We spent 5 days at the Arbor House in November 2013 and absolutely loved it! Cathie, the innkeeper, was friendly and accommodating. We informed Cathie that my husband had to leave by 8am for 3 mornings to get to meetings and she had our breakfast ready by 7:40am in front of a roaring fire. I was expecting a type of continental breakfast during the week, but it was a healthy cooked breakfast along with fruit, oatmeal, coffee, tea & orange juice. We were also in the historic building where we would find a fresh pot of coffee and a newspaper in the kitchen every morning before we headed over for breakfast.
I stayed around the inn during the day and would walk down Monroe Street to shop or pick up some lunch while my husband was working. Even though we had a TV in our room, it was rarely on. There was a comfy living room and a full kitchen in our building with lots of books and an interesting scrap book about the inn. I made myself tea and enjoyed the quiet relaxing atmosphere of the inn. At 5:30, we would walk over to the main building for wine and cheese before going out for dinner. We never ordered dessert because we knew there was dessert and coffee waiting for us when we got back to the inn. It was left on the coffee table in our building with plates, napkins & forks, along with a carafe of hot water and a selection of teas.
Our room was warm and comfortable. I love that there were Bert's Bees products as well as candles and bubble bath next to the bath tub! The staff was friendly and left flowers in our room one afternoon! The only thing that could have made this trip better, was if we had gone in the spring or summer when everything was blooming! I bet it's gorgeous and it would have been warm enough for us Southerners to ride the bikes!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Arbor House, An Environmental Hotel Madison