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Madison Wisconsin Hotel - Lobby & Dining Area

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel
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Meeting & Greeting      

There is no lack of ways to share information these days.  But sometimes, there’s just no substitute for a “face-to-face” meeting.  Not a webinar, not an on-line course, not an email trail.  But the kind of interaction that comes with like-minded people, sitting down and sharing ideas to learn from one another. Meetings do take time, so make the most of it. Comfortable, quiet surroundings that help everyone focus.  The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison has 7 meeting room options that can seat from 3 to 200 people to serve your unique meeting purposes.  Each meeting room has separate HVAC controls plus windows for fresh air and light to energize every participant. So whether it is a high school reunion, family reunion, sports team meeting space, condo meeting space you need, the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison is a great choice to have your event.


Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison will help you select the ideal meeting room set up, to get the job done. 

  • Lecture style for an inspiring featured speaker
  • Classroom style for a knowledgeable instructor to lead the way
  • Conference style for an energetic exchange of ideas
  • Round tables for discussions and break-out groups


At the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison, meeting space is always value priced.  Consider a budget of about $3-$5 per person, depending on the group’s requirements and preferences. 

Catering charges are extra, but there’s nothing better than a cup of coffee or a light snack to inspire a group and boost their productivity and satisfaction.  The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison has a professional on-site catering department that can work with you to serve tasty snacks and meals for any budget. Complimentary Wi-Fi connection is available in every meeting room at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison. Groups can choose to bring in their own AV equipment, or rent AV items from the hotel. Get together.  Ask your office, class, church, charity, neighborhood, condo association, sports team, hobby enthusiasts or professional organization if a meeting would be fun, productive and enjoyable for everyone.  The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Madison is ready to help. 


A dozen good reasons to have your next meeting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Madison:   (OK, so it’s more than a dozen……)

  • Value priced, private meeting spaces
  • 7 meeting room options for groups from 3-200
  • Less than a mile from Interstate I-39/90 and EASY to locate
  • Abundant, free parking
  • On-site Catering Services available
  • Meeting rooms with windows and separate HVAC units
  • Lots of light, natural and electric
  • Special prices on lodging rooms for meeting participants
  • FREE Wi-Fi in all meeting rooms
  • Break-out rooms for small group discussions
  • Lobby signage
  • Water services in your meeting room
  • Early set up possible, with advance notice, at no extra charge
  • No downtown driving or parking hassles
  • On a major bus-line to the Capitol Square
  • East Towne Mall is just a mile away, when you need some retail therapy
  • State Per Diem Catering Menu available
  • No charge for AV Cart + extension cord & power strip
  • Meeting Rooms are never “double booked”  (if your meeting runs a bit long, that’s OK)
  • Dedicated staff members available for special requests
  • Complimentary airport shuttle service
  • Flexible furniture set ups, for any meeting format
  • Microphone, TV + DVD player & Projection Screens available for nominal rental charge


Did we mention the creative and affordable food & beverage options that the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel’s Catering Department can provide? 

  • Continental Breakfast from $5-$8 per person
  • Buffet or Plated Lunch menus from $9-$13
  • Buffet or Plated Dinner ideas from $15 which includes a beverage and dessert!


Let’s not forget about snacks, appetizers, desserts, drinks!  All available in an endless, mouth-watering array.  You’ll want to schedule some breaks during the meeting, just to taste, nibble and sip.


Room by Room


Great Spaces for Great Events


The Redwood Ballroom

3200 square feet of elegant space to celebrate a wedding, or anniversary, re-connect at a class or family reunion or enjoy a holiday or Christmas party.  Dancing?  Absolutely.   Our dance floor and your DJ will combine for a fun-filled evening.  Yes, the Hokey-Pokey and the Chicken Dance are allowed!  Hey, it’s Wisconsin.  Round, candlelit tables of 8 with crisp white linen tablecloths add a designer look to the muted green and ivory color scheme of the Ballroom.  Rich, satin striped draperies and textured sheers, add a sumptuous and lovely ambiance.  The hotel will set up a private bar to keep everyone well hydrated and the hotel catering department will create a menu to suit your taste buds, your budget and your party theme. 


The Maple Room

Measuring 17 x 40, this meeting room is the ideal classroom space.  We can set up for about 30 people who will be inspired to listen, learn, take notes and participate.  There’s a white board in the room and lots of natural light, controlled with mini-blinds, when a Power Point or video is part of the curriculum.  We like to seat 2 people, per 6 foot table, so there’s a comfortable amount of elbow room and space for laptops and notebooks.  Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all of the meeting rooms at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. 


The Willow Room

Our smallest meeting room at 16 x 25, but a good choice for a conference style set up for 16 people who need to discuss things, face to face.  The Willow Room makes it possible for a business group to move off-site to a neutral location to work through sensitive topics.  Our Willow meeting room is perfect for job interviews, training sessions, quarterly workshops, or Negotiations.  This meeting room is also fun for a smaller baby shower with seating for about 24 guests.  Willow has also proven itself to be an intimate classroom setting for 12-20 people who want a small space for big tasks, like a CPR group who regularly holds this meeting room for their training classes at the hotel.


The Oak Board Room

All business, all the time! The Oak Board Room is a first class meeting room permanently set up with a massive Oak conference table and 8 executive style leather chairs.  Meet new business clients in the Oak Board Room.  This meeting room is also perfect for one-on-one coaching sessions with staff members, committee work, and legal depositions as well as job interviews. All the privacy you need to have a private meeting  to have those important discussions at an off-site location. 


The Cedar Room

Party Time!  This is the best spot at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel for a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party or team party.  This meeting room has seating for about 30-35 people and it’s adjacent to the Northwood’s Bar, so if a party guest wants a cocktail, it’s readily available!   This is also the one meeting room where we can allow party-planners to bring in their own foods and non-alcoholic beverages.  Birthday cake, snacks, sodas, cheese & crackers, Grandma’s lemon bars, and something savory cooking in your crock pot, perhaps?  Bring in your decorations plus your own plates, napkins, cups, utensils and invite the group to your Big Event.  Lots of fun for everyone.  Give us a hand in cleaning up the mess when you’re done and the Cedar Room is all yours!  The room has 4 round tables with 8-9 chairs per tables, plus 2, 8 foot long (skirted) buffet tables for your goodies. 


Redwood I and Redwood II

Yes, the Redwood Ballroom does divide in half to create two separate 1,600 square foot of meeting space.  Larger classroom set ups or smaller dinner gatherings, Smaller lectures or larger conference groups.  The Redwood Rooms are the best solution at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel for groups of about 40-60 for a wide variety of activities.  The dividing wall is very sound-proof, so although we don’t often schedule simultaneous events, there’s not much chance that any eaves-dropping could occur.  Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in each room and each meeting space has separate HVAC controls.  If your group will be at the hotel for a long day of meetings, sometimes these rooms are the best choice, with additional square footage space for displays, catering supplies, product demonstrations and just general elbow-room.  This meeting room is located on the second floor, with easy access to the Atrium for mingling or break-time.


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If you are in need of meeting space please fill out the form below and let us know how we can help you! Or call us directly at 608-244-2481





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