By Corinne Burgermeister
From luxury hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, Madison has an array of places to stay. Complete with super-chic lobbies, modern artwork, full-service bars and fruit-infused water to go, unexpected amenities will surprise and delight visitors, making for a memorable trip. We know you’ll find a warm welcome and top-notch service wherever you stay.
Learn how Madison hotels go beyond to make your visit special, then use the search tool on visitmadison.com to find a hotel based on your favorite amenities.
There’s always something to do at The Edgewater Hotel. Nestled along Lake Mendota, guests can boat up to the hotel, dock, and enjoy a meal on the water. In the evenings, enjoy live music outside on the patio or lounge lakeside for an outdoor movie and trivia night with the hotel’s Facts and a Flick series.
Indoors, a full service spa will leave you feeling refreshed and reenergized. For those looking to stay active, the Edgewater offers a variety of group exercise classes, and in winter, the patio becomes an ice skating rink.
Several Madison hotels allow dogs to stay with you, but a few take the extra step and put out the red carpet for your furry friend. At the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, you and your four-legged friends will be greeted upon check-in with a bowl of treats and a friendly sign with the names of all visiting pets.
Taste of the Town
Madison is a foodie’s paradise, and you don’t even have to leave your hotel to get an excellent selection of local food. Guests staying at HotelRED will be delighted to find local snacks in the mini fridge and a variety of local products at their restaurant, The Wise. For more local dining options, these hotel restaurants offer a delicious taste of the town:
Bassett Street Brunch Club at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown
Eno Vino at the AC Hotel
Twist at the Radisson Hotel
Portage Pi at the Graduate Hotel
CIRC at The Madison Concourse Hotel
Capitol ChopHouse at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
If you’re looking to be wined and dined, book a room in the Governors Club at The Madison Concourse Hotel. This exclusive club located on the hotel’s top three floors provides spectacular views of the State Capitol and offers top-shelf amenities such as complimentary happy hour with drinks and appetizers and daily breakfast throughout your stay.
On game day in Madison, the Wisconsin Union Hotel, located atop UW-Madison’s Union South, pulls out all the stops. You’ll wake up to the tunes of the UW Marching Band performing a pre-game concert in the courtyard and enjoy games, along with plenty of food and drink, at one of the city’s largest tailgate parties.
In the evening, the AC Hotel hosts a lively discussion on Madison and its history in the lobby. Sip a specialty Miss Forward cocktail as you gaze out at the Capitol and the statue, “Wisconsin,” atop its dome.
Opt to Explore
While many Madison hotels provide a shuttle to transport guests to the airport and area attractions, there a few that provide some great alternative transportation for those itching to get out and explore. Guests at the Graduate Hotel, just off State Street, can rent bicycles from the front desk for a leisurely ride down State Street or to the farmers market.
HotelRED, a boutique hotel located just off the bike path, offers complimentary BCycle rentals – allowing guests to grab a bike and explore the 200 miles of trails. The hotel also offers free canoe and kayak rentals through Wingra Boats on nearby Lake Wingra.
It’s always a pleasant surprise when the hotel lobby serves as a relaxing oasis. The spacious lobby at Courtyard Marriott West offers a full service bar and ample lounge space. Outdoors, an enclosed patio outdoor complete with a fire pit is the perfect place to share a bottle of wine on a summer night.
Downtown, the newly renovated Best Western Premier Park Hotel lobby and restaurant pays homage to the original Park Hotel. Its sleek and vintage-inspired space provides a classy atmosphere to unwind after a day of travel.
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