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“Staff are incredible!” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Jackson, Wyoming
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101 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Staff are incredible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The Hotel Monaco has a primo location in Old Town Alexandria, and meets all the standards of a Kimpton property - beautiful rooms, wine happy hour, etc.. What really sets this property apart from others are the staff. They go above and beyond to help guests with any special needs or requests. We experienced this with both the front desk staff on several occasions, as well as with the the bell staff and shuttle service. And rates are very reasonable given this level of service. And even though we didn't have a pet with us on this trip, I love the fact that this entire chain is pet friendly. And if you forget just about anything, they will get it for you. Great hotel in a terrific location.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We just hosted five couples (and a baby!) at the Monaco for a family event and this hotel was the perfect location with everything we needed. Our room had a balcony that was so pleasant to enjoy in the morning and evening. Room service was fantastic and surprisingly affordable - breakfast for the two of us was less then it typically costs me alone when traveling at luxury hotels. Your location is perfect - walking distance to anything and everything you want. Complimentary coffee is available in the lobby in the mornings. Complimentary happy hour fro 5-6pm in the evening. We absolutely loved it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta
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112 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights as part of a wedding party. Ours was 1 of 2 wedding parties at the hotel. I had the occasion to interact with the front desk on more than once and each time, found the staff to be responsive, helpful and welcoming. Check in was a breeze (abt $15 cab ride from the airport - though i believe the hotel may have a free shuttle to/from DCA). If you are interested, you can request a goldfish for your room - a nice touch. They also had shaving cream (i forgot mine) and TSA approved bags for repacking shampoos for the flight home.

Located 1 block from the old town square, the hotel is in a great location. On Saturday, we enjoyed the farmers' market at the square and highly recommend. Old Towne is a great walking area and if you tire of walking, jump on the trolley that stops directly in front of the hotel.

We missed the wine happy hour, but its a nice touch. The lobby is fairly small, but always seemed to be alive with activity - people enjoying complimentary coffee, their pets, reading, etc.

I saw another review that commented on the pace of the housekeeping. I suppose that it was slower than expected, but then, I don't think that the hotel guests were up and out early (thereby allowing the staff to get to the rooms earlier). The rooms were clean and comfortable. I was expecting the hotel to smell like "pets" since it is a pet friendly hotel, but i was pleasantly surprised - no such smell.

I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms not overlooking King Street may be somewhat larger - though you may also have delivery truck n...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Had a very nice stay over Memorial Day weekend at the Monaco Alexandria. Staff were friendly. Daily wine reception was quite nice (and I enjoyed the dog watching in the lobby, wine glass in hand). Funky decor that runs throughout common areas and the room itself. I was happy with my room. Had a goldfish waiting for me in the room (at my request). Fun touch! Another nice touch was the yoga mat...I needed to stretch after all the walking I did! Bed and pillows weren't fabulous, my only disappointment. I was very happy I splurged for a balcony room. It was lovely to sit out on the balcony with a glass of wine, and one morning I brought breakfast back to the room from the bagel place a block (or so) away to enjoy on the balcony. Breakfast, paper, and fresh air. Nice start to the day! And, the chaise in the room was another great lounging spot.

Location is ideal for Old Town. Unbeatable, in my opinion. A wide variety of restaurants on King Street. About a 20 minute walk from the Metro (or there is a free trolley/bus that runs along King Street). CVS across the street for snacks, beer/wine, and anything you might have forgotten to pack. Nice farmers market across the street on Saturday mornings.

Overall, a great choice for Old Town Alexandria!

Room Tip: Room with a balcony was worth the extra $$
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Tacoma, Washington
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was my wife and I's first trip to the DC area, it was great. A lot of that had to do with the accommodations. Staying in Alexandria was really nice and quiet yet there was enough around to see and do, along with many great restaurants close by. The only negatives, and they weren't severe, was the walk to the Metro to get into DC was long, about a mile or so and the fact that the trolley that runs on King St. only runs from 11am to 10pm or so. So if you wanted to catch a earlier Metro run into DC you were walking to the station or paying for a cab ride up to the Metro. Back to the hotel though, beautiful room, plenty of space, very clean, beds were super comfy, coffee is just downstairs in the lobby in the mornings(weekends run out quickly). Bathroom was a little smaller than most Kimpton's we have stayed at on the West coast, but not worth being concerned about, and our clock radio didn't work but that wasn't a big deal to us. We will stay here when we come back soon! All in all we really like the Kimpton model and will continue to look to stay at these hotels.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, GA
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175 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

The location is ideal - walking distance to great restaurants, shops and the waterfront area. It is an easy 10-15 minute drive (or subway ride) to Washington DC. Parking is easy and convenient. The room was great - we even had a goldfish! The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgable about restaurants. It is both pet friendly and kid friendly, without being noisy. The hotel offers coffee and tea every morning in the lobby with ample copies of newspapers. In the evening, there is a wine hour. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Charleston, WV
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73 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed here 3 nights to attend a reception following a wedding in Alexandria. Our room at the hotel was spacious and nicely decorated. (Our room was on the floor where dogs are allowed, but we heard no noise from any dogs.) One problem we did experience was that the maid service was slow. The reception was held in the courtyard of the hotel. Even though it was quite warm in Alexandria, by the time of the evening reception the courtyard was almost entirely in the shade, and there was a constant breeze, so it was not uncomfortable. The service and food provided by the hotel staff was very good. The following morning there was a brunch in one of the party/meeting rooms adjacent to the courtyard. Again, the food and service were very good.

The hotel is only 4 blocks from the waterfront, and there are many, many restaurants within easy walking distance. A CVS and a Walgreens are also within a couple of blocks.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#2 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#2 Green Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Family Hotel in Alexandria
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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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