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Graduate Madison

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hotel staff not accommodating. Rude. I am referring to the desk people on check out day. Housekeeping staff very nice. Room very small. Bed small. Should have at least a queen size bed.

First, the downside. This place can be crazy expensive. Rooms are comically tiny (not a problem for us, but they felt half the size of a standard room... and we were in the suite). Rooftop restaurant and lounge were closed, which was not communicated to us prior. Lots of (generally well-behaved and quiet) vagrants out the front door. But you simply cannot beat the location--a block from the lake, right on the edge of campus and the downtown mall area, and walking distance from the Capitol. You're two blocks from the Wisconsin Union (which is mindblowingly beautiful when the weather's nice and live music is going). The hotel is exceptionally well-decorated in the public area and rooms. We stayed in the Camp Wandawega suite, which was amazingly well done. If you want a place with character, this is it. The bunk bed nook was the quietest and coziest spot I've ever found in a hotel. Best parking option is about a block away, in the State Street Campus Garage, about $8 a day with hourly parking available. It's not for everyone, but we LOVED it.

For the cost ($220/night) parking was simply unacceptable. Old crappy underground lot for SOME cars. Show up a bit later in the night, and you are told to drive 2 blocks to a City Parking Garage. They pay for it, but it was pouring rain so... Have valet parking for a hotel at that price point. And so easy to do... Then one (tiny) elevator wasn't working, and I got stuck in the other (tiny) elevator for 5 minutes before it went the other direction from my room and was then also out of service. And the kids at the front desk really didn't care much either way. Very disappointing for what should be a great experience on campus. And TINY exercise room to boot! This all on a summer night with nothing happening in town where maybe you would expect some chaos - can't imagine how they will do in football season...

This was the second time we stayed at the Graduate and we love the location, the UW decor, etc. but the high temperature of our room made our sleeping quite unpleasant. We tried adjusting the thermostat a number of times, called the staff, had a maintenance worker come to our room but all to no avail. Our room stayed around 75 degrees each evening and was quite unpleasant. The maintenance worker after spending some time adjusting the thermostat with no effect told us to open the windows. Not a very good answer for a $200/night stay I thought.

This was a fantastically stylish hotel right on the University of Madison campus. It's within walking distance of the state capitol building with lots of shopping, eating and drinking options nearby. Super convenient and very, very cute. I do have to say that it's in an older building, so the layout of the hotel rooms and the bathroom was just a little funky.

The Graduate is in a great location right off of State Street. Wonderful lobby, quaint rooms, great roof top bar. The rooms are pretty basic, but nice. Park your car and walk all weekend. Love the wallpaper in the bathroom!

I was very impressed by the overall aesthetic of The Graduate and loved its amazingly convenient location right next to State Street. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that my stay was comfortable. There were several wonderful amenities including full-size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, nice-size lotion, a hairdryer, ironing board and iron, mini-fridge, and safe in the room. The bed was comfy, and the furnishings were lovely. I did notice that the housekeeping of the room tended to go down the longer I stayed, but also I forgot to leave a cash tip each day, so I'm not turned off by that. I was able to get cash and leave a tip when I left. Overall, I would definitely stay at The Graduate again and would even venture to call it my Madison home.

Hotel was in a great location. Beds were comfortable. Only complaint was the room temperature. Room was hot and no matter how low we turn the air it never cooled off. Was not impressed with the roof top restaurant.

great lobby, great location, good food, very close to State Street

When I made this reservation I reserved a suite. However, when I checked in, I was given a room that was not a suite. there was no work space or sitting area. The hotel had a musty smell. It was so bad that I checked out early. Great location and terrible facility. I would never stay here

Nice hotel, rooms are ok, ours had no view (looked at the side of another building (would expect for $290/night a view at least). Parking spots were very tight and we were charged $24 for 18 hours of parking (in at 6pm, checked out at noon the next day).

Very clean, comfortable, and well decorated....;.:):)::)):)::)):):):):):):)

An older hotel than has been remodeled, small room, tiny bathroom. Noisy both from the hallway and outdoors, poor ventilation. At $225 it's overpriced

The room was very clean and was right in the heart of Downtown Madison. Everything's you could ever want was within walking distance!! So perfect!!!

