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
Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
"Quirky fun atmosphere"
19. Mar 2018
Iowa City, IA, USA

Map & Directions

Located on Langdon Street near the U of W 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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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. 

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



  • 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 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Cot available upon request: free of charge.

Extra beds are not available.

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

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 Valet Parking Fee of $20.00 (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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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.

Enjoyed This
(15 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Graduate Madison Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Quirky fun atmosphere
Janet 19. Mar 2018 Iowa City, IA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The decor
Mark 19. Mar 2018 Auburndale, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Loved the rooftop bar/restaurant!
Other Comments
Great location for activities on the UW Campus or the many concert venues in Madison
Corinne 18. Feb 2018 Reedsburg, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Rooftop Bar and fire pits
Brenda 29. Jan 2018 La Crosse, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location and price and parking option
Heather 28. Jan 2018 Racine, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location. Bed was comfortable.
Other Comments
The water pressure was low and the room was not clean when we checked in at 5.
Wendy 22. Jan 2018 Golden Valley, MN, USA
Enjoyed Most
very eclectic and very clean. Staff was very attentive and the location is the BEST!!
Other Comments
Look forward to this hotel on any visit to Madison. Great location and great bar/restaurant on the upper floor. 7th floor!!
John 21. Jan 2018 Rockford, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Cute little touches that make you smile. Convenient location to walk around Madison.
Deborah 02. Jan 2018 Sussex, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was fantastic! Friendly, kind, and helpful. Valet parking was a luxury!
Other Comments
Love the lobby coffee shop!
Laura 01. Jan 2018 Madison, WI, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was incredible! The hotel has a fantastic lodge theme and very comfortable beds. Great restaurants, too!
Other Comments
Thank you for finding this great deal!
Laura 01. Jan 2018 Madison, WI, USA

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