hotels with a view in DeForest, WI

1. Cambria Hotel Madison East (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set 3 miles from East Towne Mall, this modern-built, all-suite hotel is 7 miles from Dane County Regional Airport and 8 miles from the Wisconsin State Capitol.Featuring free Wi-Fi, the relaxed suites come with minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers, as well as seating areas with pull-out sofas, flat-screen TVs and desks.Freebies include an airport shuttle, and parking for cars, trucks and buses. There’s also a lounge, a restaurant, an indoor pool and an exercise room, in addition to a business center, a 24-hour convenience store and a coin-operated laundry.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the large, clean rooms and praised the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the beds
  • 12 min drive to Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • 10 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests liked the lobby, mentioned 14 times in reviews
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Kaitlyn Ludeker

We got stormed out of our camp site in the area and called to see if there was vacancy, Nick was very nice and helped accommodate us at 3 am during a busy weekend The next morning Mackenzie was so sweet and helped get us arranged for another night due to the storms The hotel ran very efficiently with spacious and cozy rooms

The location is an easy fifteen minute drive to Madison capitol where there is so much to do We didn’t mean to end up here but now we would come back and stay at this hotel because it was so awesome!!

Michelle Neyer

Literally the best customer service! I’m in the military and had a change in my schedule I had no toiletry with me McKenzie offered me EVERY available toiletry available

Her kindness was amazing!Plus the rooms very clean, and look like mini apartments! Highly recommend!!!!

Teddi Melara

My three boys were excited to go swimming and the pool was ice cold hot tub was Brown We would have been better off swimming in that litle lake that’s right next to the hotel Talk to the front desk their excuse was maintenance is off on Sundays and since it’s 5:00 they can’t do anything but check in is at 4:00

Stay away from this hotel if you’re coming with a family that wants to enjoy their time together

2. Quality Inn & Suites Sun Prairie Madison East (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Situated near Route 151, this casual lodging is a 2.2-mile drive from the Sun Prairie Ice Arena and 10.7 miles’ drive from the Dane County Regional Airport.Classic rooms offer free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, plus desks and coffeemakers. Some upgraded rooms and suites add balconies, microwaves and whirlpool tubs.There’s complimentary hot breakfast, as well as free coffee in the lobby. The hotel also has an exercise room, guest laundry facilities and free parking, plus a business center and an indoor heated pool.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have kitchenettes
  • 7 min drive to Explore Children’s Museum
  • 16 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests liked the service

Feedback From Real Customers

Traveler 2817

Tom greeted us when we registered at the motel He was so cheerful and pleasant! They are so lucky to have him represent them at the front desk!The rooms are very clean, quiet, comfortable, well maintained and safeBreakfast was eggs, sausage, juice, coffee, waffles, toast, muffins, yogurt, and cereal

They charge $2 for a safe fee and LaDene was unable to remove and said she would have her manager removeThe back door lock was taped so it doesn’t close properly I didn’t like that it was not able to lock the doorI wish we were staying more than one night!

3. Comfort Suites Madison West (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This casual, modern hotel is 2 miles from Pleasant View Golf Course and 6 miles from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The polished rooms come with free Wi-Fi, minifridges, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs with premium channels. Suites, some bi-level, may feature pull-out couches, whirlpool tubs and dining/sitting areas.Free hot breakfast is provided. There’s also an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness room, as well as a meeting room and a bar.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to the National Mustard Museum
  • The hotel has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 13 times
  • Guests mentioned “waffles” 11 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and the hot tub
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a spa

Feedback From Real Customers

Dawn Austin-Richmon

The front desk associate, Indra was very kind when we checked in an when we checked out She provided as much information regarding our stay a possible She was very attentive

Other front desk associates during our stay were not as attentive, they could be found outside having a cigarette or in staff Ron sitting reading or on phone or not at all We had to search for someone in order to get toilet tissue for our room as the amount on the two rolls was pretty much out The windows on right was stuck in open position add the crank seemed stripped and would not close window The sink in bathroom was extremely slow to drain I did inform front desk of these issues and did leave a note in room at check outOverall the room was nice and comfortable Selection of pillows which was very nice The room smelled fresh when we checked in which was very nice Many of neighboring rooms had pets which you could not tell as the rooms are very quiet Will return Thank you MsIndra for your kindness and professionalism

Ashley Booker

It is the staff here that makes my stay an excellent one A lot of my interaction has been with Indra who goes above, and beyond to make you feel welcomed, and comfortable; and does it all with a smile Everyone who works here is very nice

Cynthia always greets me with a smile, a wave; and often has fresh towels waiting before I even before ask for them Travis always says hello, and tells me to have a good day The housekeepers are friendly, and courteous They have a nice hot breakfast every morning The pool, and hot tub are a very nice size! In addition, they have a shuttle service for guests It is also in a nice location Thank you to all the staff for all you do!

