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Saturday, July 20, 2013

How we stand out

We are very different!

Lately we read on the media about this renovation on a "Frank Lloyd Wright inspired property" or about this other real estate for sale that is just a "Frank Lloyd Wright inspired house"...

If you think about it, our property was designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice. The Design is a perfect Usonian style - a true signature style of the renown architect, more or less an architectural distinctive design used for the architect's famous Usonian homes. ***It was erected while Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive and the construction went on under his watchful eyes. This should speak volume! 

It's perfect for Frank Lloyd Wright's fans, it's charming, build with the organic concept in mind, a sustainable property with green practices that combines the ambiance and nostalgia of the old era with a touch of modern and personalized services of today's lifestyle's expectations and comfort of your own home. 

***Now the Motel was listed - under the original name of Rest Haven Motel and registered on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and on the National Register of the Historic Places as well. ***

The historic recognition has to do with the fact that the Motel was the FIRST LODGING PROPERTY built on Highway 14, between Madison and LaCrosse, WI a long stretch of 125 miles.
At the same time the architectural influence is of great significance and the location itself!


 The property - THEN
 The Property NOW!
                                  


We are looking to offer experiences where upscale is approachable and homey at the same time. We would like you to still be in a cool environment and be comfortable.

The Little Things/Amenities you don't think about much!

Adjustable bar for height and comfort while in the shower; although the shower head is low flow, some people might think is defective, - that had several setting for massage or strength/presure and such.

At least those tall individuals are expressing their appreciation that, for once, they can stand under the shower head and don't feel weird using our showers system.

Before remodeling, hot water would be available after a 5-10 minute run - on the other hand now we have installed the instant hot water pumps and the wait time should be just a minute and no longer.


Along with that, in the effort to save the environment, we offer abundantly a commercial grade of shampoo and body wash to be used in a soap dispenser system (as shown in the picture bellow)

Early on we took the initiative to improve our property by promoting it as a green establishment - so, we are a Travel Green Wisconsin certified lodging


Unlike some people that tried warning you that we do not supply soap in the bathroom, maybe some should just get familiar with what a soap dispenser look like! She wrote: "Nice, new bathroom, but bring your own soap and no hair dryer"

If you prefer soap bars, we do have that; if you need a hair dryer - we noted on our web page we supply those by request - it's not hard to ask; we are a small property and all room are on the ground level , office is situated central.

We are here to meet your needs!


Enjoy your own vista window from any of our rooms; the outer box is true to the original architectural design by J.C. Caraway - Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentice that design this property - originally named - The Rest Haven Motel






 When we brew some coffee for you is a high grade and excellent quality we serve to our patrons











We don't have to say it - because we offer comfortable beds in all our rooms; also darker window treatment for your comfort even if you booked a room with us on the East wing - in the sunrise view







JUST COME STAY WITH US AND EXPERIENCE THIS PROPERTY IN YOUR OWN AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

An effort to make prairie style 'greener' - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

"In the past year, there's been a huge effort to reduce the energy consumed here.  For instance, the windows are uniquely shaped with an outer box-like appearance.  Without changing the exterior, new interior windows were installed that are double-paned and Energy Star rated."

An effort to make prairie style 'greener' - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Monday, May 13, 2013

History in the making - Room 11 contemporary remodeling

What's new!

Spring has sprung and this is an excellent season for refreshing our property; the approach was - small area remodeling. 

Although we are always looking after our customer desire and comfort, it might not be for everyone.

So, this spring we worked hard and definitely achieved the final product to our likings. 
We so hope that everyone will enjoy the room remodeled style and our choice of new contemporary furnishing.

The description of the remodeled room in my own words will be: simple, create more homey atmosphere, make it looks more spacious, airy,... attractive and best, quiet and secluded!


Room 11 - corner view
With hard work and more time spend then we wished, room 11 is ready to rent.

Here is an array of pictures for the renovation in the making...





Room 11 Remodeling in The Making Slideshow: Carolina’s pics in Spring Green was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!


When do you plan to stay with us?


Friday, May 10, 2013

Introducing 2 Night Stay - Less to Pay


Weddings, family reunion, canoeing, hunting, visiting Taliesin, other special events, you name it!

You can enjoy our area for so many reasons, festivals, fairs, outdoor theater, whatever is in your mind you can spend a few good days here with us!

This season we introduced a discount for those that spend at least 2 nights with us!

To make it easier, when booking online for 2 days for the weekend you receive a nominal dollar amount discount per night; see this sample here.


First signs of Spring!

When booking for one night only - the rate is the higher value!


 
Relax in style with our multiple channel choice - HBO, etc...


Happy Traveling!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day surprise Nomination!


What a nice surprise for the Earth Day celebration! April 2013

This is what Trip advisor email read!

"Congratulations, The Usonian Inn LLC
You are a TripAdvisor GreenLeader!
Your property successfully achieved Bronze status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program. Your new GreenLeaders badge appears on your property listing and on search results for hotels in your area. Plus, as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader, you're entitled to receive a free framed certificate to display at your property. Request your new certificate today!"

You can now see our badge on our web home page, and here is the press release!

See our nomination green leaf by the main picture!





We achieved GreenLeaders Bronze level! Here is the press release!


THE USONIAN INN LLC - AWARDED TRIPADVISOR GREENLEADERSSTATUS
  Spring Green,  USA – 04.22.2013 THE USONIAN INN LLC today proudly announced it has been accepted as a GreenLeaders, Bronze level into the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.
 TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.
 Where History Meet the Green Future!”
 Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.
 “TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”
 The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.
 About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor
® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, January 2013
©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. SOURCE TripAdvisor



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Call: 608-588-2323
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Carolina Dursina - Hotel Operator



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Check out Green Resource Center - AH&LA




AH&LA Green Resource Center 
   
No matter where you are in the greening process, we have tools and resources to take your efforts to the next level.  For personal assistance, find out how you can get a one-on-one appointment with the Green Guru.


I want you to take a look at: Green Resource Center - AH&LA 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A few more dots - a refresher



 Our Check In System, The Process & More


The online booking engine has enabled us to concentrate on what's going on in the office and at the front desk, also helping us save time; when we started with that program it felt like hiring a Virtual Assistant - many places referred to as the - VA. We pay for the service and in other words, we expect it to be working for us.
Preferably we like you to use the online system; get familiar with our policy and take advantage of the LMS Last Minute Special - Web Offers - offers available for immediate booking, (7 days in advance)
The online booking link is available 24/7 on our web page under Room and rates/Amenities tab. 
NEW: Bookable packages gave us the opportunity to extend offers throughout the season and a variety of options! 


Details are important
  • When booking online, we ask certain info to match the info on the person filling in the form
  • PLEASE, enter the ADDRESS on the form as it appears on your credit card BILLING STATEMENT 
  • when booking more rooms you should be aware that the Deposit is charged to your card the same day; you should be comfortable to book 2 or 3 rooms using your credit card data
  • $10 deposit is Required at the time of booking and in the event you cancel that becomes an administration fee and is non refundable; when checking in it is applied towards your total charges. 
Time is precious
  • everyone's time counts, and you might not want to spend too much time by the desk when checking in.
  • if you booked more then one room with one credit card info, be aware that, it will take us more to record the info on the guest that is not in the system
  • IN A HURRY? - please call ahead with your personal info to make the check in a smooth, quick  process
  • VIP - OPEN DOORStop in by the desk and pick up your key (inquire within)



WEEKEND DISCOUNTS
  • There is limitation to what type of discounts we offer over the weekend
  • NEWLY INTRODUCED: 5% OFF for Military, AARP - when a 2 night-stay booking is made
  • Same season returning customers is 3% OFF (if you book more then once for the season, 2nd or 3rd time, discount is offered)

HISTORIC landmark listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places AND Policy updates

  • we hired an accredited Historian to write the report to be presented before Wisconsin Historical Society Review Board in Madison.
  • State Historic Preservation Review Board approved the nomination of the Rest Haven Motel, original name given, known as The Usonian Inn LLC, on February 18th, 2011 the Historic  
  • in the effort to continuously preserve the property our policy highlights - NO BICYCLES ALLOWED IN THE ROOMS ON AGAINST THE BUILDING!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

More access, more mobility, more options!


I hope everyone has a great February so far and that you are planning for a memorable special Valentine day!

Happy Valentine Day!

In previous post we mentioned how we took the opportunity with today's technology and gone mobile with our business listing; I hope that the exposure to many and accessibility help you on your decision making on choosing your lodging.


The idea of keeping up with all the social media is to offer your customers all kinds of perks to save them time and money!

Convenience: newly introduced - while on facebook - look for the orange square to reserve your room and book online right from FB page - a new window will open with descriptions and rate.









In the mist of refreshing our web page we came across of another opportunity and feel free to take advantage of; SAVE when booking Packages with us! 

This link will get you to the page where you can book the package of your preference, so far there are many packages covering all the way into May!

It's as easy as 1,2,3 to find all the information on our web page; click on Room and Rates and decide! As shown in the attached pictures.







Sometimes, I get calls for people and there is a surprise that we would even offer such things, like online booking, packages, etc...

We live in a small community but, that doesn't mean that we should not have the best, offer the latest and have you find here what we promise!

Happy Valentine Day and have fun browsing for your next vacation spot!