Mendota Lake House Inn

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

About

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. Because we chose to do our own restoration over time, we are continually making improvements as time permits.

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Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.0

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


Mendota Lake House

4.4 on April 28, 2016

It was so nice to be close to campus and downtown. The hosts were super friendly, and would love to stay there again.


Great value in Madison

4.8 on March 27, 2016

A great way to escape hotel conformity and boredom. I'd only request a shower caddy in claw foot tub shower set up.


Couple Weekend Getaway

4.6 on January 27, 2016

My husband and I stayed here for a romantic getaway. We were not disappointed. Our hosts were very friendly and offered great advice on things to do and places to eat in Madison. I was worried when I read "continental breakfast" but I was not disappointed at all. All organic offerings and fresh baked goods from a local bakery. We did not go away hungry at all. Our room was delightful and huge! Beautiful view of the lake. We will definitely stay with them again next time we have a mini-vacation in Mad-town.


Madison get a away

5 on December 24, 2015

Found this B& B on our drive to Madison. My partner had never stayed at a B&B and I've only stayed at them in Europe, so we were a little apprehensive. We were pleasantly surprised. Very easy to find, and on site free parking were bonuses. Our room was large and super comfortable. The King sized bed was a Tempurpedic mattress that gave us a superb night sleep. Continental breakfast was organic and healthy, we were able to enjoy this In the sun room over looking Mendota Lake. Dave and Bob are both very pleasant, polite, informative, and helpful. Short walk to down town and local restaurants are also within walking distance. Highly recommend ands we will be going back. :)


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3.8 on November 25, 2015

Rooms were lovely however the bed was too soft in the top floor bedroom (rust) and it was way too hot.


Fabulous stay in Madison

4.4 on November 20, 2015

Conveniently located to everything and beautiful property. Also an excellent value! We stayed in the Gore Vidal Room. Super cute and quiet with a view of the lake. The only thing I would say was the bed seemed a bit "saggy" (I don't think it was only due to the softness of the feather bed.) However, I would absolutely stay again!


Great place close to everything downtown.

4.2 on November 16, 2015

Charming home, restored in the period it was built. Friendly staff. Quiet neighborhood.


A feel of European Ccolonialism in the New World

4.2 on November 15, 2015

We had a wonderful time while in Madison, the weather was still very nice, that helped. But even in the rain and storm we were very comfortable in the beautiful sitting rooms of Mendota Lakehouse, very turn of the century with nice details and of course the spendid view of the lake. Not far from the centre, but renting a bike is also fun. David and Bob are the best hosts, really. My daughter and I want to wish them all the best in further developing their guesthouse.


Weekend Getaway

4.4 on November 13, 2015

The Mendota Lake House is a beautiful old house situated right on the edge of Mendota Lake. My girlfriend and I took a weekend in Madison in early November 2015 to enjoy the city and relax. We stayed in the Oscar Wilde room, a large space with a comfortable seating area to the left, bed and dining table to the right, electric fire and great views! It was a great room, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A short 15 minute walk to the Capitol building and the center of everything. Bob and David were very welcoming. Highly recommended! If we head back to Madison we will certainly be back.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks you guys for the kind words. Hope to see you back.


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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 where you may sit and watch the boats come and go on the lake. 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. . The view of the sun setting over the lake from this room is breathtaking. 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

Location Type

Downtown, Lakefront

Airport

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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Policies

  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

David Waugh and Bob Klebba

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets

Dogs

About the innkeepers

Gardening enthusiasts, historic preservation.

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian