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“Outstanding Hotel for Business Trips to DC” 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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Ranked #5 of 49 Hotels in Alexandria
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Atlanta, GA.
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“Outstanding Hotel for Business Trips to DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2009

Wow, I love this Hotel. It is the perfect location, great walks & and great restaurants just outside the door (the doorman will hold it open for you as you come go of course). I used to say in Crystal City on business trips to DC & Arlington but the Kimpton chain has won me over! This is so much nicer than any of the big chain hotels and the service is way above the average hotel. Rooms are decorated with some flair, they have very comfortable chairs, loungers, and sofas in the room. (Many hotels have poor quality furniture but here they were all very comfortable in my suite.) The desk & internet work area is very comfortable, perfect if you are working in the room. The staff even fills the ice bucket and turns down the bed every evening, nice touch! Great attention to detail, they record your preferences and set your room up according to those wishes for every visit. This hotel is a great value for the Washington DC area. I've stayed at dozens of hotels in DC in the past two years and the Hotel Monaco wins hands down for great service and value.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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Monaco-Alexandria, Hotel Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, April 28, 2009
Dear TLinATL,

As Hotel Manager of Hotel Monaco Alexandria I wanted to write to thank you for the comments you provided regarding your recent experience at our property.
I’m thrilled that your experience with us was such a pleasant one. I’m very proud of the facilities and services we have to offer and our team takes a lot of pride in what they do every day. Taking good care of our guests is not only part of our job as more so a passion. I’m glad that our team had such a positive impact on your stay and we are looking forward to welcome you back to your home away from home in the Washington Metropolitan Area soon.

Tobias Arff
Hotel Manager
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2009

We stayed here for 7 nts and hope to rtn to this hotel again! We bkd a king dlx rm and were upgraded, at no chg, to a terrace rm. We were picked up very promptly by their courtesy airport shuttle. We asked for a quiet rm where our enthusiastic 18 mo. old wouldn't bother other guests. We had a great room on the 5th floor where we barely heard any noise at all from inside or the courtyard.
At check-in we were offered a goldfish; we had to f-up twice after that before our fish arrived. When making a reservation, I requested a mini-fridge separate from the mini-bar. (We were certain our daughter would be in the honorbar if it wasn't locked.) The fridge wasn't there when we arrived but was delivered a few short minutes after notifying the front desk. There is also are no strollers available as noted on the website but the front desk did offer to find us a rental store. Those minor issues were our only concerns!
The location is terrific. It's on the main street and just a short walk (3 blocks downhill) to the Potomac River and dozens of stores and shops are within blocks. There is so much history in Alexandria that you could easily spend a week there alone. We enjoyed a walking tour with Dell from the Ramsey House. The hotel is a block from the City Hall which has events at their square. Go into the shops or restaurants that seem pricey because they're so interesting and most accomodate a variety of price points.
In our rm there was a nice plate of gigantic delivious berries, a lg bottled water and a note from Jason welcoming us. The rm & hotel are beautiful. We recommend the terrace rms. We asked for a child-proofing kit & high chair which were delivered v quickly. The nightly turn-down srv was a treat. They woman placed a wild robes on the bed, some candy, set the radio station, and dimmed the lights (all on dimmers.)
The pool is warm & the limited hours that it's open are not really bad. There is always a lifeguard on duty. There is fresh fruit at the fitness room next to the pool.
The concierge & doormen are exceptional & terrific. They're engaging, polite, and very helpful. Our daughter just loved seeing them every day, especially in the morning. The housekeeping staff and turn-down service woman were also great. Our friends stayed at the Dorn St Comfort Inn & after seeing the hotel & hearing our experience tried to get a rm but the hotel was unfortunately booked.
We took the trolly or dash bus to the King St Metro. It is about a mile walk otherwise it took about 20 minutes by bus or trolley. Our experience with the Metro is to pay a low amount on your way to a location because if it's not enough, the exit machine will tell you what you owe yet. Our first day we paid the amount posted for our destination only to find out there was money left on the ticket but the ticket couldn't be used the following day.
We took the Potomac Riverboat to Mt. Vernon. It took at least an hour each way. It was a very nice way to travel and see more of the area and hear about it as well. When we arrived at Mt Vernon there was a huge line to tour the house but around 2pm the line dwindled. They have a new museum by the food court which is a must-see!
Stay here if you can! It's worth every penny!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2009

