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Top of the list
Metro Milwaukee’s boutique hotels garner national notice

By JEN HUNHOLZ

October 19, 2009

The Delafield Hotel


In the April 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler, three of the 15 hotels featured on the Stay List 2009 for the central United States are located in metro Milwaukee. Hotel Metro, the Delafield Hotel and the Iron Horse Hotel made the prestigious list of 129 hotels. These hotels offer far more than your average hotel chain. From a rooftop reflecting pool to on-site motorcycle washing stations, each of the three upscale hotels emanates a unique charm and offers not-so-average hotel amenities.

Despite the recent economic overcast, the hotel industry remains profitable, and the emergence of affordable, boutique hotels is becoming increasingly popular, says Andrew Ruggeri, one of the developers of Hotel Metro and former owner of the Clarke Hotel in Waukesha. "Each hotel caters to a specific lifestyle," says Ruggeri. "Whether it be for on the road or going out for a specific occasion, guests will experience that lifestyle."

The Iron Horse Hotel


The Delafield Hotel, Delafield

A sense of elegance is felt immediately upon entering the Delafield Hotel. Antique furniture, American artwork and intricate woodwork decorate each of the 38 rooms, and the Williamsburg-style estate exhibits ambience of a refined English manor. The hotel is one of 700 hotels in 75 countries to be a member of the prestigious Preferred Boutique list, which includes a distinctive collection of the world’s most intimate hotels and resorts, and is the only property in the Midwest featured on the list.

Hotel Metro, Milwaukee

Hotel Metro is Milwaukee’s first green certified hotel by Travel Green Wisconsin. The eco-friendly hotel features a rooftop reflecting pool, Zen garden and relaxation spa. For the fitness enthusiast, the hotel offers complimentary his or her bicycle rentals. In addition to its commitment to "green" hotel values, Hotel Metro’s convenient downtown location and chic, art deco atmosphere make it the perfect destination for exploring downtown Milwaukee. The hotel was also featured in the "Where to Stay" section of the New York Time’s Milwaukee travel guide.

The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee

Beneath 300-year-old heart pine ceiling beams and chandeliers fashioned from motorcycle gears, the Iron Horse Hotel is the first upscale hotel in Milwaukee geared to both business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts. The 102-suite hotel is just minutes from the Harley-Davidson Museum. Select rooms include subtle features for riders, such as custom hooks for heavy leather, and the hotel offers covered motorcycle parking and an on-site bike-washing station. The Iron Horse Hotel was the only hotel in Wisconsin to be featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2009.

 


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