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Hotel Ruby Marie
524 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703   |  
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Ranked #17 of 63 hotels in Madison
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2005

We stayed here after reading about it in "Let's Go" and were very disappointed. With all the choices one has in Madison, there is no reason to stay here - way overpriced, poorly constructed/maintained and a sullen, disinterested staff. The ground floor is a bar/restaurant that features live music. Not as cool as it might sounds - since they play until the wee hours of the morning. Imagine being back in your dorm room and the guys in the next room jammin' really bad country western fare. With no staff around after 9 pm, a guest is instructed to call the bartender if there are any problems. We actually had to call and say, "Ah, could you turn down the band?" The band eventually called it a night but then we were able to hear our amorous upstairs neighbors in their squeaky bed. It is a historic building but not in that charming way. It suffers from neglect both in upkeep and staff.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2004

We stayed in the Hotel Ruby Marie on a business trip and would highly recommend it. The rooms were beautiful -- lots of nice wood furnishings, down comforter on the bed, marble countertops, fridge, plenty of natural light from the windows. The location was excellent: very convenient to downtown Madison but still easy to get to and free parking directly outside. Breakfast was in their cafe downstairs and was a nice mix of pastries, quiche, granola, cereal, juice, etc. It seems like the rooms on back of the second floor might get noise from the bar below, so if you're a light sleeper, I'd ask them about it.

Overall, we loved the Hotel Ruby Marie -- the comfortable rooms, the historic charm, and the convenient location -- and look forward to staying there again!

P.S. -- Thanks TripAdvisor for your warnings about the Mt. Vernon Hotel in Baltimore. I owe you guys one for the heads up!

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Additional Information about Hotel Ruby Marie

Address: 524 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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