Room options

Suite (Camp Wandawega)

Twin 3 | Sleeps 5

Suite (Buckingham)

King 1 | Sleeps 5

Room, 1 Double Bed (Graduate)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 King Bed (Graduate)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Graduate Madison

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Everyone

Hotel staff not accommodating. Rude. I am referring to the desk people on check out day. Housekeeping staff very nice. Room very small. Bed small. Should have at least a queen size bed.

By on Sep 4, 2017

5

location, location!

Everyone

First, the downside. This place can be crazy expensive. Rooms are comically tiny (not a problem for us, but they felt half the size of a standard room... and we were in the suite). Rooftop restaurant and lounge were closed, which was not communicated to us prior. Lots of (generally well-behaved and quiet) vagrants out the front door. But you simply cannot beat the location--a block from the lake, right on the edge of campus and the downtown mall area, and walking distance from the Capitol. You're two blocks from the Wisconsin Union (which is mindblowingly beautiful when the weather's nice and live music is going). The hotel is exceptionally well-decorated in the public area and rooms. We stayed in the Camp Wandawega suite, which was amazingly well done. If you want a place with character, this is it. The bunk bed nook was the quietest and coziest spot I've ever found in a hotel. Best parking option is about a block away, in the State Street Campus Garage, about $8 a day with hourly parking available. It's not for everyone, but we LOVED it.

By on Aug 17, 2017

2

parking terrible

Everyone

For the cost ($220/night) parking was simply unacceptable. Old crappy underground lot for SOME cars. Show up a bit later in the night, and you are told to drive 2 blocks to a City Parking Garage. They pay for it, but it was pouring rain so... Have valet parking for a hotel at that price point. And so easy to do... Then one (tiny) elevator wasn't working, and I got stuck in the other (tiny) elevator for 5 minutes before it went the other direction from my room and was then also out of service. And the kids at the front desk really didn't care much either way. Very disappointing for what should be a great experience on campus. And TINY exercise room to boot! This all on a summer night with nothing happening in town where maybe you would expect some chaos - can't imagine how they will do in football season...

By , from CA on Jul 26, 2017

2

great location, disappointing room

Everyone

This was the second time we stayed at the Graduate and we love the location, the UW decor, etc. but the high temperature of our room made our sleeping quite unpleasant. We tried adjusting the thermostat a number of times, called the staff, had a maintenance worker come to our room but all to no avail. Our room stayed around 75 degrees each evening and was quite unpleasant. The maintenance worker after spending some time adjusting the thermostat with no effect told us to open the windows. Not a very good answer for a $200/night stay I thought.

By , from Virginia on Apr 12, 2017

5

great horel

Everyone

By on Nov 13, 2016

4
Everyone

This was a fantastically stylish hotel right on the University of Madison campus. It's within walking distance of the state capitol building with lots of shopping, eating and drinking options nearby. Super convenient and very, very cute. I do have to say that it's in an older building, so the layout of the hotel rooms and the bathroom was just a little funky.

By , from Seattle, WA on Oct 24, 2016

4

quaint hotel...great location!

Everyone

The Graduate is in a great location right off of State Street. Wonderful lobby, quaint rooms, great roof top bar. The rooms are pretty basic, but nice. Park your car and walk all weekend. Love the wallpaper in the bathroom!

By , from New Berlin, WI on Oct 18, 2016

4

wonderful 3-day stay

Everyone

I was very impressed by the overall aesthetic of The Graduate and loved its amazingly convenient location right next to State Street. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that my stay was comfortable. There were several wonderful amenities including full-size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, nice-size lotion, a hairdryer, ironing board and iron, mini-fridge, and safe in the room. The bed was comfy, and the furnishings were lovely. I did notice that the housekeeping of the room tended to go down the longer I stayed, but also I forgot to leave a cash tip each day, so I'm not turned off by that. I was able to get cash and leave a tip when I left. Overall, I would definitely stay at The Graduate again and would even venture to call it my Madison home.

By , from Michigan on Oct 13, 2016

4
Everyone

Hotel was in a great location. Beds were comfortable. Only complaint was the room temperature. Room was hot and no matter how low we turn the air it never cooled off. Was not impressed with the roof top restaurant.

By on Oct 4, 2016

4

great location

BusinessTravelers

great lobby, great location, good food, very close to State Street

By , from Chicago on Oct 3, 2016