Before booking my room anywhere, I read the reviews so I was aware of many of the complaints against HotelRED. My wife and I went there for a one day visit to Madison and just wanted to hang out away from the kids.
HotelRED is a unique hotel and not for everybody. The use of concrete throughout the hotel (floors, ceilings) will put people off but I rather enjoyed the look. I can see why people would complain about the shower because it does look to be complicated but I figured it out pretty fast and really enjoyed it. Quite honestly, it was one of the top ten showers I've had in a hotel room. The rooms are spacious and bed was very comfortable. An unexpected plus was a 24 hour pass for use of the city's public bikes and complimentary paddle boat use at a nearby lake. We took full advantage of both.
I would have given the hotel 5 stars except for the following reasons:
1. Showers were mostly clean but there was dirt or mold at the bottom corners.
2. Because of the concrete and the semi open layout of the room, the room became humid whenever the shower was running. I turned on the AC to help with this but not sure how bearable that would be during the winter months.
It's the little things for me and the hotel nailed most of it. I wasn't planning on heading back to Madison but I am now and will stay again at HotelRED.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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