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4.7 out of 5

"Great setting on the lake. I loved the Whirlpool tub which I needed after a long drive. And, it was a 5 minute walk to the High Noon Saloon where I wa ... " More

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Hotel Description

3-star historic guest house near University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tenney-Lapham stay

A stay at this Tenney-Lapham guesthouse places you steps from James Madison Beach and within a 5-minute walk of Lake Mendota. Breese Stevens Field and Madison Children's Museum are also within half a mile (1 km).

Free perks

This guesthouse features free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and free self parking. Enjoy the free local cuisine breakfast each morning. A garden, a lobby fireplace, and a library are also on offer.

Economy Double Room, Ensuite (Tennessee Williams)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$124* Per night/room Oct 23 - Oct 24

Premium Double Room, 1 King Bed, Lake View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Premium Double Room, Ensuite, Lake View (Walt Whitman)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Double Room, Ensuite, Lake View (James Baldwin)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Double Room, Ensuite, Lake View (Gore Vidal)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Premium Double Room, 1 King Bed, Lake View (Oscar Wilde)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Mendota Lake House Inn ratings based on 6 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Mendota Lake House Inn

Everyone (4) Couples (2)
5 out of 5
Great setting on the lake. I loved the Whirlpool tub which I needed after a long drive. And, it was a 5 minute walk to the High Noon Saloon where I was going to a show that night. The accommodations were very nice.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2021

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5 out of 5
Beautiful gardens, great location. Love the music, the furnishings. And the artwork is superb! The scones were great too. Loved our balcony and being right on the lake.

Posted by , from Chicago, IL on Sep 3, 2020

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4 out of 5
The house is beautiful, but I never saw either owner which is a first for me. I did not have any problems, but was just surprised! I could not get any hot water from the sink in the bathroom, but my showers were fine. The front curtains could not be closed all the way because the air conditioner was running and I did not want to mess with it. Otherwise, the breakfast was lovely and it was a beautiful stay. I would love to see the other rooms!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

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4 out of 5
Beautiful old Arts & Craft style house on Lake Mendota. Decorated beautifully with many authentic appearing lamps, rugs, etc. We stayed in the James Baldwin room on the 3rd floor, which was quite warm and we ended up opening a window on a cold, wintery day. Bed was comfortable and linens good. Breakfast was continental style and fairly basic, coffee was poor.

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019

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5 out of 5

Architecturally rich prairie style B&B

Beautiful lake-front vista, even in the winter-time! I loved the prairie architecture and the woodwork and how glass doors and windows left the first floor visually open but with lots of semi-private spaces for reading and conversation. It feels like home away from home, and I will definitely come back with my husband to visit our daughter when she goes to school in Madison. It’s very convenient to the university and to some excellent restaurants.

Posted by , from Milwaukee, WI on Mar 10, 2018

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5 out of 5

First B&B stay

Great place, nice people, was on business wish I had more time to hang out. There is a third story so stairs could be a problem for some. Just ask in advance. I stayed on the 3rd floor, GREAT view.

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

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About the Mendota Lake House Inn

Location Madison, WI 53703

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A library, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Mendota Lake House Inn. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This 3-star Madison guesthouse is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 7 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Built in 1911
  • Local cuisine breakfast (free)
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • Garden
  • Computer for guest use
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Train station: Madison Station (2 km / 1.3 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Mendota Lake House Inn offers 7 air-conditioned accommodations with hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers. Hypo-allergenic bedding and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • Television
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

Guests are served free local cuisine breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

There is no front desk at this property. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.

This property does not have a front desk. Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 12 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 12 are welcome.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Mendota Lake House Inn

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

  • Restricted number of spaces per unit
  • Number of spaces per unit - 1
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Reservation is not required for facilities onsite
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Private entrance
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Smoke detector
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guest stays

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You should know

  • Children 12 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.