Mendota Lake House Inn

704 E Gorham St , Madison, WI 53703-1522 USA (Show map)


Historic 1911 arts and crafts home in downtown Madison, on the lake, near the Capitol. One mile to UW campus. We are a plain and simple B&B that caters to travelers looking for a clean room at a great price with a fantastic location. We are committed to being your best value in Madison. Our breakfast is continental style with all organic and local (when in season) products. Bob makes the granola! We also feature baked goods from Batch Bakehouse. Our cleaning products are all natural and scent free. We are on a busy downtown street with numerous amenities nearby. The back of our house faces the stunningly beautiful and tranquil Lake Mendota. Sunsets are magical. Our house is also located in James Madison Park, with a beach, volleyball pit, play structure and numerous other amenties. Or wander around and enjoy nature in this downtown park. Owners Bob and David have a private apartment in the lower level so the entire house is for our guests -- including the kitchen should you want to save money and eat in. Because we chose to do our own restoration over time, we are continually making improvements as time and money permits.




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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining3.9

So lovely!!

4.4 on July 31, 2016

We loved this gorgeous home! We will definitely return! Thank you to David and Bob for their warm hospitality!!

Delightful Stay

3.8 on July 21, 2016

The stay was very enjoyable with very nice common rooms as well as our private room. Our private bathroom was amazing with a large combined shower/whirlpool bathtub. We relaxed in one of the common areas, a 3-season room which faced Lake Mendota. The house was charming and the outside gardens were impressive. I would recommend to others and stay again.

Relaxed atmosphere, close to the center of the city

4.0 on July 07, 2016

Loved this place, I will most definitely be back. Very relaxed atmosphere, felt like we were staying at someone's home, Great, unique place to stay in madison. Great prices too.

Mendota Lake House

4.0 on July 03, 2016

Was everything I hoped it to be. Quiet, quaint, with wonderful views.

Very pretty location and B&B

4.6 on June 27, 2016

This is a great B&B in an awesome location in Madison. The owners are still doing some renovation so a little dust is to be expected. The breakfast is not a full breakfast but a healthy, organic one to give just enough fuel to get up and go see the sites. I'd definitely recommend and I plan on returning in the future!

Weekend Stay at Mendota Lake House Inn

4.2 on June 22, 2016

The stay met our expectations. It is as advertised, and a good value.

Mendota Lake House

3.4 on June 22, 2016

Right next to the Mendota Lake. Charming B&B with a small beautiful lush front garden.

Beautiful place

5 on June 13, 2016

My husband and I loved the atmosphere, the location and the views. The hosts were very helpful and we especially liked sitting on the Walt Whitman Room balcony in June. Breakfast was great and having lots of common spaces to sit made us feel we were living in a very comfortable, historic home. And the library made us wish we could stay longer and read more about the area.

Wonderful place to stay!!

4.8 on June 02, 2016

Great view of the lake

Great place!Wonderful. Views and charm and coffee and scones. What more could you want!

4.8 on May 02, 2016

Wonderful option when in Madison. Unique rooms and expetience

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Rooms & Rates

Walt Whitman

The Walt Whitman is a beautiful 2nd floor room with a queen bed and windows facing the lake. Enjoy stunning sunsets from your private deck overlooking the lake (deck closed Nov-April.) The private bath includes a large, 2-person jacuzzi whirlpool.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Tennessee Williams

The Tennesse Williams room is on the 2nd floor and features a beautiful queen sleigh bed. This street facing room has a private deck. The private bath features the original subway tile and a whirlpool tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Gore Vidal

The Gore Vidal room is on the 3rd floor with a queen bed. All windows face the lake. The private bathroom features a bathtub and shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Oscar Wilde

The Oscar Wilde is our largest and most luxurious room, is on the 2nd floor and features a king-size bed. With windows on 3 sides of the house, the light just pours into this room. This room has its own private sitting area with couch and love seat. The beautiful private bath is lined with period subway tile and features a rain shower and a hydrotherapy

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

James Baldwin

The James Baldwin is a spacious room on the 3rd floor with a queen bed and windows facing the park and the lake. This room includes a futon sofa that can be converted to a second bed. The private bath features a clawfoot tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Downtown, Lakefront


Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional) 5 miles

Directions to property:

Located on a major street through downtown. Direct route from airport to campus and Capitol.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Children's Museum, State Capitol, Restaurants, Performing Theater, Picnic area, University

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Computer, Fireplace, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, TV, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Boating, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Alcohol Provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations: Because we are a small Inn, please do not reserve rooms unless you are certain of your dates. It is much harder for us small innkeepers to absorb cancellations. There is a $20 processing fee for any cancellation. For cancellations more than two weeks out, the fee is $20. For cancellations within 2 weeks of arrival, the charge is 100% of your reservation unless we can rebook the room. All cancellations must be in writing (via email) and must be acknowledged by us in writing.



David Waugh and Bob Klebba

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Gardening enthusiasts, historic preservation.

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  • Time Served: 7-10AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian