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“Like being at home but in a five-star hotel!” 5 of 5 stars
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3402 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 Madison B&B and Inns
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“Like being at home but in a five-star hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

My daughter & I spent three nights at Arbor House in Madison and we didn't want to leave! Our room (Parkside) was beautiful, comfortable, charming - we didn't want to leave the room, let alone the Inn!! The common room is also amazing - couch, fireplace (we came to Madison during a blizzard - 13 inches of snow), books, computer, TV, movies, popcorn(!!), games, tea and cocoa, cups, evening treats...a kitchen to make tea, the entry porch has bikes to borrow and loads of information about Madison. The Inn is across the street from the Madison arboretum (x-country skiing after the storm). So much attention to details - it is truly an environmental inn - Burt's Bee's products, recycled paper, fresh fruit or whole-grain salads for breakfast, reminders to turn off lights...
And oh! The breakfasts were just incredible - made and served by Cathie, the innkeeper - heavenly food, good coffee, fruit smoothies, it was all delicious and fresh, and Cathie is an amazing host.

Room Tip: I don't know about the other rooms but the 'Parkside' room is on the ground floor (good...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I stayed at the Arbor House for one night for a business trip. I didn't want to leave. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a friendly employee and given a short tour. Wine and cheese in front of the fireplace was followed by a splendid evening treat and hot chocolate. I stayed in the Eco Vista room, a cozy, clean and comfortable room perfect for one or two people. The homemade breakfast was wonderful, with special attention given to individual dietary restrictions.
The rooms were sufficiently clean, not to the point of feeling sterilized, but definitely clean.
The location was nice, and as a runner it was easy for me to find paths just outside the door.
Looking forward to staying here again soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We just returned from a short mini-honeymoon at the Arbor House. It was our first time there and we were thrilled. We loved the location and had not explored that part of Madison before--great shops, great restaurants, the arboretum etc. The service was impeccable--the room was adorable, cozy and comfortable, and the breakfasts were delicious. Sitting by the fire each night enjoying a glass of wine while we decided where to go for dinner was heavenly. We will definitely be back and plan to make it our traditional getaway. This place does not disappoint. A great find!

Room Tip: Cozy Rose room--no tv but a gas fireplace.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

My husband and I visited the Arbor House for the first time to celebrate our 4-year wedding anniversary in October. We were both thrilled with the beautiful rooms, the charming location, the helpful staff, and the accommodating service. I'm vegan, and every morning they provided a freshly made, healthy, vegan meal for me. We'll be heading back very soon for sure. Best bed and breakfast experience to date.

Room Tip: The bathtub in the John Nolen room was spectacular.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We stayed at the Arbor House for one night on a business trip and wished we could have stayed much longer! The rooms were clean and very comfortable and the food was delicious. Best of all was the very friendly and considerate staff. So great it was that I am compelled to write a review of it--something I have never cared enough to do before!! Thanks, Arbor House!

Room Tip: Cozy Rose and Ecovista were both lovely.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Verona, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

My wife and I visited the Arbor House during the winter months and we were both pleasantly surprised with our experience. All the staff we’re very hospitable. They allowed us to have an early check-in without any hassle. And they we’re willing to be flexible around our schedule. The little personal touches we’re nice. They offered us complimentary wine and cheese at five o’clock. There was also complimentary dessert served later in the evening. The complimentary breakfast the next morning was outstanding. The breakfast was home cooked with all sorts of side dishes available. Usually “complimentary breakfasts” at a hotel chain means a plastic wrapped muffin and some coffee. This breakfast actually felt like a meal.
We stayed in the John Nolen room which is located in the newer annex. There were many tasteful John Nolan themed décor items in the room. The room itself was clean with all of the amenities that you would expect. The flat-screen television was a bit underwhelming with a twenty inch screen. But we chose this room because of the double whirlpool tub in the bathroom. The whirlpool was a nice, clean, and worked easily. During our stay we also took advantage of the sauna room located in the back of the annex building. If you like saunas this is also a nice amenity.
Overall we really liked our experience and would recommend it to others. We used this visit as a one-night couple’s get away. We’ve never done a bed and breakfast before, so this was a very good first experience. The environmental/ sustainable living emphasis of the Arbor House added a nice touch of character. And we felt good about staying at a local inn rather than some big box hotel chain. The cost is a little bit more than I would spend for a nice hotel, but if you take advantage of all the complimentary amenities then it evens out. Overall a very nice place that is distinctly Madison.

Room Tip: Rooms in the newer annex (Nolen, Muir, Leopold) are better in my opinion.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Arbor House was my choice for lodging in Madison. Rooms near UW in conventional hotels seemed over priced and I wanted something nicer.
I got a cozy, quiet room with a fire place, the comforts of home, and great food, all in a wonderful location across from the UW Arboretum. I highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
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Address: 3402 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
National award-winning inn/model for urban ecology. Fireplaces, whirlpools, free canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, cross country skiing. Complimentary special beverage, appetizer and dessert. Travel & Leisure's Inn of the Month, Fine Living Network's Top Ten EcoHotels in the World. Great for retreats and reunions. Just over a mile from Camp Randall stadium and the University of Wisconsin and 3 miles from the Capitol. Walking distance to popular shops and restaurants, urban but just across from UW-Arboretum. ... more   less 
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