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A truly magical evening:
Words alone cannot convey the level of excellence that The Madison Hotel provided for our wedding. Having worked in the wedding industry for twelve years, I had been in and out of a lot of catering halls, banquet halls and other facilities in that time. I have seen almost everything from the bargain basement to the truly elegant yet nothing in my experience has even come close to that which was provided by the staff and facilities of The Madison Hotel. As we are an older couple, we were looking for an elegant setting for our wedding and the Conservatory provided that setting. The setting alone does not make or break the wedding but a location without service does not a wedding make. The Madison Hotel provided excellence above and beyond in location/setting, personal service, food quality, food quantity and a warm and welcoming facility. Our expectations were exceeded in every aspect from initial planning and booking through to the last dance of the night. Starting with Tim, the banquet manager, working with the different staff through the process and finally to Joe, our Maitre D' and all of the wait staff, they left nothing to chance, and not a single detail got over looked. The Madison Hotel is far and above the best venue in New Jersey to hold a wedding and a reception, bar none. When compared to other venues and factoring in all of the hidden charges that other venues fail to disclose up front, The Madison Hotel provides a far superior service and setting dollar for dollar. Our guests all expressed the same thought to us throughout the day, "This was the nicest wedding/reception that they had ever been to". Thank you Tim, Joe and all of the rest of the staff at The Madison Hotel for making our day truly magical!!!
Douglas and Sheila
23 October 2015
Sheila and Doug,
Congratulations and thank you so much for writing such an amazing review! I am so happy you were pleased with our location/setting, personal service, food quality and quantity and you felt comfortable in our warm and welcoming setting! We often receive compliments from wedding guests such as yours that say, "This was the nicest wedding/reception I have ever been too"!
It was so nice working with you and please don't hesitate to stop by and say hello if you are ever in the area again. All the best, Tim
Director of Catering
We can not thank the staff at The Madison Hotel enough for everything you all did to make our event the most incredible memory of our lives. Words can not express our gratitude to the entire staff at the Madison Hotel. With all of the details - there was not a thing you missed or an item overlooked. Just simply impeccable. The service, the food, the set-up - all so well coordinated and well executed. It was just beautiful! So many of our guests have written thank you notes praising the hotel, the service, the delicious food and the warmth and feeling you helped give to each and every guest. A very special thank you again to Tim & Sara, and the entire staff from Sunday night, for making our dreams come true! You are SUCH a pleasure to work with and made a lot of tricky arrangements seem simple and possible. We feel so incredibly blessed and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support, hard work, dedication and care.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review and it was our pleasure to serve you that evening. I am happy to hear that you were pleased with the service, delicious food and our personalized service. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to Sara and the rest of the staff! All the best in the future and I hope to see you around The Madison again very soon!
Director of Catering
The only bad thing I can say is that the ratings do not allow for more than five stars. It was a magnificent day from start to finish. The staff tripped over themselves to make us happy. Every part of the day was perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!
We were married at The Madison on 10/11/15, and I still can't put in to words how amazing our experience was. Tim worked with us, and no matter how many questions, emails, phone calls I made to him, he was always available and prompt with above and beyond responses. The day of the wedding we worked with Carolina who came to be one of the most important people for me that day. She was simply awesome. The conservatory is beautiful, the food is outstanding, the accommodations were perfect. Our guests are still telling us what a fantastic wedding it was....highly recommend!
I went to college at Fairleigh Dickinson, and knew then that the Conservatory was where I wanted to get married. So far everything has been great. Looking forward to continuing planning!
I went to college at Fairleigh Dickinson, and knew then that the Conservatory was where I wanted to get married. The wedding (9/19/15) was everything my husband and I could dream of. We worked with Tim Mchale during the entire planning process. His emails were usually prompt. I will say that the only thing that really bothered me during the whole planning and event is that during our pre-event meeting about a month or so before the wedding, Tim threw in having wine on the table. I didn't notice they weren't there, but my Dad did say something. I didn't have a preference to begin with, but since he threw it in, of course it's a nice added feature.
The other reviewers are right - the conservatory is beautiful and you really can't appreciate it's beauty until you are saying your vows or seeing the room the first time after they break down the ceremony, or having your first dance while the sun had just gone down, it's absolutely beautiful.
