The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel
What We Love
- Just a 10-minute walk from the White House and the Mall
- Sophisticated design and decor create a residential feel
- Multipurpose lobby with restaurant and swank bar with happy hour specials
What To Know
- The hotel's new restaurant, an Argentinian steak house by celebrity chef Jose Garces, opens in April 2014
- No spa, but treatments are available in guestrooms
- The business district location is quiet at night, bustling by day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The unified design by Studio Architecture and interior designer Dominick Coyne melds the limestone building’s 1960s architecture with a style that’s part historic DC, part modern-day residential. In the expansive lobby, taupes and grays mingle with tufted leather club chairs and sofas in shades of orange, chocolate-brown and ivory. Custom carpets and window treatments feature a prominent octagonal pattern, a nod to President James Madison’s stay at the Octagon House after the British burned the White House in 1814. Arrangements of collected and found framed antique prints and oil paintings add polish to the space.
Bed and Bath
All 356 guestrooms and suites echo the muted palette of the public spaces. Tufted leather chairs and sofas blend with coordinated wood furnishings, creating nooks for reading and working. Plush beds are dressed in 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and backed by accent walls in gray toile wallpaper. Bathrooms feature large showers lined with neat rows of antique white subway tiles, and sinks set into marble-topped dark wood vanities.
Come April, celebrity chef Jose Garces’s new Argentinian steak house will add buzz to the corner of 15th and M. Until then, guests can meander through the lobby, stopping for lattes and baked treats at the glossy barista bar, or have a proper sit-down over malted vanilla waffles or an artfully stacked burger at Post Script. The comfortably chic Lobby Bar is ideal for end-of-day libations such as the Washingtonian, a tasty mix of huckleberry vodka, lavender and cranberry.
In the Area
The Loews Madison Hotel’s downtown location puts guests within walking distance of the White House and many of the must-see sights along the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. For a night out, book in advance to experience Komi‘s exclusive tasting menu or head to the Old Ebbit Grill, DC’s oldest saloon and a popular political haunt, for oysters and people watching. The National Geographic Museum is celebrating 125 years of history with an ongoing multimedia exhibit.
How to Get There
I strongly recommend staying away from this hotel. The staff is friendly and helpful, and room clean. However at least my mattress was old, saggy and had a broken edge. Given hotels replace their mattresses on a schedule, I suspect other rooms have the same problem. Very surprised because I've never prior had an issue with Hilton hotels.
I travel quite a bit for work and try to stay at the Madison whenever I am in DC. The unique, boutique feel makes it feel more special than just staying at a chain hotel. Whenever I come I feel like I am coming home. Concierge Kaouthar goes above and beyond to make me feel welcome. I recently celebrated my anniversary and my husband and I got to stay at the Madison just for fun. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel special. We got to enjoy a lovely room with a terrace and Kaouthar helped suggest activities and restaurants to explore. It is the little things that make a hotel special and the Madison delivers; the bedding is so comfortable and my favorite is the AMAZING blowdryers--they are better than the one I have at home!
I have stayed in a A lot of hotels and would have to say hands-down the staff at this hotel are extremely professional, courteous, and happy about what they do. Every time I come back to Washington DC I will stay at this hotel.
This hotel is fantastic. The staff was AMAZING, especially Abdul who is on the wait staff in the bar area. He was pleasant, quick and very kind!
The rooms were beautiful & the location was perfect for our meeting.
This hotel is lovely and in a great location. The front desk staff were very helpful and friendly, and we enjoyed our stay overall, but we had some issues with the room. Though it was lovely and well-appointed, the a/c was noisy, which made it difficult to sleep, and the water pressure in the shower was low, which made it difficult to wash my hair. Also, the refrigerator in the room was for drinks only, and the staff person I talked said they charged $25 to store personal items, including food, so I had to throw out my leftovers. Seems ironic that if I had paid less for a Hampton Inn room, I would have had a refrigerator and access to a microwave.