Jen Belisle

Was charged $100 for a “cleaning fee” without consent or follow up It took three months of calling to contact manager, and he told me “you’re not getting your money back, and don’t tell me how to run my business” We are a quiet family of 5 and the room was fine

It’s his word against mine Wouldn’t stay there again for not only the fee but for the way I was treated

4. Staybridge Suites Madison-East, an IHG Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set 6 miles from Dane County Regional Airport, this casual all-suite hotel is also 6 miles from Olbrich Botanical Gardens and 8 miles from Warner Park.The straightforward suites offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, as well as kitchens, desks and sitting areas. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate living areas with sofabeds.A breakfast buffet, parking and an airport shuttle are complimentary. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool, a hot tub and a 24-hour exercise room, as well as a BBQ area and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms and the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 11 min drive to Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • 14 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 10 times
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Levi Nelson

Right when we checked in there was a “social hour” with food, wine and beer (spotted cow even!) Are you kidding me?! I didn’t check out the outside mezzanine area but I think there is a pool and gazebo out there? The inside pool looked amazing and I wished I would’ve brought my suit Other than the bed being ok and the original room not being cleaned (it was not on the cleaning schedule and they moved us to a new room immediately), this is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at and in a great location on the East side

Compliments to management and staff for making our stay excellent and we’ll see you next visit!

Scott Sned

Nice property with updated and comfortable rooms Breakfast was good with hot food options and waffles There was only one lady helping with breakfast (understaffed), but she was super friendly, kind, and helpful, working hard to help everybody

Two issues with this property:1-“Airport shuttle” feature is misleading Though the website has a “shuttle” icon and shows 7A-7P airport shuttle hours, it’s only Mon-Fri and must be requested 24 hours in advance So our “airport hotel” stay has cost us an extra $60 to/from airport and would have been better to rent a car2-Breakfast hours only through 900A Seemed like a mad rush at 855A Maybe extend out to 930A or 1000A

Carolyn Schmidt

Very comfortable room The bed was not too soft but had a comfy soft topperThe kitchen is well equipped and everything works as it should

Evening supper on Wednesday was nice Breakfast to go worked great for our needsOur dog was very happy in the room and on a walkWe were here only overnight but would be very comfortable for a longer timeI definitely will look for Staybridge suites again

5. AC Hotel by Marriott Madison Downtown (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In a glass-fronted building less than a mile from Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, this contemporary hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Wisconsin State Capitol and 6 miles from Interstate 90.Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the bright rooms offer Wi-Fi access, smart TVs and minifridges, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add living areas, and views of the lake or capitol.Continental breakfast is available for a fee. Dining options include a rooftop restaurant with capitol views, and a warm cocktail lounge that serves tapas. There’s also a gym.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms and praised the air conditioning
  • Walking distance to the Wisconsin State Capitol and Destination Madison
  • Guests mentioned “tapas” 10 times
  • Guests praised the views
  • Guests liked the fitness center, which has weight machines
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino
  • Guests praised the warm bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Max Parikh

Great place to stay Amazing staff, front desk manager and supervisor are caring and engaged They go out of their way to make your stay comfortable

The food at the rooftop restaurant is great for a team outing The drinks are top notch If you have an issue ask for Shawn or Meltia I see them both as general manager material Note: just don’t get a room under the gym

Joelle Fiedorowicz

I had a king room with Lakeview and the room I stayed in lived up to that for the most part I had a view of the lake but mainly the tops of buildings as I was on the 7th floor It was very clean, bed was comfortable and the room was nice and quiet other than the slamming doors of the other rooms

