We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

“Good Area - Convenient Location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Lowell Center

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Madison
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
The Lowell Center
Save
You added The Lowell Center to your Saves list
Certificate of Excellence
Marina del Rey, California
Level Contributor
403 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Good Area - Convenient Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had a conference at the Pyle Center and the Lowell Center is literally a 2 minute walk. The room was clean and comfortable. The shower was small, but the water pressure was good. The soaps and bath products offered were very good. It was very quiet. I thought the breakfast was above average - they have waffles, cereal, egg dishes, etc. The room where the breakfast is served is also nice and large. The front desk staff were really nice. It is very close to State Street - probably a 5 minute walk. I didn't have a car, so it was great to be able to walk everywhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Sally B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

106 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    36
    48
    11
    8
    3
See reviews for
19
5
11
63
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (31)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Waterloo, Iowa
Level Contributor
74 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Staying at the Lowell Center was very convenient when I attended a conference that was held at the Pyle Center. The room was small but very clean, quiet and comfortable. The bed and pillows were especially comfy and the shower had hot water immediately with great water pressure. I would definitely stay here again. Easy access to State St. also made it convenient to explore the great shops and restaurants downtown. The limited onsite parking is a challenge; if you arrive after all the spots have been taken, you have to park in the underground lot 1-3 blocks away. The expanded continental breakfast was above average.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank WomanOfthePlains
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Clinton, Ohio
Level Contributor
107 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Location is great for campus and state street. Traffic is a challenge though and parking is a head ache. The staff was friendly enough but seemed to be students rather than professionals. It took a ridiculously long time to check in. The bed was really comfortable but the room comfort stopped there. I am a very small person and it seemed really hard to maneuver around the room. The closet was even a wardrobe instead of a real closet. The unacceptable issue was the lack of air. It's ridiculous not to have a thermostat and to have an oscillating fan in its place. The room was stuffy and that makes sleep impossible. There was even a sign asking that guests not block the vents over the door since the room temp was somehow affected by that. The room size becomes a big issue when you are tripping across the room all night manually adjusting an oscillating fan with some sort of inadequate cooling feature. Didn't bother trying breakfast, was anxious to get to a more comfortable location.

Room Tip: Find a hotel with central air, heat, thermostat that you control and onsite parking.
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank wwsiwyg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LowellMgr, Guest Relations Manager at The Lowell Center, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
Hi wysiwyg I'm certainly very sorry you had a less-than-excellent experience with us. I'm sharing your feedback with our management team and front desk staff. Since we do offer on-site parking for just $8, I'm wondering - was our lot full? Please call me at 608-890-0392 if you have anything you'd like to share with me. Thank you.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hyattsville
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed a few nights at the Lowell Center and were pleased with it. The location is excellent. The staff were friendly and very accommodating. The breakfast includes a variety of fresh fruit, hot options, and fast options. The room and the bathroom were both on the small side but clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Rebecca S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LowellMgr, Guest Relations Manager at The Lowell Center, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Hi Rebecca - thanks for taking the time to share your experience here! I'm very glad to hear you had a good experience with us. Hope to see you again soon!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Seattle, WA
Level Contributor
134 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stayed at the Lowell Center while attending a conference on campus. Having completed my graduate school at the UW in the 1970's, I was very familiar with the area. The Center is well-positioned a block of State Street and the Memorial Union, both centers of activity, food, shopping and fun. It was an easy walk over to the conference facility at Union South, and the parking, which is always at a premium on or near campus, was quite adequate at the Lowell Center and only $10/day. WIFI was free and worked very well, even for large file transfers which I needed to do for work. Also, the free breakfast each morning was very nice, and there was always adequate room to sit down. Compared to the price of any other hotels in the same general area, the Lowell Center was a lot less. I highly recommend it if you are in town for a conference or other campus activity.

Room Tip: Ask for a room high up on the Lake Mendota side, and you might get to watch the UW crews out practic...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank WindWolfess
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LowellMgr, Guest Relations Manager at The Lowell Center, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
WindWolfess - thank you so much for sharing your positive experience on TripAdvisor. I'm delighted to hear you had a nice stay. Hope to see you again soon. If you have any additional feedback, please contact me directly at 608-890-0392. Thanks
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
UK
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I recently spent a week staying in the Lowell Centre and absolutely loved it. The room and en-suite shower room were perfect, beautifully decorated and with the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, bar none. One of the nice features of the room was a small fridge (a proper fridge - not a mini bar) so it was possible to keep fresh milk for tea and coffee. The basement swimming pool was a real bonus and never seemed to be busy. The staff were friendly and helpful and the location was great, very close to the Chicago coach stop. The buffet breakfast was also very good, the bagels were fantastic!

  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Flatowner
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LowellMgr, Guest Relations Manager at The Lowell Center, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Dear Flatowner - thank you for taking the time to share your experience at The Lowell Center. I'm happy to read you had a good experience with us. Hope to see you again next time you are in Madison, Wis. If you have any additional feedback, please feel free to contact me directly at 608-890-0392. Best regards!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
St. Paul, MN
Level Contributor
30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I stayed twice at this place in the last couple weeks - once for the SOAR and the next time when we moved my son into his dorm. The first time, I absolutely loved it. The room was long and skinny and the bathroom was huge. The A/C worked fine and the beds were very comfortable.

I wish I could say the second stay was just as nice. But I can't. We got a tiny room and the bathroom reminded me of the bathroom when I was on a cruise. Very small and hardly any place to put anything. Also, we could not get the room cool and it was very hot during move-in. As a result, I slept terribly.

We all agreed the continental breakfast left a lot to be desired. The waffles were good but just about everything else was just OK.

If I went back I would try to make sure I got one of the bigger rooms. Ironically, I paid more for the smaller room (but not by much).

Room Tip: Ask for one of the bigger rooms.
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank cjl77
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Madison hotels
0.3 mi away
Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown
0.1 mi away
Graduate Madison
Graduate Madison
#26 of 61 in Madison
4.0 of 5 stars 165 reviews
0.3 mi away
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.5 mi away
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
0.4 mi away
The Edgewater
The Edgewater
#7 of 61 in Madison
4.5 of 5 stars 541 reviews
0.5 mi away
Hyatt Place Madison
Hyatt Place Madison
#8 of 61 in Madison
4.5 of 5 stars 573 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Lowell Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Lowell Center

Property: The Lowell Center
Address: 610 Langdon St, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Madison, WI 53703-1104
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience The Lowell Center Lodging in Madison Wisconsin! If you need campus lodging in Madison, Wis., Check us out. Overnight accommodations at The Lowell Center are ideal for persons attending conferences or other events associated with the University of Wisconsin, State of Wisconsin agencies, and other educational and governmental groups. Alumni and parents or family of students are also welcome. Conveniently located at 610 Langdon Street, The Lowell Center Conference & Lodging Facility offers 137 guest rooms,and an indoor swimming pool (the largest hotel pool in the area) and sauna. You'll also find several classrooms, boardroom and break-out areas, a large dining room, and two beautiful reception areas. Our sister facility, The Pyle Center, is located nearby with even more conferencing space available. An expanded continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Guest parking for one vehicle is available on-site for $10 per night, or off-site (three blocks away) at no charge. Additional vehicles are charged $8 per night at either site. Parking reservations should be made in advance of your visit, and reservations are based on availability. This is a non-smoking facility. As a Madison hotel located on the UW campus, we are situated only one block from The Pyle Center and close to vibrant State Street - providing easy access to the best of downtown Madison and UW-campus activities. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Lowell Hotel Madison

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing