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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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Kent, Ohio
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“eclectic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

By no means was this a bad experience, although it started out a bit challenging. For starters we wanted a room on a non-pet floor. None was available. We adjusted, but it took a while to get used to the smell of room deoderizer used to get the doggy smell out of the room. In the elevator, a dog licked my knee. Since my wife was not with me at this moment, no big deal was made out of this show of affection! The location is in the heart of Old Town. Coffee, Tea, and Wine is a cool bonus. A shuttle to the airport is great. The staff is very good. I feel, however, if there is a next time, we will try the Hilton.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • 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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Washington
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This is a really nice old hotel with excellent customer service. Its in a great location, but you want an upper floor. The bar can be noisy for for some visitors. We looked into Jackson 20 but found it to be overpriced. That said, there are plenty of good restraunts within a couple of blocks.

Another good thing about the hotel/restraunt is that not only do they allow pets, they leave out water bowls for the pets on the sidewalk outside. This is truley a pet friendly hotel.

The haunting story. Yes if you Google the hotel, you will find plenty of stories of the hotel being haunted. I haven't read the stories but I did a quick search while writing this to verify things. So the ghost story is this: About 09:30 June 28, I and a couple got on the the elevator on the sixth floor. We were both headed for the first floor and I hit the button for both of us. The car stopped on the fourth floor and opened up. As the door opened, a light moved across the opposite wall. Now, there is the argument that it was just a reflection, but once you visit the hotel and see the halls, you will see that the halls are dark and that there is very little there to reflect bright light. Its a great place to visit. If you are one who can "feel" presences (I am not), you will feel them here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Virginia, USA
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14 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Excellent location, comfortable, clean, relatively new rooms. Like bathroom, nice amenities. Excellent service. Noisy from King street pretty late even on top floor. Bring earplugs.

Restaurant (Jackson 20) is acceptable, not great.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

In town for son's wedding over several days so we booked better than average room. Hotel and room were visually very interesting. People were generally very helpful (only exception being the AWOL concierge at 7 pm on Saturday night). Crowds in lobby were fascinating. Valets were lifesavers in rainy weather!

But room was badly maintained with persistent mildew problem - room was heavily scented when we arrived as a mask - and sloooow draining fixtures (when were they last checked?). Very 2-star. Interesting that they admit dogs but barking for two hours heard through paper thin doors on Saturday morning slightly less charming.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Stayed three nights at the Monaco to take my 14 year old to Washington D.C. for a summer trip. They offered a free shuttle van for pick up and drop off at Ronald Reagan International which I used. The shuttle was on time and the drivers were very courteous. Check in was very smooth and the staff were polite and accommodating. There was plenty of eating choices up and down King Street. It was probably a 1 mile walk up King Street to the Metro station but it wasn't too bad. The room was very clean and nicely decorated. The beds and linens were very comfortable and I sleep well each night. I used the gym one of the days. It had a few elliptical machines and treadmills and some very basic weights but it was perfect for a quick workout. The one hour complimentary wine hour was a nice touch. My daughter left her jacket in the room which we didn't realize until after we checked out. They mailed it back to her in Florida without charge. This hotel shows a lot of class. I would stay there again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Helena, Montana
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

My mom, my two daughters and I spent 6 wonderful nights at the Monaco Alexandria right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. You are welcomed into the funky, eclectic lobby by a friendly doorman,beginning your adventure. The front desk staff was professional and super helpful in guiding us to the right restaurants, shopping and transportation for our stay in Alexandria. The fresh clean lovely spacious rooms have a colorful modern decor with nice linens and fluffy towels. The room is equipped with a desk with extra outlets for all of your electronics. This hotel is all about location, location, not only are you within walking distance of the Potomac River and historic old town with all it has to offer (farmer's market across the street, french bakery next door, delightful boutiques...), but you are a 15 min. cab ride from Washington, D.C. I would highly recommend this classy hotel for your family, friends or business associates, it fits the bill for all!

  • Stayed June 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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Portland, Maine
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a beautiful Kimpton Hotel with a large comfortable lobby. We were very happy with our room which was a double double; plenty of space, very clean and beautiful marble bathroom. Two sitting chairs in our room as well. We stayed three nights. We had some issues with service, however. We received a 4am wake up call on Saturday morning which we didn't request. Then we received a 6pm wake up call that evening which we didn't request. We had also requested a quiet area of the hotel but our room was only a few ors down from the pool entrance and there was a lot of hallway noise associated with the pool. We also had to wait in the lobby on Saturday as our room had not been cleaned. We could not get back into our room until after 4pm. When I checked out and was asked how my stay was I said "OK". I was not asked why.... Clearly the hotel was very busy. This hotel has the potential be a really great experience, if the service was improved. It is a dog-friendly hotel. It's a perfect location for enjoying King Street. There is a free trolly that runs daily up and down King Street; it goes all the way to the Metro if you want to go into the City. There is a great farmers' market every Saturday morning right across from the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Hotel Monaco Alexandria Kimpton
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
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Green Hotel in Alexandria
#5 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#5 Business Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
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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