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“Nice but a little worn”
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Hotel Ruby Marie
Ranked #35 of 63 Hotels in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Lodi, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice but a little worn”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

The hotel is old and kept up pretty well, although they could clean a little better. I don't they have a crevice tool to use when vacuuming. We stayed 2 nights and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The hotel had a older classic look and feel. It seemed a little worn around the edges, but not too bad, and was very clean. Access to the hotel was only through an elevator that could be entered either through the back by the parking lot or through the Up North bar, which was located below the hotel. Desk staff was very friendly. The trains were very loud, but there were only two of them during the night, so overall it didn't detract much from our stay. We were there on a weekend, so the breakfast was at the Come On In, and was nothing to write home about.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glendale, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We stay 4 nights. What a great hotel to stay at. The staff was super friendly. Room was nice and clean. The bed was like sleeping on a cloud. To top it off the location was a walk to down town. Don't miss breakfast at the bakery down stairs, great bake goods and even better staff. So if in Madison go for the cheese BUT!! Stay at Ruby Marie's!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Our third stay here, we enjoy the historic charm, wonderful beds and linens, fluffy generous towels, wet bar, fireplace and lakeview (some rooms), proximity to walking/biking trail along Lake Monona (across the street), interesting area restaurants and most certainly the welcoming, personable staff. Enjoy complimentary breakfast (hot on weekends), happy hour drink coupons at the on-site Up North Pub and homemade cookies upon arrival. Avoid rooms above the Up North Pub (the hotel fills these last by protocol). We now bring and use ear plugs at night, as the hotel is next to a functioning train track which may/may not have activity during the night. Ruby Marie is endearing, welcoming and fun. We'll be back ... again. Thank you, amazing staff!

Room Tip: Avoid rooms above the Up North pub, ask about lakeview rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rhinelander,WI
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199 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

While attending a concert at the Majestic Theatre we found the Ruby Marie a perfect place to stay as it is within walking distance of the theatre and several great restaurants. Clean comfortable rooms decorated in vintage furniture are charming. Breakfast served at the deli downstairs was lovely. We'll return here.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wisconsin
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71 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

This place was awesome. Very welcoming, very nicely decorated, etc. Loved getting free drinks at up north pub and breakfast at come back Inn. It was a tad noisy but definitely manageable!! I'd definitely go back to all three places!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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U.P. Michigan
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

I loved everything about this hotel. The old fashioned decor and style was a treat and the bed linens very posh and luxurious. The shower head was huge and water pressure fantastic. There was also a mini fridge and a wet bar. For only $102/night (stayed on a Sun & Mon) you get a beautiful breakfast selection of assorted pastries and some more hearty ones with meat and veges in them as well. The man at the cafe counter was a joy to interact with and made my wheat-allergic friend a beautiful salad as she could not eat any of the breakfast items offered. You get 2 free drink tickets for happy hour at the bar below the hotel for each night of your stay. Previous reviews said to avoid rooms over the bar and so I did request that - but management said they always fill those rooms last anyway. Our service was great and we really enjoyed staying here. The location cannot be beat. It's really close to downtown State St. and practically right on Williamson (Willy) St. Walking distance to lots of cool restaurants, pubs and shopping. We loved the Weary Traveler and Jamerica restaurants nearby. There are restaurants also attached to the same building if you don't want to walk or drive anywhere. We only had drinks there. Also, I realized on the way out of the hotel that they give business traveler discounts of 10%. Staff in all the establishments were friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 26. Large shower but no tub. No problems. The sink drain was a little slow, but I...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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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
#6 Best Value Hotel in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Ruby Marie 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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