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Review of Hotel Ruby Marie

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Hotel Ruby Marie
Ranked #35 of 61 Hotels in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Hoofddorp
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We stayed at the hotel Ruby Marie for seven nights when we visited our son who’s studying at the University of Wisconsin during the fall semester. The first two nights we had a smaller room, after that we had a large room. Both were convenient and nice. The service was very good. We´re from the Netherlands and were to stay in the USA for a couple of weeks. That’s why part of our laundry was done by the hotel without any additional costs. The hotel staff was really warm and welcoming.
The complimentary breakfast was just great. On weekdays breakfast was served at the Lake View Bakery and Deli. It was delicious. Each morning the baker surprised us with all kinds of fresh baked goods and hot breakfast items. During the weekend a delicious breakfast was served at the Come Back Inn. You could choose from a large menu. The free drink vouchers each day were also a nice gesture.
The hotel is situated very conveniently, about a 5 minutes´walk from the Capitol Building. A walk to the Campus takes about 20 minutes. There are also a few parking garages at the campus. They are not expensive. You can get a map of the campus in the UW-building in the Union South in Union Street. The map is very convenient when looking for a parking garage at the campus.
Madison is such a nice town. There is also a nice walk along Lake Mendota to Picknick Point. There’s a beautiful view of Madison. If you’re in Madison on a Saturday, don’t miss the Farmer’s Market. We also loved the piano bar and the stand-up comedian in the Comedy Club. All at a short distance from the hotel Ruby Marie.
When staying at Madison, the hotel Ruby Marie is a perfect choice.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Edina, MN
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37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

We made last minute reservations for a campus tour for my daughter and had to scramble for lodging. We could have stayed on the outskirts of town, but parking on campus is crazy and we wanted to leave the car at the hotel and walk if possible. I found Ruby Marie's on TripAdvisor and decided to check to see if they had any rooms with two double beds. Bingo! The place was perfect for us and included breakfast in the downstairs cafe which is very quaint. A bar is also attached which we unfortunately never had time to visit. We never heard the train noises that some reviewers mentioned, so sleeping was not a problem!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wandering_Chimp
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Indianapolis
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122 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

Old building made new! Our room was good size with small fridge, new TV, jacuzzi type tub/shower. Delicious choices for breakfast - not the factory-made kind. Our room had a view of the lake. We would return to this hotel on another visit to Madison.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Travelingigi
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

We had a peaceful stay at the Hotel Ruby Marie. Room was small but that made it cozy. Breakfast was delicious, and it was awesome being so close to the square. We will definitely be going back to this gem!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WIbound2013
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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27 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

A perfect place! Warm cookies at night, beautiful rooms, right by the Capitol, Farmer's Market, downtown, and breakfast is in the restaurant that is connected to the hotel! You are just a doorway away from the Northwoods Saloon, The Come Back Inn, and the Essen Haus with the glass boots for beer. Best food in town at the Come Back! We ADORE and cherish this place.

Room Tip: Go online. Do you want a Capitol view or not? Fireplace? Jacuzzi tub? How many beds?
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KarenJ1963
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State College, Pennsylvania
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326 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

Charming old hotel. Has plenty of character. Our room was spacious, clean and well-decorated. Bathroom was perfect. Service was good. The hotel is located next to Lake Monona and close to the Capitol, about 7 minutes walk. If you enjoy hotels that have character and are not bland, this is a great choice. Also, this is a great walking area, close to the University, lakes and the adjacent area has plenty of cafes, restaurants, etc.
Breakfast was amazing (included in the price): wide variety of house-baked pastries, juices, among the regular breakfast choices.
Overall, the value is excellent.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wisconsin
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133 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

This is a fun old hotel, and we enjoyed our stay. Our room was very large, and the bed was comfortable. We did have some noise from the street below, but we also had the air-conditioning going so the sound was muffled. The breakfast was a surprise, and was quite good with fresh baked goods and fruit. The young man at the front desk could try to be a bit more welcoming. Perhaps he is very shy but he seemed uncomfortable speaking with the guests.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ModeenW
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Property: Hotel Ruby Marie
Address: 524 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Ruby Marie 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Ruby Marie Hotel

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