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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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
What a fun and comfortable hotel! The suite has bunk beds and a gaming system. The campy theme was fun, beds comfortable and the hotel was sparkling clean. The restaurant on the top flor has spectacular views and delicious food. Excellent service in both the restaurant and hotel. Campy theme continued here with upscale pub food. My son and I loved our stay here for his college visit. I can’t wait to go back.
The new Graduate hotels, with their emphasis on the team sports of the campuses nearby vary a lot, depending on the building that was taken over by the chain. In this case, the hotel was klind of 'comfort food' in decor, with lots of plaids and dark wood. The room was cramped and almost none could possibly have a view of the lake, but the location is terrific - right on campus. There is a top floor bar and restaurant with brauts and beer and board games that have seen plenty of use. The lobby includes a gourmet coffee bar and long table where students (and guests) can use the wifi. My in-room wifi was rather slow, and I did not try the lobby one. The bathroom space was not very well set up and could have allowed for more places to hang towels, etc. but, overall it was a pleasant place to stay with great access to local restaurants, the union, and even the capital (about a mile away). prices vary a lot, depending on events going on, so the 'value' is quite variable. I think you can get some pastries in the coffee shop for breakfast.
Adorable rooms and great staff. Close to all student action, bars, restaurants, the lakes, the Capitol building and the stunning Memorial Union and rest of campus. Fun for alums and business people alike. Special shout-out to Hannah who was flexible and accommodating in our possible room switch and in giving us specific ideas for day's activities for seeing fall foliage and beautiful landscapes.