Every year, visitors head to Madison for business as well as pleasure, enjoying the sights, museums, restaurants, shopping, and more. Whether you are in town for a sports game, to visit a university, for business, to relax, or for another reason, there are dozens of hotels to choose from. Stay in the center of downtown, off in a suburb, or somewhere in between. Choose an inn with some character or a hotel that is part of a familiar national chain. Select what amenities matter the most to you and what extra facilities you need, then go ahead and find the Madison hotel you should stay at during your trip.
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The Edgewater is the only hotel in Madison and Dane County to be AAA Four Diamond Rated. The over 200 guest rooms are spread between two buildings, the historic Langdon Building and the Wisconsin Building. All accommodations have spacious bathrooms, well-appointed décor, spa showers, and a luxurious feel. Specific amenities include iHome clock radios, coffeemakers, fridges, executive desks featuring multimedia hubs, 47-inch HD TVs, in-room safes, and plush spa robes. Some are also larger and have LCD TVs in the bathroom mirror, Sub-Zero freezer and fridges, walk-in showers, wet bars, 60-inch HD TVs, claw foot soaking tubs, and/or full kitchenettes. The Presidential Suites add a sleeper sofa, multiple TVs, a dining room, and an extra half bath.
In the winter, the Edgewater has its own ice skating rink that attracts guests and non-guests within the city. Make an appointment at the Edgewater Spa, which also has some salon services, fitness trainers, and yoga. The Statehouse is the flagship eatery, with modern Midwestern dishes and views of Lake Mendota. Or enjoy the creative menu at Augie’s Tavern, casual waterfront dining at the Boathouse, or grab and go options at the Icehouse.
1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-535-8200
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The AC Hotel Madison Downtown is in the heart of the downtown district with a European hotel concept born in Spain. The rooms and suites have a modern European style with sleek design, free high-speed internet access, ultra-comfortable bedding, and glass-enclosed showers. They also feature USB outlets, air conditioning, the option for connecting, marble bathrooms, hairdryers, robes, alarm clocks, safes, desks with electrical outlets, irons, minifridges, bottled water, coffeemakers, premium movie channels, and cable/satellite LED TVs. You can choose a room with a view of the skyline, capital, or partial water view as well as a room with a sofa bed.
Take advantage of the airport shuttle so you don’t have to rent a car. Get in that workout in the fitness center. Have breakfast in the AC Kitchen for artisan cured meats, Nespresso coffee, savory and sweet egg tarts, and signature baked croissants. Get innovative cocktails or unique tapas at the AC Lounge. Visit the rooftop bar, Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro, and be impressed by the expansive views of the city.
One North Webster Street, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-286-1337
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The Graduate Madison is a fun place to stay with all the amenities you want from a hotel and plenty of collegiate references. Rooms have Malin + Goetz amenities plus complimentary wireless internet. Also expect a safe, iron, ironing board, docking station, triple sheeting, HDTV, fridge, and coffeemaker. Rooms can have a double, king, or queen bed or two queens. Suites add sleeper sofas and living spaces, with two also having a semi-private media room with TV and gaming console in addition to the sleeper sofa or two bunk beds.
The property has a 24-hour fitness center, so you can get in your workout while on vacation. Visit Portage Pi, the coffee and pie bar on site that will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you the caffeine boost you need to start your day; there is also a lunch and dinner menu. Or dine at Camp Trippalindee, inspired by camp movies from the 1980s plus taverns in rural Wisconsin. You will find craft beers, walking tacos, and double-stacked burgers, among other meals.
601 Langdon Street, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-257-4391
4.Hotel Ruby Marie
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The Hotel Ruby Marie is the oldest operating hotel in Madison, built back in 1873 during the railroad era. You will find a mixture of Victorian-style elegance and modern luxury plus a convenient location. This inn is registered with the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association, giving you a unique experience with plenty of charm. Following the 2000 renovation, the hotel went from 36 guest rooms to 15, giving guests more space along with private bathrooms. This extra space also allows for fridges and wet bars in every room. Other amenities include Jacuzzi room choices, available robes, and in-room coffee.
Guests get happy hours every single day plus a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Get your breakfast at the Lakeview Bakery and Deli on weekdays and at Come Back In on weekends for brunch. The happy hour vouchers are good at Up North, on the building’s first floor. You will also get live local music on weekdays. Lakeview Bakery and Deli is on the first floor as well and has quiche, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch.