Valet parking was a nice addition and affordable Didn’t eat at the hotel but the restaurant on the top floor had amazing views and the food smelled really good Great location and within walking distance of a lot of shops, restaurants, and activities Will stay again

Shaelyn Rounds

Unfortunately I’m giving 1 star instead of 4 The only reason being is I do not feel the elevators at this hotel were safe Which is the most important factor imo

My friends and I rode down to our floor (3) from the restaurant (9) and the elevator quite literally dropped us, and then malfunctioned back and forth to floor 5 and 4 a few times before opening and letting us out We were all so traumatized, I called the front desk, and immediately the employee asked if it was elevator number 3 as if it’s happened before (It was actually elevator number 1 this time)Safe to say we took the stairs Beware of the elevators for your safety!

6. Holiday Inn Express Deforest (Madison Area), an IHG Hotel (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 90/94, this unpretentious hotel is 5 miles from the Cherokee Marsh Wildlife Area and 6 miles from the Madison Audubon’s Goose Pond Sanctuary.Straightforward rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and desks, plus coffeemakers, microwaves and minifridges. Upgraded rooms add sofabeds. Suites sleep up to 5 guests and feature bunk beds.A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include an exercise room, a hot tub and an indoor pool, as well as a business center and meeting space. Pets are welcome.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have microwaves
  • The rooms have TVs and coffee makers
  • 9 min drive to Token Creek County Park
  • 13 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 13 times
  • The fitness center has free weights and treadmills
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Scott Robeson

We were kept up all night long by the next door neighbors After the sheriff came at 4:30 AM, they continued talking loudly and laughing, and banging the door The walls were thin

Apparently they don’t need sleep But we did We have a long drive ahead of us and we’re exhaustedWe called the front desk three times asking for assistance, and he said he’d ask them to be quiet, but nothing ever happened The 3rd time we called, no one answered the phoneNever Holiday Inn Again NeverOur room smelled like old cigarette smoke The lobby and common area is stale We can ignore that, but not the restThere was a loud party in the parking lot, by where we had to park, when we arrived, so we were very concerned leaving our truck and bike unattended Thankfully, nothing happenedThe desk employee was very patient, kind, and was swamped with work, as it was a full house However, he was unable to do anything, so we wonder if management allows him to or notPay extra and drive to the Dells to stay somewhere else!

Chris S

Don’t go to the Holiday Express Deforest WI if you want a hot breakfast!!!!Deforest was midway between our vacation destination Specifically chose Holiday Express because it offered a free hot breakfast Other hotels in the area were less expensive

Bottom line: No hot breakfast after 30 minutes even though we arrived by 7a Our group of 6 in 3 rooms decided to get breakfast on the road Hotel offered $10 off per room Really? It cost us $60 and wasted time getting to our final destinationFind another hotel that offers breakfast Avoid Holiday Express Deforest WIChris SPS Manager keeps responding that there were other items available A few muffins, toast, We had our own breakfast bars We wanted a hot breakfast These items are NOT a suitable replacement for eggs, bacon, sausage etc

7. AmericInn by Wyndham Madison West (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In a shopping center off US-14, this laid-back hotel is 5 miles from both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Henry Vilas Zoo, and 7 miles from the Wisconsin State Capitol.Warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; some have sitting areas with pull-out sofas. Kids age 17 and under stay at no cost with parents.Freebies include parking, and hot breakfast served in a casual dining area. Other amenities consist of an indoor heated pool, a hot tub and a fitness room, plus a furnished patio with BBQ facilities. Pets are welcome for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • 8 min drive to Elver Park
  • Some guests complained about the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “beer” 67 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests liked the indoor pool and praised the hot tub
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

nathan green

Sometimes my expectations when I travel are not real high We booked our stay 2 hours away not expecting much more than a clean room and bed The location was a bit rough looking

The staff was super friendly and helpful We came in a little after happy hour and they let participate We were concerned about our room when we first entered it smelled like pot, and the window was partially open Don’t know what the issue was but it cleared out quick enough The room was clean and the bed was comfortable They were really busy so the hotel as a whole was noisy but understandable Breakfast was my one surprise! Great hot breakfast with lots of choices and the food was delicious Need a good overnight look no further

