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There is nothing more luxurious or exciting than a stay in a boutique hotel. Intimate in size, though generous in first class amenities and personalized service, more and more travelers are opting to stay in boutique hotels, and this is especially true for Madison, Wisconsin.

A lively university town bursting with restaurants, shops and galleries, boutique hotels are beginning to pop up all over Madison, appealing to those who travel to experience its contemporary vibe.

And, recently voted America’s most walkable city, most hotels are located right in the heart of downtown, within walking distance from the city’s energetic nightlife, spectacular outdoor recreational scene and main historical attractions.

The following are the best boutique hotels in Madison Wisconsin.


Stylish and contemporary, with a funky, urban style and high-energy atmosphere, the HotelRED is Madison’s first true stylish boutique hotel and restaurant. The hotel decor is both elegant and bold, and the property is pet friendly, eco-friendly, displaying local artwork and glass work throughout which is not to be missed.

A stone’s throw away from Camp Randall Stadium (perfect for those traveling to catch a football game) you’re also within a short walk from Madison’s urban center which is a hub of shops, restaurants and galleries.

Hotel room

Hotel room at HotelRED. Photo courtesy of HotelRED.

Hotel tip: book a room with a balcony.

The Dahlmann Campus Inn and Chancellor’s Club

In a perfect location with unbeatable service, this is Madison’s most elegant boutique hotel.

Think of a marble lobby which leads to a garden terrace, with original artwork adorning the walls. Think mahogany fireplaces, exquisite food, and exclusive access to the Chancellor’s Club.

Decorated with only the finest furnishings, guest rooms have classic color schemes and plush amenities. Everything about the Dahlmann Campus Inn is elegant and refined – this is definitely one of Madison’s best boutique hotels.

Mansion Hill Inn

Another fabulous boutique hotel in the center of downtown Madison, this hotel is one of Madison’s most refined.

A charming and historic mansion home built in 1857 the hotel has been carefully resorted to maintain the elegance of the original craftsmanship, though with the addition of modern amenities to cater to every guest’s need.

Mansion Hill Inn.

Photo courtesy of Mansion Hill Inn.

Hotel tip: Spend some time enjoying the phenomenal view over Downtown Madison from the Mansion Hill Inn veranda.

The Livingston Inn

The Livingston Inn is where history meets modern hospitality – this 160-year old Gothic revival mansion is a unique and luxurious home with nine fireplaces, high vaulted ceilings, beautiful interior design, and direct lake access.

Though with modern-day conveniences such as WiFi, cable television, online movies, daily maid service and local and national newspapers, this is one of the most comfortable and convenient historic stays in the area.

Photo courtesy of the Livingston Inn.

Photo courtesy of the Livingston Inn.

Hotel tip: Stay for breakfast – hot and homemade, this will be a highlight.

Madison’s best boutique hotels

When traveling to Madison, be sure to consider a stay in one of the above listed boutique hotels.

There are many cheap hotel deals on Hipmunk’s Madison hotels guide page – be sure to head over to snag a deal.

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Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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