Let me start off by saying that I simply needed an affordable place to stay a few nights around Madison. I won this hotel with a $50/night Priceline bid for my Thursday through Sunday stay on a non-home football game weekend. I needed a place to lay my head at night and this hotel fit that bill nicely.
As for the positives, the room I was assigned (King Leisure, I believe) was spacious with seperate sitting area with its own TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a sink. Throw in free wifi and free parking, and this hotel offered just about anything I needed for my extended weekend.
The negatives were small, but worth pointing out. They may have been limited to my room, but I find that doubtful. The plubming was extremely loud, and there would be loud flowing water sounds as if the stool were flushing (but it was not). I never figured out if this was from the above floors or just a function of the plumbing (it seemed to happen at regular intervals). In the bedroom area, the wallpaper was starting to peel away from the wall at the ceiling level. The included desk had a handle that was unscrewed and falling off. The coffee pot lid was broken off and did not seem to match the coffee pot itself. As I said, none of these were horrible problems (or worth moving/compalining about), but they were noticable and makes me wonder about the upkeep of the property.
I'll mention this seperately ... the hotel seems to take pride in its pool area with a small waterpark. It is obviously kid-centric, but this pretty much made it unusable to adults over the weekend. Even the hot tub (which was quite warm) was at times filled with children. Again, I'm sure this is a fun area for kids, but not really a place for adults unless you want to go at off times (daytime during the week). There were lifeguards on duty, and they seemed pleasant and helpful in a few brief interactions. Perhaps because of the waterpark (or not), there also seemed to be quite a few child guests who could be heard continuously running (thumping) through the hallways.
Reading through my review, it comes off perhaps a bit more negative than I intended. This is a fine establishment with some fraying around the edges that could easily be corrected. It seems to be more kid-centric (at least on the weekends), so keep that in mind if you are looking for a place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West This upscale full service Madison, Wisconsin hotel is walking distance to dining and upscale shopping at the Greenway Station in Middleton, WI. Located less than 3 miles from the University of Wisconsin Madison Research Park and 5 miles from the University of WI Hospital & Clinics, Camp Randall Stadium & the downtown Madison, Wisconsin capitol. Complimentary daily shuttle to and from Epic Systems & other businesses, airport & attractions by pre-arrangement. Expect to be impressed at this Madison, WI hotel if you are visiting one of the areas nearby - 5 miles from the Kohl Center, Alliant Energy Center and a short drive to the Monona Terrace Convention Center and the Madison Overture Center. Spacious guest rooms with business amenities; free wireless in-room high-speed Internet access and free airport shuttle. 69 deluxe suites; whirlpool suites, two room suites and kid suites. Executive level business floor. On-site George's Chophouse Restaurant and Z Martini Piano Lobby Bar, room service and 4,000 square feet of elegant Madison, WI meeting space. Catering to the needs of business travelers with such unique programs as: our Monday - Thursday Priority Club Reception from 5 PM - 7 PM or our bonus point offers, see Priority Club rates for details. Traveling with your family? Enjoy this Wisconsin hotel's Indoor Water Park - Crawdaddy Cove! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Madison West
- Holiday Inn Madison
- Madison Holiday Inn