Mansion Hill Inn

Mansion Hill Inn

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4.5
#4 of 5 B&Bs in Madison
Location
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Cleanliness
4.9
Service
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Value
4.3
The Mansion Hill Inn, a historic boutique hotel located in downtown Madison, offers world-class hospitality, luxurious accommodations and opulent charm. Your visit includes complimentary breakfast, valet parking, wireless internet, and a fleet of Trek bicycles for guests to use as well as an onsite bar. At the Mansion Hill Inn, your innkeeper is your personal concierge with knowledge of Madison restaurants, activities and events and a willingness to go above and beyond to help you make the most of your time in Madison (printing boarding passes, fulfilling special requests upon arrival, booking dinner reservations, etc.) The Mansion Hill Inn is ideal for romantic getaways, business travel, weekend getaways, wedding accommodation, and Badger sports.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Patio
24-hour security
Concierge
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Telephone
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
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Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Special Deal:Free breakfast with your stay

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424 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-1472
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Somewhat walkable
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LoveMyTrips wrote a review Oct 2022
Chicago, Illinois25 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a wonderful stay at Mansion Hill Inn. I was struck by the ambience of the property when I arrived on an evening. The lighting was just perfect. The inn’s homepage does not do it justice because it cannot convey the ambience. The common area is very well-maintained and elegant. The staff are very helpful and friendly. I feel very well taken care of. I stayed in one of their small rooms, so there is not much to say about the room itself. The room is comfortable and clean. It has access to the large veranda, so I can relax outside as well. The bathroom is very clean, spacious and there are two shower heads, one of each side, and good countertop space. The hotel is very centrally located, within walking distance to State Street and Capitol building. Yet it is located far enough from the noise of downtown area. I enjoyed my stay and I hate that I cannot give it a five star. What holds me back from giving it a five star is the quality of the breakfast. For the price it charges, the breakfast is very limited in the choices of food. There are only fruits, breakfast pastries, yogurt, granola, breakfast bar, juice, coffee, tea. I understand they do not have a full kitchen and cannot serve cooked food but for the price it charges, I expect a more bountiful breakfast with cold cuts, eggs, etc. I hope they can improve the quality of the breakfast and I hope to stay there again when I visit Madison.
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Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mary D wrote a review Apr 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I would give this lovely place and its extraordinary staff 100 stars if I could. We stayed here four nights, and were totally enchanted by the historic beauty and most especially by the amazing service, the best and most thoughtful service I’ve ever had at a hotel of any kind. Each and every staff member is a gem. It is also the cleanest place we’ve stayed— all details attended to, no weird smudges on walls or forgotten dusty baseboards. We loved everything about our stay, especially our wonderful conversations with staff members and fresh baked cookies at night. Thank you for the perfect experience; we will be back.
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
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bhoppy wrote a review Dec 2006
oregon18 contributions102 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the nicer B & Bs I have stayed in. 9000 square feet old historic home. Service was pleasant, but not exceptional, breakfast was okay, but a little mass produced and left out on a tray for when you are ready for it. No call to our room to let us know it was ready. Nice touches like Aveda products, New York Times, wine at night. Was allowed to look at many of the rooms, all seemed more than adequate with many craft features. Bedding and shower were very nice.
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Date of stay: December 2006
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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lousygolfer wrote a review Jan 2004
Wisconsin34 contributions68 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed here on our wedding night in June 2002 and were quite disappointed. We had reserved a truly lovely (I can probably count on one hand the times I've used that word in the past decade) second floor room with very high ceilings, tall windows, a pretty little balcony and a beautiful marble bathroom including hot tub. We got there at about 10 p.m. to check in and were told that the pumps for the hot tub in the room we reserved broke a week or two back and had not yet been repaired. Instead of either fixing the hot tub or giving us advance notice of the problem, they stuck us in a top floor dormer room with slanted, low ceilings and Japanese decor. It did have a hot tub but although they told us they were taking $50 off the price, we were not happy.

We were not happy with the room because it was not what we reserved and although there would have been plenty of time in the week or two beforehand to advise us of the problem with the hot tub, the innkeepers instead chose not to mention anything until we arrived in order to be sure they kept our deposit and filled as many rooms as possible that night. We really felt conned and deceived, as we had no alternative at that point in time and really did not want to be spending our wedding night calling all of the other hotels in town looking for a vacancy.
Although the room was quite large, it took a strenuous hike up the steep stairs to reach it. We didn't care for the room's rather dull monochrome decor. It had little charm and when spending $280 a night (well, $230 with the discount) on a room for a once-in-a-lifetime evening, I expected it to be romantic and outstanding. It was not.
Aside from the hot tub, it was just a room that had a bit of space (much of it wasted by the low sloping ceilings), a TV and a stereo.

