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“Boutique option for Verizon/metro Centre conferences” 4 of 5 stars
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Monaco Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   700 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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“Boutique option for Verizon/metro Centre conferences”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Next time some conference at the Metro/Verizon Center is going to force you to stay at one of the bland mammoth conference hotels, consider treating yourself to the Monaco. It is a four story boutique hotel from Kimpton in a converted marble-faced old federal office building (the Tariff and Trade Building, I believe). It has wonderfully high ceilings, the usual somewhat hip and clashing Kimpton decor, and a wide variety of room layouts. I found the staff to be courteous and attentive. I'd suggest avoiding rooms on the first floor (essentially the basement level below the lobby) and ask about last minute deals on suites when you check in. Poste is a great restaurant for breakfast or lunch (with fun outdoor seating in good weather). I'd also suggest finding 45 minutes during your stay to sprint across the street to the National Portrait Gallery to take in whatever new exhibit is in town. It will give you a lift, and a welcome break to the nation's business.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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West Chester, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Hotel is very convenient. There is a Metro station across the street & many restaurants nearby. However, the rooms are very small and boxy. The staff seem a little stuffy also.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Castletown, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

A family member booked this hotel for us on Hotwire. From the time we walked through the door we thought it was a fabulous hotel. The check in staff were friendly and helpful. It was in a central location and was easy to find and on the Hop On Hop Off bus line which stops directly across the street.

We were placed on the ground floor in a lovely room. The bed was very comfy and the bathroom luxurious with designer toiletries.

We never ate at the hotel as we found it very expensive. We did eat at the diner which is located across from Fords Theatre. It doesn't look like much but it was cheap and tasty. One hour a night the Monaco provides a happy hour with wine and beer and nibbles which were a nice way to end our day.

Overall couldn't fault this hotel at all for the price we paid!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

This place is a fabulous find and the surprises start at the front door where the entrance itself knocks you out. The front desk staff is professional and very welcoming. The gentleman who checked me in, Anthony, could not have treated me better. My room was outstanding, the food in the restaurant is great. Stayed here for business but i can't wait to take my wife here for a special occasion.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

I recently stayed at the Monaco while visiting family. It was a great hotel in a perfect location. But, unfortunately, I had a dental emergency. I talked with Jennifer at the front desk, who found an available dentist and made an appointment for me. I was back at the hotel with a smile within the hour. Jennifer went out of her way to help and I really appreciate this. I will definitely return to the Monaco the next time I am in town!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Again, the location is outstanding for a couple days of touring. The metro is right across the street. We found the staffing to be very unimpressive. Our bed did not have a blanket, and the front desk tried to tell us they were "out" of blankets. They suggested we use our towels. I suggested we'd find another hotel if we didn't get a blanket in 5 minutes. It is an old style hotel with benches and telephones in the hallway. Unfortunately, people use them, and late. Obviously, people can be idiots in any hotel, but when there is a bench outside your door it only encourages said idiots to congragate there. We had to ask several times to get the kids package delivered to our room, and even then it was half baked. Doormen were too busy talking to each other to even get the door. Front desk was too busy complaining about other guests right in front of us to help. Half the closet was taken up with a 1980's style boombox. Please.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I stayed here for three nights for a conference being held in the meeting room on the fourth floor. They booked me a room on the first level, basically the basement. I would have been incredibly disappointed if I was paying for this room out of my own pocket. The decor was bizarre, with a life sized Jefferson bust in every room and leopard print robes. Not sure what exactly they were going for here...

On the plus side, the staff was very nice and attentive, and the location is GREAT for downtown DC visits. Close to the metro, lots of bars and restaurants, and the national mall.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 700 F Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter , Upper Northwest
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:
#7 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#18 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#19 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#30 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#37 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Monaco Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 184
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The luxury Hotel Monaco Washington DC, centrally located in Penn Quarter, occupies the former General Post Office and is a National Historic Building. Built in 1839, this recently renovated beautiful marble building has a stately grace that is matched by the hotel’s exemplary service and luxurious amenities. From the comfort of elegant guestrooms, you are steps from the bustling Poste Moderne Brasserie, Verizon Center, the Smithsonian, National Mall and a plethora of museums. ... more   less 
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