Jen Romero-Stentella

Hotel is good for a one night stay, it is an older hotel but it is very clean and comfortable in the sense that it has all one needs The staff is friendly and the check in process was simple Daily there is a Happy Hour from 5-7pm of Free Wine and Beer for guests only

There’s a complimentary buffet breakfast and it has a good variety of choices My child did take advantage of the indoor swimming pool which is open until 10pm nightly for children and then there’s an adult only time from 10p-12am I do recommend this hotel for one night maybe even two nights, don’t expect a 5 star hotel because it’s not, but the service is definitely 5 stars

thomas walsh

My brother Tony and I, had a wonderful stay here The rooms was exceptionally well taking care of The breakfast fantastic

If you drink, they have the managers meet & greet with free wine and beer & snacks to socialize with your fellow travelers The staff and managers was some of the best customer relations I have seen in a whileThe closest has plenty of room with real hangers for your cloths, extra pillows without asking Just a wonderful place, a hidden jem when you need a getaway from the stress of life If you enjoy Mexican food like I do, the restaurant and grocery store less than 500 feet from the hotel has the best food, and grocery store next door, with authentic Mexican food, without the high costMarriott Hotels and suites can learn a lot from this very friendly staff

8. Best Western Premier Park Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Opposite Wisconsin State Capitol, this sophisticated hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Wisconsin Historical Museum and 3 miles from Olbrich Botanical Gardens.Chic rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus microwaves, safes, and tea and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas and pull-out sofas. Room service is available.An airport shuttle is complimentary. Other amenities include a restaurant, a bar and a gym, plus a heated indoor pool, and meeting and event space. Breakfast and parking are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and liked the beds
  • Walking distance to the Wisconsin State Capitol and the Wisconsin Historical Museum
  • Guests liked the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned “farmers’ markets” 19 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • The hotel has a boutique store
  • Guests liked the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Abby Bartlett

This hotel is a nice choice on the square for anyone visiting Madison We had an excellent view from our window and being steps away from downtown restaurants and the farmer’s market was fantastic! The hotel offers free coffee, muffins and fruit in the morning before 9am, which I wasn’t aware of before my stay, but it’s great Also, the parking is only valet which costs $20/night

They are still using some COVID-specific rules at this hotel, such as not doing housekeeping in the room every day; this is actually my preference so I hope they keep doing it for the future Finally, they were amenable to splitting the room bill between me and my colleague evenly, which made our travel plans easier Overall, I was really happy with this great spot!

Nick Chill

Our Best Western Premier Park stay was great The overall hotel had a very professional feel and welcoming service The valet was very helpful and friendly

Our room was nice, but not huge We also had a small view of brick building walls The shower, on the other hand, was incredible The location was key, as we were across the street from the amazing capitol building We also enjoyed the hotel restaurant, The Post, and loved sitting next to the windows with a view of the capitol


Mixed bag Hotel itself is beautiful, lots of history and the poolside room we had was very nice Minus stars because the pictures of the rooms show nice walk in showers which is not the case

A big deal for those with mobility issues The restaurant is good for breakfast(not included), but skip dinner here, overpriced, mediocre offerings Plenty of nice places within walking distance

9. Courtyard by Marriott Madison East (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This relaxed hotel is 9 miles from the Wisconsin State Capitol, 8.9 miles from Lake Monona and 10.1 miles from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The colorful rooms have contemporary decor and feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and work desks with ergonomic chairs. All quarters come with coffeemakers and minifridges. Upgraded rooms include microwaves, whirlpool tubs and separate sitting areas.There’s a pool, a hot tub and a fitness room. Other amenities include a bistro, a bar and a courtyard patio, plus a meeting/event room and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • 11 min drive to Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • 15 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 31 times
  • Guests mentioned “Bistro” 24 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Kao Vang

We booked for a king suite whirlpool and sadly to say the room could be clean better Some of the walls were peeled and still damp wet towels, followed by dusty vent/no trash bags in bins Even found some condiments on the floor and bread pieces outside in the patio

3/5 star for cleanlinessFront desk was phenomenal during the evening, but morning could smile more and at least try to listen to my worries/complaints She was rude in a way for rushing me vs asking other customers how was their stay Not a great send off Would’ve been a 5/5 star for services Which turned out to be a 3/5 starLocation was great, due to the fact it was close by to many places I wanted to browse and shop etc Will we be back? No, for not treating us fairly Not worth the price

