My wife and I stayed at HotelRed the beginning of April of this year as we were headed to Madison for a concert. We typically stay at hotels on the west side of town since there is more selection. The only other time we have stayed anywhere near downtown is at Hotel Ruby Marie and the reason was stayed there was becasue of it being a old hotel and having quite a bit of character. My wife and I are fairly traditonal, we live in an nice older home with tons of ornate woodwork and beautiful hardwood floors, this is what we are typically attracted to so HotelRed was a change from what we were used to but I decided to take a chance and we were pleasently surprised.
The other issues mentioned in other reviews were shower issues, we experienced the same issues. It was difficult at times to get the water temp to be consistant but after a little while you got used to it. It is clear that the shower handles that control the water temp need t be replaced because they just do not work right. I did mention this to the staff and they informed me that are working on getting that corrected. Honestly not a huge deal, we made it work.
The location is really neat, the view of Camp Randall from the balcony and being right there on the busy corner is cool. Unfortunetly is was a little cool so we did not spend a ton of time out there but I can imagine if there was a badger game it would be the place to be, it might be loud but it woudl be fun.
There is limited parking but we never had an issue finding a spot but it was not a game weekend or anything but I imagine if the hotel was packed there might be an issue.
That was the good, now for the bad. The rooms are all concrete which was cool, they are very comtemporary which was to be expected and I enjoyed the rooms. The shower was also modern and nice but the one issue is that the suite we were in was really all one big room. The bathroom has a wall and a door seperating it from the rest of the room but it was open between the top of the wall and the ceiling. What that meant is that when you were in the shower you would constantly get cold air coming in at you from above and it was even worse if you had the balcony door open. Sometimes when you are in the shower, especially for my wife, you want the door shut and the heat contained and that is just not possible with this layout.
The other bad thing was when my wife and I came back to the room after being out housekeeping had cleaned our room which was expected. What was not expected was that later when we were getting ready to go out for dinner my wife went into the bathroom to freshen up only to find that one of her makeup containers was gone. It was just a cheap basic plastic $10.00 container of powder or something but it was gone. I assume that is was maybe knocked off of the counter when the staff was cleaning and maybe broke so they cleaned it up and threw it away which it not a big deal accidents happen but the fact that nothing was said to use was not right. We have stayed in many hotels all over and never had something like that happen. The only other issue was the hotel is kind of loud, with all the concrete you kind of hear doors slamming in the night and people talking sometimes echos through the halls.
Overall I would say it is a nice place there are just a few things that they need to address. I would stay there again but I may call first to make sure they upgraded the shower fixtures first.
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- Stay, work, and play in one of 48 modern 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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