Awards and Accolades – The Edgewater
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AAA Four Diamond Award for The Edgewater

2016 AAA Four Diamond Property

Newly updated hotel ranks among top 5.4 percent of AAA hotels

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 21, 2016) – The Edgewater, an iconic, luxury hotel in the heart of Madison, has earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating – becoming the first hotel in in Dane County and southwest Wisconsin to receive this designation.

Earning this rating from AAA is significantly rewarding for The Edgewater, which originally opened in 1948 and reopened in August 2014 after a $100 million renovation. The Edgewater’s Four Diamond Rating places the property in extraordinary company, as only 5.4 percent of the more than 58,000 AAA/CAA-Approved hotels achieve that level. Including The Edgewater, there are presently just nine AAA Four Diamond destinations in the state of Wisconsin.

“From the beginning, we believed we had the opportunity to create a unique destination at The Edgewater,” said Amy Supple, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “The AAA Four Diamond Rating affirms that our commitment to excellence in service, coupled with our ongoing investment in the hotel and its amenities, all of which collectively supports our goal of setting the standard for hospitality in the city of Madison and in the region.”

In honor of the award, the hotel has introduced the Four Diamond Celebration Package, featuring a two-night stay, complete with a dinner for two (a value of $200); two 60-minute spa treatments of the guests’ choosing; and a welcome amenity featuring chocolates and Champagne. The special deal may be booked through March 31, 2016 (with stay dates through April 30, 2016). The package may be booked here.

The AAA Diamond Award program dates back to 1937. Each year, AAA’s professionally trained inspectors use established guidelines to conduct unannounced hotel and restaurant evaluations across the US, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, after which they assign each venue a rating of one to five AAA Diamonds.

Like the AAA Diamond Award program, The Edgewater lays claim to a great deal of history. The waterfront hotel has welcomed many noteworthy guests over the years, including the Dalai Lama, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley. The recent renovation includes many distinguishing attributes: sweeping lake and city views; upscale accommodations; a full-service spa and wellness facility; three restaurants; and public amenities such as an ice skating rink in the winter and a public pier and boating destination in the summer.

“Our location at the crossroads of the waterfront, downtown and University of Wisconsin campus – combined with the history of The Edgewater – is what distinguishes this property,” said Bob Dunn, the hotel’s owner and developer, “What has been most rewarding is seeing how a new generation of Madisonians have embraced The Edgewater as a place that represents the best of the city. And, what’s best of all is that we’ve only just begun.”

The Edgewater builds on its legacy as a special place for celebrations, from weddings, and anniversaries to charitable galas and events. It is also a destination for corporate meetings and retreats. As a private entity, The Edgewater is proud to be hosting more than 150 public events in 2016 – events that are open to the public and hotel guests alike. Happenings include concerts on the water, cultural performances and a number of other unique events – most notably this winter, the Frozen Asset’s Festival will be held February 5-7 and hosted in partnership with The Clean Lakes Alliance (501-C3). The Frozen Assets Festival includes three days of family-friendly winter activities put on by The Edgewater to assist with the organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

The Edgewater is Madison's Best again in 2016

The people have spoken through Madison Magazine’s extensive reader polling and The Edgewater is Madison’s Best Hotel (Gold)! Not only that, but Madison’s residents also recognized The Edgewater’s casual waterfront dining spot, The Boathouse, as Madison’s Best Bar with a View (Gold) and The Statehouse Bar (now coined Augie’s Tavern) as Best Hotel Bar (Gold). Not to be outdone, The Edgewater Spa also took a top place as Madison’s Best Spa (Bronze), which is a great distinction after just a year of its opening!

The Edgewater is Madison's Favorite Hotel

The Isthmus’ Reader’s Choice Awards are an annual affair where local businesses are voted upon to select the standouts in the many amazing establishments across this great city of ours. The 2015-16 voting revealed that Madison chose The Edgewater as it’s first place favorite for hotels – an honor that we are all proud of and continue to build on for our guests! chose The Edgewater as a Star of Madison Winner! is the go-to source for news, events and happenings around town, so we were incredibly honored to win a 2015 Star of Madison award from this esteemed group of local readers. A distinction that has been possible because of our amazing team, our authentic hospitality and our valued guests!

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