After a long day of rough road and white lines, what every motorcyclist wants is a welcome place to rest road-weary bike and bones. They want a place that embraces the two-wheel lifestyle and a place that understand their needs.
Built in 1907 as a warehouse, the Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, WI emerged in 2008 with a distinctive motorcycle theme that includes 100 loft-style rooms and in-room amenities only bike riders can truly appreciate – boot bench, helmet rack and much, much more.
The Iron Horse is conveniently located just across the river from the Harley-Davidson Museum, making it an ideal spot for bikers. Upon arrival, the hotel entrance is set up with an over-sized canopy offering protection to riders arriving in less than perfect weather conditions (this is Wisconsin, after all).
Once inside, visitors to this amazing, almost over-the-top hotel are greeted by motorcycles on display in the lobby with a number of different makes and models featured throughout the year.
Just steps away from the entrance, sits the hotel’s bike yard, where guests can wash the road off their iron ponies. The yard draws large crowds of collectors and riders, even those not staying at the hotel, and serves as the center of socializing in decent weather. There you’ll find music, food, cold beer and a variety of vendors in a party-like atmosphere.
Rooms for this upper end biker resort start at $189 (plus tax), and there are three restaurants on site, available for sit-down service or grab-and-go meals. Even if it’s out of your price range, it’s well worth the visit.
Photos Provided By: The Iron Horse Hotel
The same artist who created the denim art, Charles Dwyer, is a childhood friend of The Iron Horse’s owner and created most of the art throughout the hotel.
The lobby’s wrought iron chandeliers are made from motorcycle parts, light fixtures are made from baked bean cans, and there is an enormous flag on a nearby wall made from 32 ½ pairs of Wrangler Jeans.
The Iron Horse is the last original timber-beamed building in Milwaukee, and the 300-year-old pine beams throughout the lobby give the room structure and strength.
The industrial past of the building is preserved Milwaukee’s Iron Horse Hotel.
The hotel is also home to The Yard, an outdoor bar and restaurant with a more casual atmosphere and menu.
Photos tell the story of a local blacksmith’s work, and tables built with reclaimed elm are wrapped with copper to give the restaurant an industrial feel.
Milwaukee’s famous Cream City Bricks that once protected the Berger mattresses from fire now separate the cozy lobby from the hotel restaurant, Smyth, which pays homage to the blacksmith.
Photo By: Matt Haas Photography
local artist Charles Dwyer created murals for the guest rooms that depict the beauty of Milwaukee women.
Whoever you are, wherever you’re from– stop into the Iron Horse, and you’ll feel at home.
Developer and carpenter by trade, owner Tim Dixon kept as much historical detail throughout the building as he could, including the boiler room door on the lower level that hides a private office.
Custom Iron Horse hooks to hold biker gear or bridesmaid dresses.
Cozy up in the working library, where tables are made from reclaimed factory parts and well-worn bucket chairs from the bank of London surround what once was a money vault and now acts as a fireplace.
A local company makes cocktail elixirs, available in your room’s mini fridge
The Master Suite is one of the main features at the Iron Horse Hotel which is offering seven nights, double occupancy room, for $9,900 during Harley’s anniversary week — including a lot of amenities such as VIP passses to all events. photo by Rick Wood