Where to stay in Madison

What is the best area to stay in Madison?

Madison, Wisconsin, is host to the highly acclaimed University of Wisconsin-Madison, the exotic Olbrich Botanical Gardens, the trail of lakes – better known as the Yahara Watershed – and a plethora of daytime festivals and hyped up nightlife. For those looking for outdoor activities, Madison is one of five cities in the nation to have platinum-level status as a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” according to the League of American Bicyclists. Located sporadically throughout the city are bike ports where visitors can rent a bicycle for the day to travel and explore. Boasting separate East, West, South and North sides, visitors can find pleasure in any direction.



As the capital city of Wisconsin, Madison is known not only for its beautiful capitol building and surrounding area but also for its scenic lakes and outdoor recreation. Downtown Madison is located on the isthmus snuggled between lakes Mendota and Monona. When staying in downtown Madison, the capitol square is host to five-star hotels, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Venture farther west toward State Street to truly experience what the city of Madison has to offer. There’s a bustling farmer’s market on Saturdays in the summer and various pop-up markets throughout the rest of the year – all within walking or biking distance!

Hotel   Avg price
Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown
440 W Johnson St
239€ - 249$
Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown
333 W Washington Ave
257€ - 267$
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 E Wilson St
285€ - 296$
Hotel   Avg price
The Edgewater
1001 Wisconsin Pl
321€ - 334$
Best Western Premier Park Hotel
22 S Carroll St
325€ - 338$
AC Hotel by Marriott Madison Downtown
One N Webster St
337€ - 350$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Madison, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Other areas to stay in Madison




East MadisonIf coming to Madison to shop, the East side hosts East Towne Mall. Various hotels are within walking distance, so new shoes or new threads are no more than a few hundred steps away. As for available restaurants, the mall has a food court, and there are staples located in the surrounding area such as Perkins, Cracker Barrel, Portillo’s and Texas Roadhouse. If you are looking for a Madison-based business instead, there’s Greenbush Bakery, Karben4 Brewing and the Boneyard – along with so, so many others.


The East side is also home to both the Dane County Airport and Madison College. So, if traveling to visit students, the airport is but a short distance from the school. Madison has an extensive metro transit system that provides transportation in the city from corner to corner. There’s even a downloadable app for your phone that can provide timely bus route information to ensure you reach your destination on time and for a low cost.


East Washington is a “main drag” that leads from Downtown Madison to the East side. Along this main drag are various restaurants and businesses to visit. These include Madison favorites like the Baldwin Street Grille, Burnie’s Rock Shop, Aftershock Classic Arcade and State Line Distillery. On “East Wash” (as Madisonians call it) are numerous hotels or motels that provide visitors with the amenities to enjoy their stays. Besides the bussing system, there are multiple taxi cab companies to assist with transportation needs – namely Green Cab.



Recommended hotel in Madison East: Doubletree By Hilton Madison East  ⭐⭐⭐




West / Middleton


MiddletonMadison’s West side butts up to the City of Middleton – a Madison suburb. But the main West side centers around the sister mall of the East side – West Towne Mall. The mall is in close proximity to the Hampton Inn & Suites and the Tru by Hilton. Both of these hotels are excellent choices for those looking to stay in a safe area close to restaurants and stores alike.


If looking for a little more personalized stay and a little less corporations, then staying closer to the Hilldale Shopping Center may be a better choice. The SpringHill Suites by Marriott are located practically next door to this shopping center filled with name-brand stores and small boutiques. Also, there’s a Target within walking distance for any odds and ends you may find you forgot to pack. Hilldale is also close to Glass Nickel Pizza (eat in, take out or delivery!) and Café Hollander, which is an upscale take on bar and grill food.


Between Hilldale and Middleton is what is considered the “far west” side. Out there are several recognizable hotels – the Staybridge Suites, Madison Marriott, Comfort Suites and Baymont by Wyndham. At this point, a car rental may need to be in order as there aren’t too many stores and restaurants nearby. However, if looking for some daily exercise, a bike rental will get you where you need to go.



Recommended hotel in Madison West: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Madison West/Middleton ⭐⭐⭐





FitchburgFitchburg is also a suburb of Madison; however, it is located closer to the South side, and the population is about twice the size of either Middleton or Verona. Despite it being larger than the other suburbs, it is not as developed as in terms of businesses and places to stay. There is a Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham that is available on Fish Hatchery Road, which goes straight through from Madison to Fitchburg. This may be an excellent choice for those who want to stay away from the hubbub of the Downtown area and instead enjoy some open fields and farm area.


Part of the Arboretum is located in Fitchburg, along with the Nevin Springs Fish and Wildlife Area. Both host many different trails and paths to meander down on a nice day, so Fitchburg is the choice for those who want to be close to the main city of Madison but who still want to experience beautiful Wisconsin scenery.


Located near the Hawthorn Suites is the Thirsty Goat, complete with an outdoor patio to enjoy dinner and drinks at. Fitchburg also has the Fitchburg Family Pharmacy and a Walgreens for those who need to pick up various materials during their stay. However, if staying anywhere in Fitchburg, a rental car will be required, unless you opt for public transit and taxi rides.



Recommended hotel in Fitchburg: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Madison Fitchburg  ⭐⭐⭐






VeronaLocated west of Fitchburg and south of Madison is Verona – yet another suburb. Verona hosts a Hyatt Place, which is located directly next to North and South Seafood & Smokehouse along with Sugar River Pizza Co. and Wisconsin Brewing Company. Verona features some openness and scenery like Fitchburg but is a little more developed. There is a little “downtown” area in Verona with a quaint wine bar and coffee shops. B


ecause of the distance from the main city of Madison, you will probably need some form of transportation to get you around. There are bicycle trails that connect Verona to Madison, so if you are adventurous and love a longer ride, biking is still a possibility. Verona is farthest away from Madison of the three suburbs mentioned – Middleton, Fitchburg and Verona, but with that comes a “hometown” feel. There is even Hometown USA Community Park not too far from the hotel located in Verona.



Recommended hotel in Verona: Hyatt Place Madison/Verona  ⭐⭐⭐