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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel front staff were efficient getting our bags from cab to front desk. Check in was greeted with a glass of white wine despite happy hour every evening 4 to 5pm had ended. Room 415 was spacious with mod cons. Queen size bed was very comfy. Would like to thank the team that clean and tidy the bedroom every day - superb. Courtyard bar at the Dirty Habit was cool. Dining at Dirty Habit as per review. Very central to city shopping area and close to Walter E Washington conference centre, a little walk pass Capital One arena and Chinatown. Historical building - Old PO. Breakfast was good and you can have it up to 230pm! Nothing was too much. Thank you to the receptionist girl (sorry forgot your name) who helped return gloves to my matey who left it in my room. For runners it is a lovely short run to and along the National mall and right up to Rocky Creek.
This was an old historic post office located in the heart of town, so in order to put a hotel in it the results are a bit quirky. We had a room that was between the stairs to the roof and a utility closet, so we had no next door neighbors, plus we over looked the courtyard (there is a restaurant in the middle, but closes around 11 pm), so it was very quiet. Free coffee in the lobby coffee shop in the mornings, staff is very friendly and helpful, free wine tastings in the late afternoons, and the location is great (across the street from the National Portrait Gallery). The room layout is a bit quirky, bathroom is quite large, shower is also quirky but nice, and room is a decent size.
The only issue is that the giant vaulted ceilings and marble floored hallways can be noisy (bring ear plugs and hope for considerate neighbors), but all of that is part of the unique charm of the hotel.
The restaurant is fine, nothing fancy but very pleasant with good food.
Absolutely loved this hotel. The customer service was top notch, the beds were SO comfortable. The hotel is very well maintained. A boutique hotel is a great description but the rooms are also very classy, timeless, and sophisticated. This hotel is perfect for a Capital One Area event or even just touring the city. It is directly across from the Smithsonian Portrait Museum. I always try to include one criticism but I can't think of one. Also, they were even thoughtful enough to include a very personal and tasty treat for my little cousins birthday. Bravo. This hotel should have more stars.