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Kimpton Hotel Madera
Ranked #55 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Auburn, Washington
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great location, staff, and room!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2009

I just came home from my first visit to Washington DC and I can't wait to go back and when I do I will stay at Hotel Madera.

When we arrived after a red-eye flight, we were able to check in a little bit early, take a nap, wake up just in time for wine in the lobby, and get great directions from the staff and limo driver.

The room we stayed in (901) was HUGE with two queen beds, a separate closet, sink, and bathroom. The bathroom was small but was clean and served its purpose.

If you plan on being our late on a tour, make sure you get dinner before your tour because room service ends at 9:30 PM. The closest restaurant for a late night bite we found was Kramer Books or CVS. Also, there is no in-room coffee, which was painful some mornings, but there is coffee in the lobby for a few hours in the morning.

The internet was great to have too! We were able to stay in touch with family back home and check out things to do while we were there.
The Metro is very close to the hotel and very easy to use.
Great hotel! I would recommend it to anyone going to DC.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
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Kimpton_DC, Reservations Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 30 June 2009
Hello IrishKPF,

I am glad that you enjoyed your first trip to DC and the Hotel Madera. I see you can’t wait to come back and we are happy to have you!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2009

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Madera. I liked the DuPont Circle location. There are lots of restaurants in the area and the Metro is a few blocks away from the hotel. The bed was comfortable and the room stylish. The t.v. was large and the mini-bar had a good selection. The negatives were a very small bathroom, too few towels (only 2 bath towels and they were rather scratchy), and loud noise from the busy street outside/the bar/restaurant in the building. I asked for a high floor room, but was given a third floor room. Due to the noise, I was woken up many times during the night. I would suggest insisting on a high floor, unless you plan to be out late and/or don't mind noise. The free wine hour was a plus. The restaurant in the hotel is rather pricey, but has a nice atmosphere. While I did not bring a dog, I thought it was cool that they allow dogs to stay there.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Kimpton_DC, Reservations Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 9 June 2009
Hello Purplevelvet,

Thank you for staying with us. I am glad that overall you enjoyed your stay. I too like the Dupont Circle location. There are indeed lots of restaurants and shops in the area and the metro is just a few blocks away. I apologize about the city noise disturbing your stay. It is not pleasant being woken up to sirens and car traffic.

Again thank you for staying and please come back again soon!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2009

My partner and I spent Memorial Day weekend at the Madera. It was his birthday, so I called ahead to arrange flowers in the room. Spoke with the wonderful Kelli who couldn't have been more helpful. Not only were the flowers perfect, but Kelli sent up a small bottle of wine! In fact, the entire staff was terrific, always helpful, always greeting us when we returned. Our room was very clean and comfortable. We did not have a balcony, but the weather was so muggy we wouldn't have wanted to go outside. The bathroom, I must say, is teeny tiny. If you like luxury bathrooms in hotels, stay elsewhere. Also the reception area seemed dark and drab. Since this is the first impression of the hotel, I'd say it could use some brightening up as it doesn't reflect the experience that awaits.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank alan93
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Kimpton_DC, Reservations Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 29 May 2009
Hello Alan93,

I am happy you spent Memorial Day weekend with us and were able to celebrate your partner’s birthday also. Keli is a star and I know she will be happy to hear she made such a positive impact on your stay. Thank you for staying and come back again and visit us soon!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

i did A LOT of online research on dc hotels before selecting one for a three night stay. i have to say i found the madera a bit disappointing. an overall enjoyable stay in a vibrant neighborhood, but a with laundry list of small flaws that really added up and did effect the overall quality of our stay.

flaws (surprisingly a lot, considering the price and positive reviews here.
- was initially sent to a treadmill room, not the balcony room we had reserved.
- bed baseboards scuffed up, while room showing some age.
- toiletries totally not aveda, as promised on hotel website. no lotion. only soap at sink labeled for face.
- stained towel (ew!). all towels thin and on the small side.
- weird red paint (i hope!) on drain in bathtub.
- hallway to room extremely warm and unpleasant smelling (like maple syrup, almost)?
- no stationary in room.
- no furniture on balcony, what's the point of a balcony you can't comfortably enjoy?
- sliding glass door to balcony VERY sticky and difficult to open.
- giant brand new flat screen HDTV, but with analogue signal! so pictures are a little fuzzy.
- business center hotel costs $6 for 15 minutes, no smaller increments for printing bus tickets.
- front doors to hotel are locked late at night and people need to be buzzed in by desk staff. twice i arrived to the doors to find no one at the desk. granted both times they appeared after about all of about 5 seconds, but i thought i was going crazy the first night it happened when i couldn't get the doors open.

pros!
- staff was willing to add "$1 more" breakfast promo to the room we booked before deal was available.
- totally spacious room with plenty of space to breathe.
- stellar dupont circle location, on a beautiful quiet residential street.
- room quite soundproof.
- strong, free wireless.
- flawless control over the temperature of the room.
- comfortable bed.
- beautiful molding in hallway.
- milk and oreos at night! <3

