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What We Love

  • Convenient location smack in the middle of downtown and on the edge of the University of Wisconsin campus
  • Rooftop bar and restaurant, the Madison Blind, offers views of Lake Mendota and the capitol building and serves local-leaning snacks like cheese curds as well as heartier fare like sausage plates
  • Clever uber-local style in the cheerful lobby and 72 guestrooms
  • Bathrooms offer upscale Malin + Goetz products

What To Know

  • Bike rentals ($5 an hour) make it easy to explore nearby neighborhoods
  • Guestroom decor pops with plaid accents and academic touches like desks that could have been lifted from an upscale dorm room, as well as sketches of local personalities
  • Suites are well suited to families, complete with pullout sofas
  • A 14.5 percent tax will be collected by the hotel upon check-in


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Recently renovated boutique property near the University of Wisconsin with A+ collegiate-chic style, distinctly Madison flavor and a rooftop bar and restaurant

The Lowdown

Steps from Wisconsin’s capitol building and situated on the edge of the University of Wisconsin campus, the 72-room property evokes nostalgia for the good old days of college while boasting a decidedly modern style. The clever design aesthetic will delight any type of guest, from future coeds to business travelers to the leisure set, starting with the canoes turned chandeliers, handsome trophy case and a communal oak table in the lobby. (Be sure to grab a snack from the lobby’s coffee and juice bar, Portage Pi.) The guestroom decor pops with plaid accents and academic touches like desks that could have been lifted from an upscale dorm room, as well as sketches of local personalities, while the bathrooms offer upscale Malin + Goetz products. The spacious rooftop bar and restaurant, the Madison Blind, is a lovely light-filled space to settle in for local-leaning snacks like cheese curds or heartier fare like a sausage plate while taking in the view of Lake Mendota and the capitol building.

In the Area

Savor the flavor of this lively college town by strolling (or rolling, on one of the hotel’s rental bike) through downtown and the University of Wisconsin campus, both of which are just blocks away. Gastropubs are a favorite gathering spot for students, locals and visitors; check out the original location of the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, the first brewery to open in Madison. Just a block away, another perennial favorite is the Old Fashioned, which serves Wisconsin favorites like cheese, brats and — of course — beer. A bit farther afield is the Freiburg Gastropub, which offers authentic German fare in the Monroe Street dining district.

How to Get There

Graduate Madison
601 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States


4.0 Very Good 245 Reviews
Valet rocked it....
Reviewed 6 days ago

I went to camp trippleindee for dinner and the valet guy i think Jeff was very friendly. after speaking to him i realized I have used the valet companies limousine service in las vegas. The food was standard, the atmosphere was amazing and different, but combined with the service i received at the entrance of the hotel I give this place 5 stars. Great job and I will be back

I loved this hotel!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quirky, funky, hotel. Part of a chain popping up near college campuses that replicate the experience of living in a dorm...but no shared showers. I loved the decor and the small touches here and there. The hotel was supposed to make you think you were on a college campus in the woods of Wisconsin near a lake...and you actually are doing that there in Madison, as the hotel is basically on campus across the street from a lake.

Your room key is a student ID, although mine didn't look much like me (see the photo). The "Do not disturb" sign for the door is a pennant. The phone is retro looking. I loved the upside down canoes in the lobby full of lights and the Winnebago lights on the tables. Every little touch was perfect.

The towels in the bathroom were the softest, fluffiest towels I've had in a hotel, and I'm stayed in lots of hotels around the world. The rooftop bar was very nice. You can see the lake and the State Capitol building from there. The hotel is close to all the action. Lively State Street is right behind it and it is on Langdon Street, so you are basically on the campus. Sorority and fraternity houses are across Langdon. I was there in summer, so no wild parties or anything were being thrown. Just new students checking out the campus with their parents.

I took the Megabus here from Minneapolis, and it's a short walk from the Megabus stop on Langdon to the hotel.

The only problem I had was when I was trying to go to bed and I heard loud barking dogs from the room on the other side of mine. That is not the hotel's fault though.

They have bikes you can use for free and also a shuttle van that can take you around.

Overall a nice quirky hotel if you're looking to get away from the boring cookie-cutter hotel chains that all look alike and have no character or charm. This has both and I highly recommend it.

Hotel with Personality!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Graduate Madison has a lot of personality! Funky decor, the most colorful desk chair I've seen in a hotel, loved the room wall art work! Boutique-look. Bikes to rent. The front desk staff did not know where to eat: "I don't know, it's a Sunday." So used Yelp instead to find someplace. Bummer as staff should know great places to eat nearby, where the "locals" like to eat. THE oddest placement of a television I've ever seen. It's placed high up on a random wall, on the SIDE of the bed so basically have to lie down in bed and lay on your side to see it; the other person in another bed (we had double beds) can't even see it, strain your neck!. But Graduate Madison is not run-of-the-mill chain.

Great place to stay.
Reviewed 1 month ago

Close to State Street, Bars and restaurants.Room was great. Love the college town look and feel. The bar on the top floor was pretty cool. Had a light breakfast in the lobby that was excellent. Easy to get to.

Loved the Decor
Reviewed 1 month ago

This hotel was located right in the midst of the University of Wisconsin Madison. It was very close to their Student Union (on the lake) and the Library, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Science Hall. It's a block off State Street, which was a treat to walk up and down investigating eateries and shops. The hotel itself was very accommodating. It was not brand new -- but I felt my room had been remodeled very nicely. They really build on the 'academia' theme in the hotel. With pennants for door hangers, the card keys are copies of student ids, there is pencil instead of a pen with a moleskine notebook on the desk. So while the room was small (and apparently I lucked out with a closet!), it was fine for the stay. There was a free shuttle service, which we didn't realize went to the airport! I didn't get a chance to try out the rooftop restaurant (it was hot and rainy). But it has a great coffee shop (no free breakfast here). Parking is valet only.