The sophisticated Iron Horse Hotel, located in a former furniture manufacturing plant, has preserved many of the building's original elements, including the floorboards and steel fire doors. Bikers and business people alike will feel at home here, as well as any travelers looking for a superb, subtly sexy (the concierge desk is called the Office of Desires), grown-up boutique hotel. The motorcycle theme is definitely noticeable, but not so strong that nonbikers will feel out of place. But the hotel does offer a bike wash, covered bike parking, motorcycle shipping and rentals, Thursday bike nights and coat hooks strong enough to actually hold the weight of leathers.
Luxurious, oversize rooms blend historical elements, such as exposed brick walls and timbers, with sleek, modern metals, tile, leather and glass. Colors tend toward a warm, natural palette of slate, brown and russet. All 100 rooms feature free Wi-Fi, walk-in double shower and a larger-than-usual fridge stocked with normal-size bottles of beer, wine and liquor. The Iron Horse is also dog-friendly. Throughout the hotel, you'll spot artwork by Milwaukee artists (sepia-tone murals, aluminum wall sculpture, mixed media). Great food options include highly acclaimed Smyth, The Library for breakfast, Branded (home to what's considered Milwaukee's best bar food) and The Yard, an outdoor lounge and bar. Guests can also dine in-room. From $249.