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