we were in madison june 12-15 for a conference. unfortunately we were unable to get the business rate for all nights at the hilton and made a reservation at the double tree for the first night in madison. what a mistake. the former hojo was shabby and we were relieved to check out the next morning to the better hilton half... even though we did run into a small problem upon our check in at the hilton. we were checked in and given our room keys, with no mention that the room was for two double beds and not a king bed that we had reserved. i called the front desk and was told that we did not have a king reserved and there were no rooms available. when i mentioned that i had our email confirmation for a room with a king bed, a room then became available (?). it was pretty aggravating and the big dummy who checked us in did not offer an apology for the inconvenience when we went back down for the new keys. but after our bumpy check-in the rest of our stay was very nice. what a difference from the double tree! the bartender at the hilton was very friendly and poor guy listened as i vented about our disappointment at the doubletree and how even the cc cookie didn't make up for it. later that day, after a night out and stopping by the bar for a night cap, he greeted us with two warm cc cookies. i got a great laugh and thought it was such a sweet gesture. another plus with the bar area, there was a pianist playing some good tunes and adding to the ambiance. our room was very nice, tastefully decorated, with a spectacular view overlooking monona terrace and monona lake. another reviewer mentioned the loud ac unit; they weren't lying about that, but it kept us cool and didn't interfere with our sleep, so we were ok with the noise. monona terrace, inspired by frank lloyd wright, was stunning and great place for a convention center. the conference we attended was held at the terrace. we made good use of the skywalk linking the two buildings together; we were grateful for it actually because of the heavy rain while we were in madison. the location of the hotel was very convenient in downtown. looking down martin luther king jr blvd was a picture perfect view of the capitol building. we discovered many fantastic restaurants all in walking distance of the hotel- l'etoile, harvest, great dane, magnus restaurant, ocean grill, etc. i had heard that madison is foodie heaven; it definitely was. loved the use of local ingredients. one thing i must mention, and wish that i had snapped a photo of, was the pool/jacuzzi area next to the fitness room. to put it nicely, it was pretty cozy. a father and son were swimming in the pool and not wanting to cramp them, we decided to relax in the jacuzzi instead. overall though we were very satisfied with our stay and if we were to return to madison again this would be our first choice.
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- Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, perfectly located in downtown Madison just two blocks from Capitol Square, is an elegant property connected by skywalk to the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Choose from a variety of guestrooms and suites with spectacular views of the State Capitol or beautiful Lake Monona. With an upscale, urban and residential feel to the rooms and public spaces, the hotel boasts full service dining and bar options as well. Transportation service is provided complimentary to downtown locations, including the University and Kohl Center. ... more less
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- Hilton Hotel Madison
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