The Madison Concourse Hotel

, Madison, United States
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The Madison Concourse Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 356

1 West Dayton Street - Madison - Wisconsin - 53703 - United States Hotel Website | | 608 257 6000
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The place to stay in Madison
Submitted by: R in 18/09/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I recently traveled to Madison with my daughter to check out Univ of Wisconsin. We stayed at the Madison Concourse based on a referral from friends and they were right on with their recommendation. If you want to stay near all the attractions downtown this is the place to go. I highly recommend staying on the Governor's Club level. They offer top shelf liquor and breakfast in the morning. The beds are great-the pillows are super comfy. I will definitely be staying here if my daughter becomes a badger.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Madison Concourse Hotel

Great hotel

from emkjrk
We booked a hotel for Thanksgiving weekend through Priceline and were amazed to get the Concourse. My husband went to school in Madison and loves to be near downtown. The location of the hotel was great, the room was nice and breakfast in the restaurant was excellent. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. We plan to stay again this Thanksgiving.

Very Nice

from bonvoyager
We came to Madison for an alumni reunion. I had barely seen the city in 30 years. It is still a great place. We stayed at the Madison Concourse. Based on the pictures on the hotel website and some reviews, I was concerned that the hotel might be a little dated or dowdy. It was not. We had two rooms during our stay because when we arrived after 10 pm the room we wanted was not available. However, the room we got had two queen beds, decent furniture and was very clean. The room was also large and roomy. Since it had nothing particular in the way of a view, we switched rooms the next day to a corner room with a King bed.

The room was as good as anything I could have asked for in Madison. Two windows with great views of the lake, roomy, nice desk to work at. The only addition that may have been nice was a refrigerator, but the room was fine without it. The hotel has a workout room and a pool. The pool is on the small side for lap swimming but would probably be ok for kids. The workout equipment looked adequate. One of the best features of the hotel was the club on the first floor where there was jazz (not every day but at least on weekends) with no cover charge. The location of the hotel is excellent. Close to the capitol and right off State Street. We had an excellent breakfast at the Marigold Kitchen nearby. The hotel staff was cheerful and accomodating. Our rooms were not in the Governor's Club.

Here for a class

from earboy
Stayed at the hotel for four days to take a class at the university. The hotel lacks a small in-room refrigerator which lowered its rating. My room on the 9th floor was clean as was the bathroom. Soap, shampoo and conditioner were provided along with a small coffee maker and a wall mounted hair dryer in the bathroom. HBO and other select channels are available as are pay-per-view movies. The conference rate was $97 per night which seemed reasonable.

A small ironing board and iron were provided in the closet. A copy of USA Today was hanging on the door every morning.

The hotel provides complimentary Internet access (2 terminals) for guests. The hotel has a shuttle service to the airport and many area UW conference centers. They also seemed willing to shuttle passengers to other sites.

A small swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center is located on the third floor. The hotel is a very short walk to the capitol and some good restaurants and stores on State St.
Although my company paid the tab, I was happy with the room and service.

Nice location

from Chuck_Schick
We stayed at the Governor's Club and were impressed with the service and extras that we received. The Governor's Club included free continental breakfast, cocktails, snacks, evening dessert and coffee.

We were also impressed with the level of service and attention that was given to us.

For a club level, we were not overly impressed with the rooms. Average size and not terribly luxurious. Older furnishings. Some mechanical problems with air conditioning. Bathrooms were clean but had not been updated for a while.

The pool was small area was small and unremarkable. Very plain and simple.

Never ate at their restaurants. Room service was above average.

We would stay here again simply because of location. It is right near the capitol. Also a good value. I don't think there are any other exceptional hotels in Madison, so I would pick this one over all others.

We always return to the Concourse . . .

from MimiJWisconsin
We have stayed here 8-9 times over the past decade. We've tried other hotels, but nothing compares to the Concourse for the convenience to State Street, the University, state office buildings and my old student stomping grounds. We tend to stay at the Governor's Club — the amenities are worth the extra cost. Turn down service, and rich chocolates left on your pillow; a solid continental breakfast, and sofas and comfortable chairs in the rooms. Even the new $7 parking fee is worth it - you cannot beat the convenience.

When you check into the Concourse late on a Friday afternoon, there's definite excitement in the air. The lobby bustles like the grand old hotels of the past.

I would not, however, advise staying anywhere in Madison during a state high school tournament. I'm not talking about the kids. They seemed fine. The coaches were another story.

