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Graduate Madison

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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


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 with 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 U of W world, steps away from the arboretum, Chazen Museum of Art, the Overture Center for the Arts and all the shops, restaurants and bars of State Street. 

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


  • 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


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


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


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


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 12 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request: free of charge.

Extra beds are not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: free of charge.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee of $25.00 (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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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