This is a very interesting hotel. The colors and decor is unique and comfortable and I had a good time staying here. I will say that if you are a family or tourist who wants to be close to the National Mall, the Hotel Washington or Williard Intercontinental would be much better of a location. The Monaco is nearer to Ford's Theater and the shopping district/China Town than to the monuments. To get to the Washington Monument or White House is probably a 20 - 30 minute walk through the city at a good pace. Booking directly through the hotel can sometimes be cheaper than booking through a discount sight. This is a Kimpton property which tend to be geared towards the business traveler offering a free wine reception, an optional $50 upgrade to 'taller rooms' (which I loved because I am 6'3) and a lot of upscale ammenities at a medium price. The bed was big and comfortable. MAKE SURE that you BRING A SWEATSHIRT and sweatpants because the air conditioning is almost comically cold at this hotel. It honestly was enough to keep my ice in the bucket unmelted for almost an entire day when left out. There is no way to make it warmer in the summer and the room will stay at a very cold 60 degrees even if you open the windows if you can. The check in desk is a MESS! Whenever you check in or out ... you can pretty much guarentee there will be a problem of some kind. Its never easy although as incompetant as the desk staff are, they are at the very least friendly and nice. Even the concierge tends to be very uncertain about even the most simple of questions. However, this is the type of hotel where you feel you get your money's worth and it is very unique and different from the normal chain hotels. It is a fun place to stay and focuses on a younger and hipper business crowd. I would recommend it even through its quirks. However, I request the same room each time I go because I know I will like it and I've heard horror stories from other travelers about the size and location of their room.