The recent 2012 Conde Nast Travelers Reader’s Choice Awards recognized two hotels in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in their “Best of the Midwest” listing. The Best of the Midwest” list contains 25 hotels. Milwaukee’s top hotels, selected by reader survey, are the Pfister Hotel and The Iron Horse Hotel.
Milwaukee is a popular weekend destination, about 90 miles north of Chicago. The city offers a number of cultural attractions. During the summer months, there are festivals on the lakefront nearly every weekend. The standout festival of the summer is Summerfest, the “Biggest music festival in the world.” For information about attractions in Milwaukee, see Visit Milwaukee.
From a hotel that exudes turn-of-the-century charm to a modern motorcyclist’s haven, Milwaukee’s accommodations continue to garner attention. The Pfister Hotel, originally built to become a “palace for the people,” and The Iron Horse Hotel, the industry’s first boutique hotel that caters to motorcyclists and business travelers, have made the list of the Top 25 Midwest Hotels in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.
“Condé Nast Traveler’s” annual survey asks readers to rank the best cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise ships and airlines in the world. 46,478 readers participated in the 2012 survey, a record number in the past 25 years, placing Milwaukee’s lodgings on the top of the list.
The Iron Horse Hotel is located within a 100-year old warehouse and offers unique accommodations, including hooks designed to hang custom leathers, storage for boots and helmets and on-site motorcycle rentals. “The Yard,” named one of the best outdoor bars in the country by “Travel and Leisure,” features comfortable seating, shade sails and a wood-burning brick pizza oven. “Condé Nast Traveler” is not the first to sing the hotel’s praises. In 2011, The Iron Horse Hotel was also named the Boutique Hotel of the Year by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association. The hotel is located near the Harley Davidson Museum.
The Pfister Hotel is the definition of classic elegance. Originally built in 1883, it holds the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world. It is meticulous in its decoration and design from the striking red marble grand staircase that welcomes you in the hotel to the dramatic ceiling mural covered with angels. Its four-star accommodations, including the WELL Spa and Janice Salon with services including body wraps and scrubs to mud applications, and Blu, a martini bar on the 23rd floor that offers the best views in the city, leave no doubt why this hotel is one of the world’s finest.