524 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI, Phone: 877-690-7829
HotelRED is the first boutique hotel in Madison, setting the standard for local hospitality and customer service. The 48 suites are well appointed and bright with modern furnishings, high-speed wireless, a full kitchenette, wet bar sinks, two-burner stove tops, fridges, microwaves, reading chairs and ottomans, an ergonomic chair and desk, original art, an honor bar, luxurious bath robes, in-room safes, and HD LCD TVs. There are also specific rooms with soaking tubs or private patios. You can request kitchen tools and comfortable slippers.
There is free parking right below the hotel. If you reserve directly with the hotel, you also get a complimentary breakfast on weekdays at The Wise. The Wise Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, weekend brunch, and for dinner or drinks every day but Sunday. Consider ordering extras like chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries, a welcome tray, a regional morning breakfast, and more.
1502 Monroe Street, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-819-8228
6.Hyatt Place Madison
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Staying at Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown puts you within walking distance of all the major attractions in the city. The 151 modern rooms have separate sleeping and living areas, contemporary style, and free wireless internet. Sleep in the signature Hyatt Grand Beds or take advantage of the work and media centers. Relax on the Cozy Corner sofa or bring along a friend who will use the sofa-sleeper. You will also find remote printing, wireless internet, a swiveling 42-inch HDTV, and Odds & Ends that you can buy, borrow, or just use for free.
Unwind with the indoor pool or put your energy to good use at the StayFit Fitness Center, open 24 hours a day. The business center lets you stay productive when away from home. Thanks to the free airport shuttle and prime location, you do not need to rent a car while in Madison. No matter the time of the day, head to the Coffee to Cocktails Bar for a Starbucks drink, craft beer, or something else. Make use of the 24/7 Gallery Menu for freshly prepared food at any time of the day or get something quickly or prepared at the 24/7 Gallery Market. Guests are always treated to a Free Gallery Kitchen Breakfast.
333 W Washington Avenue, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-257-2700
7.Mansion Hill Inn
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The Mansion Hill Inn is in the McDonnell-Pierce House, which was the first residence to sit on “Big Bug Hill”, the most elegant neighborhood in Victorian Madison. Guests can choose from Classic Suites, Grand Rooms, or Splendid Rooms, with a total of ten rooms and suites. Expect amenities such as floor-to-ceiling arched windows, separate seating areas, private balcony access, bathrooms behind a hidden door, marble gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, skylight views, distinctive slanted ceilings, sofa sleepers, hardwood floors, fireplaces, and veranda access and/or garden access. All rooms also have 32-inch LCD TVs, sparkling and still water, Wi-Fi, fine Italian Frette linen, full-sized work desks, Aveda toiletries, irons, charging stations, and USB ports.
The property has Nespresso and tea, a bar with wine and beer, passes to the B-cycle city bike program, and access to the Pinnacle Fitness Club. Rooms get housekeeping service twice every day along with a nightly turndown service that includes the inn’s famous cookies. There are always complimentary snacks and refreshments as well. Start off the day with the included European-style continental breakfast.
424 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-255-0172
8.Sheraton Madison Hotel
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The Sheraton Madison Hotel gives guests the fine accommodations and customer service expected from a hotel in this chain. The property has 239 rooms, including four suites. Each room has a flat-screen TV, wireless and wired high-speed internet access, a coffeemaker with Starbucks coffee, and a Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience bed. Other amenities include hairdryers, irons, phones, air conditioning, wet bars, fridges upon request, cable and in-room movies, alarm clock radios, and wake-up service.
Those on preferred floors also get complimentary access to the fitness center and free bottled water. Those in Club Rooms get access to the Club Lounge with its private space. There is also an indoor pool, a hot tub, a concierge service, and a 24-hour front desk. The Club Lounge has complimentary breakfast, a range of beverages, and afternoon hors d’oeuvres. Everyone can enjoy the Coffee Bar in the lobby, the Harvest Lounge for regional and local cuisine plus cocktails, or the Heartland Grill for a relaxed meal.
706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-251-2300
9.Madison Concourse Hotel
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The Madison Concourse Hotel is right in downtown to give you easy access to all the attractions. There are 373 guest rooms, a figure that includes 100 rooms on the Governor’s Club executive level. All rooms have wireless internet access, wireless printing, Dayton Street Comfort Collection bedding, 37-inch LG flat-screen TVs, irons, coffeemakers, fridges, Bath and Body Works toiletries, Sealy Posturpedic mattresses, hairdryers, LodgeNet Digital Interactive TV systems, and European spa-style bathrooms. Governor’s Club guest rooms get granite top furniture, glass walk-in showers, in-room bottled water, terrycloth robes, and extra luxuries. Choose a room with a whirlpool air tub or private Jacuzzi plus a 20-inch flat-screen TV.
