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The Iron Horse Hotel is Purring Like a Kitten

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  Site Where: 500 West Florida Street [map], Milwaukee, WI, United States, 53204
October 17, 2008 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Iron Horse Hotel, the motorcycle-themed Milwaukee boutique property we've been going on and on about, has been open for just over a month. Since we haven't swung by Milwaukee ourselves, we checked in with TripAdvisor to see what the first round of guests were saying.

We were especially curious to see what kind of guests were into the hotel: since the hotel's motorcycle theme was inspired by the nearby Harley-Davidson Museum, we were wondering if the hotel catered to Harley enthusiasts only -- or if, like, non-bikers could get into the whole thing too.

Well, so far all the reviews on TA seem to be from guests who didn't roll in on Harleys, and they're all glowing.

Use Billie Pie said the rooms were funky and contemporary, dug the vibe at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed her stay. The restaurant kitchen wasn't fully operating when she stayed at the hotel (as the restaurant wasn't open), but she shared a heartwarming kickass-service story:

I had a bad cold which left me in bed our last day there. I called the concierge to see if there was any way the hotel could find me some soup, in light of the fact that the kitchen was technically not yet open. He called me back to let me know that the kitchen "had me covered." 20 minutes later, room service delivered a bowl of steaming hot soup, chock-full of diced carrots, onion, celery and chicken with bow-tie noodles mixed in. This was not soup from a can. The veggies were all firm. They included two warm, crusty rolls, a generous serving of butter, a large carafe of ice water with a pint glass, and a large glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice.

It looks like the only downside is parking right now. Sports8177 mentioned that the hotel only has parking spots for motorcycles right now, but he is under the impression that the hotel was working on acquiring a parking lot next door for a garage of some sort.

Overall, it seems like even these non-Harley folks were feelin' the vibe at the Iron Horse because the motorcycle theme was done tastefully (who knew it was possible?) and the service was outstanding. And outstanding services makes us even more excited for The Wolf, Desires Hotels' upcoming property here in our neck of the woods.

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