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HI - Madison

141 South Butler St, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703, United States

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Overall Rating 89%

From 19 Reviews

Hostel rating (19)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 86%
Location 97%
Security 88%
Service 87%
Comfort 86%
Green rating 90%

HI-Madison is located in the heart of one of the Midwest's friendliest, most exciting, beautiful, and inexpensive cities.

  • Dorm
    From $25.00
10 or more people?

Madison Hostel

Hostel Madison

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

HI-Madison Wisconsin is located in the heart of one of the Midwest's friendliest, exciting, beautiful, and inexpensive cities. An outdoor paradise, with nearly 200 parks, several glacial lakes, and miles of bicycle trails. Travellers can tour the state capital, buy organic goodies at the Farmer's Market, be part of the audience of Wha'd Ya Know radio show, or take the Frank Lloyd Wright Tour.

HI-Madison is a clean and comfortable place to meet visitors from all over the world. If there are no beds available for the date(s) you are looking for, please call the Madison Hostel office to verify availability.

Wisconsin has lots to see including natural wonders such as Cave of the Mounds or the Apostle Islands. Foodies, wine, and beer lovers will delight in discovering Wisconsin’s artisan cheese makers, wineries, and breweries. Golfing, boating, skiing, shopping, and sightseeing are just some of the activities on offer.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 14:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 1 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel - At a cost
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year
With exception of 24 Dec to 25 Dec

From 08:00 to 22:00
From 14:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-608-441 0144

Fax. 1-608-441 0144

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Capitol Square (Less than 500 m)
  • Gomeroke (500m to 1km)
  • Dane County Farmers Market (Less than 500 m)

See the full list of attractions



Another guest (sharing the same BR w/ me) woke me not once, but twice b/c I was breathing heavily while falling asleep...I ended up calling the police b/c nobody answered the on-call number, and when I called to get a refund, staff was too stubborn to even offer a partial credit on my account.


Avatar for John


Sun 18 Feb 2018

The hostel is really small (only 10 rooms or so) and a bit dilapidated. However, staff is really friendly (though you should note there is normally no 24-hour presence) and location is good (close to Capitol square). Overall, good value for money.


Avatar for Martijn


Thu 15 Feb 2018

Wow! Unless I'm staying with a friend, why would I want to stay anywhere else in Madison?! Too convenient for anywhere I might want to go, easy to manage things. The only possible places for improvement would be maybe to renovate the bunks to be more like HI Boston (I've yet to see better dorm design) and somehow improve the shower arrangements? It's kind of dark down there when the shower curtain is closed and the floor gets wet very easily.


Avatar for Adam


Sun 26 Nov 2017

I've stayed here several times, and I always look forward to staying here again when I have some reason to go to Madison. I like the homey atmosphere, the kitchen facilities, and location, which is near to downtown Madison at a reasonable price.


Avatar for Rufin


Thu 02 Nov 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cinema (3 to 5km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (2 to 3km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Mon - Fri take the #20 bus to the North Transfer Point then take #4 bus.
Bus to Capitol Square exit at Main St. or Pinckney St. Badger Bus Depot walk 1/2 mile to hostel.
From Chicago Milwaukee or the Twin Cities (Interstates 90 and 94) exit onto Route 30 to Madison.
Amtrak stops close to Madison in Columbus at: 359 North Ludington St. Columbus WI 53925 from there they have a bus that goes to the university. This bus service should be confirmed with Amtrak.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Windsurfing

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