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The Kimpton Journeyman is Open for Business

First hotel in the city’s historic Third Ward inspires urban adventure

By - Jun 28th, 2016 02:30 pm
Kimpton's Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Kimpton’s Rooftop Bar & Lounge

MILWAUKEE (JUNE 28, 2016) – Kimpton Hotels will add Milwaukee to its map by officially opening The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel tomorrow (June 29). As the first and only hotel in the vibrant Third Ward, the nine-story red brick building fits perfectly into the neighborhood, pairing substantial materials and interior craftsman finishes. With a name that pays homage to those who spend years honing their craft and traveling the world, The Journeyman is in the heart of the city’s bustling arts and cultural district and an ideal place for those who seek an urban adventure. The project was a joint venture between Milwaukee-based HKS Holdings LLC, Kahler-Slater Architects and CD Smith Construction.

Designed by New York-based interior design firm Warren Red, the 158-room hotel marries industrial surfaces with dramatic elements. Walking into the lobby, guests are greeted by a custom 20-foot-long chandelier with 200 lights, a pair of fireplaces and cozy bench seating. Details are inspired by the city’s history, from guest room bombe chests, lacquered in a bold red and black stripe with engine numbers from Milwaukee’s old locomotives, to hand-hewn wood desks with a live edge and cold-rolled steel base, in deference to craftsmen of the day.

The Journeyman offers more than 6,300 square feet of indoor meeting and event space. The grand Assembly Hall Ballroom and Founders Room rooftop spaces are particularly attractive for wedding events and unique corporate gatherings.

For locals and visitors alike, The Kimpton Journeyman represents a new destination in this foodie town. Located adjacent to the hotel, Tre Rivali restaurant features a vibrant bar and an adjoining café, while the ninth-floor rooftop, The Outsider, offers stunning views of the city. Both will be helmed by Executive Chef Heather Terhune and Lead Bartender Gen Longoria, slated to open June 30.

“From locals seeking something fresh and new, to out-of-town guests eager to learn more about Brew City, The Kimpton Journeyman team is here to make sure we exceed all expectations,” says Patrick Gaskin, general manager of the hotel. “It’s our goal to ensure the moment guests arrive they feel taken care of and appreciated; like family.”

Urban exploration is a big part of The Journeyman experience. Guests have free use of custom-made leather backpacks, along with well-curated 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.

A number of additional health-minded wellness options are available including complimentary custom PUBLIC Bikes rentals, in-room Gaiam yoga mats and 24-hour access to the hotel’s expansive fitness center. Guests will be invited to a complimentary weekly strength, movement and parkour class led by celebrity trainer from NBC’s “Strong” Adam Von Rothfelder every Tuesday at 7 a.m. beginning July 12.

Guest amenities at The Journeyman include all of Kimpton’s signature offerings, such as the Forgot It? We’ve Got It! menu of travel and vacation essentials, a thoughtful mini bar with a local flair and Wisconsin beers, complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members. Complimentary morning coffee and tea service, as well as hosted nightly beer/wine hour, are offered in the Living Room. As with all Kimpton properties, The Journeyman is pet-friendly, welcoming four-legged guests with a VIP (Very Important Pet) amenity, pet bowl and pet bed.

The Journeyman represents a large presence for Kimpton in the Midwest, joining five hotels in Chicago (Hotel Monaco, Hotel Allegro, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Palomar and the Gray Hotel opening later this summer), The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis and The Schofield Hotel in Cleveland.

To learn more about The Journeyman or make a reservation, visit Information is also available on Facebook and Instagram. To download hi-res images, please go to


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” seven times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world’s largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit

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