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“Eclectic stay!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Ruby Marie

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Hotel Ruby Marie
Ranked #35 of 61 Hotels in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
East Quogue, New York
Level Contributor
19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Eclectic stay!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Nice hotel and very friendly staff, especially Travis in the bakery downstairs. This hotel is an easy walk to the downtown and capital area. The only downside is the train horn that blows at 7:30 am! There is a lively bar in the ground floor with a cast of local madison characters.

Stayed August 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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249 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

The rooms our group stayed in were large. It is a vintage hotel, but has been well maintained. It exudes a classic quality you just don't find in a more modern building. The staff treated our group well.

You're near the lake, the train tracks, plenty of shops and restaurants, and a bike/walking trail. Luckily the train doesn't go by very often. Great location, great place to stay, and well worth the extra money compared to a more normal hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BrianD317
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Bloomington, Indiana
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

For several reasons, staying at the Ruby Marie felt great. One was the satisfaction of supporting a local outfit. Beyond that were several other pleasures. One, the hotel was totally lovely, quirky, fun, reasonably priced. People were friendly, and the place was cozy and tastefully done.

Two, location! Right on the lake, and across the street from one of Madison's fabulous bike share stations. And right up the street from beautiful residential areas and Madison's downtown. A great spot. Next time I would maybe ask for a room facing away from the lake, actually, so that the trains going by are quieter at night.

Also, next time I would skip the complimentary breakfast downstairs and go out to eat instead, or order there off the menu.

Room Tip: Next time I would maybe ask for a room facing away from the lake, actually, so that the trains going...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JuliaVallia
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Lodi, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BadgerMarty
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Glendale, New York
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank KarlM58
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wausau_WisconsinJoan
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Additional Information about Hotel Ruby Marie

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
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