Latoria Anderson

I checked in to stay during an audit and didn’t want to leave the room so I arrived with a lot of luggage I called the front desk and asked that they open the back door so I wouldn’t struggle with carrying everything in After advising that I must check in through the front, I explained why that would be difficult to do granite the amount of items I was carrying

An AA girl came to let me in and ensured I was checked in properly She was also training a new young lady of which they were both polite and a joy to communicate withMy room was clean and accommodating while I also enjoyed the many amenities of the hotel including the nice lounge, pool, washer and dryer use with supplied laundry detergent, bar and the gym I rate this 5 stars

10. The Livingston Inn

  • Address: 752 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 238-6317
  • Ratings: 4.9 (112 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : The Livingston Inn
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Landmark Gothic Revival B&B featuring genteel rooms with fireplaces, plus a sunroom & a patio.

About this hotel

Set in an 1854 Gothic Revival mansion on a tree-lined residential street, this elegant landmark B&B is a 2-minute walk from Lake Mendota and a mile from the Overture Center for the Arts.The 5 refined rooms come with fireplaces and sitting areas, as well as cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms feature rainfall showers, antique furnishings and/or lake views.Cooked breakfast is served at a formal dining table in a genteel dining room. There’s a cozy sunroom next to a furnished patio, as well as a lounge with a fireplace, and a garden. Parking is complimentary.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Madison Children’s Museum and the Dane County Farmers’ Market
  • 14 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “lakes” 20 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast

Feedback From Real Customers

Richard Hughes

Highly recommended!Now I know why there are so many 5-start reviews!What an absolutely lovely 4-night stay Few times have I come across such a connected and gracious host as the hotel owner, PeggyFrom delightful conversation over breakfast, to helping us make the most of our stay, Peggy was a delight

Plus, her two beloved dogs Ezra and Hugo made the experience even brighterThe hotel has loads of old-world charm The room was clean, cozy, and well appointed The grounds are pretty, with easy access to a pier on the lakefront to watch the sunsetWe’ll go back just to do it all over again

Alicia Brown

Peggy welcomed us into one of the most inviting and kind environments for our stay in Madison! Such an incredible experience staying in such an appreciated and well-kept historical building Family breakfasts and conversations in the parlor with complimentary glasses of wine Our stay couldn’t have been more perfect! In fact, we were so perfectly happy that my best friend and partner asked me to spend the rest of my life with him while I danced around the fireplace in the William T

Leitch room! 15/10 will be back

Kris Adler

Everything about our stay at The Livingston Inn was fantastic!Peggy, the proprietor, was super friendly and welcoming Her breakfasts were delicious and filling, and the breakfast table conversations were just as good as the food!The room was spacious and comfortable, as were the common rooms, and the lovely groundsThe inn is set in the Leitch House, a beautiful example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places

11. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Madison American Center (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Adjacent to American Center Business Park, this contemporary hotel is also 9.3 miles from downtown Madison.Casual rooms include microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers, plus free WiFi, pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs with HD cable channels. Suites add living areas or separate rooms with sofabeds; some also include whirlpool tubs. Kids 18 and under stay free with a parent or grandparent.There’s an indoor pool with a whirlpool, a fitness center and a market, in addition to free continental breakfast and an on-site bar. Amenities also include a business center and meeting space, plus a local shuttle.

Things You Need to Know

  • 13 min drive to Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • 12 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests mentioned the service is friendly
  • Guests praised the indoor pool and liked the hot tub
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Becki Clou

I stayed for two nights and thought it was great Check in was a breeze I was informed that due to covid, there isn’t daily housekeeping, but I can let them know if I need anything (I didn’t)

The room was clean, everything worked as it should It was quiet I knew there were quite a few guests there, some with dogs, but I never even heard anyone unless they were coming out of their room into the hallway The continental breakfast was your typical hotel continental breakfast: you either take it or just go somewhere else It’s free, so gourmet food shouldn’t be expected I have to go back to Madison next month, and this is where I’ll be staying

Lucas Ellis

Move out of the apartment today with a reservation at this dump made a week in advanced Call today for a possible early check in and the GM said the room won’t be available until 7pm when the check in is 3pm We said we can NOT do 7 and the original 3pm time is fine

The manager said we “copped an attitude,” and decided to cancel our reservation No notice of the room change He cancelled the reservation and stated “do not come here” and hung up the phone Anytime we called back the call would be ignored This is a CUSTOMER SERVICE JOB and this is NOT how you problem solve with your customers Absolute WORST handling of an issue I’ve ever experienced I’ve had customers throw FOOD in my face and STILL have to give discounts to these people because of STANDARDS OF SERVICE Needless to say, a complaint has been filed with the district and the regional manager and I pray y’all have a better experience than we did Good luck if y’all try and stay here!!

