In June of 2016, a new boutique hotel from the Kimpton brand—The Journeyman Hotel—joined the Historic Third Ward skyline. It’s located at the corner of Broadway Avenue and East Chicago Street.
With 158 rooms, a rooftop bar and a restaurant headed up by a former “Top Chef” contestant, reservations for overnight stays have quickly become the hottest reservation in the city.
What to Expect at The Journeyman Hotel
Traveling with a dog? Just like all the other Kimpton properties—others are in San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York City, Miami and other U.S. destinations, with Grand Cayman’s Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa debuting this fall—there is no additional pet fee, nor is there a pound limit.
Here’s what you can expect from checking in at Milwaukee’s newest hotel.
The Vibe at The Journeyman Hotel
You’d never know it but the building housing this hotel was built from the ground up, despite blending into its historic-warehouse neighbors. Local artists were tapped to provide many of the decorative elements, straight on down to the ceramic food and water dishes for dogs in each of the rooms. (Take a look at the name on yours: no two names are alike. Can you imagine coming up with 158 dog names?)
Who is the target guest? It’s a hybrid. Could be a foodie, or a yogi (yoga mats and a yoga television channel are in each room), or someone who wants to be in the thick of the action. Once you park your car here, you’ll never need to leave thanks to dozens of restaurants, art galleries, bars and specialty boutiques in the Third Ward neighborhood. Downtown Milwaukee, Lake Michigan’s shoreline and the Milwaukee Art Museum are all within one mile, accessible on foot or via the hotel’s loaner bicycles. Henry Maier Festival Park is just a few blocks to the East, should you be in town for a cultural festival or Summerfest.
Dog-friendly at The Journeyman Hotel
As mentioned, this is a destination not just for human travelers, but Fido, too. When you make your reservation, indicate you’re bringing a dog and when you arrive his or her name will be written on a chalkboard in the lobby. A dog bed can also be placed in the room before arrival and, of course, the food and water dishes are there, too. Dogs are welcome in all spaces within the hotel except for The Outsider, the rooftop bar, and the indoor dining spaces for Tre Rivali (feel free to dine with your dog at the al-fresco seating. It’s practically a requirement to be a dog-lover if you work at this hotel so don’t worry about your dog’s presence making an employee feel uncomfortable.
Rooms at The Journeyman Hotel
Within the 158 rooms are three room categories: King Deluxe (King bed and walk-in shower), Queen Queen Deluxe (two Queen beds and walk-in shower) and King Spa (King bed and oversized soaking tub). There are also seven suites. All feature a chic red, black, charcoal gray and white design at the hands of Warren Red, a New York City interior-design firm. Carpets are inspired by old printer catalogs, for instance, as a nod to the neighborhood’s industrial past and artisan present.
If you’re lucky enough to be in a King Spa room, be sure to budget time for a long bath because the deep soaking tubs are quite posh...and very Instagram-worthy.
All room rates include a hosted wine hour at the hotel each evening at 5 p.m., as well as complimentary morning coffee and tea.
Tre Rivali at The Journeyman Hotel
Chef Heather Terhune, who appeared in season nine of “Top Chef” (“Top Chef: Texas,” 2011), joins the kitchen at Tre Rivali with experience cooking at restaurants in Chicago (Atwood Café and Sable Kitchen + Bar), Washington D.C. (Jean Louis) and San Francisco (BDK Restaurant & Bar). There are two places to enjoy the food, which spans lunch and dinner, plus weekend brunch: in the ground-floor dining room, with lots of windows pulling in natural sunlight; or outdoors, where tables line Broadway Avenue. The menu spans any country touching the Mediterranean Sea, with olive-oil braised charred octopus and Moroccan-spiced lamb chops two examples on the dinner menu.
Coffee and pastries can be ordered to-go from a café stand in the morning.
The Outsider at The Journeyman Hotel
Taking the claim as Milwaukee’s highest-level rooftop bar yet, to get to The Outsider you zip up the elevator to the ninth floor. Sectional sofas and potted plants fill the bar’s design, affording views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan from two sides of the building in an L-shaped design. There are also indoor spaces at The Outsider in the event of rain or cool weather – with walls of windows still giving you the skyline view. Drinks include specialty cocktails and some refreshing by-the-glass wine selections, like a New York Riesling. Bites can be ordered, too.
Rates at The Journeyman Hotel
Right now there’s a Grand Opening Offer that slashes 10 percent off of rates when you book in advance. This is a pre-paid, non-refundable rate. Otherwise, Best Available Rates in September start at $224 per night. Book through The Journeyman Hotel's website.