First opening its doors in 1948, The Edgewater in Madison, Wisconsin has had quite an interesting history.Read More >>
From 40s to 90s: A Look at Back on The Edgewater’s Past
Built by the Quisling family, the original hotel was smaller than its current incarnation. During its early days, guests could be entertained by big bands such as Woody Herman who performed on the roof of the original building. In the 1960s the hotel was sold to the then general manager, Augie Faulkner. During the last decade, the hotel has had some very famous guests including Elvis Presley, Liberace, and Dalai Lama. The Edgewater was expanded in the 1970s to include a new restaurant and more rooms to accommodate the demand.
Revitalizing for the New Era
In 1996, the property was sold to now owner, Robert Dunn who has made major changes and improvements to this Madison landmark. Dunn temporarily closed the hotel in November 2012 upon beginning major renovations. The grand re-opening was on October 20 in which the mostly gutted hotel made its new debut.
It features a brand new tower that became home to new extended-stay suites, a spa, hair salon, exercise facility. In addition, its rooftop Red Crown Club — a 2,800 square-foot private party space — quickly became a hit and the hotel has never looked so good. This project is constantly evolving; within the next few months there will be four restaurants from an upscale dining experience at The Statehouse to The Café, an eatery that sells delicious pizza and its own brew of beer. In the spring, there are plans to build a 150-foot pier for boat slips, a water taxi, and a dinner boat.
Also a part of the expansion at the Edgewater Hotel is a new lakefront ice skating rink that is over 4,000 square feet. With views of Lake Mendota and the State Capitol building, skaters will love everything about this addition.
Sleeping in Comfort and Style
The hotel offers standard rooms and presidential suites. Naturally, the presidential suites offer a more luxurious experience; two in particular feature 80-inch televisions, dining rooms, and amazing views of the city.
EZ Office Products is enjoying seeing the transition of The Edgewater into a staple of the Madison skyline and looks forward to seeing the hotel continue develop into a magical place to eat and stay.