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“College Visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wisconsin Union Hotel

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Wisconsin Union Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Doylestown, PA
Level Contributor
31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“College Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights while visiting the college. This place is so nice and the perfect place to stay if you want to check out the university. The staff is friendly and helpful to a degree us eastcoasters are not used to. There are food and activity options right in the building. The information session was held in this building and the tours leave from this building. It's a nice place to hang out and watch students. Everyone here loves the university so you can get the inside scoop from just about anyone while having coffee or working on your laptop in the lobby/study union area. The front desk is so helpful with cabs, restaurant recommendations and directions. I can't say enough about this place. I'm thinking about reserving my room now for orientation and parents' weekend to ensure I get a room and my son hasn't even committed to the school yet.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Weekender1065
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Weekender1065,
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words! Union South is a great building for all students to hangout, study, eat, and socialize; and I think that’s why it was such a great idea for a hotel to be constructed on top of it. It is a prime location for visiting parents and prospective students to come and really integrate themselves in with current students, and familiarize themselves with campus. As you said, given that Wisconsin is such a large campus, it is a huge benefit that the tours start here at the Union.

If your son chooses The University of Wisconsin, #1. He will not regret it; and #2. We will look forward to you staying with us for his student orientation.

Best regards,
Eric
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee WI
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26 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Wisconsin Union Hotel is the place to stay for football weekends. You can't get any closer to Camp Randall and everything about the hotel is geared toward an integrated experience. Modern and eco-designed rooms. If you are looking for a luxury pampering 4star gig this is not it. I was concerned about the noise factor given that we fronted the 6th quarter celebration area directly. I was pleasantly surprised by the quiet. Front desk staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely the #1spot.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LordKelvin
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Lord Kelvin,
Thanks for the review. I am glad you got to stay with us during this past football season. Although we are a small, boutique hotel, we try to give it the big Wisconsin feel. Union South is a LEED Gold, sustainable building and our hotel rooms reflect that with our eco-friendly light switches and green-roofs right outside many of the fourth floor windows facing campus. Like you said, the hotel is very much so integrated into the Union and the surrounding campus, especially on game day. I am glad to hear that the noise of Badger Bash and 6th Quarter was not a disturbance.

On Wisconsin,
Eric
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Ankeny, Iowa
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123 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

Convenient location to campus as well as Camp Randall Stadium. Very easy to get to coming into campus by car. The hotel rooms are excellent, and parking is included. The entire campus and downtown are all walking distance. This is he place to stay when visiting UW.

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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1 Thank Dave-in-Iowa
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Dave-in-Iowa,
Thank you for your remarks! We do aim to be the place for visiting parents and guests of the university to stay, so hearing that you found it so convenient is great! Also, the complimentary parking is definitely something we pride ourselves in providing!

Thanks again,
Eric
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

I stayed at this hotel in July.

Prior to arriving in Wisconsin I stayed at a global brand hotel at Chicago O'hare and afterwards at the same branded hotel at Boston Logan.

I have to say that this hotel was the equal if not the superior to the global hotel chain.
Bedrooms were well appointed, beautifully thought through and finished off. There was a clear attention to detail in everything and front desk staff and room attendants were extremely helpful, attentive and polite.

I was also very please with the food and beverages on offer via the Union on the ground floor.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan J
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Alan J,
Thank you so much for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed your time here at the Wisconsin Union. I know our design team spent a lot of time designing the rooms, insuring Wisconsin put its best foot forward. I also know our housekeeping tries its absolute hardest to keep everything fresh and up kept.

The front desk and I thank you once again for your feedback,
Eric
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
167 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is a great place to stay in Madison! It's brand-new, has eco-friendly features throughout, situated right on campus within walking distance to everything.
It was really clean, really comfortable, and the service was great!
Highly recommended for a modern, convenient stay. Really reasonable rates too.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank septemberfalls
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Location and convenience are definitely two of the major highlights of the Wisconsin Union Hotel. Being at the center of all the action and a short walk from State Street, you really can't beat it, especially with our complimentary underground parking. All guests will get the full experience of campus and downtown life during their stay and our 24 hour staff are always thrilled to give recommendations for entertainment, dining, places of interest etc. We're extremely happy you enjoyed your stay here and hope you find yourself in Madison again in the near future.

Thank you!

Tyler Dovenbarger
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Very classy hotel with great amenities. It was way less expensive than I would have expected, too. Great location, very quiet (important to me!), and free parking in the city. What more could any traveler want?

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bassetlover54
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
We're so glad you found your stay relaxing and convenient; often most will assume the hotel will be noisy due to the location in the Student Union on campus, however, the hotel is isolated on the 4th and 5th floors which only hotel guests have access to using their key cards. The hotel remains very quiet even when the Union is bustling with activity below allowing guests to take part in all the activities Union South has to offer and return to a quiet, comfortable room to unwind.

Thank you for your feedback!

-Tyler Dovenbarger
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Amenities were nice (as listed in previous reviews), beautiful room, underground parking, stayed where the meetings were held, service was great.. Only thing would be need for more restaurants serving dinner fare.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paula M
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wishotel, Front Office Manager at Wisconsin Union Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
SOAR is indeed a very busy time for the hotel and I'm glad we were able to make it a positive and memorable experience for you -- it is a very important and exciting time for both students and parents.

We are currently working with food units throughout the building to extend hours for hotel guests during the summer; because the Union is typically slower during the summer months due to school being out, the Union cuts back on hours of operation. We are most certainly aware that this is an issue for some of our guests who arrive later and will have a resolution in the near future. Thank you very much for your feedback!

-Tyler Dovenbarger
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Property: Wisconsin Union Hotel
Address: 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715-1149
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 60
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 

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