Close to the State Capitol, State St, Convention Center and Overture Center. Lakes Mendota and Monona are about 3/4 mile north and 1/4 mile south of here. UW Campus is 10 blocks away down State St.
Motels seem slightly high priced to me for this city, so this is a great alternative. Situated right above a tiny Costa Rican restaurant.
Where do I start? The pictures do not describe what this "former dormitory" is NOT, it's not a hotel by any means, barely. First of all, you walk in and the feeling/vibe I got instantly was "is this a hotel or a nightmare out of the 1960's?" The decor is very old with the exception of a few areas of the hotel like the dining room and the main floor sitting area.
Showers only in the rooms. We had a "single" room which consists of a double bed, T.V. w/ armoire and a desk area. There are internet hookups, but at times it is slow at best, and it appears that you are hooking or using other peoples connections?
The overpriced snacks in the vending machines and the ice machine are all located on the main floor by the lobby, so if you are like me and staying on the 5th floor you have to take the elevator down every time you want something, not like in other hotels where there is usually a vending machine and ice machine on nearly every floor.
Our room was ok, bathroom was kind of icky, old wallpaper peeling off the walls, coffee maker was way dirty! There is no light in the shower so it was dark in there and the vents above the shower were all dirty with grime and dust stuck on them.
Hotel maids come around at 8 a.m. ??? waking you up wanting to clean your room, a little early if you ask me, come back at 10 a.m. and I might let you in. GOD!
I called down to the front desk for an iron and ironing board (most hotels have a staff member bring it up to your room) they told me I would have to come down and get it myself. WHAT? Yeh, like I am going to haul an ironing board and iron to the 5th floor, think again.
Another thing was the continental breakfast. While good, the times are HORRIBLE! Saturday and Sundays it is from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. But on the weekdays it is only from 7-8 a.m. only ONE hour, so if you really want to eat you have to drag your but out of bed!!
Really nice clean big pool! The advertisement for the hotel says their pool is "heated", NO IT WAS NOT...There is a dry sauna in the pool area that was nice for warming up after you were in the freezing cold pool though.
Continental breakfast was decent, hashbrowns mixed with ham and eggs, cereal, milk, orange juice, coffee, waffles, donuts, bagels, pastries, nice selection overall.
Close to everything you will ever need...restaurants galore (however not that many fine dining options), Walgreens, small corner grocery stores, walking trails, the University, bars and shopping, museums and hair salons.
When coming to Madison, I strongly suggest staying in the downtown area. It will be more expensive, but definitely worth it. Almost everything that you would want to see is within walking distance, and an acceptable (for America) bus system covers a large amount of the rest of the city. The nightlife is also centered here. The downtown is situated on an isthmus between two beautiful lakes that offer recreation options. If you have access to a car, the countryside is only a short drive away.
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which was an excellent hotel. Madison has bed and breakfast inns that would have been more interesting, I'm sure, but I was also travelling with my dog and surprisingly enough, Crowne Plaza has no problem with pets at all :-) They also boast a morning buffet, a bar, a gym, and an indoor pool. It's a bit on the pricey side, but if you're looking for a lot of amenities and good service, it would be well worth it.
This is a fantastic place to spend a night when you want something a bit 'different'. Huge tub, books to read, free mini bar, fluffy bathrobes. A real treat.
Rooms are ingeniously decorated, each devoted to a different character in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We spent the night in the Wife of Bath's room, and I can't wait to see the others.
Breakfast at the downstairs cafe and bookstore is included. Not to be missed!
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