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What We Love

  • The location — you’re an easy stroll from two gorgeous lakes and downtown
  • Many rooms have panoramic views of downtown and the Wisconsin state capitol
  • Guests can use Trek road or city bikes to get around (the inn is owned by Trek bicycles)
  • Beds are done with plush Frette linens and down pillows, and rooms come with cushy robes
  • The inn offers free passes to the well-equipped Capital Fitness health club four blocks away
  • Valet parking and WiFi are free

What To Know

  • Continental breakfast is included in the rate
  • Pets are not allowed
  • The inn is geared more to couples or business travelers than kids, although some rooms have sofabeds
  • The property has no restaurant but is within walking distance of many excellent ones
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The Review

One of the grandest residential buildings in town, the Mansion Hill Inn was constructed in 1857 on a bluff a couple of blocks north of Lake Mendota. The surrounding neighborhood is one of the city’s most prestigious, and although it’s a relatively quiet residential area, the bustle of hip restaurants, indie bookstores and clothiers is just a 10-minute walk away.

The innovative bicycle manufacturer Trek purchased this German-influenced Romanesque Revival mansion in March 2008 and immediately funded a painstaking restoration of the inn’s ornate interior, a showcase of hand-painted ceiling medallions, richly carved dentil molding and shimmering chandeliers. In the process, a cozy private bar — serving beer and wine — was added to the ground floor. The exterior, with its exquisite wrought iron double balconies, looks virtually as it did when the building was built.

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The furnishings include quite a few stunning Craftsman pieces that look right at home in this part of the country, which is so closely associated with Frank Lloyd Wright. The building may be ornate, but there’s nothing frilly or florid about the elegantly understated guestrooms, with their earthy color schemes, hardwood floors, stone and marble tiles and recessed lighting. Rooms 9 and 10, at the top of the spiral staircase, are particularly romantic, with pitched ceilings and oversize whirlpool tubs.

How to Get There

Mansion Hill Inn
424 N Pinckney Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States


4.5 Very Good 258 Reviews
Beautiful boutique hotel
Reviewed 7 days ago

During a recent trip to lower Wisconsin, friends and I stayed at Mansion Hill overnight. It is a beautifully restored inn with attentive and friendly staff. Our room was on the third floor ... well-appointed, spacious, large bathroom/shower and a comfortable sleeper sofa making it a perfect room for 3 people to share. The inn is in a central location, within walking distance to the downtown area shopping and restaurants. Keep in mind that this is a restored mansion and therefore, no elevator. If steps are an issue for you, make sure you make note of which room you're booking. This wasn't an issue for me, but was for my two friends. I would definitely stay at Mansion Hill again!

Romantic Getaway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I surprised my husband with a night away for an in town, Madison date night. We stayed here and had amazing service. They took special care to make food available for breakfast for my dietary needs. I really appreciate the kindness from the staff. The rooms were comfortable and cozy. We enjoyed our SAT morning on the terrace outside our bedroom. It is pricey, although worth it for a very special occasion!

A Wonderful Stay and Excellent Customer Service
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed here for one night and were very impressed! The room was No. 7 and it did not disappoint! The view on the private balcony was nice and relaxing. The staff and amenities were always on the mark, simply the best. The room was quiet and the cookies/turn down service were are real nice touch. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a getaway.

Exceptionally good!
Reviewed 2 months ago

I suppose everyone has their own rating scale, but looking at the number of 5-star reviews, I begin to wonder whether they are all deserved. Can so many places really be that good? Well, the Mansion Hill Inn is a charming boutique hotel which unequivocally deserves a top rating. The building is a gem - a fine Victorian mansion, sensitively restored to its former glory. Our room could not have been more comfortable, beautifully furnished with luxury touches. Delicious artisan bread and espresso for breakfast. Friendly and attentive staff. Excellent location. One of the nicest hotels we've stayed in anywhere. Highly recommended and well worth expanding your budget for something really special.

Quaint and historic but lacks modern capabilites
Reviewed 2 months ago

This would be a great stay for anyone into historic places and willing to give up some amenities. Unfortunately we didn't realize this until we were there. The facility is extremely well maintained and with tons of character. However it lacks basic items like sufficient plug-ins in the room. The room was pretty small, which is typically for the time period of the house. There is no elevator to the second floor, so a room on the second floor with a lot of luggage is a problem. The stairs are narrow, winding and steep. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There was light breakfast and snacks available which were of good quality. This would be a great stay for the right kind of customer, we were just not it. That partially our fault.