Hot new hotels: Kimpton Journeyman, Milwaukee

Kimpton Hotels opened its Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in late June in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The project was a joint venture among Milwaukee-based HKS Holdings, Kahler-Slater Architects and CD Smith Construction.

Designed by New York-based interior design firm Warren Red, the 158-room hotel uses industrial surfaces with dramatic elements. The hotel’s lobby features a custom 20-foot-long chandelier with 200 lights, two fireplaces and bench seating. Details are inspired by the city’s history, from guest room bombe chests, lacquered in red and black with engine numbers from Milwaukee’s old locomotives, to hand-hewn wood desks with a live edge and cold-rolled steel base.

Located adjacent to the hotel, Tre Rivali restaurant features a bar and an adjoining café, while the ninth-floor rooftop, The Outsider, offers views of the city. Both are helmed by Executive Chef Heather Terhune and lead bartender Gen Longoria. Complimentary morning coffee and tea service, as well as hosted nightly beer/wine hour, are offered in the Living Room.

Guests have free use of custom-made leather backpacks, along with itineraries of cool things to see and do in the neighborhood. Created from locally sourced leather by Milwaukee fashion designer and artisan Heather Hambrecht, the backpacks can be filled with provisions from Tre Rivali to make a day of it.

Included in the hotel are complimentary custom bike rentals, in-room yoga mats and 24-hour access to the hotel’s fitness center.

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