Our little family of four booked one of the extended stay suites and boy were we pleasantly suprised. We had a full galley kitchen with 3/4 size fridge, a nook with a desk, flat screens in both the bedroom and in the sitting room with sofabed, a great view of the Union south plaza/Camp Randall, parking in the basement (hassle-free), and all the amenities of the Union right downstairs. My kids loved the bowling and air-hockey, and they could run amok on the plaza all they wanted in the mornings before my coffee kicked in.
All this for $200. If you aren't a Union member it will be more. I am going to spread the rumor that it is prohibitively more so that I get to stay here again. As a matter of fact, forget you read this and stay at the Concourse, or the Edgewater and leave this place for me.
I can't imagine a better place on a football weekend, and when word gets out these rooms will probably have to go lottery, since the band performs on the plaza before the game, and they won't sell you enough beer not to make it back to the Union from Camp Randall across the street. The best hangover food in the world is mere blocks away at Mickie's Dairy Bar, to boot.
Sure, there's no room service, and yeah, it'd be nice to be closer to State Street (maybe - if you aren't keen on sleep), and ok, this is the 'wrong' Union and you can't fool us with the terrace furniture on the concrete patio with the fake stream. This is still the bargain of the century.
The real measure of the place will be taken in two years after a few seasons of football weekend revelry have dinged up the furniture and soiled the linens beyond bleach, but until then, you won't do better in a 100 mile radius.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I'm extremely grateful we were able to exceed your expectations and provide you an unforgettable experience here at the University of Wisconsin. As you had mentioned, football weekends are very popular and book quickly; Union members and students are allowed to book a year in advance for special event weekends such as these, however, all other guests of the University are required to wait 21 days prior to the weekend to book.
Report response as inappropriate
I'm also happy you appreciated your room overlooking the terrace and stadium -- during football games guests are able to see all the action out on the terrace which includes spectacular performances from the UW band; these rooms only run $5 more than a standard room which is well worth the experience.
We hope to see you back for the upcoming football season!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.