We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very good accommodations and situation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Ruby Marie

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Save
You added Hotel Ruby Marie to your Saves list
Hotel Ruby Marie
524 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #24 of 63 Hotels in Madison
Asheville, North Carolina, Usa
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
81 hotel reviews
Reviews in 102 cities Reviews in 102 cities
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
“Very good accommodations and situation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

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.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

101 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    53
    33
    5
    4
    6
See reviews for
17
56
5
5
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (31)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Rockford, Illinois
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My wife and I stayed here and we really enjoyed it. It's right downtown, walking distance from several bars and restaurants. It's also just a block or so to the lake with a nice walking path that goes around it. We saw a spider and got a little freaked out, but you could see a spider anywhere, right? Overall, it's a really cool place. Certainly not your boring, everyday chain hotel room.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Columbia, Missouri
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hotel Ruby Marie is newly renovated, close to all things downtown, and a really nice place to stay. We stayed on the second floor and had a large room. There is a bar downstairs, and on weekends it can be noisy. If this is an issue for you, I'd recommend staying on the third floor.

Breakfast was in the cafe in the same building...made to order and wonderful.

We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Waterford, WI
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed for one night at the Hotel Ruby Marie for a weekend getaway. We booked the room on the phone, but I could see the room online that I was booking. It is a small boutique style hotel so there are not many rooms. The location is great, only a few blocks to the Capital. There are three bar/restaurants right in the building and a bakery/deli also. With out great senior rate we also received two drinks at Up North and a full breakfast of choice (Prime rib and eggs for me) at Come On In. That is only available on the weekends though. The other restaurant in the building looked good also but we did not eat at the Essen Haus. The room itself was incredible if you love the at home feeling at Grandma's house, which we do. Beautiful antiques and even a toilet with a raised pull cord tank. Beautiful Kohler fixtures also, including a whirlpool tub. There was a gas fireplace which we used to keep our room homey and cozy. The drawbacks are that the room was right on the street with old windows so it was a bit noisy. Also the heater clunked all night and you can hear the people upstairs walking around. Also the mattress pad on the bed was very dirty and stained looking. There was a nice kitchen area, but no microwave. A fridge and a coffee-maker though. Even with these drawbacks we would stay again because we loved this experience much more than staying in a standard hotel. And the rates are a very good value for downtown Madison. I would not recommend this place for families, but for couples it is quaint.

Room Tip: Look at the website to choose the room that's right for you. Street side was noisy, but not sur...
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

Why would anyone want to stay at one of the chain same old same old modern hotels? This is are 2nd stay. Lowest price we could find but twice the hotel as the rest. Old 1800's building...such character! compentary drinks at their bar which has a beer garden....free breakfast in the
morning...and not continental either! Love this place!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
USA
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Hotel Ruby Marie is a hybrid hotel and bed & breakfast. Don't expect the usual hotel perks like a pool or 24 hr staff. Instead you get a most unique experience with beautiful old rooms, excellent location, and wonderful dining/drinking options next door. This is the perfect place for couples wanting something different during a Madison stay. I would not recommend this property for families. Great people and funky flavor make this a must stay in Madison.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Portland, Oregon
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is the second time I've stayed at the Ruby Marie and I will return. It is an old boarding house and full of history. The staff is very accommodating and helpful. Check in and out can be unusual during after hours as the front desk is only staffed during the day. The hotel is conveniently situated within a 5 minute walk to the square and several nice restaurants, among them, Sardine & Osteria Papavero. It also sits above four intertwined eateries. In fact, you'll have the opportunity to experience the Up Front Bar for happy hour, the Come Back In for weekend breakfast and the Sunshine Cafe for weekday breakfast. The fourth restaurant, The Essen Haus, is known for their boot of beer and polka dancing, a real midwest experience. I would recommend getting coffee at one the nearby local spots: Ground Zero, Bradbury's or Ancora Coffee. There is free parking in at the back of the building- which is also the entrance to the hotel.

Room Tip: The inner courtyard rooms are dark and on the smaller side.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Hotel Ruby Marie? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Ruby Marie

Address: 524 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Madison
#4 Romantic Hotel in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Cheap Tickets and Expedia so you can book your Hotel Ruby Marie reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ruby Marie Hotel

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Hotel Ruby Marie, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.