Welcome to

Madison's Hotel Ruby Marie.


History, hospitality and pleasure await you at Madison's oldest operating hotel. The Hotel Ruby Marie, built in 1873 during the heyday of the booming railroad era, has housed thousands of visitors to the Madison area for well over a century. Here, modern luxury and a Victorian-style elegance blend together for an experience that is far from ordinary. Immerse yourself in Madison culture with a visit to the beautiful Lake Monona, the State Capitol building, Monona Terrace or a myriad of other Madison attractions, all just minutes from your door.

Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond

The Hotel Ruby Marie is a registered Inn with the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association (WBBA). By straying away from 'corporate' and 'standard', we have created our own niche within the privately owned hotel industry. We offer contemporary accomodations and amenities for the modern-day traveler while preserving the Victorian charm that is our legacy. Experience a peaceful retreat from business, sightseeing expeditions and everyday life here at the Hotel Ruby Marie.

Complementary breakfast and Happy Hour are avaliable for our guests seven days a week. The Lakeview Bakery and Deli serves Monday-Friday and the Come Back In offers weekend brunch. Happy Hour vouchers can be redeemed at the Up North (located on the first floor of the building) everyday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Enjoy live local music Monday through Friday with fellow travelers and Madisonians alike. 

Dining available at our neighboring restaurants: 

The Essen Haus is a German restaurant and drinking hall that has provided traditional German food, music, and of course bier, to the Madison area for over 30 years. Located right next to the Hotel Ruby Marie, the Essen Haus is your source for food and fun during the evening and nighttime hours.

The Come Back In is just one more door down from the Ruby Marie. This neighborhood bar and restaurant features a diverse selection of burgers and sandwiches, 26 different tap biers, free popcorn and peanuts, and a variety of nightly specials. Brunch is the main attraction on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Redeem your complimentary weekend breakfast between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00pm with any selection from their wide array of breakfast items. Featuring specialty omelets, seasonal pancakes, prime rib and eggs and much more. Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers are also available for $3.00 a piece.

Lakeview Bakery and Deli, located on the first floor of the hotel, provides breakfast during your weekday visit. Our baker arrives in the early-morning hours to prepare an assortment of fresh baked goods, both sweet and savory, along with rotating options of quiche, breakfast sandwiches, and more. After 11:00am, the deli transitions to their lunch menu with some of the best sandwiches in town.

All of these businesses on the 500 block of East Wilson have come together to create the...

Essen Haus Spaß Platz Experience.

Eat, drink, and enjoy!

The Hotel Ruby Marie is one of five business located on the 'Spaß Platz' block, or the 'Good Times' block. The Up North is only an elevator ride from the Ruby Marie. Here you'll experience a Northern woods type of atmosphere with great drink specials and a friendly staff. The Essen Haus, one of the longest running restaurants in Madison, is a German restaurant and bier halle located right nextdoor. Experience traditional German recipes, 2 liter boots of bier, and a staff dressed in dirndls and lederhosen. If you're visiting for the weekend, take a short walk through th parking lot to the Come Back In where you'll enjoy one of the best breakfasts in the area. Come Back In nightlife, complete with darts, pool, shuffle board and live music, is entertaining any night of the week! The Lake View Bakery and Deli is the final location on the Spaß Platz block. This is the place to be for weekday breakfast or lunch. You can even enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Monona without leaving the building.

There is ALWAYS something to do on the block...

Mar. 3: Essen Haus 5th Annual Chili Cookoff
Mar. 17: O'Essen Haus St. Patrick's Day
Apr. 1: Easter Brunch at the Essen Haus

MON-FRI: FREE live music at the Up North

EVERY TUESDAY: Wheelhouse (5-8pm) at the Come Back In, followed by trivia (8.30pm)!
EVERY SUNDAY: Service Industry Night w/ karaoke at the Come Back In... not just for service industry professionals


Check out Madison:





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Essen Haus 
Come Back In 
Up North Bar 
Hotel Ruby Marie 
Lakeview Bakery & Deli

Make the choice for fun!