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The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel
Ranked #87 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

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.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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GMMadison, Hotel Manager at The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2013

Thank you for your thorough review of your stay! We are ecstatic to hear that you chose The Madison and enjoyed our location, staff and facilities. We recently underwent a year long renovation and upgraded all of our guest rooms and public spaces. The toile wallpaper that you noticed was actually inspired by a pattern used in JFK’s private quarters in the White House. We understand the spatial issue you experienced with your desk chair and will take your feedback into consideration as we continue to improve our establishment. We appreciate your review and look forward to welcoming you back to The Madison upon your return to Washington D.C.!

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Reviewed 18 January 2013

We have nothing but praise for your hotel. Every single member of the staff that we came in contact with was friendly, helpful, service-oriented, efficient, just wonderful. The hotel's location was perfect for us. We walked three blocks to the Metro Station to visit all the sites and two blocks to see the White House. It is located in a nice area, lots of eateries, a CVS, church too. We loved the ambiance, the hotel's restaurant (food was excellent) and room service was quick and beautifully presented. Our room's decor was so attractive, comfortable bed, chairs, great flat screen TV, the Keurig coffee maker was such a treat. Spacious and very clean bathroom and no noise at all. The concierges who helped us were both knowledgeable and helpful. They understood our requests and helped us with a wonderful tour of D.C. at night that was very educational. Whenever we visit D.C. again, we will definitely stay at the Madison. We recommend it very highly.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ivonne H
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Stayed there for 3 days with my kids. Really liked the ambience of the hotel. The rooms were nicely done and practical.
the concierge was great, very helpful.
the location is great, easy access to everything Washington has to offer.
We will highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
2  Thank Cecile87183731
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

We had a great experience here, the place felt luxurious to us and the rooms were fantastic. Staff were all helpful and friendly. There was a good selection of food and the servers were all excellent. Locatin wise we were also happy. The first few days we walked down to the Mall, but on the third day we got a taxi instead, I think it was about $12.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Reginald M
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GMMadison, Hotel Manager at The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2013

Thank you for your review, Reginald. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our dining outlets and central location. Having recently completed a year long renovation, we are also happy to hear that you enjoyed your room. We look forward to having you stay with us again upon your return to the area!

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We stayed here for 8 days for vacation. It was great. Very clean, quiet, beautiful rooms and lobby, very helpful, friendly staff and quick efficient service. Bed/pillows very comfortable. Good in-room coffee machine (keurig). Very close to 2 metro lines (red and blue/orange) and lots of good eateries around (go to bean and bite across the street for good affordable breakfast). Staff seemed to take pride in the hotel and a few I talked to had been there for 10+ years. They had hot cider and fresh cookies around 5 pm in the lobby. Good although pricey casual dining restaurant. TV didn't have the best channels but did have HBO. They have new management and I hope they will keep it up the standard.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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GMMadison, Hotel Manager at The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2013

We appreciate your positive feedback and are happy that you liked your bed (newly upgraded with Englander Velvet Touch Super Plush mattresses) and in-room Keurig coffee machine. Bean & Bite is indeed a wonderful new addition to our neighborhood; there are also various lovely coffee shops and casual restaurants a few blocks away on P Street. We thank you for your review and look forward to welcoming you back to The Madison soon!

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Reviewed 9 January 2013

We booked the hotel through hotwire at a good rate.
Very corporate style hotel service upon check-in, polite but cold.
However, upon check-out the staff was friendly and helpful.
The room was reasonable sized and deco was very cozy. Large mini bar selections.
Free Internet was definately a plus.
Location was pretty good, walking distance to major attractions. Not much food options around, but we found a really good and cheap Indian take-out place: Naan and beyond.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We planned a long weekend in DC, which we do a couple times each year. We've stayed many different hotels. This time we chose the Madison for three reasons: great location for our plans, good off-season room rate, and consistently strong Tripadvisor reviews. The room was nicely done, it faced 15th St. It was not loud, we slept quite well. The bathroom has a marble countertop, glass enclosed shower (no tub) and a magnifying mirror. The two lobby bars were enjoyable. Fitness room has several machines all in good order. The locker room was clean with plenty of large towels. Locker room has steam room and sauna. We did not eat at the hotel. About a 15 minute walk to DuPont Circle and 30 minutes to the Mall.

Room Tip: We enjoyed our 10 floor room facing 15th.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank jisabr
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Additional Information about The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel

Address: 1177 15th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-2701 (Formerly Loews Madison Hotel)
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#40 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#43 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#45 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range: £98 - £333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 356
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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