The day of, we worked with Joe Zimmerman, and I have to tell you, he blew my expectations away as far as what a matire d' should do. My first impression was that immediately after the ceremony, he met us in the Madison Suite where I got ready in prior with a bottle of champagne, and a few of the passed hor devours. He then offered to get a plate of whatever I wanted from my cocktail hour for my husband and I. During the ceremony, my glass (water and wine) was never empty. This review I am giving does not do him justice. Towards the end of the night, Joe came over and asked if I needed anything to be put in the room. Everything made it to the room and was placed neatly in the corner. Everyone raved about the food and the beauty of the room. do yourself a favor and make your dreams come true with the Conservatory.
My husband and I were so happy with our choice of the Madison Hotel. We worked with Joe Z, who was professional and friendly in every way. The conservatory is a venue unlike any other - simply stunning. The food was incredible. Some of our guests thought the cocktail hour was dinner and were gobsmacked when they realized that there was a four-course meal to follow! The ice cream bar was also a huge hit.
My husband and I were especially grateful that Joe Z brought us samplings of the food from our cocktail hour. We had elected to take photos during that time and weren't able to see the lavish spread of hors d'oeuvres, however Joe made sure we were able to sample whatever we wanted. He was a fabulous maitre d' and took care of every tiny detail with care.
We have already highly recommended The Madison to friends who were looking for a venue. We'd book it again in a heartbeat!
I can't express how happy my husband and I were at our wedding this past weekend (Aug 15, 2015). We had our ceremony and reception at the Conservatory at the Madison Hotel and it couldn't have been more perfect.
We booked our event with Sara Maurer in catering and she was with us every step of the way. She was prompt and helpful with all of questions and made me feel comfortable leaving things in her hands. On the day of we worked with Charles Dietz who was equally as great with assisting us. He was always available and nearby if we needed anything which is so helpful when there are a million people to see.
The pictures of the Conservatory are beautiful, but there is nothing like saying your vows or having your first dance in the breathtaking room. All of the food was amazing, especially the dinner entree of Chateaubriand. Our wedding cake was delicious as well and everyone loved the ice cream sundae bar.
The hotel itself is also great and our honeymoon suite was perfect. We only wish we'd been able to fully take advantage of it. The complimentary continental breakfast in the morning is also great to have for any overnight guests.
Our guests couldn't stop raving about how much fun they had, how good the food was, and how stunning the room was. It was the best night of our lives!
Congratulations and thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fabulous review on WeddingWire! I am thrilled to hear how happy you were with the services of Charles and Sara. Not to mention the food, wedding cake, honeymoon suite our scrumptious continental breakfast and the beautiful all-glass Conservatory! All the best in the future and I hope to see you again at The Madison very soon!
Director of Catering
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at The Madison Hotel conservatory. It was truly beautiful. From the moment we saw it we fell in love with the space. The conservatory combines the best of both worlds having a gorgeous outside look and feel with the comforts of the indoors and stunning chandeliers. We could not have wished for or imagined a more beautiful setting for our wedding. The food and staff were truly amazing as well. We could not tell you how many compliments we got from our guests about the venue from the exquisite cuisine, to the beautiful surroundings, to the exceptional service. From the start we worked with Tim. He and the entire catering staff were extremely professional, helpful, and patient with our numerous questions and helping to make our dream wedding come true. Charles was our Maître De. He offered helpful suggestions and did a great job of putting us at ease and making sure everything went seamlessly the day of our wedding. It was truly a pleasure to work with Charles, Tim and the entire staff to make it a perfect day.
Thank you for your kind words and I am thrilled to hear how happy you were with the setting of our beautiful Conservatory, the food and our staff! We truly appreciate having had this opportunity to serve you and we hope to see you around The Madison very soon!
Director of Catering
Our wedding at The Madison Hotel was amazing! We had our ceremony and reception in The Conservatory and it was beyond perfect. Everything was set-up perfectly without myself or my husband having to give the staff specific instructions. We had Sara as our wedding coordinator and she was great with answering all my emails and helping to guide us with the wedding process (we were clueless). Our maitre d was Joe Z. and he was fantastic, he checked on myself and my husband throughout the night and even helped us make a last minute table change. I would highly recommend this venue, it is beautiful, unique, and everyone at The Madison Hotel is highly experienced with running a wedding (which was a HUGE help).
