Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - Theiron­horse­ho­; By Rod­er­ick Eime

If you’re vis­it­ing Mil­wau­kee, there’s a good chance you’re a mo­tor­cy­cle fan and the Iron Horse Ho­tel has to be the crème of mo­tor­cy­cle-themed prop­er­ties, built in­side a his­toric 100-year-old ware­house and set in the hip Walker’s Point precinct on the CBD fringe. There are even three bikes on dis­play in the foyer as well as a great bar (Branded), restau­rant (Smyth), com­fort­able foyer/lounge and a li­brary. Yes, a li­brary with big li­brary-sized ta­bles for spread­ing out your news­pa­per or work­ing in the com­mu­nal busi­ness zone. You can also work up a sweat in the gym or re­lax in the spa.

Out­side in ‘The Yard’ is where Thurs­day’s ‘Bike Night’ ac­tion hap­pens. While the nearby Har­ley-David­son mu­seum is full of ‘Hogs’, the Iron Horse is likely to have its share of In­di­ans, Moto Guzzis and other more es­o­teric mar­ques parked in front while the band plays and the sausages siz­zle. The 100 over­sized, loft-style and pet-friendly rooms are def­i­nitely ‘bou­tique’ in decor with a lash­ing of rus­tic, chic ‘grunge’ to boot. Orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments like bare brick and ceil­ing beams are in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign. The Iron Horse Ho­tel, is part of the Aparium Group founded in 2011 by Chicago hos­pi­tal­ity ex­ec­u­tive, en­tre­pre­neur Mario Tric­oci and lux­ury ho­tel vet­eran Kevin Robin­son. The group op­er­ates 13 (and count­ing) in­di­vid­u­ally styled ho­tels in un­der­served cities and neigh­bour­hoods like Detroit, New Jersey, Min­neapo­lis and Omaha. Each has a dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter that re­flects the her­itage of the district.

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