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
After I read the reviews on this hotel I quickly found out why it is highly ranked. The day of my visit I received a text message from the Manager Hudson welcoming me to the hotel and asking of there was anything that I would need prior to our arrival. I have never had this happen to me before and it was so far above and beyond on the customer service side that I have ever received from a Hilton Hotel. Upon arrival this absolutely gorgeous and cute front desk employee Tyler helped to check us in and offered us a complementary upgrade and access to the Executive Lounge because of my Gold Status. I now have my favorite hotel of choice for when I come back down to DC which is frequently. The rooms were spacious, the bathrooms were immaculate and up to date modern, the hotel is very clean, and there is a door man to welcome you to the hotel. The only downside was upon our arrival were were exhausted and were hoping to order room service because we just didn’t want to do anything but lay down and that is not offered at this hotel. The restaurant on site is open late though and the food was typical for what I personally expect. It is by no means a deal breaker for me, it just would have been nice if they did. I highly recommend this hotel for their outstanding customer service, Executive Lounge, comfort, cleanliness, and location within the city.
We stayed 4 nights. Staff was exceptional thought out the stay, room was very nice and upgraded as Hilton Diamond Member. Executive Lounge is fantastic for breakfast, as is the Buffet which is free for Gold and Diamond members. Very convenient to attractions, museums, White House, Metro, Restaurants, etc. Parking is pricey at $54 a day plus 20% taxes per day (valet). Overall, top notch Hilton!
I have nothing but praise for both this hotel and it’s staff. Before we even arrived, I got a message indicating me to let them know if I needed anything. I had a few questions about the valet parking and they were answered immediately, but also kindly and professionally. I had my passenger message again while we were trying to navigate to the hotel and once more I received a near instant reply helping me with some directions. When my truck would not fit in their valet parking, they had a solution for me right away which worked perfectly. Check-in was a breeze, and the front desk staff are more than welcoming - something nice to see after a 10 hour drive to get here. I was also given the choice of a higher or lower floor, something that I can’t say I’ve been given before, but simply just put wherever unless I’ve specified on my booking. The room itself is very clean and comfortable, and housekeeping has ensured we don’t run out of anything. I had forgotten my toothbrush, so I simply sent a message to the staff and they had a toothbrush and toothpaste brought up immediately. I wasn’t sure where the ice machine was, so again I simply sent a message to the staff and had my reply right away. We also decided to try their room-service for breakfast, and not only is it more reasonably priced than one would expect, but it’s absolutely delicious. I would like to give an extended thank you to Amber, Tyler, and especially Jarro for answering any and all questions or concerns that I have had. We will be sure to stay here again when we return to DC, and encourage anyone who is looking for somewhere to stay to choose The Madison.