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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GMMadera, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 21 May 2009
Dear aslant. Thank you for your comments and positive reviews regarding our location, comfort and staff. Your detailed review will certainly aid us in our quest for 100% guest satisfaction and your feedback is appreciated. Please accept my apologies for any discomfort during your visit, each item described has been addressed including changing our website to indicate that we no longer use Aveda Products and that lotion is available on request. We did decide to install our new TV’s before changing over to HDTV because we felt that our guests deserved to enjoy them immediately. The baseboards around the beds are easily scuffed. It only takes one suitcase hitting it to cause a visible scratch. Our engineers and housekeeping are constantly touching up that area of the room. Although we do charge for use of the computer in the business center, our wireless internet access is complimentary and we provide free printing of boarding passes for those who do not carry a laptop. Again I thank you for your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to The Madera in the near future.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2009

We really booked this hotel by reading the reviews on Tripadvisor. Now we´ve stayed in this hotel and it was a very nice stay. Staff was very friendly, sometimes too and our room was clean and bigger than we expected it would be. It even had a balcony, but that´s because we had a room along the New Hampshire Ave. Pets are welcome and although some people brought in a dog, we didn´t hear `animalsounds` at all.The restaurant was okay, but that´s it. The price for a breakfast is a little too much for what you get... we think.
The White House, dining and a little shopping is just minutes away and could easily be reached through walking. Probably we will return to this hotel when we will be visiting Washington DC again, whenever that will be.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Kimpton_DC, Reservations Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 5 May 2009
Hello Liefding,

Thank you for staying with us during your recent trip to Washington DC. I am glad you chose us based on TripAdvisor reviews. This is a powerful tool to get valuable comments about a hotel from other savvy travelers like yourself. The rooms are indeed nice and spacious and the balconies are a nice treat in Washington DC. I know that the staff will be particularly pleased to hear that they were friendly. Thank you for staying and please come back again soon!
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Clark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2009

We stayed during easter break, so our room rate was high. That said, we were thrilled with our choice. Our room was lovely. Beds were truly comfortable. Great balcony. The bathroom was tiny but who cares? The shower pressure was perfect. The sink and makeup area are seperate and there was plenty of room for my husband, son and myself. The staff was terrific. The adjacent restauarnt, Firefly was fantastic. The location is absolutely perfect. Dupont Circle is the best and the Metro station is really close by. Loved the neighborhood. LOVED HOTEL MADERA. Have already recommended it to others andwould absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank NJBrooklynborn
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Kimpton_DC, Reservations Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 29 May 2009
Hello NJBrooklynborn,

Thank you for your comments. They are a great way for our potential guests to read about the hotel. I am glad that you really liked the hotel, the restaurant and the staff. We all try our best to make each and everyone feel at home. Thank you for visiting and please come again soon!
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Atlantic City,NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2009

I took my husband to Hotel Madera in March for his birthday. He said it was the best birthday ever. We had such a wonderful time I booked another weekend as soon as we returned. We love the hotel because as with every Kimpton Hotel we can bring our dog. They have certain floors where pets are allowed to stay; they do this in respect for other visitors who have pet allergies. We also love this hotel because of its staff. They remembered us from our last visit and were just as friendly as the last time. Another reason why we love the hotel is because of the area. We enjoy yoga, and in the area there are so many yoga studios to choose from. We also love the area not only for the yoga but also for the restaurants. For a unique experience, it is within walking distances in Georgetown try Mi en Yu (http://www.mienyu.com/) and if you are a meat-a-terian (meat lover) go to Fogo De Chao (http://www.fogodechao.com/) it is a short taxi ride, and well worth it!!! On our last day of our trip we relaxed in the park at DuPont circle and talked to the locals. They told us on our next trip to the area that we should take the water taxi from Georgetown to Alexandria. With that being said we booked another stay for July! Parking in the area is difficult, curbside is free yet limited to 2 hours on weekdays, but if you park after 6:30 curbside on Friday parking is unlimited for the weekend. We arrived at 5:00, parked curbside in front of the Arabic Embassy (across the street from the hotel), which I was told by the hotel staff that I may get ticketed since it wasn’t 6:30 yet, but I saw some Embassy staff outside and thanked them for allowing me to park there, they were very gracious that I thanked them they didn’t call the police to ticket me. You can valet park, it is $36 for cars and approximately $56 for larger vehicles.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Kimpton_DC, Reservations Manager at Kimpton Hotel Madera, responded to this review, 20 May 2009
Hello Jillyjill411,

Thank you for your posting and staying with us. I am glad you and your husband celebrated his birthday at the hotel. I see the staff remembered you from your last visit . Thank you for staying and see you again soon!
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Property: Kimpton Hotel Madera
Address: 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1502
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#19 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#26 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#29 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#45 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Hotel Madera 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kimpton Hotel Madera is an intimate, elegant boutique hotel nestled in Washington DC's historic and fashionable Dupont Circle neighborhood. Within walking distance of the White House, Georgetown and the city's monuments and museums, this Kimpton Hotel offers personalized service, luxurious amenities and an atmosphere of refined sophistication. The guestrooms are stylishly tranquil, and the gracious and knowledgeable staff genuinely pampers. Conveniently adjacent is the notable Firefly Bistro featuring contemporary American comfort food and a seasonal menu. ... more   less 
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