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Graduate Madison

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Why We Love It

  • This collegiate-minded boutique is just a block from the University of Wisconsin campus
  • Some rooms include views of the Capitol Building and Lake Mendota 
  • The Portage Pi cafe serves coffee, juice and snacks and is often populated by students 
  • Wi-Fi is free, there's a 24-hour fitness center and bikes are available for rent

"Upscale [with] a modern look and feel" -- Wisconsin Review Journal

91% (34 Member Ratings)

"The friendly staff and quirky decorations."
Roxann
Apr 26, 2017
ELKHART LAKE, WI, United States

Map & Directions

Located on Langdon Street near the UW-Madison campus, the hotel is a 20-minute drive from Dane County Regional Airport and 15 minutes from the I-90 and I-94 interstates. Madison is about 90 minutes from Milwaukee, two and a half hours from Chicago and four hours from Minneapolis. 

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

With canoes in the ceilings, lamps that look like Winnebago campers and bright plaid carpets and furniture in the lobby, Madison's new Graduate Hotel evokes both a scholastic feel and outdoorsy vibe. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called this "rustic-modern" property a "collegiate wonderland for grown-ups." 

Rooms range from a cozy Graduate Double with one full bed (perhaps best for solo travelers), all the way up to the Camp Wandawega Suite, made to resemble a camp cabin that features a king bed for mom and dad and bunk beds for the kids. Most guests will find the rooms with one king, queen or two queen beds a fine fit -- all have complimentary Wi-Fi, bright and modern bathrooms, a minifridge and coffeemaker, and some even have views of Lake Mendota. 

There are two dining options on site -- the Portage Pi cafe in the lobby features coffee, juice, breakfast sandwiches, salads and signature hand pies with fillings like banana s'mores, short ribs, or cheese curds. Atop the hotel is the Madison Blind, the seventh-floor rooftop bar praised by the Food Network for its "stunning views [and] high-end riffs on classic pub grub." The Blind has a full kitchen, cocktails and beers from local breweries like Karben4 and Ale Asylum along with panoramic views of the city and lake. 

When you step off the hotel's grounds or ride away on one of its rental bikes, you're right in the midst of the UW-Madison world. The hotel is close to many university buildings, the Memorial Union (aka the "living room of campus") and you're steps from the shops, restaurants and bars of State Street. You're also close to the arboretum, the Chazen Museum of Art, and the Overture Center for the Arts and the iconic Capitol building.

From the press:
  • "There is an outdoors-loving style, a Midwestern down-to-earthness and a dose of modernism that gives the place an astuteness that's hard to beat" -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Policies

Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check-in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 12 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Cribs available on request (and based on availability), free of charge for one child up to age 3. Extra beds are not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, and will be charged $100.00 (subject to tax) per stay. Charges will be applied by hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: A Self-Parking or Valet Parking Fee of $12.00 (subject to tax), per night applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

It is the responsibility of the hotel chain and/or the individual property to ensure the accuracy of the photos displayed. Travelzoo is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the photos.

91% Positive
(34 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Graduate Madison Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The friendly staff and quirky decorations.
Roxann Apr 26, 2017 ELKHART LAKE, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
Darling design, great staff,
Judith Apr 23, 2017 minneapolis, MN, United States
Enjoyed Most
Convenience and the top floor bar/view
Anne Apr 23, 2017 New Berlin, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
The location was great. Beds were comfortable.
Other Comments
Lack of ability to control room temperature in room. Hot and stuffy. No housekkeping service during our stay, not even basics of dry towels or emptied trash. Shower floor was not clean, poor water pressure in shower, back of bathroom door was smeared with dirt and in disrepair. Noisy room facing State Steet with no view.
Janice Apr 10, 2017 Marquette, MI, United States
Enjoyed Most
Ambience
Michael Apr 02, 2017 Gurnee, IL, United States
Other Comments
The beds seemed more like a double than a queen but, other than this, the hotel is wonderfully eclectic and within walking distance of the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Julie Mar 28, 2017 Elmhurst, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff was courteous and the rooms were extremely clean and comfortable. It was a fun place to stay! The Roof Top bar was awesome and the location of the Graduate Hotel to State Street was the best! We will most certainly stay there again!
Monica Mar 27, 2017 Onalaska, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
The decor and feel of the hotel were wonderful. Thought the restaurant on the top floor (The Madison Blind) was excellent.
Other Comments
Wish the water pressure was stronger. Wish the bathroom sink drained faster (sink filled up immediately—in seconds). The shampoo bottles in the shower were near empty when we arrived. The food at Portage Pi was very mediocre. Seems like attention to details could be improved, but overall, it was a very positive experience.
Mark Mar 27, 2017 Minneapolis, MN, United States
Enjoyed Most
The eclectic decor and being in the middle of Madison with great views
Michelle Mar 21, 2017 Cottage Grove, WI, United States
Enjoyed Most
It was a good distance from State St.
Other Comments
I'm the description of the stay, it states we would be able to pay $12 for valet parking. When we arrived, they told us they did not and did not bother to correct the situation. In addition, the person at the front desk never apologized and told us that TravelZoo did not state the spots were guaranteed. I mentioned that it also didn't mention that spots may not be available and are first come first serve. When a situation such as this arrives, it is not the guests fault there is a misprint or lack of information from one vendor to another. We did not appreciate the negative attitude and almost felt like it was our fault. We will not be staying there again.
Emir Mar 19, 2017 Buffalo Grove, IL, United States

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