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Riverboat Inn and Suites
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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158 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Great Find”
Reviewed 26 August 2011

We stayed at the Riverboat Inn for several nights. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan to spend a few nights there on our vacation next year.

The hotel is not located right in town, maybe a 20 minute walk. It was extremely hot out and the hotel has golf carts that you can use to drive yourself downtown. That was such a great perk!

Breakfast isn't the greatest, but as I have written before in hotel reviews... When did it become an expectation to get a fantastic free breakfast with a hotel stay? There were freshly baked biscuits, gravy in a crockpot, bacon and eggs that needed to be microwaved, cereal, milk, juice and coffee.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone that plans on being in the area.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Landlocked in Midwest
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2011

We stayed here this past weekend and were assigned a room in the Paddleboat Wing. It is a dump! It is damp and rundown. The "shuttle" driver (middle aged gentleman) would not come pick us up from this area - we have to walk to the main building. The breakfast is AWEFUL - synthetic eggs and bacon that you self-microwave. Do yourself a favor and find another property in Madison, IN.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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indianapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 August 2011

I have stayed here many times at different times of the year

This is an incredibly charming hotel with a lovely view of the Ohio River....Staff is efficient and friendly. Prices are very fair..with an increase on high demand weekends as expected.

There are no phones or clocks...which is fine with me....and yes...maybe giant 65 inch flat screens would be nice in every room...but....I don't go on a trip to watch tv. Non-smoking in all rooms..NICE !

The area and town are very nice and welcoming. Many excellent festivals on the banks of the Ohio River....such as a folk music festival, unlimited hydroplane race weekend, car shows, blues bbq festivals, art festivals....and plenty to do around the area whether a festival weekend or not.

Interesting local shops....very good restaurants...world class state park (Clifty)

Room Tip: Tell them Lorand will NOT be coming !
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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ohio
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2011

Where to start...First the price was outrageous for what we got, I have spent less at a hyatt or hilton then here. Room was tiny and dated, no phone or clock. flat screen tv was probably 15 inches. There was a refrigerator with a microwave on top of it below the tv. Shower had been renovated from a tub so the handles were about 6 inches off the floor. Shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner were in a dispensor on the wall and there was no shower gel in it. No ice machine available, had to go to the bar in the main building and ask for ice and cups and then were asked to return the plastic cups when we were done with them. Only thing good I can say was the bed was comfortable. I could only reccomend this if the price had been about a fourth of what the rate was.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2011

Owner has done alot to make each room an experience in decor. The view of the river is grand but it was much better when the riverboats used to come to Madison. So much for government interference! A well kept secret and Madison's best lodging!

Room Tip: 2nd floor main building - the golf room
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  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Riverboat Inn and Suites
Address: 906 E First St, Madison, IN 47250-3623
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Region: United States > Indiana > Madison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Madison
Price range (per night): $86 - $213
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an American-owned hotel. We try hard to be the best we can be. All our rooms are individually decorated with the cutest amenities. Flat screen TVs, pillow top beds, fireplaces, hardwood floors, mini refrigerators, microwaves, free breakfast on weekends, free wi-fi, live music on Sat.evening, full lounge, and much more. Our riverfront patios are enclosed and heated in the winter so you can enjoy the view even if it is cold! We are Madison's only riverfront hotel and just minutes walking distance to historic downtown Madison. Lets us know ahead of time and we will pick you up at the Madison airport or marina.We can also take you downtown or pick you up if you let us know.We also have 2/3/and 4 bedroom condos on the property. ... more   less 
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