What We Love
- Firefly restaurant, beloved by locals and visitors alike, won’t disappoint with its farm-to-table American fare
- Rooms on floors six and up have views of the National Cathedral
- Daily wine hour in the lobby — snack on chicken liver mousse toast points or red velvet cake bites before dinner
What To Know
- Balcony rooms face New Hampshire Avenue
- The hotel was renovated in 2013
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Recently renovated sleep in Dupont Circle, with mod interiors and a popular farm-to-table restaurant
Renovated in 2013 to the tune of $2 million, the Hotel Madera feels like a private pied-à-terre in the heart of D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. In the lobby, warm, natural-fiber wallpaper contrasts with backlit glass panels near the reception desk to set a sleek, contemporary look that’s echoed across all 82 guest rooms. Spread over 10 floors, the guest rooms are spacious by city standards (the smallest is 350 square feet) and done up with neutral colors and nature-themed abstract art. There are touches of whimsy, too, from the oversize tribal-print pillows and crimson headboards to animal-print robes and resident pet goldfish. Adjustable bedside reading lights keep things cozy, while the modern bathrooms make up for their lack of space with invigorating high-pressure Speakman showerheads and floral-scented Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Beloved by locals for its cozy back porch vibe, Firefly Restaurant and Bar serves a fresh, seasonal menu in a birch-lined dining room. Most ingredients are bought just two blocks from the hotel at the Dupont Circle farmers market, and the kitchen is rightly praised for its house-made charcuterie plate and slow-braised red wine squid. Linger over a mimosa-filled brunch on weekends, or stop by the bar for a nightcap made with specialist bitters.
In the Area
Historic homes and foreign embassies may surround the circle, but the streets are anything but stuffy. Peruse Tabletop, a quirky home decor shop on 20th Street, or pick up fresh duds at Proper Topper, on Connecticut Avenue. Lululemon hosts community yoga practice on the grassy patch in Dupont Circle every Wednesday throughout the summer—and don’t sweat it if you forgot your yoga gear: Hotel Madera will lend a mat, block and strap at no cost. In the morning, wander to Zeke’s D.C. Donutz’s graffiti-clad shop, which has a unique selection of donuts, including Ferrero Rocher and salted caramel.
How to Get There
Last week I spent one night at the excellent HOTEL MADERA located in a strategic position in DC. The rooms are very spacious and charming finely furnished and the hotel has a very welcoming and cozy atmosphere (we have been offered a nice evening glass of wine in the main lobby).
Hotel location is perfect for business (right in the Embassies area) and for vacation. I took an enjoyable walk to the White House and the National Mall.
I also had a surprising high quality breakfast at the Hotel "Firefly" restaurant. Under the branches of the central “tree”, this restaurant is serving New American Cuisine.
I highly recommend Hotel Madera. I Will Definitely Come Back Here!
Staff was the best I have ever encountered from the valet, to front desk, to the manager. I don't impress easily but was incredibly impressed! Our room was great! Huge, with a balcony. Small bathroom but we didn't care. Great location. I absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to DC for any reason.
This little gem nestled in the heart of DC’s DuPont Circle offers up the best of what a busy traveler needs. The room was comfortable and the staff gracious. That glass of wine at the end of the day was just what the dr ordered!