Located near Dupont Circle, in the heart of Washington, DC, Kimpton’s 82-room Madera appeals to business and leisure travelers who appreciate a boutique hotel offering comfort, style, and pampering in a unique urban hideaway that looks and feels like a private pied-á-terre. Originally coined in the 1800s, the French term, pied-á-terre, literally means “foot to the ground.” It has since become a fashionable term to describe a second home, usually an intimate apartment, located in the midst of a great city.
2 Blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, 4 miles from Reagan National Airport, 30 miles from Dulles International Airport and 45 miles to Baltimore Washington International Airport.
I had the opportunity of staying at this glorious hotel and apart from the perfect location in New Hampshire Boulevard within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Georgetown and Dupont Circle and just a mere 6 blocks from the White House and 8 blocks from the National Mall, the hotel offers everything you need from a ‘home away from home’. The Dupont Circle Metro is only 2 blocks away so you have easy access to anywhere you need to be in the city.
The rooms are beautifully appointed and the 300 thread count Egyptian cotton Frette linens make getting out of bed in the morning quite a chore. Not to mention the gorgeous complimentary signature Kimpton animal print robes which are a fun and luxurious touch and make such a difference to the normal white ones found in most hotels. There are also Gaiam yoga mats in every room, so there is no reason to miss your morning ‘stretching’ exercises.
The staff at the Madera are nothing short of amazing, every single person goes out of their way for the guests and I was given some really awesome recommendations by them. Nicole in particular was outstanding in her assistance.
The US is for South Africans always an expensive holiday, what with the exchange rate being what it is and for the rate at the Madera, the complimentary breakfast is a nice touch to get your day going. If you’re in too much of a rush for a relaxing breakfast, there is complimentary tea and coffee which you can take ‘to go’ in the lobby every day.
The Madera also offers a complimentary ‘bike’ service for guests to use to get around the city andthe one thing that really surprised me is that the hotel is pet friendly,stands to reason that Americans visiting the capital would really love it here as they can bring their pets.
The free wi-fi in the rooms as well as the lobby was brilliant for me as I could always be in touch with my family. The Madera has a Forgot it? We’ve Got It! service which includes everything from lip ice to toothpaste, many of these are complimentary. Of course, having an iron and iron board in your room is a huge bonus especially if you’re going to be here for a long time and though I didn’t use it, it is a great inclusion.
The Madera Hotel is one of those places where you feel as though you belong, and I have a penchant for boutique hotels, so this one really brought a smile to my face. The complimentary wine tasting in the lobby every evening also gives visitors a chance to experience some American wines fromthe Napa valley and other wine growing areas.
I absolutely loved this hotel and would recommend it to anyone travelling to Washington DC, you will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.
Travel Channel, 2013
Top 10 Hotels in DC, Reader’s Choice – Conde Nast Traveler, 2013
Best Hotels in Washington, DC – US News and World Report, 2014