This review is overwhelmingly positive only after acknowledging how someone like "ilanortho" could be disappointed at his first stay here. I would have written a similar review about my first stay at Aloft in downtown Milwaukee two years ago: concrete floors and ceilings, sparse, IKEA like furniture. But, truth be told, the look grows on you as something different. I wouldn't design my home this way, and maybe that's the point.
I ended up at HotelRed because it was one of the few affordable bookings for a last-minute business trip, and I enjoyed it very much. On a frosty, cold-to-the-bone night, the heater kept the concrete room very comfortable; the rugs and furniture and well-supplied kitchenette also warmed the surroundings. (The Keurig coffeemaker helped with an immediate hot cup of coffee.) The lounge is very cozy with its red and black design. Every employee was at the height of friendliness on a quiet midweek evening.
If you have business at the University of Wisconsin, this hotel is in a very good location right across the street from Camp Randall Stadium. If your business is at the capitol, it's just a smidge too far if you find comparable rates at closer hotels like Hyatt Place. I would not recommend this as a family destination, but it is a very good stay for business travel and I would recommend it highly.
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- Stay, work, and play in one of 48 modern luxurious guestrooms and suites at HotelRED, Madison’s newest and most contemporary full-service urban boutique hotel. With vivid colors and sleek Euro-design, HotelRED surrounds guests in absolute indulgence and comfort. Join us for a cocktail, Wisconsin micro-brew, and appetizers at our lobby bar and bistro TheWise, the smoothest place to chill in town. Business meetings, private parties, and banquet facilities are available. Enjoy the local color! ... more less
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