What We Love
- The party-central public plaza hosts fall football bashes, summer fireworks and a winter skating rink
- A boat-up beer and brats pier
- Ethereal Lake Mendota views from the two-story waterfront spa and the Lakeview Rooms
What To Know
- Street parking is tight and overnight valet parking runs $25 ($18 for self-parking)
- There is a $14 resort fee per night (it includes WiFi, airport pickup and in town transportation, as well as fitness club and business center access) that will be collected at the hotel
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in the historic Langdon Building (big bands used to blow trumpets on the roof), the hotel added a sleek new tower in 2014 overlooking Lake Mendota. The lobby’s curving grand staircase is lit by cubist glass chandeliers and leads up to a 90-foot interactive media wall that features video screens and lightboxes commemorating Wisconsin icons such as Frank Lloyd Wright and past Edgewater guests (Elvis Presley, Elton John, the Dalai Lama and Sammy Davis Jr., who allegedly attempted to fish from his lakefront guestroom).
Bed and Bath
The 202 guestrooms have been thoughtfully designed. Specially commissioned Deco chests and desks add a historic accent to the high gray headboards, jewel-colored throws and prints of heartland lakes in the coolly contemporary Wisconsin Building. The digs in the Langdon Building, which includes the original building from the 1940s and an addition from the ’70s, are quirkier, down to the porthole windows in a few rooms and freestanding clawfoot tubs in some studio bathrooms. Wisconsin’s own Kohler fixtures are present in all the gleaming bathrooms, along with epic walk-in showers and black granite countertops.
Designed as an urban resort, the sprawling property features a 10,000-square-foot waterfront spa (packed with eight treatment rooms, separate steam rooms, a fitness center and a plunge pool), the grab-and-go Icehouse café, a Boathouse grill and deck and a party-central one-acre public plaza. The best seat in the house, though, may be one of the green velvet chairs beside the lake-view picture window in the formal Statehouse restaurant, where the ode to the Midwest starts with Wisconsin craft beers from the adjoining bar and continues through a charcuterie plate that maps the heartland, featuring Iowa coppa picante and Indiana lamb salami as well as Madison’s own soppressata. For dessert, a bowl of the Edgewater’s signature specially created flavor of caramel corn ice cream, produced by the University of Wisconsin’s Babcock Dairy Store.
In the Area
Perfectly positioned on Madison’s central isthmus, between State Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin’s leafy campus, the Edgewater allows for easy access to Madison’s best bits. Start at the Dane County Farmers Market, which circles the square from spring through fall and which features fresh-faced hippie farmers hawking a rich Midwestern harvest and helping to stock the bumper crop of locavore restaurants in the area. Among the best of the bunch are the James Beard–winning L’Etoile and the comfort food haven Old Fashioned (try the Wisconsin-on-a-plate beer-battered cheese curds). Then stroll down State Street, past bookstores, indie boutiques, and the coffee shops that keep the university’s 40,000 students fully caffeinated, to the heart of the UW campus. The Chazen Museum of Art features a world class collection of art from all over the world, and the lakeside Memorial Union Terrace, where everyone is either eating just-grilled bratwurst or licking a cone of UW’s own Babcock Dairy ice cream, offers boat rentals, so you can actually row right into that view of Lake Mendota, or canoe under your room’s window.
How to Get There
There is no location in Madison more beautiful than the Edgewater Hotel - especially if you love to watch sailboats! The views from the guest rooms are breathtaking, and the staff at the Boathouse is outstanding. This trip I had the opportunity to enjoy the Friday Night Fish Fry and music on the Terrace, too. Fabulous time at a one-of-a-kind hotel!
My husband and I stayed here for a wedding. We arrived Friday afternoon. When you pull up it is very appealing...right off the lake and beautiful grounds. We pull up and waited outside for the valet. No one came. I had to get out of the car and walk to the door where staff were standing and ask for valet. They didn't come out on their own. Check in was fine. The rooms were spacious but that's about all. They seemed dated and not worth the price that you paid for them. Saturday morning housekeeping came. When they left we noticed two stains on the sheets. I called down and they advised that they would send someone up. Well...that's all they did. He handed us the new sheets and blanket and left. I was stuck taking everything off and putting the new ones back on. The next morning the staff member at the front desk was inattentive and not personable at all. The valet was so overwhelmed that it took about 15 minutes for us to get our car. Lovely hotel on the outside but needs a lot of work in customer service.
The atmosphere, service, food & drinks are top-notch! Augie's Tavern & the Statehouse restaurant are both wonderful places to spend with friends, on a date, with family, or business clients. The views from the restaurant are breathtaking as well. I would highly recommend the Edgewater again & again.
Lovely property directly on lake. I agree w all positive reviews.
I did notice that the hotel has two buildings when I booked. I guess that would be important if you didn’t want to trek to the restaurant or lobby from the other building. You really don’t have to go outside but just a hike. One other thing, I didn’t care for the soap products. They had a very “filmy” feel, took forever to rinse off. Staff was very nice w exception to one young woman at front desk but maybe she was having a bad day.
We stayed at The Edgewater Hotel for a family wedding. The hotel was immaculate and the staff could not be more friendly. We had quite a large group we were all agree that there is no other place to stay in Wisconsin!