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The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
Ranked #8 of 54 Hotels in Alexandria
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Sunderland, England
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109 reviews
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“lovely comfortable hotel”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This hotel is very comfortable and well-situated in Alexandria. It was really nice that the hotel provided a wine reception every evening at 5.00 pm, and complementary coffee until 9am in the mornings. The staff were friendly and helpful. The accommodation is maintained to a very high standard with great attention paid to detail. The decor in the lobby area is quirky and welcoming. Robes provided were very welcome after our long flight, as were the complementary toiletries.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear cag65,

Thank you so much for staying with us, and for sharing your comments here. It is great to hear that you appreciated the service received and that you noticed an attention to detail, as this is something we have been focusing on.

Come back soon!

Matt
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

this place was awesome! attention to every detail even at the pool at fitness center. we walked to great restaurants and shops and had the best grits for breakfast that i have ever had! will definitely be back many times!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Diane C,

We think you're awesome! Thanks for staying with us and for this wonderful review!

I'm sure the chef will appreciate your comments about the grits as well!

Take care,

Matt
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We were happy to have a downtown location that made walking around Old Town a pleasure. The rooms were clean, nice bath with lots of hot shower water.

However, things that could stand improvement. We never received our morning coffee which is offered in the lobby. Every time we went down, they were out of regular coffee and no indication on anyone's part that it was coming, nor any apology. Denying someone morning coffee is not a good way to form a relationship!

Housecleaning OK but shampoos, soaps not replaced or replenished for the next day.

Wine tasting in the evening was a great way to relax but very overcrowded with no place to sit whenever we went down. I am guessing that not all the groups of young adult business types were actually staying there but rather making use of free wine? The same groups were there nearly from the beginning to the end with no indication of giving up seats they occupied the entire time.

Prices for the same hotel room varied greatly over the months from the first booking to the stay, approaching nearly $100 a night difference. I think we caught most of the drops but would have been really unhappy if we had paid the much higher of the 4 rates we saw for the same dates, same rooms booked directly through Kimpton.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Elizabeth2Washington,

We're glad that you stayed with us and thank your for sharing your comments here as well! I certainly agree that morning coffee is an essential and I'm very sorry that we weren't more consistent in keeping the complimentary coffee in the lobby full during your stay.

Our complimentary wine hour is very popular with our guests, and although I'm sure folks from the area would like to partake, but we do keep it to just those who are staying with us!

Thanks very much for your business and we hope to see you again,

Matt
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

as a frequent traveler to Washington metro area (one week a month), have choice of where to stay. though offices are located in DC, find myself returning often to Old Town and the Monaco in particular.

the location on King Street makes for a pleasant walk to the major attractions in Old Town. if the weather or the walk to the Metro is a challenge, the property offers a free shuttle that will take you to the Metro (or in my case to the airport to catch the Metro). a nice touch.

the vibe of the hotel remains upbeat regardless of the clientele. whether it is the tourists who arrive in summer or the consultants for the McCrystal Group who frequent the property, the Monaco consistently delivers. a large part of this is due to the top-notch staff who will go out of their way to meet your needs, no matter how idiosyncratic they seem.

the managers, in particular Justin, Mirna, and Cheryl have made every visit a pleasurable experience and ensuring that my stay goes off without a hitch. their doormen, especially Samir, demonstrate incredible recall for guest names and preferences. often, they will have a towel and bottle of water available for those who exercise.

for a hotel chain that is dog friendly, it is nice to see the dogs intermingle easily with the guests. the "yappy hour" (a holdover from when it was a holiday inn) gets greeted by guests and locals as a fun gathering event. yet at no time did one hear or smell the pets in hotel lobbies or from adjacent guest rooms.

definitely worth a stop in anyone's northern virginia rotation.

Room Tip: if possible, the lofter suites provide excellent space for those who require a separate working area...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear michael_dimaggio25,

We certainly appreciate you and your longstanding loyalty to our hotel and Kimpton, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here as well!! We hope to be able to continue to serve you for a long time to come!

Thanks for the kind words about Justin, Mirna, Cheryl, and Semir, I will make sure to congratulate them on a job well done!

See you soon!

Matt
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights after a stay at a huge hotel in DC. What a difference!! Everyone is extremely friendly. The hotel is wonderfully maintained and so inviting. Loved our room and beautiful bathroom. Wine in the lobby at 5:00 was great! Everyone chatting and having a good time. So convenient to all the great shops and restaurants on King St. Free trolley to Metro station was very handy. Would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit Old Town Alexandria.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear Susan L,

Thanks for making us your first posting on TripAdvisor! And thank you for your recommendation of the Hotel Monaco Alexandria!!

We definitely feel like we can provide an exceptional experience, far above those of the big convention hotels downtown, glad to hear that this was the case in your experience!

Hope to see you again soon!

Matt
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is great hotel! It was super clean and colorful, the staff was very friendly, and the rooms are spacious. It's not really close to the metro, but there is a free trolley that makes it very accessible. The proximatey to shops and restaurants on King Street can't be beat!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank robinson345
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear robinson345,

Thank you for this review! Especially for mentioning the outstanding job our wonderful Housekeeping team does in keeping the place spotless!

I agree our location is great, but it is the feedback about our team that makes us all smile!!

Thank you and take care,

Matt
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Not much else to say... it really is a great hotel with great service...

Expect to pay a premium... if you get a good deal (they have many different specials on their website) then you are in great shape :-)

Have stayed here a few times and would most definitely return.

Don't pay the $25 valet parking... you can park right across the street in an underground parking garage for $8 a day!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Dear floridabrits,

It is so great to hear these wonderful comments about our service, it is our #1 priority and really helps set us apart. Thank you for your continued support of our hotel and for sharing your comments here!!

Safe travels,

Matt
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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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