Our little family of four booked one of the extended stay suites and boy were we pleasantly suprised. We had a full galley kitchen with 3/4 size fridge, a nook with a desk, flat screens in both the bedroom and in the sitting room with sofabed, a great view of the Union south plaza/Camp Randall, parking in the basement (hassle-free), and all the amenities of the Union right downstairs. My kids loved the bowling and air-hockey, and they could run amok on the plaza all they wanted in the mornings before my coffee kicked in.
All this for $200. If you aren't a Union member it will be more. I am going to spread the rumor that it is prohibitively more so that I get to stay here again. As a matter of fact, forget you read this and stay at the Concourse, or the Edgewater and leave this place for me.
I can't imagine a better place on a football weekend, and when word gets out these rooms will probably have to go lottery, since the band performs on the plaza before the game, and they won't sell you enough beer not to make it back to the Union from Camp Randall across the street. The best hangover food in the world is mere blocks away at Mickie's Dairy Bar, to boot.
Sure, there's no room service, and yeah, it'd be nice to be closer to State Street (maybe - if you aren't keen on sleep), and ok, this is the 'wrong' Union and you can't fool us with the terrace furniture on the concrete patio with the fake stream. This is still the bargain of the century.
The real measure of the place will be taken in two years after a few seasons of football weekend revelry have dinged up the furniture and soiled the linens beyond bleach, but until then, you won't do better in a 100 mile radius.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wisconsin Union Hotel - Madison at Union South offers a warm, inviting oasis of ‘green’ hospitality, welcoming you to one of the nation’s most livable cities with peaceful ambiance, artful decor, and unsurpassed service. This brand new 60 room boutique hotel is sure to please. Set in the heart of a vibrant Madison neighborhood, the new Union South is nestled between the Computer Sciences & Statistics Building and Engineering Hall on the south side of the UW-Madison campus, just across Campus Drive from the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. ... more less