Kimpton Hotel Madera
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
- A $15 (plus tax) facilities fee per night will be collected at the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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 guestrooms.
Bed and Bath
Spread over 10 floors, guestrooms 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
Bathroom is the size of a sardine can. Hallway and room had funny smelling oder. For some reason there was water all over the floor in the bathroom and there were ants coming out of no where. Half the Channel on the tv didn’t have volume so i ended up watching my iPad. My company paid over $2000 for the staff to stay in this hotel and I personally feel it was a waste of money.
Pet and people friendly! Very convenient location. Great staff. We would return to this comfortable hotel. They were very cordial when we did not need the valet parking as our daughter got us a neighborhood pass.
Great location close to dupont circle. Clean no frills hotel. Only sed it for a base so did not want anything else. Wine hour was good and free coffee in morning was a nice touch. Lack of reception area was a little odd . If someone was having a disagreement with the staff you have no option but to stay close by.