K Meenan

Pet friendly is a plus The rooms are relatively clean but old and in need of some upgrades The breakfast is basic grab-and-go (see photo) and the coffee is gross

The one thing that I absolutely could not deal with is the bathtub/shower, as the one in our room was bowed in (see photo) so you can’t stand flat – it feels like you are about to fall through the floor Not goodNote: the hotel is currently renovating some of their rooms, so hopefully that includes their bathrooms and carpet

12. Mendota Lake House B&B (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 704 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 620-3760
  • Ratings: 4.6 (61 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Mendota Lake House B&B
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Classic B&B with lake views, offering bright rooms with free Wi-Fi, plus a sunroom & gardens.

About this hotel

Built in 1911 on the shores of Lake Mendota, this downtown B&B is next to James Madison Park and a 15-minute walk from the Capitol.The 5 bright, relaxed rooms feature hardwood floors, private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Some have whirlpool tubs, lake views, private decks or sitting areas, and 1 offers a kitchenette.Continental breakfast is served in an oak-paneled dining room or in a sunroom with lake views. Parking is free, and other amenities include a guest lounge and gardens. Children under 12 may be permitted with prior notice.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Madison Children’s Museum and the Wisconsin State Capitol
  • 15 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests liked the service

Feedback From Real Customers

dee frizzell

Last summer we spent a week at the Mendota Lake House with family and friends, to celebrate our son’s marriage The house was comfortable, and the gardens were stunning We loved watching the sunset over the lake, and spending time together in the common areas of the house

The rooms were comfortable and nicely decorated The location was perfect, and David and Bob were exceptional hosts Our guests all had a great “first visit” to Madison, and we made many happy memories

kristin celiceo

Stunning historic home on Lake Mendota Beautiful views from back side of home Building features original craftsmanship throughout as well as necessary updates

My room included a jacuzzi tub to relax in, as well as a private balcony with lake views Welcomed with light music to set the tone, as well as friendly, inviting host One star dock simply for the breakfast – I was hoping for a more communal gathering in the home as opposed to the light continental style breakfast

Kelly Jo Brandt

We stayed at the Mendota Lake House in mid-February and loved it The view with the large Bay windows on the first floor and to die for They have tons of seating so you can curl up and gaze out the window at the beautiful view in your own area

Rims we nice Ruth, the housekeeper/host, was extremely hospitable and great dinner great suggestions of things to do nearby It is an old house so expect some creaky floors and old heaters starting up Otherwise, the rooms were well insulated from the sound of others and the house was generally quiet (as most people we out and about)Highly recommend

13. Sheraton Madison Hotel (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 706 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53713
  • Phone: (608) 251-2300
  • Ratings: 4.1 (1415 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Sheraton Madison Hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Relaxed property offering an indoor pool & a restaurant, plus meeting space & free Wi-Fi.

About this hotel

Opposite the Alliant Energy exhibition center, this unpretentious hotel is 3 miles from the Wisconsin State Capitol and 6 miles from the Olbrich Botanical Gardens.Relaxed rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas with sofabeds. Suites include separate living areas.Parking is complimentary. Other amenities include a casual restaurant, a lounge and a fitness center, as well as an indoor pool and a hot tub. There’s also meeting space and a business center. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • 6 min drive to the Capital Springs State Recreation Area
  • The hotel has a concierge
  • Some guests complained about the air conditioning
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 25 times
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 49 times
  • Guests liked the fitness center, which has weight machines
  • The hotel has a game room

Feedback From Real Customers

marcia chambers

Easy check in but when asked about the shuttle, we were informed it was not availableOur room door was ajar, which was disconcerting We had a cleaning crew worker contact maintenance to find out they were fixing door and we may need to move

