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About our Hotel

Location: Downtown/City Center

  • Location: Downtown/City Center
  • Closest City: MADISON
  • Distance From Hotel: 2.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT-05:00

Check In: 3:00 PM Check Out: 12:00 PM

  • Check In: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out: 12:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 21
  • Late checkout available

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  • American Express
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  • Diners Club
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  • Visa

Accessibility

Accessibility

  • Number of Rooms:5
  • Parking
  • Service Animals Allowed

Pet Policy

Pet Policy

One pet per room is allowed for a fee. The size of the pet cannot exceed 25 pounds. Pet cannot be left unattended. They are required to wear a leash in public areas and are not allowed in the breakfast or pool area. There is no fee for service animals.
Pet fee amount  20.00  USD  per night

What's Nearby

What's Nearby

Attraction:
Alliant Energy Center
Distance From Hotel:0.5MI
Attraction:
State Capital Building
Distance From Hotel:1.25MI
Attraction:
Wisconsin Children's Museum
Distance From Hotel:1.25MI
Attraction:
Wisconsin Veteran's Museum
Distance From Hotel:1.25MI

Parking

Parking

  • Car Parking Available
  • Parking is free. No trucks or trailers are allowed. Vehicle guest is traveling in may not take up more than one parking space. No extended parking allowed. Must be a registered guest of the hotel to park.

Internet

Standard Internet Service

Standard Internet service is free for all guests
Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas
Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas

Facility

Facility

  • Hotel renovated inFebruary 01, 2014
  • Total number of rooms:92
  • Total number of suites:4
  • Total number of rooms with only one bed:29
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:63
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:92
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:5
  • Interior corridor
  • Total number of floors:4
  • FEMA Property Number:WI0448
Explore Madison, WI from our Hotel's Downtown Location In Madison, WI, nestled among the sparkling, glacier-created lakes, the recently remodeled Holiday Inn Express® hotel puts you near everything the capitol city has to offer. We're located in the heart of downtown, minutes from the Capitol Building and the University of Wisconsin, making us the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Corporate travelers love our hotel's location in Madison, WI. We're within walking distance of the
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Explore Madison, WI from our Hotel's Downtown Location In Madison, WI, nestled among the sparkling, glacier-created lakes, the recently remodeled Holiday Inn Express® hotel puts you near everything the capitol city has to offer. We're located in the heart of downtown, minutes from the Capitol Building and the University of Wisconsin, making us the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Corporate travelers love our hotel's location in Madison, WI. We're within walking distance of the Alliant Energy Center and Veterans Coliseum; and just minutes from Monona Terrace Convention Center. You'll have everything you need to stay productive with high speed wireless Internet access and a business center in the hotel. In Madison, Wisconsin, you can cheer on the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium or the Kohl Center. Take in the area's beautiful scenery by visiting Turville Park or riding one of the many nearby biking trails. Other nearby attractions includes Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Henry Vilas Zoo and Taliesin. To welcome you to Madison, WI, our hotel's staff offers an evening reception Monday through Thursday nights for our adult guests. We have perks like an indoor pool, whirlpool, high definition television programming with HBO and a fitness center. Top off your stay with our free, hot Express Start breakfast. We look forward to making our hotel in Madison, Wisconsin your home away from home on your next visit.
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Features
Join us every morning for a mouthwatering breakfast buffet. While other Madison, WI hotels might provide breakfast, we provide a hot buffet breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs or omelettes, sausage or bacon, biscuits and gravy, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, four choices of cereal, our signature cinnamon rolls, 100% Arabica bean coffee, and many more items to get your day off on the right foot.
Announcements
Our Interior Renovation is complete! While we still have a few finishing touches to add, these will not cause any disruption of service or noise issues. We invite you to come and experience our
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Announcements
Our Interior Renovation is complete! While we still have a few finishing touches to add, these will not cause any disruption of service or noise issues. We invite you to come and experience our newly renovated inn. Areas renovated include, our guest rooms, hallway corridors, lobby, breakfast area, business center, and public restrooms.
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Guest Reviews

Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 81 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by my over-night stay last year when we stayed here every thing was very good. We preferably stay here because this hotel excepts dogs. It was just very noisy due to the wedding party January 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dog and people friendly. We recently stayed at the Holiday Inn Express near DeForest, WI. The staff was friendly, courteous, and very professional. We chose this location due to the easy on/off of the interstate. We were pleasantly surprised to find people were allowed to bring their dogs. (We had left ours at home.) We will definitely stay at the DeForest, Wisconsin location again. Next time we will bring our dogs along. It is nice to know there are affordable places that are dog friendly. We will definitely let all of our family and friends know that Holiday Inn Express is pet friendly and people friendly too. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Dec. 2013 January 5, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by bk stay did not like the sink area outside of the bathroom and right by the door entrance. room was small for the cost. should of been more around the 65-75 per night stay January 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great hotel all-around Had a great stay while visiting relatives for Christmas. Room and common areas were very clean, front desk and housekeeping staff were very friendly, beds were comfortable, Wi-Fi worked great. Will definitely return next year. January 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Passed through on Holiday travel We stayed during the drive "home from Grandpa's house" just before Christmas, just ahead of, and behind, a couple storms. I was pretty worn out from the road. Friendly, welcoming Staff. Clean, comfortable room. Was especially thankful for the employees looking after us on a Holiday. December 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable Beds & Relaxing As a business manager, I travel a lot and stay at a variety of nice motels. I would have to say that the my recent stay at the Deforest, WI Holiday Inn Express was one of the best motels I have stayed at this year. The staff was welcoming, easy check in and check out, nice breakfast. The bed comfort was excellent and the room was quiet, clean and very comfortable. I was also impressed how quiet the heating and cooling units was. It made for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing and restful night. If I travel in the Madison area again, this motel will be my first choice place. November 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by nice staff need biscuts but other then that everything was great October 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great night's sleep Mattress was comfy, and this hotel had the most comfortable pillows I have had at a property in quite some time. On the minus side, the bathroom fan was noisy as others have stated, and for some reason the screws holding the iron / ironing board to the wall let loose during the night. Obviously a freak occurence which could happen anywhere, so no points deducted. Older property, so not a lot of electrical outlets available for todays devices. Not a lot of dining options in the immediate area (fast food only), but close enought ot the East Towne area for most people. Recommended. October 14, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Wedding stay Didn't appreciate the added $60 a night from the normal rate and the refusal to give me the wedding group rate. Room smelled like cigarettes. Front desk crew not friendly but rest of staff were very kind. October 8, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Keep going Teeny, tiny room, one sink in bathroom, only fast food nearby. Manager does not honor seniors or military. Keep going to next exit. October 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DeForest Holiday Inn Express We love this hotel, located in a very convenient location. The place is clean, the staff is great and the breakfast area is well attended. Our perfect "pit stop" when we travel between Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio. September 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by One of my favorite hotels I stay out over 120 nights a year and this is one of my favorite hotels for stays in Wisconsin. Good location, good staff. September 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Room The room was comfortable and met our needs. Our grandkids love coming over to use the pool. The room off the pool made for a good socializing area. September 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Front desk exceptional Great staff, very friendly and nice. Good value for the money. I stay here 4 times a year for business and each time the staff and facility is excellent. September 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable Beds and rooms. Very comfortable room and bed. We were returning from vacation and Stopped short of the Madison area [Game day]. September 19, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by maid service room was clean and comfortable but the maid did not leave any soap or shampoo. When we asked the front desk she was polite but did not know where to find the products she had to call her boss, we finally had the product two hours later. total experience seemed to have a lack of detail. Not the norm for HI Express. September 16, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Tired Rooms, Good Breakfast This Holiday Inn Express is not up to the same level of comfort as others I have stayed in recently. The room configuration is poor. The bathroom sink and vanity are in the main area of the room. This is not convenient when you don't want to disturb others sleeping. The light /fan combo in the bathroom sounded like a jet airplane. The sofa and chair were soiled and dirty looking. The bed looked like it had the choice of firm and soft pillows, but all the pillows were the same lumpy old pillows. On