We stayed at the Ruby Marie the last weekend in December. We had a deluxe room, which was very spacious, extremely clean, and beautifully furnished. The room had a huge, comfortable bed, a hot tub, a fireplace, a small kitchen area with a microwave, small fridge and a sink. The owners did an outstanding job restoring this hotel, which had to be quite a project considering the size of the building. Yes, it is true that no one is at the front desk after 7:00 p.m., but guests are told about this in advance. Also, there is a phone number to call if an emergency were to arise. The staff we did meet were very friendly and helpful. Madison is a decent size city, and cell phones definitely work here. Breakfast was served at the Come Back In, which is located two doors down from the hotel. You are given a menu by the waitress and told that you may order any breakfast item. I believe that a continental breakfast is served in a different location during the week. Our breakfast was very large and delicious. If you are a light sleeper, the Ruby Marie may not be for you. The hotel is located on a busy intersection and there is some traffic noise, plus there are trains that go by a couple of times. We had a corner room just above the intersection, so its possible that if you stayed in another room the noise would not be as loud. We're used to city noises, so it wasn't a problem for us. As far as noises from other guests or patrons at the saloon downstairs, there was none. The Ruby Marie is conveniently located close to downtown Madison, and is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, State Street and the Capitol. I would recommend this hotel. Oh, and if you eat at the Essen Haus, be sure to try the German chocolate cake. The best I've ever had!
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