Address: 141 South Butler Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Stati Uniti
HI - Madison Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:HI - Madison Hostel at Hostelworld Not listed at Booking.com Not listed at HostelsClub
Small, clean, comfortable, well-located place to spend a night or two in an area of otherwise overpriced lodgings catering to lobbyists/conventioneers near the state capital.
The hostel awesome. The beds were comfy, the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and everything was so vibrant. There weren't any homeless people here and there were just people that were traveling from all over. As far as things being small and cramped. Yes maybe it could have been a little more space in the rooms but it was very clean and was very presentable and i had plenty of room. This hostel was so close to the Capital and the rest of downtown that it worked out perfectly to just catch the metro to where i was going. Definitely check it out if you're traveling!
Old but Ok
Yes, there were homeless people staying here, but none of the "crazy variety" that some mentioned. Yes, the rule does say 10-day maximum. But the middle of winter is slow and it would be inhumane to turn them out to let them freeze to death. I had no problem with the homeless there -- they were friendly. The hostel itself was ok, though a bit rundown. I would stay there again, homeless or no homeless.
My first hostel but my boyfriend has been at many. This is a great location, close to everything, cannot get in a better spot. The location alone makes this a fantastic deal. We had a private room so cannot speak on the dorm rooms but couldn't find towels after showering so used our bed sheet. House was very clean and nice.
The staff was so polite and helpful and were all easy to talk with on any matter. A hostel is a hostel you can try compare it to other places but each hostel is unique and has pros and cons tho its the staff that make or break a hostel. They serviced the hostel daily cleaning was more then aqueduct during my stay. The hostel was very clean considering the heavy traffic of all the patrons who visit it during the summer. The staff is easy to talk to regarding any concerns regarding any of the chores that are done in the hostel. The staff gave me info on local farmers markets (open on weekends and some Wednesdays) and co op (open daily) which is i found extremely useful during my stay. Everything was in walking/biking distance a great advantage of stay at this hostel. Biking is very fun in Madison so i highly recommend bringing or renting bikes if walking is to slow pace. We enjoyed the movies the hostel had on hand which good and free. When we were looking to go outside of Madison one of staff members Winddum was so helpful he printed maps, got me phone numbers even helped me print out other things so I could plan my trip better. One of the best places to stay in Madison if you really enjoy hosteling. Keep in mind your in a city so you will need ear plugs if your a light sleeper (like me) this isnt the hostels fault its just in a city so just keep that mind when you stay if your not used to it.
Quirky but functional
It is true that the hostel provided little in the way of comfort, but for the frugal traveler looking for a bed and a hot shower in the morning, it meets the basic requirements. The staff was friendly and courteous; I had no trouble checking out a day early when my travel plans changed unexpectedly. There are private rooms available at the hostel for those who are uncomfortable with barracks-style bunks. My only complaint was with inconsiderate roommates, but why blame the hostel for that? (One of the guys went partying and brought one of his drinking buddies back after quiet hours. They were loud and reeked of booze. The "buddy" decided to "borrow" a bunk. He got a good chewing out and we saw him off without further incident. Seriously, be considerate to your fellow hostelers. A little friendliness and courtesy goes a long ways.) Bring quarters if you want to do laundry. There's a washer and dryer in the basement available in the evenings (5 pm to 7 am).
A seriously disturbing stay
I'm a former Madison resident who needed a place to stay for one night. I had always been curious as to how this hostel was, having probably stayed in a couple hundred hostels through the years. Verdict?? This is possibly (ok, definitely!!) the worst hostel experience that I have ever had. Yes, this one beat out a couple hundred competitors. The beds are very bad. I read this beforehand and can well-handle "bad bed". And the music from the attached restaurant was as-expected, although while living in Madison I had always wondered why they felt the need (and the right!) to play loud music outside late into the night, even in the middle of winter. Fine, be rude asses, but I don't think they are officially part of the hostel. The main reason for this scathing indictment is that this hostel obviously doesn't give a damn who stays there as long as they can make a profit. Most of those that I met were definitely of the homeless/near-homeless grouping. Fine, they can be interesting people. But this hostel's clearly-stated rules prohibit guests from staying for more than 10 days each month (I think it was something like that). The guy in the bunk below me (who appeared to be in his late-50's) said that he had been "living" there for two straight months and planned on staying a couple more weeks, a statement which I didn't doubt given that his well-settled wardrobe took up the entire closet. He also found it acceptable to masturbate loudly not once, but twice, during the night (I am being completely serious here). Before that I thought it was bad enough that both he and another guy in the attached dorm would occasionally talk to imaginary friends. The other guy also at one point raced across the room to turn off a radio that someone had turned on, stating that "they" (the government?) could monitor things through the radio. Ok, I have given this hostel more time, and money, than they would ever deserve in any type of just world. Zero sleep, worried about thieves, just waiting for 6 am to get the hell out. And, there didn't seem to be any staff on site past 10 PM, so you are on your own. Do yourself a favor, if there are two of you a room at a motel on the east side (no treat, true) is actually cheaper; at least you can lock the door and feel relatively safe there. If not, stay at the homeless shelter, at least it is free and has security on-site all night.
Weird staff, crappy beds, and unsafe environment
Where do I start? A reluctant hello from a guy who was unkempt and smelled awful. Beds were wobbly and very uncomfortable, the pillow if you could call it that was less than adequate. The room was not clean and between the insanely loud music from the restaurant right below you, someone coming into the room to use the attached bathroom several times at 4 a.m., and the awful beds, I got NO SLEEP what so ever. But perhaps the most ridiculous thing to happen was the next day later in the afternoon. While surfing the web at the couch in the living room, I was approached by the horrible smelling guy and some chick telling me I was not being friendly and were concerned that I was affecting other people's stay. Hmm well let me think? I'm pretty sure I don't CARE. I'm not bothering anyone and they have no place to tell me what to do, I was not doing anything wrong. The staff at this place have knowledge of the area but make horrible hospitality staff. The pictures displayed on this website are not accurate, it looks like the staff has been tripping on acid and went crazy with the paint. My recommendation is to definitely stay some where else!!!!
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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Lockers in Lobby
Credit Card Payments
Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Open Dates: all year except Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving Day
Reception Hours: 8 AM - 10 pm (08:00-22:00)
Size: Medium (30-60 beds)