My daughter's wedding reception was held in the Ballroom of the Madison Hotel. The staff headed by
Maitre D',Joe Zimmerman was outstanding, they were polite, very professional and prompt at meeting our needs. They contributed to my daughter and her husband having the wedding of their dreams. The food was beautifully presented and delicious,the wedding cake was outstanding in decorations and taste, the Ice carvings for the cocktail hour were perfect. I can not think of one thing that needed improvement! It was so well done! Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event -job very well done!
They were so professional and the venue was perfect!! We were able to do our pictures there before hand and it was perfect! Tim was our maitre d and was so helpful and amazing when working with us! Loved everything from the food to the staff to the venue!
Beautiful venue, excellent staff and amazing food!
The Madison Hotel made our special day magical! Everyone was so attentive and accommodating! Charles our maître d' was truly incredible!! He was constantly checking to make sure my husband and I were okay. He brought us food and drinks to enjoy during the cocktail hour before we greeted our guest so we could also savor some of the hor d'ourves. The Conservatory room was breathtaking!!! I wouldn't pick another location for our wedding reception. From the food, location, and service everything was absolute perfection! I would highly recommend the Madison Hotel for your wedding reception!
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. I am thrilled to hear that you were happy with Charles's services and you thought everything was perfect including the food, location and service! All the best to you and Kyle and I hope to see you again at the Madison very soon.
Tim MacHale, Director of Catering
My new husband and myself, along with our parents have so much gratitude for everything that The Madison Hotel did for us at our wedding. Up until the wedding, Tim was very helpful. I would have a laundry list of things that I wanted and, without saying anything again, it was done. Carolina was our maitre'd and I can not say enough about what she did so that there was zero stress for all of us involved. We always knew what was happening next and there were so many things that happened without me even knowing! She even made arrangements for everything from the changing room, as well as extra food, be put in our hotel room... even before we checked in! Besides their help for us, guests told us over and over again that it was the best wedding they had ever seen and that everyone at the hotel was incredibly nice. We had many out-of-town guests and, given the stereotypes of New Jersey, the hotel squashed all of those thoughts. The grounds, staff, food, location, and hotel itself lived up to our expectations- and then some. This was the perfect place to have a wedding with a beautiful backdrop (rain or shine) and great food, traveling guests, and a great time!!
I am so glad to here that you, Nicholas and your parents were thrilled with our food, service and staff. I often here from guests that the wedding they attended at The Madison was, "the best party they had ever been too"! All the best in the future and I hope to see you again very soon!
Director of Catering
I must admit that I had dreamed about having my wedding at the Madison Hotel Conservatory before I met my husband. When I got engaged it was the first (and only) place I looked. When I brought my husband and our parents to check it out...everyone was in agreement. It was the perfect place for us to get married.
I can not say enough good things about working with our maitre d, Joe Zimmerman. His easy going personality made me feel so less stressed planning all the details. He accommodated me with every request...ranging from spending extra time helping my officiant feel comfortable (my bridesmaid who had never performed a ceremony before) to ordering a special beer for my dad. He always promptly responded to all of my many emails with all sorts of random questions and requests. Every step of the way Joe was on top of things and I never felt like I had to worry about anything.
The day of the wedding everything was flawless. The staff were all fabulous and I truly do not have one complaint. People always say that the day of the wedding expect that something will go wrong, but for me, everything was perfect! One month later I am still beaming with happiness thinking about much fun my wedding was.
After a year of wedding planning, Travis and I both think of Joe as and friend and we look forward to stopping into Rod's and the Madison for a visit in the future.
Our wedding was truly a magical night and I am so thankful to Joe Zimmerman and all the Madison staff that truly provide amazing service. We can not thank the Madison Hotel enough for giving us the most beautiful and perfect wedding day.
Love Kristi and Travis
Amazing Venue. Could not be happier with our service, food, and everything frankly. They made our wedding so special and easy, it was such a huge asset booking this venue. I highly reccomend The madison to any and all!