What a great forum this is!
I had hoped to do more research before booking my vacation for October 14-21, but after doing some casual checking at the top vacation websites, like orbitz, expedia, travelzoo, and hotels.com, I came across what seemed like an incredible rate on priceline.com, so I jumped on it.
Eight days, seven nights at the Hotel Madison for $1063.13! This includes roundtrip airfare on United into DCA from the West Coast. I think the airfare was about $263, so that means the Madison is only costing me about $115 per night!
According to Trip-Advisor, the average rate at the Madison is $330!
So I guess the question is--did I get a good deal, or do they have a "special" room out back next to the trash cans that they are going to put me in?
The reviews (47) here seem to be mostly upbeat and positive--I hope I don't get the "lemon" room with the toilets that don't flush!
(There's no way I can change the reservation, I'm just curious what to expect.)