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HotelRED
Ranked #12 of 63 Hotels in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 October 2011

It's a fabulously styled and decorated hotel. You can't ask for a better location if you're in town on game day. Very modern and yet classic feeling. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. We were greeted with chocolates made from a local shop down the street (always a nice way to start in my opinion). The only downside I found (in agreement with others) was that the bathroom, while incredible to look at, was the not sealed off walls. The shower alone was worth the room. Fantastic with all the jets. But the steam all rose up and went over into the sleeping area. Also, there were no locks on the door, which was a little odd. The gap at the top of the wall also made for sound to carry, which for a bathroom is rather inconvenient and could be embarrassing. Great kitchenette if you were staying longer than the one night. If they could make it a tad more affordable (we went on the introductory price) I would be inclined to go more often.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Stayed at this brand new state of the art hotel. Loved it. Perfect evening. Wanted to be close to State street. The employees working that night were great. Made us feel safe and willing to help out with directions. Loved the bar atmosphere and the great area to relax. This hotel is close to many activities and would have loved to stay longer to take advantage of the location. Close to shopping malls, eateries and site seeing. Beds and accomidations were very comfortable and the whole expereience was very upscale. Loved it. Will be back.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony. They are large and the view was great
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

I agree with the positive reviews. New hotel with ultra modern boutique style faux loft layout. Very convenient to the campus and football stadium. One hidden gem is that there is a great pancake house that shares the building. Mickey's is a tiny, often crowded (worth the wait) dive that serves abundant great eats for little cash(and "no credit cards") Our room was a suite with kitchenette digital safe and waterfall experience shower with 6 jets and a downpour overhead shower. If you have ever wanted to try one of these Kohler "blasters", this is your chance. Two negatives: The fridge was right next to the bed, I expected it to be noisey or hot, but it was neither. The bathroom is open to the suite over the wall to the kitchenette. On the plus side, nothing gets steamed up after an enjoyable romp in the Kohler. Negative...the shower is very loud. A glass partition at the top would help. If they keep the reasonable prices on non football weekends, we will definitely return.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jason I, General Manager at HotelRED, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2011

Thank you very much for staying with us at HotelRED. Your review was very helpful. Understanding that we need to look into noise issues with the shower, the placement of the refrigerator, and the open bathroom provides important information for making HotelRED even better. If you ever stay with us again please let me know how I can help. I hope you have a wonderful fall and thanks again.

Sincerely,
Jason Ilstrup

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Reviewed 22 September 2011

We arrived late at night after a long drive and having paid $300 for one night as there was an electronics convention in town - all in all not a great start. However, once we walked through the door things all this melted away - a friendly welcome and a really nice hotel in a good location. It's probably not to everyone's taste but if you like modern, slightly industrial style with attention to detail and a sense of fun then you might just love it.

The rooms are well appointed and comfortable - big squashy sofa and chair, great bed, cool bathroom (which needs glazing between the bathroom and bedroom as the previous reviewer said) and crisp linens. The kitchen area in the room is much too close to the bed so you are sleeping next to a refrigerator but the coffee machine was a nice touch. These are small things and overall we were really pleased with the hotel (and if you see my other reviews you'll know this doesn't happen often!)

It is very new and they will have to work hard to keep the finish at the current level but we would thoroughly recommend it - and there is currently nothing else like this in Madison.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jason I, General Manager at HotelRED, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2011

We can’t thank you enough for both your stay and the wonderful review. It sounds like you had a good time at HotelRED. Your comments are extremely helpful in allowing us to continue to grow and keep up the finish. Next time you’re in Madison we hope you stay with us. If there is anything you need in the future please let us know.

Sincerely,
Jason Ilstrup

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Reviewed 12 September 2011

We just enjoyed a wonderful football weekend at the ideally-located HotelRed. Directly across from Camp Randall stadium, our suite had a balcony overlooking the fieldhouse and all the pre-and post-game fun.

The suite's red, black and gray modern decor included polished concrete floors with area rugs, a low contemporary bed, a terrific mini-kitchen and well-appointed bath. The suites are aimed at longterm business travelers, so the kitchen includes a sink, cooktop, microwave, minifridge,dishwasher, dishes, utensils, etc. We especially appreciated the Keurig coffee maker with assorted pods.

Someone is paying attention to details. The bed was very comfortable, with pristine white sheets and a downy comforter and pillows. Towels were fluffy, the robes comfy and we loved the Aveda toiletries. Staff left miniature gourmet chocolates from a shop down the street on our pillow at night.

The pullout couch and chairs were less comfortable, although the desk chair was great. The flatscreen TV was a good size.

The bathroom was pretty cool, with black granite counters and a red vessel sink. The large shower had excellent pressure, a fabulous drenching overhead fixture, multiple showerheads and a wand.

In an apparent bid to create a loft feeling, the wall between the bathroom and living space does not extend to the celling. When someone enters the bathroom at night, light floods into the sleeping area. Worse, the sliding door between the toilet/shower area and sink does not create a seal when closed. The result: sound from that room is weirdly amplified into the living area.

The porch was fantastic; spacious with two chairs and a small table.

Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We had somewhat pricey drinks at the bar one evening and chatted with a nice young student bartender. There is free candy at the checkout desk, and muted TV's outside each elevator door so you don't miss a minute of the game.

The room was expensive for Madison, and there was a 2-night minimum. It was much, much nicer than other hotels where we've spent football weekends -- we definitely plan to return next year.

Room Tip: The balconies facing Camp Randall add a lot of fun to game day (but be ready for some street noise.)
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jason I, General Manager at HotelRED, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2011

Thank you very much for your recent stay at HotelRED. It sounds like you really enjoyed your weekend. We also want to thank you for being the first person to review HotelRED! Your comments are incredibly helpful, from the friendly staff to details we can improve in the room. If you ever need anything for a future stay please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you have a wonderful fall.

Sincerely,
Jason Ilstrup

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Reviewed 5 September 2011

It lacks the ease and genuine comfort of "real class"

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Jason I, General Manager at HotelRED, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2011

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at HotelRED. I’m very sorry to hear your stay did not meet our expectations. We pride ourselves on delivering a level of service that ensures both ease and comfort. Sadly we missed the mark. We hope we will have another opportunity to show you what we are about. If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. I hope you have a wonderful fall.

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Jason Ilstrup

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Additional Information about HotelRED

Address: 1501 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711-2020
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 63 Hotels in Madison
Price Range: £100 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — HotelRED 3.5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay, work, and play in one of 48 modern guestrooms and suites at HotelRED, Madison’s newest and most contemporary full-service urban boutique hotel. With vivid colors and sleek Euro-design, HotelRED surrounds guests in absolute indulgence and comfort. Join us for a cocktail, Wisconsin micro-brew, and appetizers at our lobby bar and bistro TheWise, the smoothest place to chill in town. Business meetings, private parties, and banquet facilities are available. Enjoy the local color! ... more   less 
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