Sometimes referred to as the “Berkeley of the Midwest,” Madison, Wisconsin is situated on the shores of Lake Mendota. If you’re looking for Madison hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has two great places to stay, both offering a great rate.
Madison’s economy is driven by its two largest employers, state government and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Home to all three branches of state government, the current Wisconsin State Capitol was completed in 1917. This elegantly domed building is actually the third capitol building in the state since Wisconsin was granted statehood in 1848.
Education thrives in Madison, which is home to several educational facilities including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison Area Technical College. As a public research university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison contributes in many ways to making Madison a great place to live or visit. Established in 1848, the university serves nearly 30,000 undergraduate students and over 11,000 postgraduate students annually, making it one of the nation’s largest public universities.
The University also operates a major teaching hospital and regional trauma center serving the local community in specialties like nephrology, oncology, digestive disorders and endocrinology.
The University’s focus on research and postgraduate studies has made Madison a center for innovative start-up companies in biotechnology and other cutting-edge sciences. Currently operating in Madison are the biotech firms PanVera, Promega and the Iceland-based Nimblegen.
Madison’s proximity to five lakes means a multitude of recreational opportunities exist for visitors and residents alike. Boating is great fun here whether you prefer power or sail. Sportsmen of all sorts can find exceptional hunting and fishing in the area. And, hikers and mountain bikers will find a numerous trails near the shore of Lake Mendota.
Visitors should dedicate the later part of a day to experiencing Madison’s downtown. The notorious State Street is lined with a variety of specialty shops, cafes, galleries, and bars. Pedestrian-friendly State Street connects the University to State Capital Square, a popular tourist attraction. The Square is home to the Wisconsin State Capitol, a slightly shorter replica of the U.S. Capitol, which is made from over forty types of stone from six countries.
If you are ready for a little underground adventure, take the 30-mile drive to Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark. Here you can enjoy guided tours along lighted walkways, mine for gemstones, and dig for fossils.
If you prefer to spend your time on the greens, visit Pleasant View Golf Club, just a mile from either of the Extended Stay Hotels locations. Divided into three nine-hole courses, Pleasant View offers plenty of fun for golfers of every level.
When in need of a Madison, Wisconsin hotel, you’ll find comfort, convenience, and exceptional value in either the Extended Stay Deluxe Madison – West or the Extended Stay America Madison – West.