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Historical Traveler Reviews Loews Madison Hotel Washington DC
Great Hotel - beautiful, crisp and clean
What a wonderful hotel. We had the pleasure of having dinner at the Madison while visiting guests who were staying there. Great food! The hotel had that luxary, crisp feel to it. The entire hotel shined like an a fresh apple (excuse the pun). It has that certain European flare to it. Beautiful marble surrounds the lobby. The staff was extremely generous with their time and the service was impecable. I don't know how they keep it looking so marvelous but for a renovated hotel, it combined the ambience of the past with a modern hotel - what a mix! We made the mistake of booking at the Hotel Lombardi - that will not happen again.
We booked a suite (1 King Bed and connecting room with a murphy bed, bathroom, dining table & living room) for 4 nights beginning Feb. 12th for our family. When we arrived the valet parking attendant/doorman (Romeo) was prompt to unload our MANY bags and park the car. Everyone was very welcoming and at our beckoning call for assistance. Our room was HUGE and the complimentary big basket of candy for our daughters was a hit. Our room/s were very clean and the crisp white linens made us want to crawl in bed right away! We were on the 3rd floor (Suite 309/307) and even though we only had a view of the Washington Post, we weren't looking out of the window that often. The bathrooms are marble and quite large with a towel warmer. The soaps provided are large bars, unlike other hotels and smell wonderful. The disappointing factors were we had a burned out light bulb in the bathroom and was not noticed by housekeeping prior to our arrival. I called twice asking them to bring a new bulb when they serviced our room but instead sent maintenance to do it when we were all taking showers getting ready for dinner.
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When we booked our room we were told that we would be put on the newly renovated floor, but we weren't. We were also told that there would be a CD player in our room but there wasnt. We were put in another room after complaining to the manager. The rooms are on the small side and the decor leaves much to be desired. This is an ok place to stay if there is nothing else available but I would not return to this hotel.
There are so many better places to stay in the city that are nicer and MUCH more worth your money.
Palette is a Work of Art
The Madison is simply superb. It?s latest addition, Palette, is terrific. The gallery part of it is really creative and so much fun! The entire staff was great and management?s knowledge of the food and wines is amazing and most informative. Our server was suggesting all kinds of great cocktails to taste and was one of the best servers I've run into in DC in a long time! I also got a chance to talk with the Chef. His creations at Palette are worthy of a museum...they are true pieces of art!MR - Travel World Radio
We just returned this afternoon from our Valentines Day weekend at the Madison. My dear husband wanted to surprise me with a romantic stay at this so called 5 star hotel. Apparently he learned about the Madison from one of the local stations giving Valentine's Day suggestions. THe Madison advertised a package offering one night luxury accomodations overlooking the WHite House, a butler drawn bath with rose petals candlelight, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, and complimentary breakfast for two delivered to the room the next morning.
Superb experience - New Hotel
After the hotel reopened in October 2003, we stayed at The Madison and I was thrilled with my experience. From the moment the valet opened our car door, we were immediately attended and provided gracious service - without the "pushiness" so often attributed to luxury hotels. The public spaces, bar and restaurant are gorgous the the rooms nothing short of plush and comfortable. After experiencing the Madison's renovation and new managment, I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
We recently stayed at the Madison for an anniversary weekend, and after reading previous reviews, I was quite reluctant, though after our weekend, I couldn't help but wonder what this place looked like prior to their renovation (they reopened fall '03) Our stay was exceptional from the moment we arrived until we departed on Sunday. The service we received from every member of their staff was top rate, and attention to detail was given to all aspects of the hotel (room, restaurant, cab service, parking, amenities, etc.) The restaurant food was wonderful (though we ony ate breakfast), and I felt catered to during the entire stay. We would definitely return again in a heartbeat, and I recommend this well hidden secret to both locals and out of towners! One of the best we've ever stayed in.
Dingy and generally unpleasant - I expect The Madison has seen better days. I suspect most people have figured that out - the hotel resembled a ghost town - I saw very few other guests during the course of my stay. Though clean, my room was dark and seemed old - and not in the distinguished manner that the hotel touts. The headboard of my bed was made out of hollow paper-mache - and was merely propped against the wall, not even attached to the bed itself. The staff generally was rather dour and - like the hotel - unpleasant. In a somewhat comical scenario, the valet refused to park my car before I moved it from the vacant "taxi line" ahead six feet to a vacant "valet line." There was some sort of imaginary division between the two lines - visible only to the miserable valet. Very odd. Overall, The Madison was simply not an enjoyable experience. Washington offers much lovelier accommodations - the few dollars saved at the Madison simply are not worth it.
This is not the luxury hotel that it is advertised as. My room was over 80 degrees every night. They tried to fix the air conditioning and replaced the air filter. It was disgustingly filthy. The last night they finally moved me to another room that was only about 2 degrees cooler. If you decide to stay at this hotel in the summer, be warned that you may be very uncomfortable.
We stayed at The Madison for the Independence Day Celebration during July of 2000. It is an extraordinarily beautiful hotel with the finest service and most gracious staff we have ever encountered in our travels over three decades.
When we return to the Capital, it will always be our choice to stay at The Madison. The caliber of service and staff professionalism are a refreshing change from the name-brand "chains" throughout the city. The atmosphere is formal, but inviting with a charm and elegance that make Super 8s and Red Roofs laughable. Don't miss a chance to treat yourself to an extraordinary experience of fine dining and fine service of THE MADISON.