The Iron Horse Hotel Est. 2006

500 W Florida St, Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Take in an authentic Milwaukee experience at this 100-year-old warehouse turned 100-room luxury hotel.
The loft-style suites offer a contemporary, yet classic, design of big windows, exposed brick, and slick wood, completed with stylish furniture and soft-as-a-whisper linens. If room service and rest prove to be a bit too small time for you, whirl up on old-fashioned high balls with a few friends at the cocktail lounge Branded, light up your day with a reception of 40-80 people at The Library, or conquer the night right good with a group of 30 in coziest spot under city lights, The Yard.
The Lowdown
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Bar / Club / Lounge
Boutique Hotel
Historic Building
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Holiday Party
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony

Venue Setting

The Iron Horse Hotel represents Milwaukee’s most chic and sophisticated property – located in the city’s historic warehouse district, the transformation of a 100-year-old downtown warehouse into a modern luxury boutique hotel.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Estimated Price Per Head

from $45 to $250

Additional Charges

Food, service, tax, rental, decorations, minister, valet.


Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Indoors & Outdoors
Non-smoking Venue
100 guest rooms on property including suites
Pet-Friendly Events
Kid Friendly Events
Handicap Accessible
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Valet Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Events are a memorable experience at The Iron Horse Hotel. Whether you’re planning an intimate Milwaukee wedding, unforgettable event, or an impressive and efficient meeting, our exceptional spaces are designed to impress with valet-level service at our Milwaukee luxury hotel. You’ll find all the style of a New York or L.A. boutique hotel, delivered with our famous Midwestern friendliness. Known as much for our culinary experience as our exceptional Milwaukee accommodations, The Iron Horse Hotel’s private dining menu reflects seasonal cuisine designed to meet a variety of palettes and is paired with our award-winning wine list for your wedding in Milwaukee.
The Iron Horse Hotel represents the transformation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a modern luxury Milwaukee boutique hotel. In 1907, William Berger commissioned the distinguished Milwaukee architectural firm of Buemming and Dick to build the warehouse for the Berger Bedding Company. The location on the railroad offered excellent shipping facilities. The building was divided into the factory (today’s hotel) and the warehouse (Smyth, our Milwaukee restaurant located behind the building’s firewall). The bedding company remained until 1927 when it became the Molitor Box Company, after a purchase by George Molitor Hormuth. In 1955, it became cold storage until Tim Dixon of Dixon Development LLC purchased it in 2005. The name of The Iron Horse Hotel reflects the duality of our unique location. Native Americans referred to the train as the “iron horse” as it sped through the prairies. Today, the hotel remains nestled along an historic yet active railroad. Located at the origination and termination point of the tracks means that The Iron Horse Hotel guest is treated to the slow chug of freight cars a few times each day at our Milwaukee boutique hotel. Today’s pop culture also refers to the motorcycle as the modern iron horse, a name befitting our location near the Harley-Davidson Museum, a monumental achievement by this Milwaukee-based manufacturer. After the name was chosen, it was discovered that the building’s century-old distinct carved capitals serendipitously resembled an “I” in the shape of a horse head and an “H.” The icon was born and now subtly graces areas of the hotel. The Iron Horse Hotel is part of an urban revitalization that integrates irreplaceable historic architecture with the latest in luxury amenities, technology and environmental sustainability – from the re-use of the building and reclaimed materials for design elements to the ample covered motorcycle parking that encourages use of more fuel-efficient transportation. We are proud of our Travel Green Wisconsin partners Great Lakes Distillery, Lakefront Brewery, Harley-Davidson Museum, Lake Express High Speed Ferry, Miller Park and many more.
Standout Venue Features:
The Iron Horse Hotel is the transformation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a one-of-a-kind hotel that delivers an authentic Milwaukee experience. As the industry’s first upscale hotel geared for business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike, we meet the distinct needs of both corporate and leisure guests with special services, unparalleled amenities and 100 loft-style guest rooms at our Milwaukee luxury hotel.
Extra Perks:
We are now offering a "Quick Hitch" package. Getting married in a pinch, we have the space and special for you!
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Smyth restaurant
Bars & Lounges:
Branded and the Yard (outdoor)


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