I was not looking forward to a week-long meeting in a "boutique" hotel. In the past, this has meant small rooms and old fixtures, dressed up with crushed velvet throw pillows. The Monaco won me over at the start. I was checking in at 5:58. While still digging travel documents out of my bag at the registration desk, the bellman ran across the room to get me a glass of Shiraz before the complementary wine hour expired. Talk about your first impressions....
Maybe it's just me, but other high-end hotels can be a little stuffy and occasionally intimidating. In contrast, the Monaco staff is much more disarming. They were pleasant and responsive --easy to talk to and good listeners, not stiff and scripted.
Lobby coffee was hot, strong and fresh. Evening wine mixer was great fun. Catered food was terrific. I did not use the other services or restaurant, so I can't vouch for their quality or value.
I usually opt for metro-friendlier hotels in DC, but next time the weather is nice and my meeting schedule is slightly less brutal, I plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Monaco Alexandria, in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, is a luxury boutique hotel with rich design. Discerning travelers will appreciate the sumptuous décor, top-notch service and eclectic sensibility that this Kimpton Hotel provides. The hotel aptly reflects its historically rich surroundings, adding contemporary comforts for a memorable stay near Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon and all of Washington DC’s many attractions. Conveniently adjacent is the exceptional Jackson 20 restaurant. ... more less
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