This weekend Brian and I were invited to stay at the Graduate Hotel in Madison. The hotel is fairly new to us so we were excited to stay a weekend there. Plus we had just gotten engaged and our 3 year anniversary is on the 20th so why not take advantage of this and celebrate an engagement and anniversary. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the valet and he was so kind as to let us know what we needed to do. Believe it or not, we’ve never had done valet. He gave us our valet ticket and we walked into the hotel and checked in. I will say that between the valet guy and the guest service reps, they were so professional. It is amazing when you’re going to a new hotel.
The Graduate Hotel Madison
We were given the “family suite” which came with a king-size bed, a living room equipped with a tv, pull out couch, and PS3 for the kids. We didn’t bring the kids on this trip. But they would have loved it if they were there. We did have a good view since we’re on the 6th floor.
The hotel has 2 places to eat inside. Which was the “Portage Pi” and “Camp Trippalindee”. We got to enjoy some dinner + drinks at the “Camp Trippalindee”. The food was DELICIOUS. I think my favorite was the cheese curds. I mean duh, I live in Madison, WI. It’s expected of us to eat some fried cheese curds. Brian had the burger which he actually liked a lot.
Camp Trippalindee isn’t your average your restaurant though. It’s on the 7th floor which is the rooftop of the hotel. The restaurant interior is designed to make you feel like you’re at either a cabin or your grandma’s house. You do have access to the patio and it has a bonfire.
The menu is pretty simple as far as food but they do have a variety of beers, wines, non-alcoholic drinks, and even hot cocoa. As far as desserts, you have the option of ice cream with your own toppings or an S’ mores kit. I think the S’ mores kit is fun since they have a bonfire out on the patio and you can enjoy toasting up some marshmallows.
My Honest Opinion of Graduate Hotel
Because we were given the family suite, we were on the 6th floor. Which means our room was directly under the restaurant. When we got to our room at night to wind down, we had some trouble falling asleep. The room walls aren’t soundproof. So we could literally hear people in the hallways, the music upstairs, and people just moving things around at the restaurant.
The hotel is literally next to State Street, which if you’re from Madison you know that State Street is where all the college bars are at and that means drunk college students. It was hard to sleep with all the noise outside. The noise did continue even after bar time.
Personally, as a mom, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel for families. I just know that my kids wouldn’t have been able to sleep through all the noise. Which sucks because the hotel is nice, chill, and laid back. Maybe the hotel is meant for single adults who don’t mind all the noise and love to party.