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Hotel Madera, A Kimpton Hotel,
Washington, D.C. - Hotel Review

Frisky Forms and Frivolous Freebies

Kimpton Hotels’ decidedly urban and oh-so-fun properties tend to reflect the playful aspects of the cities they inhabit, from offbeat Portland and eclectic San Francisco to stylish Chicago and sexy Miami. But in Washington DC—where playfulness takes a back seat to the somber intrigues of suit-clad partisans—their collection provides a welcome contrast, lightening the filibustering mood with animal print fabrics, irreverent attitudes and funky dining venues.

A themed guest room at Hotel Madera, A Kimpton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Themed Rooms

Politicos and commoners alike can find respite at the Hotel Madera, perhaps the least zany of the capital’s Kimpton offerings, although still appealingly idiosyncratic. The location is terrific, on a quiet side street near the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Dupont Circle and only six blocks from the White House. Great service begins the moment you enter the small lobby and continues throughout your stay, both for you (personal wake-up calls mean no recorded voices at 5 a.m.) and your pet (a front door water bowl and shopping services).

The 82 guestrooms, done in subtle metallic hues, are well equipped. Although a bit small, they are pleasant, and those on the top floors at the back enjoy views of the National Cathedral and rooftops of Georgetown University. If you want more space, go for one of the themed suites. Cardio Rooms have exercise bikes; Nosh Rooms include mini kitchens, breakfast in bed trays and grocery service; Flash Rooms feature computers with unlimited high-speed Internet access; and Screening Rooms come with second TVs, DVD players and DVD libraries.

A sitting area at Hotel Madera, A Kimpton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Sitting Area

Hotel Madera may not have major facilities like a spa or swimming pool, but it does house a great restaurant, Firefly, a birch-walled bistro (with terrace) whose reputation is upheld by the devotees that continue to fill its tables. The menu of contemporary American cuisine relies heavily of fresh produce (Amish chicken, heirloom tomatoes), and the wine list emphasizes Napa's boutique producers. A "firefly tree," strung with candle-lit lanterns, makes a pretty centerpiece.


Firefly restaurant at Hotel Madera, A Kimpton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Unlike so many hotels that nickel and dime you along the way, this one offers a wealth of freebies. Our favorite comp at all the Kimpton hotels: evening wine hour. Running a close second, third and so on: high-speed Internet access, 800 and credit card calls, in-room Starbucks and Aveda bath products. With its noted service and excellent value, Hotel Madera is so certain you'll come back that they provide stowaway bags, where you can stash your extra running shoes, toiletries, etc. for your return trip.

Hotel Madera, A Kimpton Hotel
1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20036
800-430-1202, 202-296-7600
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