The Best Hotels to Book in Madison, Wisconsin, for Every Traveler

Plan the perfect Madison city break with our guide to the citys best hotels
Plan the perfect Madison city break with our guide to the city's best hotels | © Timothy Mulholland / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Making a beeline to Madison? We don’t blame you. Wisconsin’s capital has it all: perfectly lovely little museums and galleries, stimulating outdoor activities, and plenty of local pubs with craft beer and live music. If you haven’t been, read on for the best places to stay in Madison – and you’ll realize why the home of the Badgers is a great home away from home for you.

1. Hotel Indigo Madison Downtown, an IHG Hotel


Two double beds in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a football field, a color block carpet, various art prints and a flat screen TV at Hotel Indigo Madison Downtown
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Hotel Indigo is sink-into relaxing, with its comfortable and creatively designed suites. This old Mautz Paint Company building is now adorned with colorful murals to feast your eyes upon. Designers like it here: there’s a workspace in your suite, so you can sit and doodle to your heart’s content until the muse pays you a visit. Alternatively, recline in the truly spa-like bathroom. Should you prefer to seek out others’ creations, there are plenty of theaters and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright once you step beyond the hotel entrance.

2. Graduate Madison


A double bed with a colorful striped blanket and two W initial pillows against a wood-panelled wall in a quirky room with a patterned carpet, a wooden desk and an orange office chair at Graduate Madison
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Graduate Madison majors in Wisconsin hospitality. The all-guests-are-very-welcome mantra extends to furry family pets. The hotel’s shuttle service will take you to wherever in town you want to be. If a little light exercise is your goal, you can bag yourself one of their complimentary bikes instead. The rooftop Camp Trippalindee restaurant is a corker, decorated in a summer camp style, with canoes and wall-mounted fishing paraphernalia, and its name is a nod to the 80s film Back to School. You’ll be in high spirits up here, guaranteed.

3. The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club


A double bed with a large cream leather headboard in a simple room with white walls and a carpeted floor at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club
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The indoor pool and fitness center are amenities enjoyed by all guests at the Madison Concourse Hotel. And, if you want to take the fine bed linens home, they are for sale: ask for the Dayton Street Comfort Collection. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line experience, the Governor’s Club rooms are your best bet. These executive-level suites offer access to the private Governor’s Club lounge, where you’ll be able to sip top-shelf cocktails and tuck into fine dining while taking in the breathtaking view of the State Capitol. Pro-tip: head to the secluded library, where you can cozy up to the fireplace, with wine, a good book, and plenty of privacy.

4. The Edgewater Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A large double bed in a beige-themed carpeted room with a purple chair and a private balcony at the Edgewater
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This is an urban resort that pulls out all the stops and then some, with luxury service and lavish amenities. From its wow-inducing location on Lake Mendota to its waterfront salon and spa, offering body treatments, fitness classes, and personal training. It’s a tough call deciding which room to book – all categories are to lust after. We’d steer you towards the lakefront suites for their panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Then again, the art-deco-inspired modern rooms are seductive propositions, with kitchens and oversized bathrooms among the extended-stay amenities.

5. Sleep Inn and Suites Madison


Two double beds against an orange accent wall in a simple carpeted room with a wooden dresser, a desk and an armchair at Sleep Inn and Suites Madison
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Your spacious suite is a stylish sanctuary that will encourage you to Sleep Inn. One of the key attractions of this place is its location, conveniently close to Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center and Alliant Energy Center. You can roll out of bed and roll right over to Camp Randall Stadium for kickoff. And if the weather isn’t playing ball? Stay in, and spend time in the games room, soaking in the hot tub or heated pool, or working out in the exercise room.

6. Best Western Premier Park Hotel


Two double-beds against a dark gray patterned accent wall in a large room with a writing desk, a dresser, a flat screen TV, two navy velvet chairs and a cream and navy patterned carpet at Best Western Premier Park Hotel
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Premier location, premier amenities, and premier service – Best Western Premier Park Hotel delivers a premier Madison experience. It’s the sole hotel in Capitol Square, which means you’re in the center of the action the moment you step out of the lobby. When you land, the hotel will even scoop you up from the airport for free. We recommend booking a stay in the summer, so you can admire the view from your large suite window seat, then step out for events including Art Fair on the Square, Concerts on the Square, and the Dane County Farmer’s Market.

7. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Madison


A living area in a suite at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Madison with a writing desk up against a navy accent wall, a gray couch, armchair and footrest, floor to ceiling windows and a breakfast bar with two stools
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In town to try the new restaurants, galleries, and shops that have recently opened up in Madison? You’ll want an equally new hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Madison is a new, modern, stylin’-and-profilin’ all-suite proposition a stone’s throw from downtown. Forget soggy waffles and cold eggs – the complimentary customizable breakfast has everything from local salsa to greek yogurt. The spacious guest rooms provide form and function to help you work, play or drift into a deep sleep. Just don’t forget to pack a swimsuit, so you can do a few laps in the indoor pool before meeting old friends – or making new ones – at the lobby bar.

8. Tru by Hilton Madison West


A double bed with a large wooden headboard against a pale blue accent wall in a room with a small writing desk on wheels, a flat screen TV and patterned blinds at Tru by Hilton Madison West
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Does Hilton have the best hotel in Madison West? It’s Tru, but don’t take our word for it. Book a stay near the University of Wisconsin-Madison and see for yourself. A free build-your-own breakfast, fitness center, business center, and room service are perfect if you’re here on business – or, for that matter, for pleasure. And, because no family vacation is complete without Fido in tow, pets are welcome, too.

9. Hyatt Place Madison Downtown


A double bed with a wooden headboard separated by a divider from a living space with a beige couch and footrest in a carpeted room at Hyatt Place Madison Downtown
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Check into Hyatt Place Madison Downtown, and you’ve found the sweet spot: you’re within a few blocks of the Madison Children’s Museum, State Street, Monona Terrace, and the Overture Center for the Arts. If you feel like staying in, order a few sharable bites at the bar in the lobby, then have a soak in the indoor pool. Headed out for the night? Get the last of your work done in your suite’s dedicated workspace, freshen up using the aromatic KenetMD skincare and haircare products in your contemporary bathroom, then take on the town at your own pace.

10. AmericInn by Wyndham Madison West


A large double bed with a wooden headboard against a pale yellow accent wall in a room with a leather couch, a writing desk, a dresser and a flat screen TV at AmericInn by Wyndham Madison West
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If you’re gearing up for a grand tour of the city, AmericInn by Wyndham Madison West is one of the best places to stay in Madison. Within minutes of the hotel, you’ve got the Wisconsin State Capitol, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and Camp Randall Stadium for lower-bowl seats. Fuel up on the free breakfast, and you’re ready to take on an activity-packed day: perhaps exploring the underground Cave of the Mounds or shopping until you drop at West Towne Mall? When your feet are throbbing, take a revitalizing dip in AmericInn’s indoor pool, and you’ll be ready for bed.

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