Best Areas to Stay in Madison, Wisconsin

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Where to stay in Madison – A guide to the city of the four lakes

The city of Madison belongs to the county of Dane and is located in south central Wisconsin.

Madison is known as the City of the Four Lakes, thanks to the Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa lakes.

During the fall, there are many festivals in Madison, the most famous of which is the Isthmus Oktobeerfest, with over 40 craft brewers, cold meats and cheeses that attract tourists from all over the world.

The university atmosphere abounds in this city, thanks to the growing University of Wisconsin and its endless cafes, gastropubs and historical attractions that set the pace and leisure in Madison.

Like all of southern Wisconsin, Madison has a cold and humid climate, with really low temperatures during the winter that cause snowfalls in the city. During the summer, temperatures range between 78ºF (26°C) and 89ºF (32°C).

Due to the low temperatures of the city, lovers of open skies and sunny days should visit Madison from mid-June to September.

The Downtown area is pedestrian and bike-friendly. However, buses are also an option.

Those who visit the visit can reach it through the Dane County Regional Airport, located 20 minutes from downtown.

The best area to stay in Madison is the Downtown because of its perfectly central location (See accommodation in Downtown Madison).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Madison.

The best areas to stay in Madison, Wisonsin

1. Our favorite area: Downtown

Downtown Madison includes the historical attractions of the city, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art that exhibits works by Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Dalí and other renowned artists.

In Downtown Madison, you’ll find the Capitol of Wisconsin, an impressive structure made in the image of the Washington DC Capitol. The other buildings in this area also have a slight resemblance to the capital of the United States.

There are plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants in Downtown Madison, most of which are attended by young adults, giving the city the lively nightlife and entertainment for which it is known.

Several bus lines cover the Downtown area. You can find stops at Broom, Gorham, Henry, and State streets.

The Downtown is one of the best areas to stay in Madison for its wide offer in accommodation, good location and because it is close to the most important attractions, so you won’t need a car while staying here.

Best areas to stay in Madison – Downtown

Best areas to stay in Madison – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Madison – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Madison – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madison:

  • Connected by public transport
  • Best area to stay without a car
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Wide variety of accommodation
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Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Best Western Premier Park Hotel

    This hotel is located on Madison’s Capitol Square, across from the Wisconsin State Capitol, and offers free airport shuttle service and free Wi-Fi.

    from US$119
 

 

 

2. East Madison (Olbrich Botanical Gardens)

East Madison is a green area with numerous parks for outdoor activities during the summer, including the Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

The Olbrich Botanical Gardens are truly something to behold during your stay in Madison. Its roads and landscapes present some of the most exotic plants of the Midwest.

It is important to note that, in East Madison, you’ll find the Dane County Regional Airport, ideal for travelers staying for just a few days or for business reasons.

For those who love shopping, East Madison has large malls and department stores.

This large area is served by public bus services, with stations in Atwood, Oakridge, Fair Oaks, and Water Street.

The area around the Olbrich Botanical Gardens is one of the best areas to stay in Madison for those who enjoy the open spaces, tranquility and breathtaking views that a city like Madison has to offer.

Where to stay in Madison - East Madison

Where to stay in Madison – East Madison

Accommodation in East Madison - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in East Madison – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madison:

  • Green area
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  • Dane Regional Airport

Alojamientos en esta zona

Top Choice

Howard Johnson Plaza by Wyndham Madison

This hotel is located 5 miles from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and features a large indoor pool, a restaurant and a free breakfast.

from US$62
Budget

Rodeway Inn

The Rodeway Inn is 4 miles from the Dane County Regional Airport and 3 miles from the Olbrich Botanical Garden.

from US$42
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Hotel Madison

This pet-friendly hotel in Madison, Wisconsin offers 2 dining options and a free airport shuttle service. The State Capitol of Wisconsin is 5 miles from the hotel.

from US$83
 

 

 

3. West Madison (University of Wisconsin Arboretum)

The University of Wisconsin is located northwest of Madison, next to Lake Mendota, and the campus area offers accommodations with different services to meet the tastes of any traveler.

The environment in the west of Madison is mostly residential, thanks to the apartments and student houses. However, in this area, you can find a variety of cafes and shops, ideal to spend the afternoon.

Entertainment in the west side of Madison includes the Camp Randall Memorial Park, the Geology Museum, and, for those seeking to discover the nightlife, pubs and bars with the best craft beer in the area.

Buses can be found in Linden, Babcock, Observatory and University Ave.

There is also the Chazen Museum of Art, with a large art collection that displays impressive sculptures, paintings, and photographs by local and renowned artists.

West Madison is one of the best areas to stay in Madison because of its natural attractions, the University of Wisconsin and leisure that make it the ideal area for long or short trips.

Where to stay in Madison - West Madison

Where to stay in Madison – West Madison

Accommodation in West Madison – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in West Madison – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madison:

  • Peaceful area
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Chazen Museum of Art

Alojamientos en esta zona

Top Choice

Clarion Suites at The Alliant Energy Center

This hotel is 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin.

from US$90
Budget

Super 8 by Wyndham Madison South

The hotel features an indoor pool and hot tub, in-room refrigerators and free Wi-Fi.

from US$59
Luxury

Sheraton Hotel Madison

This Madison hotel overlooks Lake Monona and features a restaurant and café bar.

from US$116
 

 

 

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