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
- 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
Some good things: the free car service available for quick trips (within a 1-1.5 mile radius), the location, and the free beverages provided throughout the day.
Some bad things: the incredibly rude woman working the night shift, the slow service when we requested extra towels or toilet paper, and mixed success in reaching the front desk when calling.
Bottom line: stay here if you find a good deal. Otherwise you might be better off based on the service alone.
Ever since IHG took over Kimpton it has been downhill. Not only do they charge you fees that are not in the listed price but they don’t count the fees toward your reward points. It’s just one of many ways that IHG nickels and dimes you though unfortunately it’s nothing close to pocket change. The hotel has not been maintained with the rooms very disappointing
I recently stayed her on a quick business trip (2 nights) and was somewhat disappointed compared to other Kimpton properties. The staff was nice, but I received some conflicting information about the free car service, so when I called to request a car, I was denied the trip due to the distance (1.5 miles as opposed to 1 mile).
Room service was okay. My breakfast met expectations but the dinner order was different than described, but since it was late and I didn't have any allergies, I just ate it anyhow.
The room is climate controlled by the common areas were not. The rooms were decent, but the bathroom was pretty outdated, painted over rotting wood, old dirty and peeling grout in the showers, and old and dingy fixtures in the shower/tub. The room felt clean otherwise. The bed was extremely comfortable and mini bar was also a hit. Two of the lamps in the room weren't working at the time I was there.
I wouldn't stay here again with the other options for Kimpton properties in DC.
This hotel reached beyond my expectations including wonderful service from Tessa DiNardo from front desk. My travel plans did not go as planned, but Tessa went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. 1st time visiting Washington D.C., and my vacation is going great this far.
I had one of the recently upgraded rooms and it was fantastic. Very clean, nicely decorated. Only two minor issues: one there is no lobby. I didn't think that I would miss it, but I did. Given the price per night, I felt a tad short-changed by not having the lobby experience. You check in and out of something more akin to a hallway. Second, I was disappointed by the breakfast package. When I booked the hotel I opted in to have breakfast included. There was no information about what that meant, but it was somewhat of a sad continental breakfast that consisted of one juice (when the restaurant had it), one bread item (pick between toast, croissant or muffin or what they had) and coffee or tea. I paid $2.75 extra to add an egg each day. This would have been ok had the website disclosed that it was a limited continental breakfast, but it didn't and I was expecting more than just toast, juice and coffee. The restaurant next door where the breakfast is served was ill-prepared for breakfast and were often out of some the few items you could pick from (i.e. juice and muffin). Given the price per night, I was expecting much more. Even a true continental breakfast would have been better. Still, the room was great and all staff (including restaurant staff) were wonderful. I also wish that the hotel would implement some environmentally friendly practice such as the option to re-use your towel and a recycling bin.