What was once an industrial warehouse 100 years ago is now a beautiful, well-appointed hotel with meeting and guest rooms filled with originality. Milwaukee’s Iron Horse Hotel
has maintained a few elements of the building’s hardy beginnings as the Berger Bedding Company’s factory and warehouse: exposed brick, large metal doors and original wood beams. The 100-room property has combined those features with modern style and design to create a hotel that’s industrial yet comfortable. Iron Horse has three distinctive meeting rooms that combine for 5,000 total square feet of space. A fifth-floor executive lounge is one of those meeting rooms. It has a 425-sq.-ft. boardroom (called the War Room) and an adjacent creative brainstorming space (dubbed the Sand Box), which has swivel chairs with adjustable laptop trays. Another meeting space, The Library, features cozy leather couches, antique furniture, a fireplace and a collection of books that can be conversation starters during a private evening cocktail reception. The third space, The Gallery, is the hotel’s largest function space. With 3,500 square feet of space, the room—punctuated with pine columns and exposed metal ducts—can be configured for keynotes, receptions or banquets. Conde Nast Traveler recently ranked the Iron Horse as one of the top 10 hotels in the country, and it’s been named the top boutique hotel twice by the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association.