The Edgewater: Everything you Need to Know About this Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin

The Edgewater,
Madison, WI

“The Edgewater is proud to greet our guests with a deep understanding of the importance of their comfort. We provide service that is anticipatory, thoughtful and natural; comprehensive without a hint of stiffness.” – Amy Supple – Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Our Stay at The Edgewater

This month, my family and I had the chance to stay at The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, for the weekend, a small getaway that we desperately needed. From crazy work hours to limited family time, to all of the other stresses of military life, we needed to get out of town.

Luckily, The Edgewater is only 2 hours away from the biggest Naval base in Illinois, Great Lakes. Nothing is better than a small getaway where you can spend one-on-one time with your family. It is a great way to deepen your bond with one another and create long-lasting memories, and The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, was exactly what the doctor ordered.

The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin has all of the amenities and perks with a traveler in mind. The “expertly appointed rooms and suites offer stunning views” that are accompanied by all of the comforts of home. But above all, they create a luxurious experience that no one can compare to. With spa-styled bathrooms with stone vanities, plush robes and slippers, and access to the best spa amenities, this boutique hotel WILL win you over.

Our stay at The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, provided us with convenient, luxurious accommodations and allowed us the opportunity to create memorable experiences. During our visit, the staff treated us in a pleasant manner, always with a smile and provided us with impeccable cleanliness and treated us more like family than guests.

To check out some of our experiences at The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, click HERE and check out my stories at the top.

"The Edgewater is committed to the community and provides an ongoing roster of free, year round public events from outdoor concerts on the plaza to iceskating. "Opening the waterfront to the public is a top priority for The Edgewater, and watching guests and local residents take part in activities like kite flying and fat tire bike races is extremely rewarding."

Frozen Assets Festival

During our stay at The Edgewater, we had the chance to experience something we had never experienced before, a festival on the ice! The Frozen Assets Festival is a free family-friendly event held at The Edgewater and on frozen Lake Mendota. For six years, Clean Lakes Alliance, a non-profit that’s goal is to support the lakes, along with partners and sponsors, have been welcoming families to join the fun. The festival goes a week-long during the winter months, making it one of the best things to do in Madison, Wisconsin, in winter. 

This event brings in more than 10,000 attendees and raised more than $130,000 in 2020 for the lakes to support Madison’s lakes. Since 2012, Frozen Assets has raised a whopping $1,200,000 for lake improvement projects, educational programs, and water quality monitoring. 

We were so excited to not only support but participate in such an amazing festival that has such a great mission, to support Madison’s greatest assets, the lakes. The Frozen Assets Festival has activities for all age groups. From ice skating and pond hockey to sleigh rides and kite flying and a very unique and fun 5k run on the ice, this festival was the perfect event for the community of Madison as well as visitors like us. I think one of my all-time favorite parts of the festival was seeing the skydiving ice jumps with Seven Hills Skydiving while drinking hot chocolate because who doesn’t like a good show while sipping something warm!

I have put together some tips that you need to know before you attend the Frozen Assets Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Feel free to thank me later! 

  1. Scope out the deals at The Edgewater – For those who wish to make a weekend family trip out this event, The Edgewater has packages that include overnight accommodations and other awesome perks. 
  2. Book Early! – The Frozen Assets Festival brings more than 10,000 people each year. Lodging accommodations at The Edgewater can fill up fast. Keep up with Clean Alliance and The Edgewater webpages for event info and book lodging early.
  3. Be Weather Wise -The Frozen Assets Festival is both indoor and outdoor, so be prepared for cold weather conditions. After all, it is Wisconsin! Check the weather forecast and come prepared.
  4. Dress appropriately – This goes hand in hand with number 3. Wear hats, gloves, and appropriate shoes. I would also advise that you bring snow suites for little ones. 
  5. Four-legged friends are welcome too! – The Edgewater is pet-friendly, so if you want to bring your dog to enjoy the festival, you can! I was shocked to see as many dogs as I did on the ice. Who knew they enjoyed playing on ice?

Amenities at The Edgewater

It’s the little things that matter –,, especially to hotel guests. Amenities can make the biggest and most memorable impact on a guests’ experience. They can keep guests happy from arrival to departure. So, what amenities does The Edgewater have guests coming back again?

PARKING – If you are planning to drive or rent a car, then parking must be taken into consideration. The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin offers both valet and self-parking options for both overnight and day guests. I especially love that the parking is covered and secured, making parking super convenient for families. Parking for overnight guests is $18 and $25 for overnight valet parking. Whichever option you choose, both are super convenient and affordable. 

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT TIMES – As you know, every hotel has its own set of check-in/check-out times. One thing I loved about The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, is that their check-out is at noon. Since I am not an early bird, this was super convenient for me. Check-in times start at 4:00 p.m. however The Edgewater does accommodate early arrivals if a room is available. 

FITNESS ROOM – One of my favorite amenities at The Edgewater was the training studios. There are two studios equipped with cardio machines and weight training equipment. You also have access to a relaxation pool, steam room, and full-service locker rooms that helps you cool down and relax after a tough workout. Talk about feeling pampered! 

SPA– Everyone can spa in their own way at The Edgewater. The Edgewater will pamper you like royalty. The spa and their luxurious treatments, such as the massages, facials, manicures, skin treatments, hair stylings, and more, will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. No wonder why this is one of guests and local resident’s favorite stops!

THE ICE RINK – One my favorite spots to be at when I stayed at The Edgewater was the ice rink. The rink is overlooking Lake Mendota while the Capital dome illuminates the sky in the other way! It is quite a sight for sure. The Edgewater holds special events on the ice rink throughout the winter season, including the Frozen Assets Festival that is held every year. You can purchase a season pass for unlimited skating and skate rentals, or you can bring your own skates. Either way, you’re bound to have lots of fun!

"Located on the shores of Lake Mendota, The Edgewater is just down the street from the Capitol Square, the heart of downtown Madison. We are within walking distance of State Street and its eclectic restaurants and shops."

Nearby Attractions

Whenever you book a hotel, it is so vital to ensure that your hotel is near many local attractions. That is one of the first things I look for when choosing a hotel. Is it close to all the things I want to do? The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, is located in the heart of downtown Madison. 

You are within walking distance of the Capitol Square and downtown, and it is next door to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Another important factor when choosing to stay at The Edgewater, Madison, Wisconsin, was the convenience of the location. 

The Edgewater is also close to the expressways, and it is located only 2 hours from the largest base in Illinois, Great Lakes Naval Base. This makes for a super easy, convenient, and affordable getaway for military families in this area. Being at The Edgwater, Madison, Wisconsin, is the perfect getaway filled with nature, culture, shopping, and lots to eat.

Dining Options at The Edgewater

The Statehouse – Some meals aren’t easily forgotten. The Statehouse culinary team at The Edgewater are masters in their craft, carefully creating menus and dishes that not only taste great but are inspired by many local, artisan producers. Our dinner at The Statehouse was nothing short of extraordinary. They have raised our standards in terms of the food quality, the restaurant’s outstanding location with the incredible views of Lake Mendota, and the service. 

Augie’s Tavern – Augie’s Tavern is named after Augie Faulkner, the first general manager and an owner of The Edgewater Hotel for nearly 50 years. Today, his legacy is celebrated at Augie’s Tavern. You can grab a local craft beer or a signature cocktail and enjoy some of this restaurant’s locally sourced Artisan Charcuterie, Steak Salad, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

The Boathouse – The Boathouse is a casual waterfront dining option at The Edgewater. The Boathouse chef takes casual classics and puts his Modern Midwestern spin on them. The Boathouse serves authentic Wisconsin favorites like a Chicken BLT on Stella’s Spicy Cheese Bread, Lobster Rolls, and Blue Cheese Burgers, all while with the beautiful Lake Mendota view right in front of you. Did I mention that you can arrive by boat and tie up on the Pier directly in front of The Boathouse?! 

The Icehouse – The Icehouse has grab-and-go options like pizza, snacks, and a variety of Wisconsin-brewed beers for those enjoying all The Plaza has to offer. This was probably one of my daughter’s favorite places to eat because who doesn’t love pizza?! 

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