Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel
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... just as good an experience here in DC. As with New York City, so many sights were familiar. Our first afternoon here was full of surprises as we saw one famous landmark after another. Walking back to the apartment took us past the FBI building, down the mall, we saw Capital Hill in the distance, and took the opportunity to pop into the Museum of American History for a quick guided tour. We got back to the apartment with great anticipation for the next few days in ...
... the ticket office and after no more than about 10-15 minutes I had tickets to both the stadium tour tomorrow and the game against the Giants on Tuesday evening. There was also a game going on and the number of times I was offered tickets by the touts was unbelievable but I decided against it. Instead I decided to have a walk around the stadium, take a few photos and then walk back to the hotel (while it was still daylight). Once I'd got back to the hotel and had ...
... a $25,000 fine and Canada fines $10,000. We drove through acres and acres of corn fields, all well looked after and green and lush. Lunch was at a Wegmans, which is a deli/supermarket/bottle'o. We had a sushi box each which was very nice. The prices are so cheap. They sell just about anything you can think of. For example, they cut a small birch log or similar, they then cut a series of cuts in the top in a star shape and stuff a fuelled soaked wick in the middle. Now you have ...
... to the office and back nearly every day. Last but not least, a special shout out to Nidda, my colleague, closest cubicle buddy and coordinator at Study Sparkz, for making me laugh at work, for lunch-break adventures, and for helping me battle the printer once in a while. To sit here and list off everyone who has shaped my experience while in Washington, DC is unfortunately impossible. To everyone who is a part of The Washington Center program, to all the ...
... painting that is bowed inwards from the top to the bottom to create a 3D effect. In front of the painting are diorama features like plants, wagons, and manicuns. This painting was painted in 11 months and was originally displayed in Boston. It was painted 129 years ago and took 5 years to restore. It is now housed and maintained by the National Park Service at the Gettysburg Visitors Center. It is very cool and worth a visit if you are ever in Gettysburg. After the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel
Very clean. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Their complementary shuttle service was a big help as we travelled around the area. The location is unbeatable. There are dozens of great restaurants within walking distance (we enjoyed Cafe Salsa and La Tasca). The rooms were nicely decorated, and the beds were very comfortable. We had 2 issues during our stay. It appearred that some of our TV stations didn't come in. This did not get resolved, but we were too busy enjoying Old Town to bother with it again. Later we realized that our A/C unit wasn't working, and this time it was fixed when we got back from dinner an hour later. So there were some hits and misses.
I made this reservation in order to visit some friends in DC, and because the cost ($99 per night) was much better than anything I could find in DC. In general, this was a nice hotel, as long as you expect 3.5* service. The hotel has been operational for about 2 or 3 months, and it turns out that the grand opening was the first night I showed up; unfortunately, I had other plans for the night, and either there was some sort of snafu in the communication between the hotel and me, or they were likely very busy and forgot to put up the Inner Circle preferences (I did have sparkling water, a little fudge, and some fruit on arrival, so I can't say it was bad).
First I want to thank rafab1 for the Travelzoo tip! It just so happened I was going to Alexandria for the weekend and I was able to book this hotel for $99/night which is probably close to $75-$100 off the regular price.
Newly Opened Hotel in Alexandria
The newly opened Hotel Monaco is a large property that has been completely rennovated. While the decore is a little loud and garish for Alexandria, the staff is nice, the rooms comfortable and the service good. The room service menu is limited but I think they are still getting up to speed. The parking is expensive ($20 per day) but otherwise a good value at $166 per day through Expedia.
The First Lady was eating at the restaurant during our stay.
My spouse and I stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria VA for several days on a recent trip to Washington D.C. It's really nice. The hotel had been open only about a week before our stay. The location is in old town Alexandria, so you can walk to shops and restaurants easily. We needed to take the Metro into D.C. each day, so we took the hotel shuttle to the Metro station each day, Upon returning to Alexandria, it's probably easier to take a cab back to the hotel and not that expensive considering the convenience.
We stayed at Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton hotel, for four nights in early February of this year. Not only was the hotel offering "grand opening" discounted rates at just over $200/night, we'd found even deeper discounted rates via TravelZoo.com. We paid $169 for Wednesday & Thursday nights, and $99 for Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel had only been open for about a week when we arrived.
Decided to try the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria VA this weekend and we were very impressed. It is a pet friendly hotel (we brought our two small dogs with us - the first time we've traveled with them).
I Want to Go Back
I travel 3 weeks out of a month on business, i have stayed in a lot of hotels. The Hotel Monaco is a wonderful place. This was my second stay at The Monaco. I loved the first visit so much I had to come back. The rooms are large, bright and the beds make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud (Sealy Posturepedic Dynasty Plush). I pulled the sheets up to see who made this marvelous bed. I had a room with a balcony which open onto a courtyard. Truly this hotel feels more like home than any hotel i've stayed in. All the staff are very helpful and pleasant. The resturant attached has a great breakfast and dinner menu too. There are some kinks because this is a brand new hotel, but you can't beat the atmosphere at the Hotel Monaco. I will definately return again and again.
Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA just opened in January 2008. It has a few kinks (which I'll mention later) but there are many good things to say about it.