When I first sat on the bed, I was surprised to see the corner of the bottom sheet spring loose, exposing the bare mattress underneath. The sheets were quite worn, almost threadbare and pretty obviously had shrunk significantly over years of use. I once stayed at a bed and breakfast with similar sheets that would not stay tucked in and had a horrible night of sleep, as I kept waking up as I got tangled in the loose sheets. I called down to their night staff member for new sheets and he was very reluctant at providing them, obviously dismissing my concerns about the sheets as being trivial and silly. I really did not care for that attitude on my wedding night.

Another problem we had was the valet parking, as it separated us from our car until morning. My wife accidentally left her asthma medication in our car, but by the time we realized it, the inn's night employee had gone home for the night. We walked around the block, but could not find the parking lot where our car was parked. We ended up having to take a cab home where luckily my wife had a spare inhaler, returning to the inn at nearly midnight.

There were several positives about the inn (really a fancy B&B). The inn is one of the several houses that gave that section of Madison the name Mansion Hill and it has beautiful, ornate architecture; arguably it is the most aesthetically pleasing house in Madison. Several of the eleven rooms are very pretty and memorable (probably the majority are not, though, as some are essentially basement rooms and are quite poor value). Breakfast was very good, especially the incredible ham and cheese pastry.

Overall, I cannot recommend this upscale bed and breakfast because of the poor service, the surprising corners that its owners cut and the very unfavorable price to value ratio. We've had relatives stay at the Collins House B&B a few blocks away and although it was not as elegant, it nonetheless is quite luxurious in a far more comfortable and quaint manner, is significantly less expensive and visiting there was a more pleasant experience. Our relatives have stayed several times at the Mansion Hill Inn as well, cost is not an issue for them, and they prefer the Collins House. Alternatively, I would recommend the Hotel Ruby Marie, which is a surprisingly nice small hotel, but be sure to reserve a third floor room, as there are several busy pubs and bars in the first floor of the building.
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susankm66 wrote a review Feb 2011
Illinois2 contributions13 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was in Madison last week with a friend. She had never seen Mansion Hill Inn but I'd told her about it many times--we used to stay there a lot in 2006-2007, before the sale to Trek and the renovation. We walked in and I asked if they had vacancies (I'd already checked online) and I was told they had two-- and the two she offered were the highest priced rooms on upper level for $350. Of course, with room rates starting at $200 for an 8x8 foot room, there are no bargains here. I asked her why her registration system said there were 9 vacancies, and why all the room doors were open at 6:30 pm if they had so many guests. She became flustered and said perhaps there were other vacancies; she would check.

I asked if they had brought back minibars and DVD players in rooms. "No."

I asked if they brought breakfast to your room at a time of your choosing, as they used to, pre-renovation. "No."

I asked if they had restored complimentary wine in parlor during happy hour. "No."

I asked if there were any plans to restore the 6 whirlpool tubs they removed 6 of the 9 rooms. "No."

I asked if there was a frequent visitor discount program as before. "No."

And so, having seen all the rooms and getting a lump in my throat, remembering how historic and individualistic and regal they used to be, I told the woman we were going to stay somewhere else.

I'm just so sad about the loss of this place, and I fear they're going to be out of business soon if they don't start restoring some of the lost amenities and drop their prices even a little. go to their website and try to make a reservation for today or tomorrow. You will see that most days, almost every day is available---even weekends.

Trek, wise up. Madison has a very competitive offering of stylish hotels and inns. We stayed at a b&b (won't name it here) for $175 for a room with jacuzzi, 50 inch tv, minibar, free drinks in the pub and fantastic full breakfast.

Your competition is killing you. Give Mansion Hill Inn guests some credit. We are savvy shoppers.
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Date of stay: February 2011Trip type: Traveled with friends
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gumbamania wrote a review Dec 2004
Milwaukee, WI3 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
When I first read the other reviews of the Mansion Hill Inn, I was shocked to see one that wasn't a rave. Well, I found out why when I stayed there in Dec. 2004. I have been a guest at this beautiful old B & B 3 or more times before and always had a wonderful stay. This time I could tell the service has gone down from when I first contacted them and didn't get a reply within a couple of days. There was no wine and cheese at arrival like usual. I don't know if it was because I was a single guest. I called down for ice and someone to light my pilot light for the fireplace. An hour later, nothing. The breakfast was meager and again an item I requested was not on the tray. For the price, which is not cheap, I could have stayed at a new place with just as many features in the room.
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Choosy_Traveller wrote a review Apr 2007
Iowa2 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I just returned from spending our first anniversary at the Inn over the weekend.