We did not unpack Later, when the maintenance worker fixed our door, we practiced locking/unlocking to our satisfaction Ten minutes later, our door opens!!!! No knock or verbal warning!What lack of communication!Why would they even give us that particular room when there are six floors of them!

lyra tali

VERY UNCLEAN AND RUDE, STAY ANYWHERE ELSEWhen we first checked in, our pillow cases had stains and blood spatters on them I was told if I wanted new sheets I would have to change them myself so I asked for a new room The second room had hair on the wall and a huge greasy stain on the headboard, plus more stains on sheets

Was again told there would be no one to clean it so was given a third room The third room had a broken AC/HEATER so we either had to sleep with no heating and cooling or try to sleep to a loud banging sound the whole night When I complained to the manager she was extremely rude but promised me that I would be refunded my points for my stay Instead I recieved $75 so will now need to call Marriott to sort out Cancelled our second night and stayed at AC Hotel in Madison AC hotel in Madison is 10-20 bucks more and absolutely divine Clean, updated rooms with incredible staff and delicious restaurant facing the capital Spend the money there or save money and stay somewhere else Just don’t stay at the Sheraton Madison

Mary Manolis

I stayed here for 3 nights in early June 2022 I am appalled that this place is allowed under the Marriott nameUpon arrival (we did not need the airport shuttle during arrival) we asked about being added to the complimentary airport shuttle for departure day and were told the shuttle is not running and we would have to call down to the front desk the day we were leaving

The hotel would then call the cab service of their choice and comp the cost of the cab The day my mother left, she began calling the front desk and for 20 minutes received no answer She went to the front desk and no one was there except a security guard who would not assist her 23 minutes later a “manager” finally showed up and called a cab but didn’t provide the voucher for the cab ride so the driver had to go back into the hotel and spend another 5 minutes obtaining that My mom made it to the gate as her flight was boardingWhen I checked out a few hours later and asked about this I was told it was a private security matter and all guests were safe and it was none of my business None of this aggressive response provided any explanation as to why they couldn’t provide a service that was listed as available on their website When I said that to the woman checking me out she became more aggressive that their security issue was none of my business When I shared this with my mom later she said that she saw no police, fire or any emergency services when waiting for assistance so I really don’t understand where their 24/7 staff was The lack of enough staff needs to be reflected in what amenities they have and their website needs to be updated to indicate what they do have so guests can make an informed decision while staying thereI worked part of the time during my stay Their workstations are not private so I worked in my room Their hotel photos show a desk and office chair but in actuality the rooms don’t have that set up making work difficultOn our first morning I was working in my room and housekeeping knocked and opened the door before I could even respond Apparently someone didn’t update our arrival and checkout days so housekeeping had a wrong list of which rooms to cleanThe main lobby and outside seating seemed nice at a quick glance but upon further inspection dust and excessive cobwebs cover the outdoor lights, crumbs and bird droppings are all over the outside seating and the inside area has sticky surfaces The room itself had dust and cobwebs in the windowsills and dust on the top shelf where thr inroom coffee isThe staff is either nice but lacking in knowledge or rude and aggressiveI had other family staying at the comfort inn next door which for 10 dollars less a night had larger rooms, a cleaner pool and outside seating area and complimentary full breakfastI would never stay at this hotel again and would encourage anyone to avoid it It’s poorly managed and clearly employees, including the manager, don’t care about the incorrect information on their website and how this is reflects on their service The price I paid for services received is a jokeI’m also having to keep an eye on my credit card as I see my amount as having been paid 3 days ago but the same amount is listed as pending payment todayThis hotel is horribly run and clearly has some process issues they need to correct A cute car in the lobby does not make for a positive hotel stay as a guest given all of their problems

14. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Madison (1-star hotel)

About this hotel

Adjacent to Hilldale Shopping Center, this refined all-suite hotel is a mile from Shorewood Hills Beach on Lake Mendota, 2 miles from the University of Wisconsin and 9 miles from Dane County Regional Airport.Polished suites offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and living areas with sofabeds, as well as kitchenettes. Upgraded suites add separate living rooms and/or partial lake views.Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include a bar, a gym and an indoor pool, plus a BBQ and a contemporary lounge. Parking (fee), and meeting and event space are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have kitchenettes
  • 5 min drive to the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs First House
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “shopping malls” 10 times
  • The fitness center has treadmills and weight machines
  • The hotel has a boutique store

