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“Much more than I expected” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel

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Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 50 Hotels in Alexandria
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22 hotel reviews
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“Much more than I expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

We were really pleased with the Monaco- the hotel we stay at often in Arlington had raised its room rates to a point where we decided to look elsewhere. I found the Kimpton hotels on tripadvisor and decided to give it a shot. The hotel, the food, and the service exceeded my expectations and we will be back without a doubt, and are planning to try other Kimpton hotels as well. Decor was well done in the public areas as well as the room. I saw some reviews that mentioned the quality of the room furnishings, I can't determine why they were talking about. Our room was very clean, well appointed and exactly what they said it would be. Linens were very good quality, and the furnishings were as well. Customer service in the hotel was excellent and every question or request we had was answered without hesitation and professionally. I would compare it with any 4 star anywhere, and some that I have stayed in that were rated 5.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear cjsmithnj,

Thank you so much for trying us out! It is great to hear that we have helped introduce you to Kimpton as well!

Thank you for sharing these wonderful comments here about our hotel and most importantly our service, it makes us proud to hear that we rate high amongst the many hotels you have experienced and it is all do to our staff no doubt.

Safe Travels,

Matt
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Alexandria, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The hotel is in a wonderful location with many shops, restaurants, bars, and nearby waterfront. The lobby is decorated beautifully. The only hiccup we had was slight and almost not worth mentioning. When I booked online, I had requested an early check in because we had an event to attend that evening. We tried to check in at 2pm and the receptionist said rooms were not available but took our number and said she would call when one was ready. 3pm (check in time) rolled around and no phone call as stated but my husband did get our room after that.
We thought the room was gorgeously decorated and it was definitely spacious. The balcony is really nice too but too cold to enjoy this month. Everything was clean, bed was super comfortable. The bathroom was enjoyable as well with a nice amount of space, good water pressure in the shower, and quality toiletries. We ordered room service for breakfast and it was timely and tasty. Sadly we did not get the chance to partake in the complimentary wine tasting. Love that the hotel is dog friendly!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear rlwags13,

Thank you for staying with us! And thank you for noting our wonderful location here in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, we really are fortunate!

My apologies for the lack of follow up after your first encounter with the Front Desk, we should have followed through on that phone call as promised.

Thank you again and come back soon!

Matt
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Rockville, Maryland
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I will bring this up shortly with the manager, but the advertisement boasts a "heated pool" with Saturday movie night at 8 PM. My husband and I checked in with our two children on a Friday. Overall, the experience has been great....except for the pool. First night, we entered a dark pool area with a life guard sitting in a darkened corner. The pool water was freezing. Next night, Saturday, we arrived at 8 PM, same situation, no people, no movie. Called the front desk at 8:10 PM, and was told "um yes the movie will start in 10 minutes". Clearly, no intention that the advertised movie was going to start. If this issue with the pool can be corrected, we will return.

Shawn McKay

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear Shawn M,

Thank you for bringing these issues with our Saturday night Dive-in movie to our attention, and I sincerely apologize for the inconveniences it caused. We were obviously not on top of our game that evening and I regret that.

The pool heater is fixed and the staff are prepared to be more diligent on the start time of the movie as advertised.

Thanks for your business, we hope that you will come back again soon.

Take care,

Matt
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Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Colorful lobby with vintage furnishings Quirky, yet classy decor. Very friendly staff. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby at 5:00, a nice bonus. Centrally located in "Old Town", near all the action. Free parking in garage. Comfy bed and the rooms are delightful Modern furnishings and nice bath products. Lovely courtyard, great place to sit and enjoy your wine. Very clean and the service was top notch on a very busy weekend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear Mama57-10,

Thank you so much for your business, and for sharing your comments here, we appreciate both!

Glad you liked the look and feel of the hotel, even more so the service you received from our staff as that is the most important element.

Thanks again and safe travels,

Matt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

Pet and people friendly - love it ! Great hotel experience from the moment we walked in to the moment we checked out. If you plan to be in Alexandria stay at the Hotel Monaco, every employee is pleasant and professional and the location could not be better.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear RMASanders,

Short and sweet - love it! Thanks for this great review and for staying with us! We appreciate your business!

Take care,

Matt
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New Jersey
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114 reviews 114 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Centrally located, this hotel rates very highly in customer satisfaction and location. Parking is expensive, but one is able to get free parking for at least 24 hours with a visitor pass. The hotel is ideally located to numerous restaurants and shops. Hotel is extremely dog-friendly!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear PepperNewJersey,

Thank you for your business! Very kind of you to take the time to write such a great review of the hotel here as well!

Hope to see you again soon,

Matt
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Toronto, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Just got back from a four night stay at the Monaco in Alexandria. We stayed there last November as well and loved the hotel so much we decided to come back this Thanksgiving. First rate service at all times. The room was beautiful (Med Suite) with lots of windows and space. Huge bathroom. As usual, the wine evening was lots of fun. We met many great people (and their dogs!). The place is clean as a whistle at all times. They even open the door for you everytime you come or go. Can't say enough about our experience. You will not regret booking the Monaco Alexandria!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear TheOakvillain,

Thank you so much for coming back again this year and spending Thanksgiving with us once again! Wine hour was especially fun last week as so many folks were in town visiting family, and seeing everyone meet up in the lobby with a glass of wine was a blast!

Thank you for this great review and your continued support of our hotel!

Take care
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Address: 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria > Old Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#5 Family Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 241
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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