Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC
What We Love
- Central location means no need for cabs, Metro tickets or pesky bus maps
- Poste, the on-site restaurant, dishes up fabulous French fare
- Nightly lobby wine hour
What To Know
- Eclectic, colorful decor may not appeal to everyone
- Free WiFi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members (sign-up is free)
- Central location means expensive parking
- A $15 (plus tax) hotel fee per night will be collected at the hotel
- Parking On Site
With its magnificent marble neoclassical façade dating to 1839 and architectural lineage (the designers counted the Washington Monument among their achievements), the 183-room Hotel Monaco could easily be mistaken for one of the city’s grand museums, many of which are just steps away. But the atmosphere inside is anything but stuffy. Splendid Corinthian columns and Jefferson busts are offset by funky furniture in bold colors, and a friendly staff is on hand to make dinner reservations and loan out pet goldfish for the night.
Bed and Bath
Spacious by city standards, all 183 guestrooms favor a riotous and successful clash of color, pattern and texture from carpet to ceiling. Most have vaulted, 20-foot ceilings and original architectural details, plus modern extras including Nintendo systems and honor bars stocked with organic options. Suites have whirpool tubs, and all rooms have luxe amenities by Aveda and impossibly fluffy leopard-print robes.
What was once the sorting pavilion of the original Post Office is today the popular on-site restaurant, Poste. An elegant French brasserie, it serves classics like coq au vin with kabocha squash, kale and baby turnips. The wood-and-granite bar abuts a polished granite courtyard, which is home to several small tabletop firepits and the restaurant’s organic herb garden. The cocktails are excellent, and the atmosphere is pleasantly chill.
How to Get There
We visited the Monaco in DC for the 4th of July. The hotel was in a great location close to the National Mall and many other points of interest within walking distance. We found the re-purposed mail building to be very quaint and comfortable. The room was on the small side but clean and well kept. The staff was friendly and helpful each time we engaged them. My only complaint would be a charge of $22 per night that was added to our bill at checkout marked as an "amenities charge". When we inquired we were told this was to cover things like the in morning coffee, fitness center and other amenities. This was the first time we had seen this type of charge in addition to the room charge. The hotel was very good but visitors need to be aware of this additional charge.
My husband and I are from Maryland and we have been so busy with work it has been impossible to get out of town. We decidied to do a stay-cation so we hoped online and found a great mystery deal on a hotel in DC,we were happy to get The Hotel Monaco. The hotel is centrally located in city center in walking distance to the Capital One Arena, The National Potrait Gallery and the famous Ford Theather. There is also plenty of shopping and restaurants near. Our room was so spacious and the decor was amazing. The hotel offers a complimentary cocktail hour but because we checked in late we missed it, but no worries our friend Tim (who is actually not someone we have ever met before but he made us feel like old pals) at the front desk gave us some comp drink tickets so we could enjoy a drink on another day during our stay. The only down side is the hotel has no pool, it was really a hot day in DC when we stayed and a pool would have been perfect but no the less a great hotel and I will definitely stay again.
Center of culture and well preserved inviting hotel lobby. The hotel is a history landmark, high noon tea, wine and cheese all complimentary while lounging. Made friend with a famous BBC reporter who was also a guest. Friendly, well spoken staff, spotless decadent hotel.
Let me start by saying that this hotel is in an EXCELLENT location! We were able to walk to so many things.....great restaurants, fast food, shops, convenience stores, and even a movie theater are just around the corner. If you need a ride, though, Lyft’s are easy to come by and very fast....even when we needed one at 4 am.
The bar/restaurant in the hotel had very good service, and the food was very good. I read that the Bar there is a hip spot for locals and visitors, and the crowds at night sure made it seem that way, but I’m not a ‘trendy bar’ person.
Afternoon Happy Hour was nice, and it was complimentary.
The mini bar is stocked well, but it’s located in the armoire which also happens to be the only closet and drawer space.
On the down side, though.....
This hotel is an old, renovated building. As such, there is a smell to the place that reminds me of my great grandmother’s house....and not in a good way....but the architecture is interesting, and I got some great pictures of hallways that could pass for a scene in The Shining. As with most old buildings, the elevators are super slow, and seem constantly on the verge of stopping.
The hotel staff was polite and friendly, but do not expect a concierge......I was told that they don’t have one.....to help with what to do, where to go, how to get there, where to eat, etc. The lobby personnel had no answers for me the 2 times I asked questions other than to look at YELP or TripAdvisor.
The rooms were underwhelming, to say the least. They were clean and the housekeeping staff was friendly and efficient. (Although, I did find several human hairs on my towels, but I’m going to believe that they were clean human hairs that just made it through the dryer.) The a/c was below adequate. I was always hot, and mine never shut off.
The bathrooms are in serious need of an update. The ones in our rooms reminded me of an old Holiday Inn Express....single vanity...old tub-shower combo....view of the toilet from the bed.
I feel like you are definitely paying for the location! The rate was high for the quality of the room and the amenities in my opinion.
Although I had booked my parents in a larger, higher category room, they didn’t have any available upon check in. I openly accepted the smaller, regular room for them that the hotel had available. I got to my room before I realized they had run my card for 2 of the same rooms, but at the different rates that I had originally booked. I went back and asked them about the rate, but was told that they were unable change the rate from the original one booked, so all they could offer was vouchers for the restaurant that equaled the difference in the 2 room categories. (I call BS on this, but since we intended to eat breakfast there with several business associates, I accepted the offer.) I feel strongly that the hotel employee should have addressed this at check-in instead of waiting for me to notice.
I was expecting something closer to a Marriott Renaissance, but got a Holiday Inn Express with a good restaurant in an unbeatable location.
Just got back from our daughter's wedding at the Monaco. It was absolutely terrific! The staff there couldn't have been more helpful, efficient, and friendly. And they take pets! Its pricey but we didn't have to do much in terms of planning and preparations; they took care of it all. Its a beautiful historic building in a great location (National Mall, Portrait Gallery, metro station). We had a lot of family and friends staying there and everyone raved about it.