the positive side, the breakfast was above average. There was a nice selection of hot and cold choices. The breakfast attendant kept everything well stocked. I really can't recommend staying at this hotel. The room is just not that clean or comfortable. September 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Amazing Great staff, value and nice place to stay. Bed was comfortable and staff was nice and attended to my needs. September 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great bedding and room was very clean. I enjoyed my short stay at this HI Express and I would definitely stay here again. Staff were polite and friendly. Room was very clean. Price was a little bit high for the area, but otherwise no issues. September 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Service. Good beds We go to Mayo Clinic every two months and always stay at this Holdiday Inn Express. Great hotel with wonderful service and people to work with. It is clean and great for a night's stay. Cheese House across the street is a great place to stop and eateries are closeby, August 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very nice, clean rooms. Very nice rooms. I like the fact that breakfast is included with the price of the room. Very convenient. August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Amazing breakfast and service by Deb! Our family stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on July 21. The room was very comfortable and it was nice to have a fridge and microwave available. There was a fan in the bathroom, which is great for showers. There are many hotels that don't have a fan which I never understand... A check out time of noon sure was nice so the kids had a chance to get in one more swim. The pool was set at a comfortable temperature too. The kids tend to end up freezing in the pool after a short while at most hotels. I know they would choose Holiday Inn Express in DeForest over other hotels. The best part of our stay was breakfast! This breakfast was steps above your typical continental breakfast. Definitely a great value! There were several hot items available too, such as eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, and even cinnamon rolls. The breakfast worker Deb provided the best breakfast service I have ever seen! She hustled with a smile on her face the entire time. I have been at many hotels where the breakfast service has been quite poor, to the point that the worker acted as if we were ruining their day by being there. Not Deb! Other than checking out, Deb was the last hotel staff we spoke to prior to checking out. I will be sure to return to DeForest's Holiday Inn Express when in the area knowing that I will receive exceptional service if Deb is working. Thank you for a great stay! August 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by less than expected for HIE facility This seems to be an older hotel possibly redone with some updating, but also with several outdated aspects remaining; especially individual room HVAC equipment control capability. August 9, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by No service at all Even I ask the front desk to call housekeeping to collect the trash, for four days my trash not been collected, it wasn't because the house keeping personnel there. She is their but she come in the room make the bed without changing the sheet for four days and leave without picking up the trash. I’m sorry to say this, this is one of the worst Holyday in I stay in. Regards August 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LOVE IT~! We had just loaded the uhaul that day and we where moving out of state. They let us check in early, the rooms were great, the beds were comfortable and the breakfast was great. The only thing was the hot tub wasn't that warm and it looked like it needed to be cleaned. It was right near the interstate so we could leave right away the next morning! July 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable Hotel, Nite Manager MIA We stay at this hotel each year as we travel north on vacation. Overall the hotel is nice, location is great and will stay there again. But on this trip we had been on the road for 9 hrs wanting to check in and stood in the lobby for about 15 minutes waiting for someone to show up in the lobby to check us in. The gal finally showed up from the back of the hotel and didn't even say a word of apology but asked if we had a reservation. Her cell phone was in hand. Just wanted to say after a long day on the road that is not customer service. July 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Overall a very nice place to stay Staff was very friendly. Room was very comfortable. Hotel was quiet. Internet was weak, there was no pen in the room... and I needed one to write on a card. There was a small pad of paper provided, just no pen. The shower was nice, but slowly ran out of hot water... that was disappointing. Oh, and the vent fan in the bathroom sounded like a jet landing.. holy cow was it loud!!! But loved the pancake machine and the coffee, in the lobby, was fresh really hit the spot. June 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Holiday Inn Express.. We have stayed at this Holiday Inn many times as we travel from Illinois to Mayo Clinic. It is clean, well kept, has a wonderful breakfast and the friendliest staff we have encountered. Last month we were greeted by DJ, a welcoming, smiling and friendly host. He even had cookies that he had baked sitting on the counter..What a nice way to greet tired travelers. May 29, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Clearly needs refurishment In contrast to most other Holiday Inn Expresses I've stayed at, this one seemed dated and cheap (e.g., plastic bathtub liner that one could depress with a finger). It clearly needs a major refurbishmeent. May 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Deforest HIE Nice hotel at the end of a long day of travel. Staff was great regarding local resturant chocies. May 14, 2013
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