We stayed at the Hotel Monaco on January 26, 2013 to celebrate my husband's birthday. You can't beat the location. We parked the car and walked everywhere. Old Town Alexandria has many shops, pups and restaurants all within walking distance. The hotel has complementary wine tasting in the lobby from 5-6 which was a lot of fun. Our room was nicely decorated and clean. The hotel staff left a cupcake and balloon in our room for my husband's birthday which I thought was a nice touch. We did have some maintanance issues with a missing lock to the balcony and a ugly ceiling patch. We also had an issue with our room cards not working. But after I mentioned this to them they were very quick to apologize and offer us free parking. I mentioned this all again on a survey after our trip and received a person email from the hotel manager apologizing. I am still giving 5 stars because the staff was so friendly and attentive. I am hoping our "issues" truely were just the one offs and not a common occurance. Next time we visit Alexandria we will stay here again.