I recently stayed at The Madison with my husband and children (8 and 13 years). I made a reservation through SniqueAway to receive a reduced rate. When I made the reservation, I was not told of the labor dispute taking place at the hotel. They did not inform me about this afterwards either. This was the fault of SniqueAway, not The Madison.
When I called the night before check-in to confirm the reservation, I was told by a very nice employee (Adam) about the picketers. He let me know what we would be encountering upon arrival. This was very helpful, as we were able to prepare our children. It was a little disturbing to be heckled as we checked in, but the employees of the hotel more than make up for any inconveniences. Adam also told us that he would put us in a room at the back of the hotel so we would not hear the picketers.
The employee who checked us in was VERY helpful. (I think his name was Bill?) He not only let us check in early, he made sure we were in a room away from the street. He also let me know that the picketers circle the building when they arrive at 7 a.m. I was awakened each morning by the bullhorns and shouting, but they only stayed on the backside of the building for about 10 minutes. After that I was able to go back to sleep. Fortunately my children were able to sleep through this unscheduled wake-up call!
Also, important to know: there is a second entrance to the hotel through the office building next door. There are no picketers at this door. We chose to enter and exit through this door, so we only had to cross the line when we checked in and checked out.
The room we stayed in was nice size for a big city hotel room. It had 2 queen beds, a high-def tv and fairly large bathroom. The room was very clean and only showed slight signs of age. The gentleman who showed us to our room told me that I was able to use the mini-bar to store our personal food items. It was nice to be able to throw a bottle of water in the fridge and store a bottle of jelly for pb&j's. I was happy for the permission to use the fridge.
The Madison is in a great location. The metro station is just a few blocks down the street. There is a Caribou Coffee across the street and a Corner Bakery a couple of blocks away.
Despite the picketers, we had a wonderful stay at The Madison. The employees are going out of their way to be welcoming and helpful to the guests. I hope the labor dispute ends soon, so this lovely hotel can return to the peaceful oasis I am sure it was before the change in management.
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- Become a part of history when you stay at Loews Madison Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Washington D.C., Our hotel has been honored to host distinguished guests including Elizabeth Taylor and John F. Kennedy. Our unmatched dedication to service has made us the first choice for political and social leaders, global travelers and families seeking the cultural legacy of our nation's capital. Only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, and National Mall Monuments, Loews Madison Hotel is a refreshing destination for corporate stays, relaxing getaways and unforgettable gatherings. Appointed with sophisticated furnishings, our Washington, D.C. Luxury hotel features a collection of rooms and suites with amenities fit for a president. ... more less
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