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Hotel Madera, Washington, D.C.

by Christine Dayao
King studio suite with balcony at Hotel Madera
Photo: King studio suite with balcony at Hotel Madera / Courtesy of the property
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Double queen bed room at Hotel Madera
Photo: Double queen bed room at Hotel Madera / Courtesy of the property
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Bathroom at Hotel Madera
Photo: Bathroom at Hotel Madera / Courtesy of the property
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Firefly at Hotel Madera
Photo: Firefly at Hotel Madera / Courtesy of the property
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Washington, D.C.’s trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood is chock-full of restaurants, bars, museums, and shops. It’s also where you’ll find a number of hotels, ranging from big-brand outposts to stylish boutiques – one of them being Hotel Madera. Here’s our review of the property, which reopened in February after undergoing a complete renovation.

What You Need to Know

The Look of Hotel Madera

It's All in the Details

In an area that’s as hip and happening as Dupont Circle, you’ll want to retreat to a guest room that’s as relaxing and soothing as the ones here. Rooms feel airy and are outfitted in calming neutral colors, complemented by pops of color in the form of teal or dusty purple accent walls, mustard throw pillows, and artwork.

The Vibe at Hotel Madera

First impressions always matter when it comes to hotel check-in, and the welcome area here starts off on the right foot when you’re greeted by the friendly and gracious staff. The overall feel here is intimate, with only 81 rooms – nine on each floor – and as you walk back to yours, it feels as though you’re returning to your own city apartment.

Who Will Love Hotel Madera

Solo travelers, couples, and small friend groups (we would easily use the hotel as home base for a girlfriends getaway) will undoubtedly feel right at home here. Accommodations range from 293 to 460 square feet, and a number of them feature sectional pull-out sofas that allow you to make the most of the space. Plus, more than a third of the rooms tout balconies overlooking New Hampshire Avenue; ones without a balcony have windows that actually open. Pet owners will be glad to know that Hotel Madera is pet friendly, too.

Who Might Not Love Hotel Madera

Although the property currently offers a family package, those traveling with kids may want to opt for something closer to D.C.’s main attractions located elsewhere in the city.

Best Amenity at Hotel Madera

Tied for best amenity are the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Firefly – the parmesan truffle fries and chicken and waffles at brunch are tops – and the ability to walk to a number of area eateries and attractions. Dupont Circle’s fountain is just a few minutes away on foot, as is the landmark independent bookstore Kramers.

Money Matters

What’s Included at Hotel Madera

Stays here include bottled water; wifi for up to five devices; welcome cocktail each evening at Firefly; fitness center access; in-room coffee and tea; unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling; PressReader access; and Google Chromecast.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at Hotel Madera

Aside from hotel fees and taxes, all of the above comes at the cost of a nightly $25 amenity fee. Valet parking is $50 per night.

How to Get a Deal at Hotel Madera

The hotel is currently offering a handful of deals here. Discounted room rates are also extended to members of AAA and the government.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of Hotel Madera

The National Mall is about a 10- to 15-minute drive from the hotel, while several local off-the-beaten path sites can be reached on foot in mere minutes. The red line of the Metro system is just two blocks away.

Nearest Airport to Hotel Madera

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is six miles from the property. Taking the train in? Union Station is about a 20-minute car ride away.

The Bottom Line

Hotel Madera offers comfy, yet sophisticated digs in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.


It's All in the Details