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The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
Ranked #8 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
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“Excellent Hotel in Great Location”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

AN upscale hotel with extremely friendly atmosphere in Old Town Alexandria. Service was excellent rooms spacious clean and all concerns covered. They even have doggy happy hour and a fish to keep you company in your room if you choose. The free wine happy hour in the lobby was also a great way to interact with guest if desired.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 25, 2012
Dear Renko1406,

Thanks very much for the kind feedback! We really appreciate the comments about our team, as well as the goldfish. We've got plenty of fish here, so come back and meet a new one!

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

On the final day of our stay, the power went out in most of Old Town. This of course caused much annoyance and confusion for many of the hotel guests. At most hotels an "oh well - not our fault" attitude would prevail among the management, but at the Hotel Monaco, they stepped up impressively.

From having staff on every floor - in every stairwell - assisting with bags and other needs, to bringing in food and juices for patrons in the lobby, it seemed like every employee was called in to assist. They were friendly. helpful, and made every effort to help wherever they could. And while a lack of light and hot water didn't make for the best final morning of our stay, the staff did make the best of a bad situation.

Other then that incident, there isn't much I can add to all the other reviews. It is welcoming. comfortable, unique, and pretty much ever other positive adjective that comes to mind.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 23, 2012
Dear rrakoczy,

Thanks so much for your kind words, we really appreciate the feedback about our great team. While Old Town Alexandria is a beautiful and charming area, one of the things we do get to contend with in a historic district is the occasional utility issue. But thanks to our staff, the show must always go on! Thanks for acknowledging their hard work, they truly enjoy what they do.

Come back soon, we'll keep the light on...

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

I stayed here when I was unable to get a room in Crystal City, for a business trip. It was a very nice option, with an evening reception that was well attended. The hotel was pet friendly, which was a nice option for some travelers (I didn't have my dog with me but it was nice to be around dogs). The room was very well appointed and there was a fruit basket to greet me. The only complaint was the heater was old and very clanky, but by the time I realized this, I was already snuggled up in bed so didn't want to change. However, I mentioned it to the front desk and they seemed like they would have done something to change rooms had I told them. I also enjoyed their very good coffee bar in the morning (complimentary). My room had a balcony that opened into the courtyard an had chairs so had it not been too cold, I would have enjoyed sitting out there to read.

Room Tip: Nice boutique hotel, well appointed; since it's an older renovated building, some rooms may have...
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 23, 2012
Dear MPW Annapolis W,

Thank you for your feedback. I do appreciate the comments about your stay, particularly the issue you had with the heating unit. We do have some units in our hotel that while they perform at a good level, tend to run on the noisy side. With our engineering team's support, we've been investigating alternative solutions. I'm happy to report that we've sourced a new unit and we've been identifying which units in rooms are noisy and switching them out. We hope to have it completely solved soon.

I do appreciate and agree with the tip to fellow travelers to check the room out completely before unpacking. It's our preference to have you completely comfortable rather than have an issue that negatively impacts your stay. Remember, if it seems a little off 5 minutes into the room it's going to drive you crazy at 3am.

Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

My family has stayed at the Hotel Monaco several times through the last couple of years and each time has left us wanting to come back again. The hotel is charming, has loads of personality, and great rooms but its really the staff that makes us love it so much. To say they are service oriented is a complete understatement. Michael Conner at the front desk has gone above and beyond making us feel welcome and at home.

We love Old Town for its proximity to great shopping, restaurants, and of course DC and all it has to offer, and can't imagine staying at a hotel other than Hotel Monaco. We can't wait to go back again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 23, 2012
Dear kb13487,

Thank you for reaching out about your stay with us, particularly your kind words about Michael and our team. They're true professionals and we really appreciate everything they do for our guests.

Thank you for your loyalty, it means everything to us.

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

A genuinely kind and welcoming staff that puts you at ease upon arrival, meeting any request or need you have. The rooms are unique and comfortable, creating an atmosphere that you want to stay and enjoy your surroundings. This is the only property my family will frequent when staying in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 23, 2012
Dear smwilmington,

Thank you, we love the idea of being your favorite hotel in Alexandria! Come back and see us soon.

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

Rooms are very nice and generally clean (a little pet hair on the chair). The staff are warm and welcoming and responsive. The decor is fun. The generosity of morning coffee and afternoon wine is appreciated. The parking is less expensive across the street ($4 vs. $25). I would definitely stay here again. Alexandria is delightful.

Room Tip: The 5th floor was very quiet, especially away from the elevator.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 23, 2012
Dear ab1122,

Thanks for your feedback. I'm very grateful to hear your comments about our staff, apologies for the hair on the chair. We'll make sure our Housekeeping team discusses that during their daily lineup. Great tip about the 5th floor, if you want true privacy I recommend the 6th floor. It's got traditional Old Town dormer windows, which are unique to that floor, but it's extremely quiet. Thanks again and come back and see us soon.

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria - a Kimpton Hotel
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

This Kimpton is in the olde town section of Alexandria and has lots of charm. The rooms are top notch and a great wine hour is held at night. They have an amazing fitness area with a very warm indoor pool.The staff are helpful and have great suggestions for local restaurants. Coffee awaits you in the morning and a bike trail is just a few blocks away. It's short drive to the museums in DC. Become a member of Kimpton for great online deals.

Room Tip: Have dog rooms-
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Monaco-Alexandria, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, January 13, 2012
Dear bikerchik59,

Thanks for staying with us! We really appreciate the feedback, especially that of our great surrounding areas. Old Town is a fantastic option versus a large city hotel and with our direct access into DC, people love it. Thanks so much for your kind words and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Robert
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Hotel Monaco Alexandria -a Kimpton Hotel
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Property: The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
Address: 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Formerly Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria)
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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 Green Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Family Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 241
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, 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 our impeccable Alexandria, VA hotel provides. Stay with us and revel in our historically rich surroundings and contemporary comforts that provide for a memorable stay near Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon and all of Washington DC's many attractions. Conveniently adjacent to our hotel is the exceptional Jackson 20 restaurant. ... more   less 
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