Bottom line: While the staff tried hard, the location was far from quaint or romantic, too much of the stay was "self service", and the website is misleading. For over $300/night plus, I expected quite a bit more. If you're staying in the Madison area and want something in town but romantic, stay at one of the lake-front chain hotels. You'll save money and have better amenities.

The Good: The staff was attentive and kind when they were there and could be located. They were also very flexible and provided the full "romance" package (including rose petals and non-alc champagne) on one days' notice. The rooms (that we saw and the one we stayed in) were beautifully appointed, clean and comfortable.

The Bad: Perhaps due to my lack of research into the actual location of the B&B (I'd never been to Madison before) we were disapointed when we arrived. The website states the B&B "at 424 N. Pinckney St., is one of the four historic mansions still standing at the North Pinckney-East Gilman intersection, on the ridge along Lake Mendota." What they don't mention is that 1) you cannot see the lake from the hotel, and 2) that the hotel is located smack downtown in campustown with student housing all around it and packed-solid street parking in all directions. In fact, the popular college bar district is only about 3 blocks away. The photos on the website are also misleading as they show the sides of the building and the courtyard, thereby excluding any "big city" views. The lot is quite small and the quote on the website which states "Once, the Mansion was surrounded by a grove of butternut trees, gardens and a stable of Arabian horses. Now the grounds are landscaped into a Victorian garden with a beautiful fountain" still has me scratching my head as to just where they were referring to. The Inn looked to be like any brownstone or townhouse on a city lot that you would find in say NY or Chicago. Finally, the website stated our room (the Conover Suite) had a "private balcony". While we did have a balcony that we did not have to share with another room, it was far from private - it was the top of the overhang for the front door of the Inn. When we tried to sit out and have breakfast there the first morning, we were a constant focus for curious college students walking by. It just made us feel a little uncomfortable.

Apart from location, there were other things that were disapointing about the hotel. First, the price per night that is shown initially online is for one guest. When you select the standard "two" guests, the price jumps significantly (in our case from $280/night to $310/night). I dont know many folks who stay at a B&B alone. Second, the staff of mostly college students were kind when we could find them, but finding them proved difficult sometimes. For instance when we arrived and were shown to our room, we discovered the bottle of champagne we were told would be waiting wasn't there. My husband went back to the front desk to inquire and couldn't find anyone anywhere on the main floor. After a few minutes he gave up and came back. Also, since parking is a mess, they state they offer valet parking. When we arrived, the valet spot in front of the hotel had a student's vehicle parked there and so we had to double park with me staying in the car while my husband went and rang the bell. Once we did get the car taken care of, and went to retrieve it the next day, once again no one was at the front desk nor anywhere around. After waiting a bit, we finally saw our car key in a cubby behind the desk, retrieved it ourselves and left a note that we had taken our car. Finally, I agree with the past reviews that breakfast left a lot to be desired. There were basically three choices for breakfast: 1) toasted granola cereal; 2) bread (ie. a bagel, sweet bread or toast); or 3) "belgian waffles". We selected the waffles the first day and asked for butter and fruit compote topping (both offered as options). Apparently you only get ONE topping option and no butter was included on the tray - its a small thing but just seemed a little chintzy. The waffles were mass produced and dry. I'm assuming the B&B doesn't have any kitchen services since no cooked items (like bacon, etc) were offered. If you wanted extra or additional items, you had to pay an upcharge. We skipped breakfast our second day and went to have brunch at a local cafe.

One small caveat: if you are elderly, handicapped or have any mobility issues this is not the B&B for you. The only way to the rooms (other than those on the main floor) is up a VERY steep and narrow winding staircase. When we started up, the attendant told us she recommended we stay to the wall-side of the staircase and use the rail. Being a little top heavy (8 mos pregnant) it was a bit of a trick getting up and down the stairs each day. Luckily we were only on the 2nd floor.
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3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
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susankm66 wrote a review May 2009
Illinois2 contributions13 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Mansion Hill Inn for the first time in April 2007. I found it online when looking for a getaway spot with my boyfriend, and I was captivated by the way each room had its own history and personality. I returned at least 8 times through Feb. 2008 when I was told they were closing soon for renovations.

