took care of our car, we stepped in and were warmly greeted with a welcome cocktail. Don't mind if I do. We then whisked ourselves up to our room, which was so modern and rustic and fantastic, and sat for five minutes soaking it all in before a knock on the door revealed a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Yes.

    I won't go into step-by-step details of our stay, but the breakdown is as follows:

    Pros:
    - Superb property. Love the lounge (where you can chill, eat, drink or do all three.) Branded was a solid lunch/bar spot that offered food and drink at all hours it seemed. Smyth's Easter Brunch was out of this world!

    - Spa treatment. Those ladies knew how to work it. We were supremely satisfied with our time being massaged (full body plus extra time on our hands and feet).

    - Welcome. Friendly faces, cocktail and quick check-in.

    - Walking distance to Walker's Point and MKE Boozery.

    (Kinda) Cons:
    - The "rain" shower in our room was more like a mist shower and it was impossible to actually bathe in. This needs to be fixed. There is a handheld option, but it's not ideal.

    - The spa room is rightnextto the fitness room, so while we received our Time Out massages, we heard people going in and out of the door, kettle balls being dropped, jump ropes clicking the floor. It was distracting, to say the least.

    - $30/day valet is steep. Especially when I could see my car in the parking lot about 25 yards from the front door.

    - Our house keeper didn't replace the wine glasses we used, didn't put more toiletries out (really wanted the makeup removing cloths to use at night!) and left three towels (instead of four) for us. Strange.

    But, overall, this entire space is just absolutely fantastic and within walking distance to good food and even better beer. Thank you for everything, Iron Horse!

    07/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0