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“nice boutique hotel” 4 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 49 Hotels in Alexandria
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“nice boutique hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The decor is quirky but acceptable with some nice details. The room was spacious, the maid was thoughtful enough to keep the temperature at the room we set (and not freezing cold or boiling hot), the bathroom was also modern with nice decoration details. Above all the staff at both the front desk and the restaurant were charming and helpful. For a brief stay, I enjoyed it.

Only drawback was a smell of Sterno (or some other weird smell) in the main lobby. Perhaps better air venting?

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, January 30, 2013
Dear twets,

Thank you for trying us out and for sharing your thoughts here! I'll pass along your compliments to the Housekeeping team, they always enjoy the feedback and take pride in the service they provide.

My apologies for the odor you mentioned in the lobby, we have since investigated the cause and fixed it.

Safe travels and hope that you return some day soon!

Matt
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kittredge, Colorado
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22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I've stayed at all of the other Kimpton hotels in the Old Town Alexandra area. This one is the best by far. Great customer service, great price, great location, excellent ambiance AND a complimentary hotel room goldfish upon request. This is a pet friendly hotel and they go above and beyond to make you and your four legged friends feel welcome. Don't forget to request doggie bed, bowls and welcome kit with your reservation. This is now my go to 'home away from home' in Alexandria.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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, January 30, 2013
Dear lisanichols20,

Yes! Definitely going to brag about this with my friends at the other Kimpton's in Alexandria! Although I do have to say they have some great hotels, it's still nice to be put on top of your list!

Thank you for your business and we are thrilled to become your hotel of choice in Old Town Alexandria. Please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to personally assist.

Take care,

Matt
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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21 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Always love the Kimpton brand and they seldom disappoint. Fun and eclectic, and every single employee we encountered was pleasant and happy to see us, or help us. Rooms are well appointed, and comfortable. Location is great and easy to catch the King Street shuttle to the metro subway. Good restaurants in walking distance. My only complaint was that to get the luggage from the room to the car took three different employees, of course all three expecting tips. One from the room to the front door, one from the door to the car (5 feet), and the valet. I think it is overkill, but I know people have to make a living. It is aggravating though. It could have been done with one bellman, and the valet. Oh well, it didn't take anything away from the stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, January 30, 2013
Dear beach2mountains,

Thank you so much for staying with us, we appreciate your business and that you have taken the time to share your feedback here!

Glad to hear you enjoyed the hotel and especially the staff, they are our stars for sure! Sounds like we almost had too many people ready to assist, I apologize if it was overwhelming.

Thanks again and safe travels!

Matt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed at Monaco, checking in on a Saturday, out on Monday. Definitely wise to ask for a non pet floor. I add to also ask for a non hall room. We had a room on the third floor, hallway. Quite noisy on Saturday night. There was a wedding reception in the hotel and apparently a lot of the guests stayed and partied late.
I would like to suggest that there be two areas for the wine reception and coffee service. I say this because there were many dogs that also attended. Most were quiet, a few were not. One includes dogs, one would not. As one previous poster stated go early, as the lobby is small, to get a seat. The hotel also offers a Kids hour, great idea. We did not have children with us but it is a nice event for them.
I would check to see if the paper could be delivered to our door.
The rooms were clean. Bathrooms supplied well.
Would definitely stay again. Location is great as you can walk to many restaurants and shops.

Room Tip: Rooms not on the hall are quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, January 20, 2013
Dear wishiwasthere8,

Thank you so much for staying with us and taking the time to share your comments here!

My apologies for the noise issues from other guests on Saturday night, I hope that it didn't disrupt your night too much.

We can have newspapers delivered to your room if you like, just let the Front Desk know and we will set it up!

Thanks again for your business and hope to see you soon,

Matt
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Great hotel, good customer service. Has the best location of any hotel in Old Town Alex.
Restaurants, shops, bars, all right there. Staff is very helpful. Happy hour offered in lobby, restaurant next door, same owners.

Room Tip: No spa. Breakfast is not included.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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, January 20, 2013
Dear madiemoo1105,

"The best location of any hotel in Old Town Alexandria" - can I quote you on that?! You put it so well!

Thanks for staying with us, and for writing this wonderful review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and next time you are in this area please come back.

Safe Travels,

Matt
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Alexandria, Virginia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

It had been a few years since I was at the Monaco in Alexandria, VA and I am so happy that they still have it all together. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The early morning coffee and evening wine in the beautifully appointed lobby are very nicely done. The rooms have a funky decor that brghtens your spirits. The location of the hotel is perfect right in the middle of King Street. The resturant Jackson 20 is also great. Will continue to be my hotel of choice when in Alexandria.

Room Tip: In the warmer months not having a courtyard view would be best as the noise can travel up. The delu...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Dear Travelwestport,

Glad to have you back! Thanks for returning 'Home' to the Hotel Monaco Alexandria!

We hope to see you often, and will be ready with wine, coffee, and great food at Jackson 20!

Safe Travels,

Matt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We are the owners of a small bed and breakfast so we are very particular when it comes to travel accommodations. We visited Washington DC for one day on a stop from NY to our home in Virginia. We chose the Monaco because we had stayed in this hotel when it was under different ownership years ago.
We were so pleased with the new ownership. The hotel is totally redone. The paint is new, fresh and exciting. Our room was spotless and the bed was very comfortable. I cannot find one complaint regarding our room. We enjoyed the cocktail hour in the lobby with our children and found every employee to go out of their way with a smile and welcoming manner.
I cannot say enough good things about this hotel.
We will be back and we will recommend you to all of our guests that stay with us if they are passing through Alexandria.
Thank you for a wonderful nights stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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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 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Business 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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