The Concourse has become a tradition for us.

Madison Concourse

from JMK921
We stayed at the Concourse twice in the last year. The rooms were clean and fairly average in all other aspects. The location is great if you want to visit the Capitol building, the square or State Street. It is an older hotel, but absolutely not the worst we have stayed in.

Nice for the Price

from feliciah7
Just came back from a business trip at the Madison Concourse Hotel. I stayed in a regular room, and I thought it was fine. I didn't have any of the problems a few others spoke about, and my room was of average size. The hotel offers a lot of amenities, so that you don't have to leave the hotel if you don't want to. If you do, it is in a great location to go wandering around. I would stay here again.

Good enough for a return performance

Our family of 4 spent one night at the Concourse Hotel. We had made reservations 4 days in advance for the Governor’s Club Level (AAA rate $164). The hotel had been recommended by friends (The Governor’s Club Level only) and having stayed at the Best Western on the Square twice and the Hilton Monona Terrace once it was time to see the other side of the capitol. Note: There are only a couple of rooms in the Governor’s Club Level that have two beds. Keep this in mind if you’re traveling with family.

Our criteria for this trip is based around State Street (Wisconsin only true theme park as we fondly call it).There is something for everyone in the family and enough of it to keep everyone entertained. The hotels location is one of its best assets. Just one block from State Street and the Capitol. Our room was 1411. Clean spacious and well appointed. We had no additional needs which required service so we’re aware of any problems with the staff or in-house services.

The Front desk personnel were attentive, courteous and check-in was quick. The pool is small but nice (on the 14th fl. accessible by room key). The kids played in the pool while Mom and Dad sat in the Whirlpool which is part of the pool (good idea for families). There is a sauna & weight room in the pool area. (I believe there is a video arcade just inside the pool area too but we didn’t use it and you can’t see it while you’re soaking) We didn’t use the restaurants off the main lobby or “The Bar” because we did all our dinning and bar ‘research’ on State Street. After sunset we walked back to the hotel and stopped in the Governor’s Lounge. There is premium beer and top shelf alcohol available along with a hors d’ouevres and desserts all complimentary. We were too tired to stay long so we carried our drinks back to our room.

The morning breakfast buffet in the Lounge is good with a build-your-own bloody-mary bar (too early for me) and the cost of feeding a family of 4 offsets the room rate. The view is very good and if you get there early the family can dine next to a panoramic view of the capitol. We watched the produce venders setting up their stands for the weekly farmers market that surrounds the capitol on Saturdays. After breakfast we toured the stands and collected enough to feed us until supper. We left happy, full and headed west to the House on the Rock Inn. We have reservations for the Concourse again this June of 06. I’ll have an update then.

The two draw backs of this hotel are:
1) Parking isn’t complimentary. It’s an additional $7/ngt even for Governor’s Club Level guests. I would still recommend paying the fee if you’re driving. Most everything is within walking distance and your car doesn’t handle beer well and can't enjoy the taste of cheese.
2) In the evening children are not allowed in the Governor’s Lounge (This is Wisconsin der hey! Where men are men and women are women and the children know which bar stool their folks are at) Oh well – Progress or de-evolution? I can complain because I vote:-)

Save your money

from robpco
The only thing this hotel has is location. The carpets are dirty, the rooms are dark and dated, the staff is rude and indifferant, and the price is high. If you do stay here avoid the restaurant. Overpriced, bad tasting food with poor service.

good if you get a discount...

from melbguy
We stayed at the Governor's club for 3 nights in July 2005. We had a special web rate of $129/night, and we would have been upset if we'd paid more. The room was fine, in good shape and with a nice view of the lake (we were on the side facing away from the Capitol). But the Governer's Club perks are nothing to write home about: when we went up for cocktails, the small bar was filled with noisy people, so during our entire stay we didn't have a cocktail there. The "hors d'oeuvres" were just some beans and chips with salsa, and "dessert" at night was assorted pieces of mediocre cake. The breakfast was alright, bagles and pastries, decent coffee. The turn-down service they advertise consisted of someone knocking at the door at 6 pm and handing you two pieces of chocolate. All in all, the extra money for the Governor's club is not worth it, but otherwise this is a decent, clean, centrally located hotel.

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  • madison concourse hotel and governors
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  • Address: 1 West Dayton Street - Madison - Wisconsin - 53703 - United States
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