I was recently in Madison for business and had know that this hotel had just completed construction. Normally I stay at other hotels in the area based on work requirements, but those hotels had no
vacancies, so I was able to book a room at this hotel.
Upon arrival, the front desk staff greeted me, they were friendly and even upgraded my room for me for free. The lobby area has a nice, modern feel to it, was clean, and well appointed. Check in was quick and I was up to my room in no time. Before heading to my room, I was informed by the front desk staff that my room key provided access to the underground parking. I'm not sure if this is available to all guests or may just IHG Rewards members, but it was definitely a welcome amenity, especially given the cold and snowy weather at the time.
The elevators were clean, as were the hallways. The inside of the building is well lit as well. The room I stayed in was a king suite, was large and well appointed. The bathroom was clean, with nice fixtures. The shower was nice, with good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The entryway area contains a small microwave, fridge, and Keureg coffee machine as well. The sleeping area was able to be separated from the bathroom area by a sliding barn door type setup. The bed was comfortable, though I was not a fan of the overly long pillows (though I know this is due to it being a king size bed). There was a large multi-function unit along one of the walls that is an integrated closet, luggage rack, TV, and desk. At the desk, there is adequate lighting, power, and network connectivity. There is also a sofa, chair, coffee table with a lift-up surface so you can sit at the sofa and use your laptop or write without leaning forward. Each nightstand has its own power and USB charging ports, as well as individual reading lights. The one thing that struck me as odd about the room was the lack of any artwork or decorations on the walls. There were large expanses of emptiness on several walls that just seemed odd to me. Maybe it's part of the modern feel of the hotel, or maybe they were still hanging artwork due to the hotel having just recently opened. Overall, the hotel was quiet, despite being located in close proximity to the highway.
Breakfast was standard HIE fare with eggs, sausage, pancake machine, and cinnamon rolls, along with cereal, fruit, oatmeal, breads/pastries, yogurt, coffee, and juices. The one thing I'll note about the juice machine, there was a definite plastic taste to the Cranberry juice. Probably due to it being a new machine. I did not notice that with the orange juice, however. The breakfast area was clean, and the staff working there kept the area clean and restocked.
Overall, this is a good choice for staying in the Madison area. [Less]