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
Stayed here one night on business for first time in 15 years. They are modernizing with a refreshed lobby and nice grab-and-go pantry with a breakfast buffet. But the lobby pub was not very good. The rooms are decent-sized but have small bathrooms, and the walls are not very soundproofed. Good fitness room (although the nearby Capitol Hilton has a much larger gym). Excellent location. Friendly staff. Would stay here again at the right price.
I'll start with the good: Location, clean room and very friendly staff. Now the bad: Upon checking in we were "up-sold" to a "Deluxe" room. Maybe it was a little quieter because it was at the end of the hallway so there was only one adjoining room - but the room was small (no bigger than the standard room) the walls paper thin (one can hear everything nextdoor and in the hallway) and the bathroom was tiny with fixtures improperly installed. The upgrade gave us access to the "executive lounge" which included a free buffet breakfast. The breakfast was HORRIBLE!!
No better than eating at a fast food chain for a lot more money - Hilton should be ashamed, and step up their game. The only real benefit to the executive lounge was free water. Also, I was informed at check-in that my Hilton Honors membership would be credited (even though I made the reservations through a third-party) but this turned out not to be true. Very disappointing. I do NOT recommend this hotel, and would NOT stay here again.
This was my second stay at a Hilton Hotel my first stay was at a lower end Hilton and I was disappointed in that stay. This stay was at a high end Hilton in Washington DC. No shuttle service, no fridge in room, no coffee maker, everything was an extra charge. Our room overlooked an alley, there was a fire in the hotel when we were there and we could not hear the alarms in our room and the announcement to leave the room was not audible until we got to the other end of the hall. Bed was comfortable and staff was friendly but for what we received and the cost I was very disappointed.
The tribute to the Madison era in the newly revamped lobby and the carefully chosen decor and first class service and location make this a must stop in Washington DC. The food items from breakfast to grab and go and dinner are all top quality as are the cocktails and wine selections.
Nice hotel with friendly people. The “Starbucks” that wasn’t really a Starbucks had the worst coffee. Our family had a problem with a plastic ice bucket and ice machines only on floors 6 and 12! Very inconvenient.