We were in town to see our grandchild and his parents. He loved the attention when he came to visit. From the doorman to the desk staff, his welcome was incredible. We are very impressed with the managment and operations of the hotel. Walking to great restaurants is easy and the location is very convenient to DCA., The shuttle is a nice feature of the hotel as well. Rooms are very comfortable and it is nice as repeat customers to see the selection of pillows, etc. that we prefer. They do a great job !

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Louisville
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2009

This hotel was the highlight of our Spring break trip to the area. The service was incredible. Our room was perfect. Clean, comforable, and well appointed. This was a family trip. The kids enjoyed the pool with a lifeguard on duty. They also loved the goldfish in the room. The hotel resturaunt was super. They even catered to my children's needs. It was wonderful to look forward to relaxing in the room after exploring DC with the kids all day. It was like a slice of heaven. I can not wait to come back soon without the kids. Thank you for making our stay even more perfect than one could imagine.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Distribution_Mgr, Reservations Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, April 7, 2009
Hello EllendEllend,

I am glad that you stayed with us during your spring break trip to Washington DC. I know that the staff will be pleased they provided “incredible” service and that the “room was perfect, clean, comfortable and well appointed.” I am also happy that your children had so much fun. We do our best to make sure everyone in the family has a good time. I hope you were able to enjoy the pool as well. Thank you for staying and please come back again soon!
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Greensbor, NC
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2009

My fiancee and I stayed here for the second time this weekend during the cherry blossom festival. Kimpton hotels are amazing and this one is no different. The location of this hotel is perfect. Its only a few blocks from the water and two block from GW parkway. Its right in the middle of all the great restraunts and shops. The rooms are wonderful. They are always clean and roomy. They offer free internet although parking is steep at $20 a night. We were fortunate enough to be able to park on the street with a parking pass from the visitors center. If you're looking for a great place to stay in old town you should stay here. They run great specials and its really a fun classy place to be.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Distribution_Mgr, Reservations Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, April 7, 2009
Hello Bristoln1,

Thank you for posting your comments on TripAdvisor. I am glad that you had a really good stay. We do have a “perfect” location boasting a spot right in the heart of town and easily accessible to many wonderful restaurants. Thank you for recommending us. I am glad you stayed and I hope that you will be able to join us again soon!
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Ft. Lauderdale
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2009

I love this hotel. It is one of my favorite hotels! The staff are top of the line in courtesy and service. The rooms are super comfortable and clean. The location is terrific.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 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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Distribution_Mgr, Reservations Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, April 7, 2009
Hello Triciagi,

Thank you for your comments. I am glad that you “love this hotel” and that we are “one of (your) favorite hotels!” I know the staff will be especially pleased that they are “top of the line in courtesy and service.” Thank you so staying and come back and visit us again soon!
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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2009

There is not a hotel or resort in which I would prefer to stay, anywhere. The always gracious and welcoming staff can not be surpassed. Their goal is to serve all guests, have all feel like they are the single most important - rare in this day and time. With such service and well appointed rooms, one would think cost would be prohibitive - NOT. Room costs are more than fair, location excellent, and anything a guest might need is available upon request - just ask, and "can do" kicks in, and all is well! Thank you to all the staff, especially Zah and Eddie - you are great! I will always seek out Kimpton Hotels for any future travels, any where I go, as a result of my many great visits with Hotel Momaco! Only suggestion........loose the purple zoot suits - poor guys!! Anne Yates

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  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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Distribution_Mgr, Reservations Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, April 7, 2009
Hello ehsmom,

I am glad that you feel that there “is not a hotel or resort in which (you) would prefer to stay.” And that the staff are “gracious and welcoming.” I know that everyone in the hotel, especially Zah and Eddie would be pleased that they made such a huge impact. Thank you for staying with us and do come back and see us again soon!
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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:
#2 Green Hotel in Alexandria
#2 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Family 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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