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by Kaylee Hultgren | January 01, 2010
Madison Makeover
Built in 1871, the 219-room Best Western Inn on the Park Capitol Square in Madison recently wrapped up a renovation. Guest rooms now feature re-created 1870s-style furniture, and bathrooms sport new granite vanities. The property also debuted Jerome's Restaurant. (608) 285-8000; innonthepark.net

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Madison
Local Update:

Last May, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened the rooftop Grand View Café, a 60-seat venue. Groups can rent the café or the entire rooftop for events.

The 226-room Crowne Plaza Madison com­pleted a $5.5 million renovation last year. Add­ed features include the Growlers Bar & Grille and 10,300 square feet of new meeting space.

The 151-room Hyatt Place
Madison/Downtown is under construction and set to open this April. Features include 2,500 square feet of meeting space. 

Meeting Hotels:
 Major properties include the 356-room Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 240-room Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and 239-room Sheraton Madison. To search for more meeting hotels, visit mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Alliant Energy Center; exhibit space, 100,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 14. (608) 267-3976, ext. 2; alliantenergycenter.com

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center; exhibit space, 37,200 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 21. (608) 261-4000; mononaterrace.com

Airport Transit:
Dane County Regional Airport, six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $12-$18

Taxes:
Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 5.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.5%

Group Venues:
Popular local chef and restaurateur Shinji Muramoto has relocated his Restaurant Muramoto a few blocks from its original downtown site. Small plates of Asian fusion-style fare are served here, and fish is flown in from around the world daily. The venue seats up to 25 for dinner and 75 for a reception. (608) 259-1040; muramoto.biz

CVB Services: Greater Madi­son Convention and Visitors Bureau, (608) 255-2537 or (800) 373-6376; visitmadison.com