By Judy Frankel
There’s always something magical that happens just after check-in. You unlock the door to your room, open the door and set your luggage down. After that, you probably do what most travelers do-- pull back the curtains and take in the view. Whether cityscapes or lake views, these Madison-area accommodations deliver far more than room service. These hotels offer rooms with spectacular views that are absolutely picture perfect.
New Kid on the Block
Madison is one of the few cities in North America to have an AC Hotel. A Marriott brand, this fashion-forward hotel caters to both the business and leisure traveler. The sleek, modern design effortlessly blends its European soul with a Midwestern mindset for those who are craving sophistication without a lot of fuss.
Its premium location offers sweeping vistas of Madison’s two urban lakes: Monona and Mendota. The show stopping rooftop lounge with its floor to ceiling windows capitalizes on its proximity to the gorgeous State Capitol building just steps away from the hotel’s entrance. Dinner and drinks at the locally-owned Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro located on the 10th floor offers panoramic views of the capital city. The sky-view lounge and outdoor terrace gives you a true birds-eye view to the sights of Madison’s downtown.
There’s just something special about being first and the Park Hotel on the Capitol Square holds the bragging rights as Madison’s first hotel. Formerly known as the Best Western Inn on the Park, the hotel recently went through an extensive renovation. Ideally situated on Madison’s Capitol Square, the Park Hotel is just steps away from the iconic Wisconsin State Capitol building. It also is close to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Monona Terrace® Community and Convention Center, Overture Center for the Arts and popular pedestrian mall State Street.
You may not know that the Park Hotel played a pivotal role in cementing Madison’s role as the state capital of Wisconsin. As State Sen. Fred Risser explains, in the late 1800s, there was a movement to try and move the Capitol to Milwaukee due to the lack of Madison hotels. Local businessmen pooled their resources to build a grand Capitol Hotel to keep Madison as the State Capitol. The result of that collaboration was the Park Hotel, which welcomed its first guest in August of 1871. It remains 146 years later as the only Capitol Square hotel.
The building still pays homage to that notable legacy. Many historic pictures, glass etchings and the original Capitol’s brass elevator doors are integrated into the hotel’s interior design.
The Graduate Madison, which opened in 2015, offers a rustic retreat to guests. Striking interiors and good cheer welcomes all. The 72-room hotel is conveniently located just steps away from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus. The building sits on historic Langdon Street, around the corner from the iconic Memorial Union and adjacent to the lively shops and dining options on State Street and the stately Capitol Square.
For spectacular panoramic views, guests and locals alike can head to The Madison Blind, the Graduate’s exciting rooftop bar and restaurant featuring sweeping vistas of the campus, the Capitol and Lake Mendota.
Back to Nature
On the shimmering shores of Lake Monona, boasts spectacular views of the city and surrounding lakes thanks to the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. The adjacent Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired convention center plays hosts to a wide array of meetings and events. It is even home to IRONMAN Wisconsin. Guests at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace can enjoy sprawling amenities including a fitness center, pool, high-speed Internet and more. Located within walking distance of downtown Madison and historic State Street, visitors can explore many restaurants, museums, theatres and more. The hotel offers 92 guest rooms and suites overlooking Monona Terrace and Lake Monona. Premium Capitol views are available in 40 of the hotel’s guest rooms. The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace meeting space also has incredible views of Lake Monona which are inspiring all four seasons of the year.
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