Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel
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... so the tenth day is just the 11th... thats pretty bad as we already booked accomodations and planned out everything so nicely!!! However Bernie (who is actually a man..) changed the delivery date and I got to finally see the car.
The owner participated obviously in the "Race across America", a bicycle race for about 3000mi across the States. This ...
... just absolutely massive but elegant buildings, they are represented so well, always manicured gardens, limestone walls, large windows and almost everything is geometrically similar, giving a real presence of organisation. The people are lovely, friendly and very active. It's like there's at least someone running past you at every 100 meters.
We were staying in a lovely apartment inside a refurbished building, so it was quite a novelty to be down in the ...
... six we were joined by Bills wife Marylyn, and walkup strangers Noah and Matt. Noah arrived straight from work in his suit, loosened tie and briefcase. He looked stressed. Noah is a big GP fan and by the end he was beaming and totally de-stressed. Matt arrived last and was going leave after the first encore but I dragged him down and told to stay. He did saw the second encore. The benefit of experience!
Bill was a very interesting Dude he ...
... all walks of American life. On display for the first time since its first installment was the Aids Memorial Quilt. In 1987, the quilt was first on display on the National Mall as a project of remembrance for the many lives lost to AIDS. Friends and families made pieces of a quilt which were all sewn together in a massive display. This year, they finally returned the quilt to the National Mall. Also at the Festival are displays ...
... am released to do other things. It has been such a blessing being able to share this experience with my family and we have had some funny moments on this trip. My Dad was in D.C. 49 years ago and it was 31 years for me - it was great to revisit the sites. We loved National Harbor which was only 15 minutes from downtown and was a beautiful place to stay. Thanks for the memories D.C. - until we meet again.
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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.