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“Fun oasis in Old Town” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Ranked #4 of 53 Hotels in Alexandria
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Churchton, Maryland
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213 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Fun oasis in Old Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

In the middle of sleepy, historic Old Town is a hip hotel with a very lively vibe. The lobby lets you know that you're in for a treat from the moment you walk in. It's very dog friendly; on a hot day, we always saw ice in the bowls of water set out for dogs on the street. The staff is lovely and as helpful as you'd expect at a Kimpton. The rooms are beautiful.

Room Tip: There's a lot of activity on the street at night, so if you're an early-to-bed type, don'...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank janebeard
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Dear janebeard,

Thank you for staying with us, and for providing this great description of the property. In addition to the ice water for our furry friends, we also keep a small refrigerator stocked with bottled water and iced wash cloths at the Front Entrance for our guests as well!

Thanks again and have a great day,

Matt
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River Forest, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Spent 3 lovely days here, again. The indoor pool is wonderful, the wine hour delightful and the puppy happy hour great fun. The dogs love the outdoor courtyard. The King Rooms (and above) have Fuji tubs which are their most outstanding feature. We stay here especially for the Fuji tub and the hotel's location in Old Town Alexandria. The Grape and Bean (across the street) is one of the finest pate and wine bars we have experienced.

Room Tip: The Fuji tub rooms are spectacular as is the Fuji tub.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pattchase
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Dear Pattchase,

Thanks for coming back! We will make sure to keep a room with a Fuji Soaking tub waiting for you for your next trip!

Really appreciate the kind words, thanks again.

Matt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

This is a great Kimpton location. Very close to restaurants and DC. The area gets a little sketch at night but there is a decent amount of police presence, I presume for the tourists. The hotel itself is adorable. Front desk staff left more to be desired and the food was overpriced, even by room service standards. They advertised this amazing fried chicken and homemade macaroni and cheese but both we mediocre. Overall, clean and trendy:) I would go back simply because I love Kimpton!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Sunflouer
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Dear, Sunflouer,

Thank you! You know we love you too!

Honestly we apprecaite the feedback and will make sure to utilize it to motivate us in our efforts to continuously improve.

Safe travels!

Matt
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Midlothian, Va.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A boutique hotel with lots of little extra touches that lift if above ordinary. Room and bath were clean and comfortable, staff was friendly and helpful. Fun decor. Location is perfect and the price is right. However, this is a dog-friendly hotel - very dog friendly. If you're not dog-friendly, then don't stay here. Also, they serve free coffee in the lobby in the morning (and wine in the evening) but there is no coffee maker in the room.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank TFE
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Dear TFE,

Thank you for your business, and for sharing your comments here! We strive to be unique and better than your typical hotel experience, thanks very much for pointing that out!

We do have coffee makers available upon request to put into your room, next time you are here we will make sure to take care of that for you.

Thanks again,

Matt
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Toronto, Ontario
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89 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights on the way back to Dulles for flight home. Same great Kimpton M.O.; Great location in Old Town, great shopping nearby, whimsical, modern and funky decor (loved the use of colours, turquoise in lobby and vintage red and greens in softly lit hallways. Our room decor was great too. This place is kid and dog friendly, without looking as though they are not keeping on top of it, as is often the case in hotels that offer good value and welcome all. Housekeeping was top notch. A lively happy hour for red or white wine is offered between 5-6 pm, along with fruit punch and goldfish crackers for the kids. The indoor pool was very nice, although oddly, they close it between 10 am and 2 pm each day. The valet staff are super friendly and efficient, as is the front desk staff. We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and will come back in spring or fall for a couple's weekend, sans our boy, to take in more local flavour and take advantage of the 15 min drive to D.C. Note: although this hotel is very popular for weddings (two every weekend, I was told by a staff member), while it got a little crowded in the lobby during happy hour, it wasn't off-putting or loud in the hallways in the evening.

Room Tip: The king suites are very spacious with a nice chaise lounge.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Dear Acornart,

Thank you for this wonderful review! We appreciate your business, and are thrilled that not only did it work well for your family, but that you will be coming back for a little getaway weekend this fall!

Please reach out to me if I can personaly assist in any way.

Thank you again and take care,

Matt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I have stayed at other Kimpton hotels and this is absolutely my favorite (so far). Great location, great service and GREAT value. I highly recommend becoming a kimpton intouch member so that you get emails about deals that they have on rooms.

Beautiful room and very accommodating to us and our dog. Good restaurant, great room service (Luback was awesome), and friendly staff. Booking our next stay soon! Highly recommend for a weekend getaway in old town

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank Namescharlie
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Dear Namescharlie,

Great question! Seriously though, thanks for this wonderful post and for being a loyal Kimpton customer. We appreciate your business, and will continue to work hard to exceed your expectations!

Take care,

Matt
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Sunland, CA
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Lets make this quick: excellent service, excellent location in the middle of old town, impeccable rooms. Some tips: take the upgrade if offered, it's less than what you would normally pay and totally worth it; become a Kimpton member and get free wifi and a chance to raid the minibar; take advantage of the staff, they are there to make your stay as pleasant as possible and they do! I emailed ahead for an early checkin to do a phone interview for a job back home. When I showed up at 1pm they were all ready for me. Wish I could have stayed a week. Next time I will. Thanks so much to everyone at the Monaco!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank Johndred
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ManagerMattHurlburt, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Dear Johndred,

Excellent job on this review! Great tips and love that your are coming back again!

Thanks very much, have a great day.

Matt
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Property: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Address: 480 King St, 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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alexandria
#1 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#2 Green Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#4 Family Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria 4*
Number of rooms: 241
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kimpton 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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