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Historical Traveler Reviews Madera, a Kimpton Hotel Washington DC
My spouse and I treated ourselves to a night out on the town and selected the Madera to stay in. It's the perfect location, a few blocks from the south entrance to the Dupont Circle metro stop, close to the downtown business district and in a very nice neighborhood.
We stayed at the Hotel Madera in Jan. 2003 for 2 nights and we liked it so much that we went back for 3 days in Jan 2004. It was my 30th birthday and they upgraded us to a suite(!), a large room with a long couch, 2 chairs and a treadmill. The concierge was very helpful and had arranged for flowers to be there before we arrived. They also confirmed our dinner reservations and received a long fax and seemed happy to do so. We really liked the hotel. The design and furnishings are modern, but not so modern or trendy so that a non trendy-type person would feel uncomfortable. The location is terrific, right by the Dupont metro (and shops if you don't want to pay mini bar prices). I loved the Aveda bath products. And the wine hour is a terrific idea! Wish more hotels would have it. The only negatives I see are parking is rather expensive (though it is expensive in this area in general, and they weree kind in cleaning our salt-covered windshield), and I wasn't as thrilled with Firefly as I would have liked. It has a fun atmosphere and was great to meet friends for drinks at (we did that both years), but we though the food could be better, or at least less expensive for what we got. Ask for the back room if you want to hear the people you're eating with.
I loved it...
I booked the Hotel Madera after reading all of the other positive reviews posted at trip advisor. When I arrived, they did not have a king/non-smoking room available, which was what I booked. They upgraded me to a smoking suite, which was fabulous. Very spacious and clean. The mini bar was stacked with Belvedere and Kettle One vodka (my favorites). I had dinner at the restaurant connected to the hotel, which was very good (and boy, can they mix a good dirty martini)! The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The room had a computer terminal with internet access that was free of charge. I would definitely recommend this hotel and I would also go back. The only complaint was the heating/cooling system was really loud and I had to close the bathroom door to mute the sound.
I stayed here for three nights. The desk service was very accommodating and worked hard to please. The staff had my bag out of my taxi before I even noticed! I did have two disappointments - 1. room service doesn't begin until 7:30 am though they advertise breakfast beginning at 6:30.
Perfect Dupont Circle location, etc.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel in the wake of Hurricane Isabel. The staff could not have been more accommodating. The hotel even refunded our pre-payment for the one night that we couldn't make it into Washington. Our room was excellent -- interesting decor, great view, well-maintained. Our only regret was not having time to visit the hotel restaurant, The Firefly, which had an intriguing menu and fashionable crowd. We plan to stay at The Madera again when we travel to Washington. The location is perfect for us -- the rest was icing on the cake.
Great location, wonderful rooms, friendly staff...but...
We started off badly. Although the room was confirmed 3 times before arrival we were given a king instead of 2 queen beds. Then, only a very stinky smoking room was left. We stayed in the king. BUT, from then on the staff was absolutely wonderful, the rooms large and very clean and comfortable. The beds were very comfortable and the sheets ironed!! The location, 2 blocks from the Dupont Circle metro, was ideal. They have a free computer and printer available for guest use. Great for confiming airline reservations! I would absolutely stay there again. Just make sure of your reservation siting previous mishaps. Eat at the Cozy Corner across the street for breakfast. Very good and reasonable.
Great design, great atmosphere and great service. We were greeted with a complimentary glass of wine and had no problem when we needed a cab at 4:00 a.m. from the hotel. A little tough to find, but it will be a well-kept secret.
Cramped, a bit Crude, but Classy at the Madera
A friendly botique hotel in the heart of Dupont Circle, extremely close to the Red Metro line. The service was a bit unpolished (no newspaper delivered one morning, two the next) and the rooms extremely small (I couldn't even find room for the bathmat in the bathroom!), but tastefully decorated and quiet.
This boutique hotel has a great location, 2 blocks from the Dupont Circle metro stop. Great restaurants and shops are walking distance from the hotel. There is no lobby to speak of, and no swimming pool, so I would not stay here during the summer. The decor is different - black, brown, taupe, modern looking decor. The beds are quite comfortable with triple sheeted beds and duvets. We had a deluxe room, very spacious. The toilet/tub shower are in a very, very tiny room. The sink and dressing area is more spacious with a lot of closet space. Great restaurant in the building - the Firefly. It's very crowded, make a reservation. Avoid the overpriced continental breakfast, go to Cosi's by the metro stop instead. We got a great rate for the quality of the hotel, I think we got it from an online special at the hotel website.
Large rooms, cold water.
The hotel has been open for less than a year so it is very clean with employees who don't know much about the area. The decor was nice, the room was quiet but light leaked in through the curtain and door waking us up early. The shower was only warm, not hot enough to steam up the room, as I like. Beware of the mediocre continental breakfast, which is $13, a person. We thought the muffins and muddy coffee were free until they told us otherwise at checkout. The location is excellent but there are better choices in the same area.