Since The Madison’s opening in 1963, the luxurious 356-room boutique hotel has housed a long list of celebrities and dignitaries including Frank Sinatra, the Dalai Lama and President John F. Kennedy, who was the guest of honor on opening day. Known for its long record of sensitivity to the privacy and security of its guests, the hotel has served as a temporary home for incoming presidents as they transition into the nearby White House. But in recent years the flame that once made this property the hottest hotel in Washington, DC has burned out.
The hotel was purchased last year by Jamestown, a leading real estate acquisition and asset managing firm. A floor-to-ceiling renovation is set to be completed by the end of the month.
“Our vision is to restore The Madison to its rightful place among the best-in-class hotels in the Nation’s Capital,” says Michael Phillips, COO.
Interior designer Dominick Coyne was tasked with bridging together the hotel’s traditional interior and modern façade.
“The challenge was to find the youth in the midst of all the tradition paying tribute to the centuries old James and Dolley Madison influences,” Coyne says.
The goal of Coyne’s design concept is to create a sense of relaxed and understated elegance throughout the hotel, using the architecture of the city itself as his source of inspiration. Once it has been completed, the renovation will include a new layout for the hotel, a new restaurant, refurbished guest rooms, updated meeting spaces and expanded outdoor seating at the dining venues.
The guestrooms will feature a color scheme made up of warm tones of gray, brown and taupe. Groups visiting post-revamp can also appreciate new gray and white toile wall coverings— just like the ones found inside The White House several decades ago. The beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton and the C.O. Bigelow skin and body care products are made from unique natural ingredients, filling the bath area with soothing scents of green tea and ginger.
Adjacent to The Madison, the Federalist Restaurant was also designed by Coyne. Influenced by vintage oak wood and a colorful blend of gray, taupe, black, and splashes of red, the 165-pax restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner. Their innovative menu items are made from locally-grown products and farm-fresh ingredients. Stop in for Sunday brunch and pair the hollandaise sauce-drizzled eggs benedict with bottomless mimosas.
The hotel’s PostScript Café and adjoining lobby bar have also been spruced up, designed to mirror the colors and textures in the main lobby. PostScript is reminiscent of small cafes found throughout Europe, selling a selection of panini, sandwiches, and light lunch and dinner options for groups with tight schedules. The hotel also features 12,000 sf of function space.
The Madison is conveniently located less than 5 miles away from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, in the heart of downtown DC. Groups at the hotel can visit some of Washington, DC’s most popular sites including Embassy Row, the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums; all found just a few blocks away.