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“Doubt there is a better hotel in Alexandria” 5 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 #5 of 50 Hotels in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Forest, Virginia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Doubt there is a better hotel in Alexandria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2011

Trendy decor. Friendly staff. Great location. Clean rooms. Excellent facilities for on-site meetings. What else is there to say?

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2011

Welove the Kimpton chain and always choose to stay in a Kimpton when we can. the design is always modern and the interiour decorater adds all the right touches. The wine reception is always grat, always good wines at the kimpton and nice to meet other guests and their dogs. The rooms are large amd beds very comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2011
Dear theredcentre,

Thank you for your comments about your recent stay with us. We appreciate your loyalty to our hotel and our brand. I'm also very happy that you made it to our signature Wine Hour; we recently featured a beautiful Shiraz from Alice Springs, so we'll make sure we've got some ready for your next visit!

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

We came to Alexandria for a long relaxing weekend and Hotel Monaco was a perfect addition to that. Hotel Monaco is located on King street, which is the main street of Alexandria. King street is lined with shops, restaruants, and services that will keep your days busy. The staff at Hotel Monaco was extremely accomodating and helpful. The rooms were clean, quiet and comfortable. Hotel Monaco upholds Kimpton standards and it was evident! I would definately stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

Luxurious rooms in the center of Old Town, walking distance to great food/ shopping. The hotel restaurant is top notch. We had a little glitch with hot water the morning we were departing and they graciously waived the breakfast charge as a courtesy / apology. Wine reception is great people watching, some with pets. It's a dog friendly hotel but there is nothing to suggest that in the quality of the rooms.

I do resent paying $11 a day for internet access when it is free at the budget hotels. Why is this?

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

We stayed at the Monaco only for one night but had a great stay. The area around the hotel was full of restaurants and antique stores. The room faced the courtyard and had a table and chairs but the cold kept us inside. The bed was great and the room was large and clean. We always love the 5 pm wine tasting. We would like to go back again.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

I expect a lot from Kimpton Hotels. I started staying in them in Seattle 11 years ago and they were great. I really loved the Hotel Monaco- everything about it was awesome especially their pet policy. Something has been lost as they have expanded. About a year ago I stayed at a Kimpton Hotel in Arlington. The service was terrible. I decided to try Hotel Monaco with the hopes it would live up to my memories of the one in Seattle. It didn't. The rooms were dark (6th floor). The staff knows this so why not change it? The relaxing wine reception was a mob scene. They should require or accomodate large busniess groups use a separate room. It was like a tacky convention- complete with men wearing their animal print bathrobes. They ran out ofchilled wine because the convention was chugging it like water. They ran out of coffee in the morning. The lobby was filled with convention folks eating their box breakfasts in every available chair.

The stay was completed when a staff member nearly took my Mother out as she boarded the elevator. When I complained they did apologize. Thats when I realized the guy that apologized was the one that nearly knocked her over. He didn't admit this but the name tags seem to match - he was a MANAGER!!!!!!!!!!!

The positives were cleanliness, comfortable bed, and quiet hallways. But this should be expected. The negatives were too great to ignore. I am so sad that my favorite hotel chain is has fallen so far. Better comfort and service at the big chains lately- that is where I will stay in the DC area from now on.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, January 23, 2011
Dear Navyspouse,

I was truly disappointed to read about your experience with us. All the more so that you had previous stays at other properties were disappointing. While what you experienced hasn't been the norm for our environment or service, it seems like we certainly let you down. I'd welcome to opportunity to work on restoring your trust in our property and the Kimpton brand. Please feel free in contacting me at the hotel at your convenience. Thanks again for your feedback and I hope to speak with you soon.

Robert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2011

This is the 2nd time we've been to this hotel and we have loved it both times! The staff is just fabulous, from the doormen to the maids to the desk personnel, they were all very friendly and helpful. The location of the hotel is great---it's amongst a bunch of great shops, terrific restaurants, beautiful residential architecture and it's also very near the waterfront which has wonderful walking paths. I very highly recommend this hotel to everyone---especially to people with dogs, as this is a very dog-friendly hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Business 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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