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Everything you need to know about Hotel Madera DC

Everything You Need To Know About Hotel Madera DC

One of my favorite parts about travel is exploring new lodging! On our recent trip to Washington, DC, we were able to stay at Hotel Madera, a beautiful boutique hotel in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. I’m so excited to share our experience; it was truly lovely. I would definitely choose this hotel again in the future; it’s luxurious and comfortable with interesting details that make it stand out. 

Hotel Madera’s website explains that it’s just “a little unexpected,” and that’s exactly what we found. Unlike many other hotels, there’s plenty of room to spread out; there are only nine rooms per floor. It’s located within quick distance of many tourist hot spots downtown, but it’s set out of the way of the noise and bustle.

It’s not the kind of place to host a giant conference; instead, it’s all about the individual guests and their experience. We could really tell the difference! Since we were traveling as a family, this was a huge plus. We had a lot to do on this particular trip, and it was great to have a place to relax and get away from any chaos of the day.

Hotel Madera Accommodations

One of my favorite parts about the rooms at Hotel Madera is the fact that their windows open, and a lot of the rooms come with private balconies. If you’re a seasoned traveler, you know how rare this is! After being cooped up in a car or airplane, it feels great to get that fresh breeze blowing in. Especially since we were traveling with my toddler son, it’s really nice to have a little extra outdoor space to get some wiggles out. Being confined to a hotel room can sometimes be challenging with kids, so we really appreciated the extra space.

The rooms range from 293 sq. ft (the Madera Cozy King) to 460 sq. ft. with a 60 sq. ft. balcony space (the Madera King Studio Suite with Balcony). There are SO many little touches that stand out, like the lovely bed linens and towels, the giant TV, and the well-stocked mini bar. There were enough materials in the bar to mix up some custom cocktails! 

I was also happy to learn that Hotel Madera is pet friendly, and there’s even a special “Bark and Park” check-in package that greets your pup with treats and gives you free parking. A fun option for next time, for sure! I love when hotels make pets part of the family, since they truly are!

Hotel Madera’s restaurant is called Firefly, and I love the name! It’s cozy and intimate while still “glowing” brightly; just like a firefly. The food is familiar, and the menu is full of favorites, with some interesting twists. The Peking Duck Tacos and Chicken and Waffle Sliders both appear on the starters menu, so you know you definitely won’t be bored. 

Even though Firefly is associated with Hotel Madera, it’s a favorite among locals, too, and their weekend brunch is a celebrated event. The happy hour menu is a highlight as well, and not just among out of town guests. 

I was very interested to learn about private dining options at Hotel Madera, as well. Firefly is able to accommodate catering for small parties or groups up to 100, and the chefs are partially visible as they work for guests to experience. This would be such a great option if you’re local to the area and need to host an event, or even if you’re planning a unique gathering of people from various locales. 

Things to do near the Madera

The Hotel Madera website includes a map that indicates which landmarks and destinations are within walking distance, and how long it will take to get there! This was a great feature to help us start planning some outings while we were in DC. If you’re not familiar with the area, it may help to know that DC is divided into neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor and destinations. 

Dupont Circle is home to lots of museums and galleries, while Logan Circle has shopping destinations and restaurants galore. We are always up for a new museum experience! The Hotel Madera website is a great resource for planning your excursions…you can get a great overview of all options in the area. Also, as long as you’ve made the trip, don’t miss the big ticket landmarks like the White House, the National Mall, or the Phillips Collection of Modern Art. If you’re traveling with high schoolers, it’s a great idea to check out the illustrious nearby college campuses, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University. 


To see the complete list of Hotel Madera Q & A, visit their website

Q: When are check in/check out times?

A: Check in is at 3:00 PM, and check out is at 12:00 PM. 

Q: Is there an onsite pool?

A: There’s no onsite pool, but Hotel Madera is within walking distance to Rock Creek Park’s walking and biking trails.

Q: Is there a fitness center onsite?

A: Yes! There’s a 24/7 fitness center equipped with free weights, treadmills, a Peloton, and rowing machine. Just use your guest key to access.

Q: What does parking look like?

A: Valet parking is available for an additional $50 per night plus the 18% DC parking tax. This includes unlimited in/out service. There’s also self parking available nearby, which ranges from $28-$38 per night, plus tax.

Q: Are rooms ADA accessible?

A: Hotel Madera does have ADA accessible rooms. 

We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Madera so much, we just might book a room again when we visit DC in the future. I think you’ll love it as much as we did! On our next visit, we hope to spend even more time exploring the city; it has such a rich history, and there are so many opportunities for education. Until next time! 

27 comments on “Everything you need to know about Hotel Madera DC

  1. We’ve been wanting to go back to DC. We will keep this hotel in mind. The private balconies sounds so cool!

  2. It’s great that there are plenty of things located nearby you can see and do. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit.

  3. It looks like there’s tons to do by this hotel. I always pick hotels on location, so this sounds perfect. We want to get to DC one day.

  4. Sounds like a great hotel. It’s always great to hear good things about a hotel. I’ll make sure to check it out if I’m ever in the area.

  5. What a nice hotel! I stayed in DC many years ago and the hotel did not feel safe at all. This sounds like a great place and with plenty of amenities.

  6. Sounds like a gorgeous stay and right in the middle of Dupont Circle. I appreciate the special touches you note like the bed, linens, mini bar. I do love DC and will certainly check out Madera DC when we visit. Great review.

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