I booked a weekend trip here after finding a deal on Travelzoo for $149 a night for an executive suite including breakfast and 2 drinks at the Wise. I also liked how RED is pet friendly.
This place is not far from the Capital. It faces Camp Randall and is on a semi-quiet street. It's a very modern hotel, somewhat new with around 48 rooms, a small restaurant and bar. Parking was out back and is free. We had no problems finding a spot or parking the car. We checked in around 3:20 with our small dog and were friendly greeted. They oooh'ed about our dog and gave us a welcome treat bag for her. The front desk girls also offered my husband and I a welcome cocktail, which we graciously accepted. Check in was fast and they provided me with my breakfast and drink coupons. Pets are also $50 extra charge no matter how long or short the stay.
We were on the second floor, not far from the elevator and stairs. We entered the room and were very pleased at the size and features. Smooth polished concrete floors, a king bed, kitchenette, love seat, coffee table, and a very nice bathroom. The shower is beautiful, with a very modern rainfall type head, white tile, and clear glass. I wasn't really impressed with the shower as most people have stated. The pressure was just OK and the shower head is in need of cleaning because the spray was angled in places instead of straight down. At least the water was hot every day!
Our suite faced Camp Randall and had a furnished balcony. The 42" inch LCD TV is mounted to the wall, however, doesn't have pay per view movies to buy. I wanted to watch some new releases!
At night, we did notice you can hear every sound in the hallways. Slamming doors and voices. The people above us kept moving their furniture and made a lot of noise. With all the concrete, not sure if it's the echoing or the lack of sound proofing. Also, lots of street noise being so close to the street. City buses were very loud at night. I enjoyed the comfy robes in the room and we picked up some slippers from the front desk.
Drinks at the bar are excellent. The drink menu is very unique. The fact the bartender takes time to make every drink shows he cares how each and every drink tastes. Love the Moscow Mule and the Bacon Old Fashioned.
Breakfast in the AM was unique and tasty. My husband went down to order and bring up to the room since the coupons weren't valid for room service. He arrived with all food covered on a wooden tray. Nice touch! The gingered apple french toast is amazingly good. Thick cut, custardy french bread with tender apples and cream. The "Two Egg" breakfast was very good. Ordered it with turkey and sourdough. Big portion of sliced turkey, 2 large pieces of sourdough toast with butter and blueberry jam. The dauphinoise potatoes were excellent. Paper thin slices of potato layered thick with cream sauce and baked. Sliced into a triangle with a sprinkle of cheese on top. Yum. Service at the bar and restaurant was always pleasant.
One thing that has been bothering me since I got home is my missing bottle of perfume from my suitcase. At home, I placed a bottle of Calvin Klein Euphoria perfume in my suitcase amongst my clothing, took it out one day in the room, sprayed a bit on me, and promptly placed in back in my suitcase. When I got home and unpacked, it was no where to be found. I looked everywhere and I have a good memory. I'm certain it was always kept in my suitcase. I called the front desk to see if it was in lost and found or with housekeeping, just...in...case. They said they'd call me back, so we'll see.
I'm not sure if I'd stay here again for the value, but for another good deal, I definately would.
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- 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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