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Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I stayed in the smallest accommodation available which was a large studio-type room with microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Room had a double bed but also a sitting area with a pull-out couch. A full breakfast and manager's reception with beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks is included in the rate. The only drawback is that you really need a car. There is a free shuttle to and from the airport but the closest restaurant is at the Sheraton hotel about 1/2 mile away. The State Capitol and downtown are about 3 miles away which takes 10 minutes by car. I took a cab into the downtown area which cost $12 including tip. I ended up renting a car which I got for $20 per day. The hotel is adjacent to the Alliant Energy Center. If you are attending events there, this is definitely the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Rosy M
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We travel to Madison often, and Clarion Suites is now the only hotel we use. The beds are comfortable and we were able to keep the room temperature where we like it. Staff members are very friendly and helpful, especially the housekeeping staff and those who run the nightly manager's reception and morning breakfast. The free food and drinks are wonderful and a nice perk. The location is close to the highway and it's easy to drive anywhere within Madison from the hotel. Limited options within walking distance (except the Alliant Center, which is next door). Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Judith W
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

The property is plain on the outside but nice within. The rooms are spacious. An evening reception including beverages and snacks is an unexpected treat. The toiletries are of very poor quality and imported from China. Bring your own soap and shampoo.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank Dean B
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

My husband and I spent two nights here while attending a wedding in the Madison area. It's close to downtown and right off a main highway so it's very accessible to happenings in and around the Madison area. It's also easy to find. There's lots of parking available at no cost. The reception was held in down town Madison and if we'd have stayed there, it would have been more expensive and we would have had to pay for parking.

Also, if we'd have stayed down town we would not have received free chocolate chip cookies or free water or a free breakfast or a free happy hour! There are LOTS of perks at this hotel!

The room was VERY large and had a kitchenette as well as a sleeper couch. We really enjoyed the large comfortable room! The pool was pretty nice and the hot tub was too. Everything was very clean.

The only complaint I had was the lights were hard to figure out. You really had to play with them to have them turn off separately from one another.

The staff was really nice and interacted very well with the guests!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank IL-Snowbirds
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We found this hotel on Priceline. It is listed as Downtown/Capital Area but is not Downtown or next to the Capital so be careful when purchasing is you want to be next to the Capital. The hotel is a few miles outside of the Capital area and an easy drive up John Nolan Drive. The rooms were large and quiet. The Breakfeast was very good. The snacks were not the best but the beer was free so we did not mind.

Room Tip: While the hotel is often listed as next to the Capital is is not. It is a few miles away.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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ClarionMadison, General Manager at Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of our hotel. We appreciate hearing from our online booking guests and the feedback they provide.
It is true that the booking sites list our property as a Downtown Area Hotel. We are located 2 miles from the downtown Madison area, but you are correct, we are not located next to the Capital. In looking at the map describing the area of our hotel, we are located in the lower part of the Downtown Area section. I hope that this helps clarify our location.
Thank you for your comments regarding your stay with us. I am pleased that in spite of the misunderstanding regarding the location, you enjoyed your stay.
Thank you again,
G. Niesl GM

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