The Iron Horse Hotel

In 2008, Dixon Development opened a new luxury boutique hotel in downtown Milwaukee. The Iron Horse Hotel is a premier property catering to business and leisure travelers. By transforming a 100-year-old building into a sophisticated urban hotel, The Iron Horse Hotel capitalizes on the demand for lifestyle hotels and meets the need for additional rooms generated by its neighbor, the new Harley-Davidson Museum. Unlike any modern luxury hotel today, this new brand pairs high-end accommodations with special amenities for motorcycle enthusiasts.


Awards include:

    • AAA Four Diamond Award (2010, 2011 & 2012)

    • Best Hotels in the US - US News & World Report (2012)

    • Ranked #10 in the nation on Conde Nast Traveler's 2011 Gold List

    • Ranked #11 of all U.S. hotels on (2011)

    • Tablet10 of the Americas: Top 10 New Hotels (2010)

    • Conde Nast Traveler Magazine "Hot List" 2009

    • National Geographic Traveler Magazine "Stay List" 2009

    • "Once in a Lifetime Hotels" (Taiwan)

    • The Business Journal First Place Best New Development - Hotels, Real Estate Awards 2009

    • ASID Wisconsin Design Award - hotel guest rooms (2009)


Stylish for business travelers yet durable for bikers…comfortable walking through the lobby in high heels or dirty buckle boots…
Los Angeles Times,
September 28, 2007

Active for 15 years in the state, Dixon has a penchant for adaptive use. He also has a respect for restoration over wholesale renovation – a testament to his years as a roofer and skilled carpenter. So his decision to restore a 100-year-old, industrial building…and turn it into a 102-unit luxury, boutique hotel named the Iron Horse Hotel seemed a perfect fit. But Dixon wanted to take his premier lodging project up a notch, and in doing so, is creating an industry first.”

- Stefani O’Connor,
Hotel Business, November 2007