My wife and I stayed here three nights. Our room, # 21, was large and had a good view of Lake Monona. We enjoyed our stay. Of note, the hotel is downtown, and our room was on the street and train track side. Auto/truck/bus traffic noise was prevalent during the day. Trains were infrequent (max 4 one night, 0 the other nights, some during the days), but when they came, the crossing bells rang and the trains rumbled and blew, naturally. Didn't keep us awake though. Otherwise, the hotel shares building space with 1) the Essen Haus (authentic German dining and a good choice of German beers on tap), 2) the Lakeview Bakery & Deli where breakfast is offered as part of the room rate, 3) the Up North Pub where Paulaner Hefe is on tap and where each guest gets a free drink each night's stay, and 4) the Come Back Inn, a bar/grill which shares a kitchen with the Essen Haus and has Franziskaner Hefe on tap. Nice situation if you ask me, but if you tire of those, note there are many other restaurants within easy walking distance. The hotel is across the intersection from Lake Monona, which has a paved walking path along part of its shore. Hotel parking is in back, if you're lucky enough to get a space, otherwise it's somewhere else - we got a space. The only problem with our room was that we could not control the heat - we had to sleep with the windows open, in February. The room had a nice, LARGE bathroom. Comfy bed. I would readily go back, and if I did, I'd get room # 21 again.
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