Motorcycle Friendly Hotels
Making news recently is the Iron Horse Hotel, in Milwaukee, WI, dubbed the first ever hotel geared towards motorcycle riders. You can read...
You can read about them on their website...
As far as being geared towards motorcycle riders, I don't see much. Here's what they have to say on how they plan to be focused towards motorcyclists...
- Secure, covered motorcycle parkingI'm not sure any of these things will make me want to stay at this hotel. When travelling on my bike, I want a room that's cheap, with a decent shower. If being cheap with a decent shower is what makes a "motorcycle friendly" hotel, then I guess I can already find plenty around.
- Check-in carts and rag bins
- On-site bike wash
- On-premise retailer with travel essentials and rider accessories
- In-room storage for heavy leathers, riding boots and helmets
- Rejuvenation spa services and special riding packages
You know, I find the term, "motorcycle friendly" to be an oxymoron. I think that 99% of all hotels and motels are friendly to bikers for the simple reason that biker money is the same as anyone else's money. I think 99% of all restaurants are "biker friendly" too for the same reason. A biker can go to any Holiday Inn hotel and get the same shiny happy service that everyone else gets.
Do you think a "motorcycle friendly" restaurant is going to treat a customer with less service just because they arrived in a car?
Personally, I don't want to go to a hotel or restaurant that singles me out just because I'm riding a motorcycle, whether for good or bad. I just want to be treated the same as anyone else.
As for the Iron Horse Hotel, I'm know for a fact that there is a demographic of motorcycle riders who will appreciate the on-site bike wash, and check-in carts with rag bins. I'm just in doubt that these riders will put on enough miles to get their bikes dirty.