Feedback From Real Customers

Vickie Kramer

Stayed here for my second time in March and my daughter’s seventh time at this hotel The hotel is so quiet and I got a good night’s sleep which is rare for me Bed was very comfortable

Very nice personable male front desk clerk Safe underground parking Coming back in June and getting 2 rooms at that time


Very safe, quiet location Walking distance from shopping and food Rooms were clean and very nice

I would recommend and I def would stay again The only thing negative I noticed was the bathroom didn’t have a fan/vent built in Parking in the garage was an extra charge each day (which I think should be FREE for the hotel fee/stay) but I still paid it anyways and I felt it was worth it

Graham Vance

This hotel has quiet rooms, a bar in the lobby, and a pleasant staff Housekeeping is on request but the amenities in the room last a single person a week The breakfast is included and is pretty decent

There is not a restaurant in the hotel but it is located right next to a shopping complex with multiple restaurants I would definitely stay there again

15. Comfort Inn & Suites Madison North (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This straightforward hotel is less than a mile from I-94 and 11 miles from Dane County Regional Airport.The unfussy rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and desks, as well as microwaves, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add balconies and/or sitting areas, while suites provide whirlpool tubs, kitchenettes and/or separate living rooms.Freebies include parking, hot breakfast and an airport shuttle. There’s also a relaxed bar/lounge, a fitness room, an indoor pool and a hot tub. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available. Pets are welcome for a surcharge.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • 9 min drive to Token Creek County Park
  • 12 min drive to Dane County Regional Airport
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 10 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the relaxed bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Courtney Carson

We stayed here with our soccer club which means lots of kids and lots of noise Every member of the staff was super friendly, helpful, and made the whole experience pleasant We had 2 separate issues (our remote and our AC/heater) both were taken care of in a timely manner and the staff was happy to help

The gentleman working the continental breakfast was super friendly and helpful Would absolutely recommend They also made checkout/checkin easy for such a large group

Daryl Diddle

We are quite picky regarding cleanliness, and the place was clean – room, lobby, pool area (which was more like a small, indoor water park – our teens loved it,) etc Not fancy, but neat and clean The bed was one of the most comfortable we’d ever slept on – which is a high compliment coming from my wife, who has some back issues

The woman who took our reservation in the afternoon was super helpful and kind For the price it was a no-brainerThe only reason this was not a 5 star (I’d give it a 45 if I could) was the breakfast – the waffles tasted like chemicals and there was no milk for the cereal We asked for milk, but it didn’t seem like anyone was really interested in going to the store and grabbing some I suppose good help really is hard to findWe’d certainly stay there again

16. The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This upscale hotel in downtown Madison is a 3-minute walk from the State Capitol and 1.4 miles from Monona Terrace.The contemporary rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded options add whirlpool tubs. Club level rooms offer access to a lounge with free breakfast, snacks and cocktails. Some rooms have city views.Amenities include a bar and an airy restaurant, plus a fitness center, an indoor pool and event space. There’s also a free airport shuttle.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests mentioned the rooms are large
  • Walking distance to the Wisconsin Historical Museum and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “Ballroom” 22 times
  • Guests praised the lobby
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Sara Mae KB

The staff was super friendly and attentive My Room was beautiful and very clean Room service was quick , and delicious and it was a 90 second walk to the Orpheum theater that we were in town to see a show for

I also really appreciated that the room floors require a key for the elevator as they had a convention going on and lots of non overnight traffic in the hotel I couldn’t ask for more and will definitely stay again if I come into town

Heiner Schwutke

Epic booked this hotel for us as a ” check out my new hometown” for my daughter who will be working in Verona ( Epic also paid for the flight)The hotel is great for checking out Madison, in the centerThe room was nice and clean

Staff was friendlyPool area was well maintained We were able to walk almost everywhereA great choice for a first trip! ( and beyond)

Dr. Ricardo Peña

I stayed there during a conferenceGreat place, excellent location, one block from the capitolConvenient parking on-siteLots of restaurants and stores nearbyCustomer service at the hotel was great

Clean and comfortable roomsGreat, great value for the price Very recommended!

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