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“Great experience but with some little regrets” 5 of 5 stars
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Loews Madison Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1177 Fifteenth Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Ranked #51 of 133 Hotels in Washington DC
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10 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great experience but with some little regrets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We checked in late at 10pm on Dec 9 and were greeted with very warm welcome right from the door to the reception.

Room was nice and clean too. The gentlemen at the door in the late nights and mornings were very friendly and gave very good recommendations on nearby ammenities (some good sandwich bars, freshfood supermart & etc) and clear directions to attractions. They really made our days, especially one of the taller
African Americans doormen (who we will find out his name and send in our compliments later).

Area is very safe too though the walk could be a little far if compared to many other hotels which are nearer to the Lafayette Sq (but then taxi is abt $10 for almost every common attraction). The cookies served at the reception area was a jewel for the kids!

Some minor regrets though ...

1) not enough toilettries (no shower cap nor hair conditional shampoo)
2) all the doormen made one feel at home except for a particular doorman (a spectacled staff, on duty on Dec 11th 515pm). We noticed he is the only one who does not greet nor open the door for us.

Will we be back again? Yes especially if there are special rates. We booked almost 3mths in advance and got pretty good discount (~$200 per nite for a double bed deluxe) I supposed.

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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newberg, OR
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

It's so refreshing to stay someplace without the now-ubiquituous blaring techno-pop and sophmoric "hipster" vibe. This is a handsome, sophisticated hotel with all the amenities: free wi-fi, flat-screen, great bedding, Keurig coffeemaker, good task lighting, beautiful decor and a sense of place (lots of art and references to Washington history). Service is efficient and friendly. There are two nice bars, a lovely but pricey restaurant and a nice breakfast area with food and espresso drinks to go. Now for the location: it's in the middle of an office-building forest. Yes, you can walk places but it's a trek. If you are not a dedicated walker or don't want to walk in bad weather, you'll spend a lot on taxis. It's about a third of a mile from the nearest Metro. Still, this is a really nice property. I would stay here for the decor alone.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, OK
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stayed here for business and then my family joined over the weekend. Easy walk from the Metro and near to several great restaurants. The staff was kind and helpful and the room was nice. The air conditioner was a little noisy at night so had to adjust that but otherwise all positive.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bothell, Washington, United States
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I've stayed in DC many times at different hotels, but The Madison was by far the best to date. Everything about the place was impressive: friendly and courteous staff, comfortable rooms, outstanding amenities (e.g. plenty of thick bath towels, top shelf toiletries, modern but comfortable furniture, plush beds) two great bars and decent food. And since I got a great deal from Hotwire, it was well worth it. The location is close enough to walk to the Mall (if the weather is decent). Overall, I’m just going to book this hotel from now on.

Room Tip: Try to get a room above the 3rd floor, or one that faces the street.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMMadison, Hotel Manager at Loews Madison Hotel, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
The fact that The Madison is your D.C. hotel of choice is the best compliment we could ask for. We value your positive feedback as we strive to provide our guests with a relaxing, invigorating experience led by an attentive and welcoming staff. We’re glad that you had the chance to visit both of our bars – the Federalist has recently introduced a number of artisanal winter cocktails that we highly recommend! We look forward to welcoming you back to The Madison soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The rooms in this hotel are beautiful, so tasteful and stylish. And the bathrooms are some of the best I have see. Great showers. Service was fast, friendly and efficient. Post-script - the restaurant downstairs was an experience on its own. The waffle-chicken was so much more than the name suggested.

Every moment of my stay here felt like a treat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I would stay here again but know an additional charge of $50 per day is added to your room until you check out. Example if you room total on your reservation was 400 for 4 days the hold on your card no matter whether it is CC or Debit is an additional $200 - Total held until check out is $600, but when you check out it is refunded if not used during your stay for incidentals. This was an issue for a few guest who had just saved a bit extra for the hotel stay.

Very Lovely Hotel, large rooms with Tubs. I would stay here again, just blocks away from everything. Thank you to a FABULOUS Hotel staff for a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Some rooms have Tubs others do not, this may be issue if traveling with children.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wheaton, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

There were many elegant touches in this magnificently refurbished hotel: great step-in shower, Kuerig coffee maker, comfy robe and excellent service from bellman to wait staff and accomodating front desk (printed out my boarding pass). The Madison is surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops, the metro stop is down 15th/Vermont several blocks (16 minutes to Reagan National) and the White House is nearby. Every evening there were freshly baked cookies waiting in the reception area

Room Tip: If you prefer a BIG soaking bathtub, rather than a huge step-in shower, just ask.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMMadison, Hotel Manager at Loews Madison Hotel, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
We appreciate your feedback and are thrilled to hear that you found our staff helpful and enjoyed our central, downtown location. We hope to see you again on your next trip to Washington D.C.!
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Address: 1177 Fifteenth Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#23 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#41 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#43 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#48 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Loews Madison Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 356
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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