The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle for convenience. There is a business center along with a fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool. Buy the sundries you forgot or take advantage of the laundry and dry-cleaning service. Order room service, dine at the contemporary CIRC, or get a drink at the bar. The Governor’s Lounge guests get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and, later in the day, they get hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI, Phone: 800-356-8293
10.Wisconsin Union Hotel
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The Wisconsin Union Hotel is right at the heart of the UW Madison Campus in Union South in a prairie-style building with architectural influences from Frank Lloyd Wright. There are 60 rooms in the boutique style, including extended stay suites that have living areas and kitchenettes. Rooms have amazing views, so you feel as if you are in the center of everything. Choose from a room with two queen beds or one king, with amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TV, hair dryers, irons, full-length mirrors, work desks with ergonomic chairs, and eco-friendly bath amenities. The extended stay rooms have dining tables with room for four and extra space, including a pull-out sofa.
Guests of the hotel are welcome to enjoy all that the Wisconsin Union has on offer, from restaurants to movies, activities, and live music. Enjoy the 24-hour front desk or the 24-hour fitness center with its stretching area, free weights, and cardio machines. There is on-site underground parking, a safe at the front desk, and same-day dry cleaning and laundry service.
1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI, Phone: 608-890-3000
11.Hyatt Place Madison - Verona
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The Hyatt Place Madison / Verona is far enough from the hubbub of downtown to feel more relaxed while still being close enough to the action. The 136 guestrooms are well connected with free wireless internet and remote printing plus a separate workspace to help you be productive. To increase the sleeping options, they have Cozy Corners with sleeper sofas. Suites add extra room and a full kitchen. The hotel is pet-friendly, so bring your pooch.
Save some money with the free airport shuttle to Dane County Regional Airport. The property also has an indoor swimming pool that is heated and open all year round. For those who prefer other workout activities than swimming, there is also a 24/7 gym. Start off your day energized with a Free Gallery Kitchen Breakfast buffet. No matter the time of day, you can stop by the 24/7 Gallery Market or order something from the 24/7 Gallery Menu. Get your caffeine fix or unwind at the end of the day at the Coffee to Cocktails Bar.
846 Liberty Drive, Verona, WI, Phone: 608-4097-3223
12.Madison Marriott West
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Madison Marriot West is just minutes from downtown and area activities and attractions, delivering welcome amenities and outstanding service. Guests get to enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi for free. Standard room amenities include air conditioning, hairdryers, desks with electrical outlets, oversized chairs, alarm clocks, tea and coffeemakers, phones with voicemail, radios, and a 37-inch LCD TV with premium movie channels, CNN, HBO, ESPN, pay-per-view movies, and premium movie channels plus a plug-in high tech room. Consider a suite with a separate living room and windows that can open, one with a sofa bed, or the extremely well equipped and luxurious Presidential Suite.
Rooms on the Concierge Level include access to the Concierge Lounge, which is open on weekdays and has an honor bar plus other amenities. Stick to your fitness regime at the newly renovated fitness center or opt for a Fit for You in-room exercise package. You can also go for a swim in the indoor pool or whirlpool any time of the year. Enjoy the eclectic American menu at the Falling Water Café, which also has a stunning bar. Head there for a buffet, full American, or continental breakfast. Grab a snack at the convenience/sundry store.
1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI, Phone: 608-831-2000
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- The Edgewater, Photo: Courtesy of Jan - Fotolia.com
- AC Hotel, Photo: AC Hotel
- Graduate Madison, Photo: Graduate Madison
- Hotel Ruby Marie, Photo: Hotel Ruby Marie
- HotelRED, Photo: HotelRED
- Hyatt Place Madison, Photo: Hyatt Place Madison
- Mansion Hill Inn, Photo: Mansion Hill Inn
- Sheraton Madison Hotel, Photo: Sheraton Madison Hotel
- Madison Concourse Hotel, Photo: Madison Concourse Hotel
- Wisconsin Union Hotel, Photo: Wisconsin Union Hotel
- Hyatt Place Madison - Verona, Photo: Hyatt Place Madison / Verona
- Madison Marriott West, Photo: Madison Marriott West
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