With a little help from our grandson, a junior at the U of Wisconsin, we checked into Hyatt Place for a long weekend. This happened to be a Fall weekend when there was no football game scheduled at the university, so things were relatively quiet at this state capital. We found the staff of mainly young adults extremely welcoming and the availability of the hotel's shuttle bus a real PLUS, taking us to a restaurant for dinner and picking us up afterwards as well as offering transport to and from the airport. The rooms all feature a sitting room and sleeping area. Shower was especially nice although the lavatory itself was a tight fit. The hotel offers an ample breakfast included, and for a light lunch or snack the fare was more than adequate and well-priced. We learned that during the just-concluded 2012 election campaign, the hotel had been used for a visit by Vice President Biden, in itself something of an endorsement. All in all, Madison wowed us with hospitality and friendly people.