We decided to spend our last weekend before our daughter headed back to college in Washington, DC. We planned to only go to the Mall and we wanted a hotel that would be a treat for everyone. So late Thursday night, before hitting I95 in the morning, we narrowed our choices to our versions of the high (The Willard) and the mid (Westin in Georgetown). The next morning, after one last google to try to get it right, we switched to The Madison, though felt we were compromising on location.
We were wrong on a compromised location and right on the treat. If you can walk, the Madison is in a great location about eight sight-filled blocks from the mall. We admired quite a few statues in parks on the way, past the White House and other government buildings. We didn't use the Metro which is only 3 blocks away, but it did have its share of homeless setups. However, we walked past the station several times day and night with no problems. The last day we had only 2 hours to see the National Gallery of Art, so the hotel doorman popped us into a waiting cab which was a $10 ride. The cab stand is right outside the hotel and always seemed to have cabs ready to go.
The roomy and comfortable lobby is beautiful in shades of white and gray with a George Washington themed toile wallpaper. Check-in was easy and the bellman spent time showing us our room (safe, umbrella, refrigerator, Keurig, wine opener, etc.) and pointing out hotel amenities. We saw him many times during our stay and he was friendly and helpful. Housekeeping quickly solved our forgotten toothbrush.
The room with two queen beds is beautiful, and though right in front of the elevator bank, was not noisy on that front. We were on the eighth floor and did hear traffic, but on a weekend it wasn't bad. The only problem for us was the rolling desk chair. The narrow space between the desk and bed was booby-trapped by the spoke-like legs of the chair if you did not take the time to completely push it under the desk. Our toes took quite a beating. I guess the other drawback was only one robe, but none of us used it anyway. I also found the Bigelow toiletries watery. DH and daughter used the gym and had no crowd/wait for machine problems.
A delicious breakfast for 2 in the Postscript restaurant was included (I knew I would still be stuffed from dinner, so I just had coffee). The ambience was great, though DH had trouble finding a comfortable spot on the chair, so he switched to the banquette. The available newspapers were on a center table. Friday night, after battling beltway and bad weather traffic, we were relieved to just head downstairs to the Federalist restaurant for a hearty meal. We really appreciated both restaurants at The Madison. For our second night's dinner the concierge got us into an Italian restaurant just a few blocks away. Everyone was surreptitiously listening to the Baltimore Ravens game while we listened to the Denver Broncos game. There was a mini party when Baltimore beat Denver.
We knew hotel parking would be expensive, so we thought only one night and then something else. After googling and using parking apps, we learned that the parking fee was "reasonable for the area" and stayed put. We clocked out at noon, checked our bags with the doorman, finished up the National Gallery of Art, cabbed back to the hotel to reclaim our bags and car and then hit the road. Very easy and delightful weekend treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sophisticated retreat with historic charm, The Madison, a Hilton Hotel is just steps from K Street, and only blocks from the White House, the city’s convention center and two Metro stations. Walk to Dupont Circle and McPherson Square. This heart-of-downtown location makes the hotel convenient for sightseeing, conferences and business. We are five miles from Washington National Airport. Our service-centered hotel boasts PostScript Restaurant and Lounge, fabulous event space for up to 500, a sauna and steam room in the health club, and some suites with balconies. We are also family- and pet-friendly. Each guest room, suite and accessible accommodation has free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and comfy bathrobe. On higher floors, our suites offer free premium-plus WiFi, a coffeemaker and a sofa bed in the living area. ... more less
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