I read about the sale to Trek. There was much speculation in Madison about whether the inn would ever open again to the public, or be strictly reserved for Trek executives. I have checked the website anxiously many times over the last year, waiting to see what the "new" interior design would look like.

Today I revisited the inn through the small photos the new owners have finally posted of the new room designs. I knew all 11 (now 10) of those rooms. What a disappointment. Not only did they strip most of the sumptuous bathrooms of their jacuzzi tubs (a big plus in my book), they converted every room into a plain vanilla, hardly recognizable boring hotel.

They removed most of the lovely antiques--including some unique and amazing beds and window coverings--put the same wallpaper and floor treatments and bed coverings in all rooms, and even the furniture arrangements don't make sense. An example would be "Room 8," formerly the Lillie Langtry. In a large room with several spaces and walls to work with, why move a bed close to the entryway and parallel, and just a few feet, from a marble fireplace? Not exactly private and romantic. Who wants to sleep---or do what romantic grownups do--- right next to the door...?

Lastly-- in a demonstration of just how little creativity and style the new owners have--the rooms have been renamed "room 1, room 2," etc. Sigh.

Another disappointment but hardly a surprise---The prices have all gone up at least $100 per room, in spite of the fact that many of the rooms have been stripped of their major amenities such as the dvd players in-room, refrigerators with well stocked minibars, and jacuzzi tubs. There is no longer breakfast service delivered to your door---you have to go to the parlor. I guess the new visitors are paying for the redecorating.

I suppose for visitors who had never known the Inn pre-Trek, the "renovation" might not be as unappealing as I find it. But I feel so, sooo disappointed, having known the Mansion Hill Inn when it had character, and now...when it looks like a Marriott. What a terrible loss. I'm really sad to say I won't return.

(PS: Someone needs to proofread the new website. It is covered with spelling errors. ugh.)
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Date of stay: April 2009Trip type: Traveled solo
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Curious24503 wrote a review Jan 2006
Derby, England3 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and i stayed here for a cousins wedding and as it was our first big holiday since our wedding we thought we'd splash out on a nice romantic and expensive place to stay, unfotunately we were a bit disappointed.
Positives for the hotel are that the location is good, the architecture of the building is exceptionable and the staff were very friendly.
Negatives were that we ended up in the downstairs room where the light wasn't good, the pipes made noises over the bed and the breakfast was uninspiring.
All in all it's not a bad place and everything is ok but we had paid enough money so that things should be better than ok.
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Date of stay: September 2005
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Brian C wrote a review Jun 2012
Madison, Wisconsin3 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Mansion Hill Inn is a perfect combination of location, charming and spacious accommodations, and friendly professional service.

Our room had a large balcony with hardwood floors and two comfy chairs where we relaxed both days we were there.

The European breakfast was excellent.

The Inn is owned by the Trek bike company and there is a bike theme throughout including prints from the Tour de France as well as Trek bikes for use by guests.
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Room #7 has the awesome balcony
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Taylor B wrote a tip Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois8,228 contributions7,488 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book the Classic Suite 7, billed as "the finest hotel room Madison has to offer""
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burghanite wrote a tip Apr 2019
Appleton, Wisconsin37 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If the weather is nice choose a room with a balcony"
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Meg N wrote a tip Oct 2018
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask them for a balcony room if that's important to you!"
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cavirost wrote a tip Oct 2018
North Vancouver, Canada26 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Small hotel, on quiet street, expect any of the rooms are very good."
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prosier wrote a tip Aug 2018
philadelphia57 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 6 has views of the Capitol building and of the lake (in the corner of the veranda)."
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$202 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mansion Hill Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Mansion Hill Inn?
Nearby attractions include Dane County Farmers' Market (0.3 miles), Wisconsin Veterans Museum (0.3 miles), and Madison Children's Museum (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mansion Hill Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Mansion Hill Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Mansion Hill Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Mansion Hill Inn?
Yes, paid private parking on-site, paid private parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mansion Hill Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Old Fashioned, Ian's Pizza on State, and Short Stack Eatery.
Is Mansion Hill Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Madison.
Are there any historical sites close to Mansion Hill Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Elvis Fight Site Mini-Monument (4.1 miles) and Frank Lloyd Wright House Madison (3.1 miles).
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