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Arbor House, An Environmental Inn

3402 Monroe Street , Madison, WI 53711 USA (Show map)
9 Reviews
$135 - $230
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Arbor House, An Environmental Inn is one of Madison's oldest existing homes located across from the UW-Arboretum (1280 acres of nature). Originally built as a tavern and stagecoach stop, this 1800's landmark is evolving into a model for urban ecology. The Arbor House Annex is an award-winning structure housing a timber-framed great room and three incredible guest rooms. The inn is perfect for a business retreat or reunion with friends or family. Our gift certificates make wonderful gifts.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining3.9

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Been trying to get back for 13 years

5 on May 08, 2013

Arbor House was the first B&B I ever stayed at and it is the one that all others have had to aspire to. I'm not the most comfortable at sitting family style with a bunch on strangers so I usually prefer hotels because breakfast can be shared with just the person you are with. At the Arbor House breakfast is served in a café atmosphere that lends itself open to talking with your neighbor and just concentrating on the person you are with. Looking forward to going back.

Scott and Kathie Oct. 19th and 20th

4.6 on November 01, 2012

We were going to Madison for a Badger football game and thought we'd try a bed and breakfast after having good luck at one in Key West. The Arbor Inn was very nice and comfortable. Cathie was a fine hostess and is also a great cook. We enjoyed the interaction with other guests and the food was great. We stayed in the John Nolen room and it was very cozy. We certainly would stay there again.

Perfect Weekend Getaway

4.6 on July 30, 2012

Every aspect of our stay was wonderful. The innkeepers were welcoming, friendly, and so accommodating. We wanted to take the bed home with us because it was so comfortable! Great stay!

Great location, great stay

4.4 on September 05, 2011

We were dropping off our youngest daughter at UW-Madison and wanted to explore the Madison, Wisconsin Campus area. We wanted to bike around the beautiful city and our friends recommended Arbor House ( as a great place to stay. Rooms were spacious, quiet, friendly staff, and a great location for upcoming Badger games and visits. You feel like family when you stay at Arbor House and would recommend again. The arboretum is directly across the street, and quaint shopping is just a few blocks away. This video captures everything we were looking for. Grret time and we will stay here again.

Can't Say Enough!

4.8 on June 13, 2011

I stayed at the Arbor House for a Girlfriends' weekend away. We had a very clean room with excellent service. The smell of fresh baked brownies is what we arrived to. All the natural/organic products were a plus. The walks around the area were beautiful and it was always quiet/relaxing. The best part was how accommodating they were with my Gluten-Free diet. Not only was I able to enjoy the desserts, meals and snacks that the rest of the guests were able to eat, but the Gluten-Free version was absolutely delicious! My next visit to Madison will include a stay at the Arbor House. I thank them very much for the comfort and the service.

urban oasis

4.4 on October 26, 2008

Spent three nights at Arbor House, an urban oasis not far from the University. Great walks in the area, beautiful rooms, a sauna, and attentive service.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

4.6 on August 31, 2008

Very much appreciated the bicycling facilities, excellent way to see around Madison. Lovely company at breakfast. Remarkably quiet despite proximity to main road. (visitors from Austalia).

Food service needs some attention

3.4 on June 13, 2008

My husband and I stayed two nights for a couple's get away in June. We loved our room, the Inn, and the location. The only problem we encountered was at the cocktail hour and breakfast. There was never enough food, glasses or plates for the number of guests staying (around 8 each night). The guests who arrived a little later during the service were stuck hunting down someone to replenish the food and service items. Seems like they could either put out enough at the beginning or check back to see how it is going during the service instead of disappearing completely.

Great place to stay in Madison!

4.8 on November 18, 2007

I was in town for business and chose the Arbor House for it's Green Approach. I couldn't have been happier. I was in town for only a night and appreciated the complimentary bikes. I was able to catch up on work in the evening and go for a ride in the morning. I only wish I had some extra time to enjoy the dry sauna. I look forward to staying again.

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Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Museum, Nature area, Capitol Brewery, Cave of the Mounds, Frank Lloyd Wright Attrac., Spring Green Theatre, Ski area, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Urban Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, VCR, Wedding Facilities , Aveda and the body shop products in room, Gehl's iced cappuccino, environmental resource center

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Radio, TV, Telephone

On-site activities

Canoeing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Hunting, Free canoeing (in season), bird watching, Shopping, Swimming, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Yes with prior arrangements, and subject to availability.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: About ten weekends a year are special event weekends, 2 night min.
  • Accepted payments S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night, highest rate of the stay, groups: 50%.
  • Cancellations: Any cancellation results in a $20 fee. Seven days prior notice recieves gift certificate. Less than 48 hours notice receives a forfeiture of deposit.



John and Cathie Imes

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About the innkeepers

Young enthusiastic 'eco-preneurs'. We love to help guests enjoy Madison. Hiking, biking, canoeing, traveling, and cooking are some of our hobbies. were very helpful w/environmental building practices.

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  • Time Served: 8:30-9:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Matefims are French pancakes that are filled with ham, mushrooms, bacon and pineapple, then topped with Monterey Jack cheese. These pancakes might be served with baked polenta, rosemary popovers and fresh seasonal fruit.

Details Diamond Collection

3402 Monroe Street , Madison, WI 53711 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $50 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase