The Madera projects an earthy vibe with flashes of colorful Polynesian accents. Red, nubby terrycloth wraps the rippled headboards, and vibrant batik fabrics cover pillows and bed throws. Rooms are still large and comfortable, with some offering balconies overlooking New Hampshire Avenue and the Dupont Circle neighborhood, others, on floors six and higher at the rear of the hotel, overlooking some of Rock Creek Park, and northwest to the Washington National Cathedral. Best are the executive king rooms, which have a small sitting area with a pullout sofa. Firefly remains a favorite restaurant, enjoyed as much for its craft cocktails as for its seasonally driven menu.
- Elise Hartman Ford