The Iron Horse Hotel

500 W Florida St | Milwaukee, WI 53204-1534  [SEE MAP]Milwaukee, WI  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Biker- and pet-friendly hotel with tasty cuisine
Some say hotel is overpriced
The Iron Horse Hotel is perhaps Milwaukee's trendiest hotel: Guests are welcomed into a space decorated in cow print, exposed pipes and one-of-a-kind artwork. Rooms are spacious and feature exposed brick walls and custom furnishings, as well as oversized rain showers, 42-inch LCD flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. But what really sets The Iron Horse apart from other Milwaukee hotels is its dedication to the biker crowd. Sitting within walking distance of the Harley-Davidson Museum, this property shows its love for two-wheelers with amenities like on-site motorcycle rentals, a washing station and on-call maintenance staff. For non-bikers, The Iron Horse Hotel impresses with its spa services and easy access to art and performance venues like the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Florentine Opera. No matter how you spend your time, recent guests highly recommend taking advantage of the hotel's dining spots and watering holes – Branded, The Library, Smyth and The Yard – which offer palatable sips and bites for morning, noon and night. Visitors are also quick to praise The Iron Horse Hotel's staff with such superlatives as "wonderful" and "delightful," saying the employees only further enhanced their stays. However, some say a stay here is on the more expensive side.
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Location
Milwaukee, WI
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 100 rooms
Primary View
City center, River
Style
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

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It’s a food lover’s dream — the Iron Horse has some of the hottest restaurants and bars in the city.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2026 have reviewed the The Iron Horse Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2026 reviews 4.5 (based on 2026 reviews)

Guest Rooms

    Standard room size395 square feet

    • Premium channels
    • Workspace/desk
    • Minifridge
    • Bathrobes/slippers
    • Minibar
    • Shower/tub combo
    • Separate shower
    • Separate tub
    • Internet
    • Wireless internet
    • Free internet
    • Fee for internet usage
    • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
    • Adjoining rooms available

    Location & Parking

    The Iron Horse Hotel is located in downtown Milwaukee, near the Historic Third Ward and a few miles from Miller Park. It is half a mile across the bridge from the Harley-Davidson Museum and within walking distance to other city attractions as well. The hotel caters to the biker crowd with a number of features, including an on-site bike wash station and free motorcycle parking.
    • General Mitchell International Airport is about 9 miles south
    • Milwaukee Amtrak Station is less than a mile north
    • 24-hour valet parking ($30)
    • 24-hour self-parking
    • Airport shuttle
    • Car service (free)

    Within walking distance of:

    • Bus stop
    • Restaurants
    • Movie theater
    • Train station
    • Beach
    • Theater
    • Subway/metro stop
    • Grocery store
    • Shopping

    Dining

    Smyth offers American cuisine with a focus on seasonal, local and regional ingredients for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Branded, the hotel's bar, features vintage modern decor and offers specialty cocktails and light bites for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Breakfast is served in The Library with communal tables, while The Yard offers patio dining, wood-burning oven dishes and allows dogs.
    • Room service available 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Number of restaurants4

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast

    Spa

      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna

      Fitness

        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

        Business

        Housed in a century-old warehouse with exposed brick walls and classic post and beam construction, the Iron Horse is a unique space for events. It can accommodate smaller gatherings in The Library, which has a fireplace and plenty of books. The Gallery on the lower level is more open and features custom artwork and original paintings. There is also a boardroom in the Executive suite, which can hold 16 guests for a sit-down meeting.
        • Audiovisual support available

        Number of meeting rooms6

        • Business center
        • Meeting rooms
        • Meeting and event planners available

        Pets

          • Pets allowed (with fee)
          • Dog walking (with fee)
          • Pet-sitting (with fee)

          Wedding

          With its historical charm and chic interiors, the hotel is a popular spot for weddings and receptions. It offers a variety of rooms that are suitable for small or large groups, and there's also outdoor space in the 4,600-square-foot Yard with views of downtown.
          • Wedding packages available
          • The Gallery can host receptions with up to 200 guests

          Maximum wedding guest capacity200

          • Hotel hosts weddings
          • Outdoor space for weddings
          • Wedding planners available

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