We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mendota Lake House. It's a stunning historic arts and crafts style house with a lot of character and charm and, while it's very spacious and open, it also feels cozy and intimate. The view of the lake is spectacular, and the grounds are very pleasant. We stayed in the Gore Vidal room (all of the rooms have great names), which is described as a smaller room, but it still had a sitting area, and we found it more than spacious enough for our needs. The hosts, David and Bob, were very helpful, easygoing and interesting, offering restaurant recommendations and good conversation in general. David encouraged us to use the television and common area as well as the kitchen, which we really appreciated, and it was immediately clear that guests at Mendota Lake House are welcome to relax and make themselves at home. This is a friendly, lived-in place where you feel very comfortable, and it would be ideal for an extended stay. Breakfast was just fine for us; the website clearly states that a continential breakfast is served, so that is what we expected. The offerings, which included cheese, English muffins, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, scones and yogurt, actually exceeded our expectations of a continental breakfast. Parking is provided, and the location is ideal, with many places of interest within walking distance, or only a short drive away. We also thought the rates were reasonable. All in all, Mendota Lake House provided a very enjoyable and comfortable stay, and we definitely plan to return (hopefully when the weather is warmer so that we can really enjoy the lake).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mendota Lake House B&B is perfectly situated in downtown Madison on the shore of Madison's largest lake, Lake Mendota. We are within walking distance of the state Capitol (15 min.)and the University of Wisconsin campus (1 mile.) The stunning 1911 arts and crafts home was built in the prairie school style by local architects Louis W. Claude and Edward F. Starck. Hosts and owners Bob and David have lived in Madison for more than 30 years and offer a wealth of information about the area. Guests enjoy a hearty continental breakfast with fresh and organic products. We have free parking and free wifi. Don't expect a fancy B&B. We are plain and simple. We will provide you with what we look for in our own travels -- a clean room with a comfy bed at a reasonable price in a great location. Languages spoken include French, Italian and Spanish. The house is in great shape but we are doing restoration work as time permits. Hope to see you soon! ... more less
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