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 Monaco is a beautiful hotel located close to the National mall and lots and lots of great restaurants. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. The staff is outstanding and the most customer-centric I have encountered. This hotel lives up to the Kimpton brand.
Bought tickets for JLo for my wife’s birthday and selected Monaco because I believe Kimpton properties are all very good and for location. The staff were super friendly and would only ask what more they could do for us. In fact, they went above and beyond by setting up balloons, champagne, fruit, cupcakes and a personalized birthday card for my wife with a picture of JLo on it. I mean - who does that? Wow - we were so impressed and it set the tone for our stay. Not the Four Seasons and their service is also good. Dirty Habit has top notch spirits including select Japanese whiskey which are not readily available at other bars. The restaurant brunch was excellent (get the bahn mi). I’m going back for 2 more shows at Anthem which is further away but I don’t care because I will just Uber. Stay here, be happy, enjoy!
My husband and I had tickets for a concert, and I picked this hotel. When I looked at a map, it looked as though the hotel was only a few blocks from the arena. It’s much closer - on the other side of the intersection. Depending on which door they unlock at the arena for your event, you can be 100 feet away or less.
The building itself is very interesting as a post office built in the 1830’s with very high ceilings (18 feet?) in the hallways and in the rooms. I liked the decor, statues of Thomas Jefferson, and sculptures made of metal.
I was concerned that our room on the second floor, just 30 feet from the street, would be noisy. But it wasn’t. I could see that another pane of glass was installed up against the old, original window. We heard almost nothing. The air conditioning reached 65 degrees, which was very important for me to get any sleep in this dreadful heat wave. And the air conditioning was not noisy.
The staff were very attentive, sending me frequent texts to see if I needed anything before and during our stay. The only thing I can criticize them for is the housekeeping in the room could have been better.
Overall, this is a great hotel for any event in this part of DC. It manages to be relatively quiet, despite being downtown in a very busy part, and the architecture is very interesting.