By: Julie Ward
Madison is a ray of sunshine in the wintertime—the city looks spectacular when the capitol is covered in snow and the sun sets on a frozen lake. Hotels in the area take advantage of the colder temperatures too, from offering ice skating that rivals the rink at Rockefeller Center or providing easy access to trails, shopping or dining. Keep reading to find your perfect winter escape in Madison.
Hotels in the Heart of Downtown
Several properties are in the heart of the city, near farm-to-table restaurants and quaint, local shops in the area. The Madison Concourse Hotel is upscale yet comfortable, set close to museums, galleries and the Capitol Square, and rooms on the top three floors feature capitol views. The Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown is perfect for those who want to be near trendy State Street, a pedestrian walkway offering some of the best local restaurants and shops. Finally, The Edgewater sits next to Lake Mendota and the ice skating rink is open to anyone and has some of the best views in all of Madison.
Hotels Near the University
Stay at HotelRED or the Graduate Madison if you’re a Badger fan—these boutique hotels are located near UW-Madison and the sights that surround campus. HotelRED is chic and sophisticated, with cement floors, dog biscuits for your tag-along puppy, and a newly-renovated restaurant serving local fare and Midwestern hospitality. The Graduate shows its Badger pride through UW nostalgia in every nook and cranny—including the key cards that feature famous alumni.
Hotels Near Fabulous Shopping
Trend followers and fashionistas will love being close to Madison’s shopping meccas. Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn or Residence Inn on Madison’s west side and walk to charming Greenway Station, with 35 stores and seven restaurants. On the east side are both the Hampton Inn Madison East and Courtyard by Marriott Madison East, which are near the East Towne Mall’s specialty stores and retail favorites.
Another Reason to Visit: Madison Hotel Week
All hotels listed above are participating in Madison Hotel Week, a promotion providing discounted rates from February 10-19. But that’s not the only reason to visit—also during this time is Foodie Week, a ten-day food event hosted by Food Fight Restaurant Group that features three-course menus. With 19 locally-owned restaurants in Madison and the surrounding area, Food Fight has a place for every taste and a restaurant near many participating hotels.
Sports lovers should catch a UW-Madison men’s basketball game during Hotel Week. There are also women’s basketball and hockey games to take in. Golfers should shoot for the second weekend of Hotel Week when the Greater Madison Golf Show at Alliant Energy Center is in full-swing. Experts will be on-hand to give advice, and the latest gear will be showcased. Also that weekend is the Madison Winter Festival at Elver Park. Truckloads of snow are brought in, and the whole family can try snowshoeing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and other winter-themed activities.
The options are endless when it comes to cozy stays in Madison.