Stayed at Hotel Red hoping to find a better place in Madison. Can't complain too much because I stayed on $100 vouchers purchased as a promotional on Travel Zoo; if I had payed full price I would be very upset. On checking in the desk was very nice and helpful; I asked for an upgrade and payed $30 per night for this. I wish I hadn't. The room was downright depressing (at night) with a cold concrete finish (floors, ceiling, walls) with a few area rugs to break up the sterile appearence. The clothes closet on entering the room was covered with a curtain rather than a door and at first I thought I was in an econolodge place. Not expected in a place where rooms go for $250plus a night. After killing the large spider on the bed my wife and I settled in for a depressing evening. She slept on the side of the bed two feet away from the dishwasher and cooking range, I slept facing the see-through window curtain that faces the street. For some reason there is a red light inside the room at the window (yah we know - HotelRed) that I finally had to unscrew by climbing on a chair so I could sleep. Maybe this works for a brothel, but serves no purpose in my room.
The bed was very comfortable, and the room extremely quiet, something I value above all in a hotel. I still couldn't help joking to my wife that the concrete bunker only needed the sound of Soviet artillery closing in to take me back to WWII Berlin.
The surround shower knobs were stuck as far as temp control concerned; scalding or cold; the desk said they were having problems with these units, and by the time I could get it working the water was tepid having run out of hot water; the desk says on weekends they hear this occurs. Unnacceptable. To their credit they promptly fixed it and the next day the shower worked fine.
At breakfast the food was excellent but the server only showed up twice; to take the order and deliver the food and check. Couldn't get what I needed to complete the meal (butter for the toast). Parking in the garage is at least free (all the other Hiltons and Hyatts charge in Madison), but is extremely tight.
Anyways, it was a bargain for me ( I don't mind spending $600/ night at the Trump Tower), but wasn't worth it to me either.
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- Stay, work, and play in one of 48 modern guestrooms and suites at HotelRED, Madison’s newest and most contemporary full-service urban boutique hotel. With vivid colors and sleek Euro-design, HotelRED surrounds guests in absolute indulgence and comfort. Join us for a cocktail, Wisconsin micro-brew, and appetizers at our lobby bar and bistro TheWise, the smoothest place to chill in town. Business meetings, private parties, and banquet facilities are available. Enjoy the local color! ... more less
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