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
quirky little hotel directly across from the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. staff bends over backwards to please, including pre-check-in and post-check-in texts. spacious rooms. reasonably priced for Washington DC and the hotel's proximity to Chinatown, Smithsonian and other attractions.
Average hotel. The rooms are old square boxes with bathrooms built into a corner. Different sizes as the building used to be a post office building. There is no dresser in the room for your things, just one night table with 3 small drawers. No coffee maker. The closet has a fridge on one shelf, glasses and ice bucket on the other, pillows and blanket on another and on the floor is a safe. You need ot live out of your suitcase. Oh, there are open shelves in the bathroom.
Staff is "matter of fact", kinda like a public servant....in a city full of public servants.
Restaurant menu is not large and not much variety. Bar staff was excellent.
Stupid little thing....the bar is in the back of the hotel but the only public washroom is in the front, up a flight of stairs and way down a hall.
As the title says, it is in a great location. If the price is right, I would stay there again.
What a nice surprise, decide on a last minute getaway and choose this lovely hotel. Beautiful hotel with quaint decor and fantastic staff. Great location and within walking distance of some of the best of DC! I would definitely stay here again! #winner
After reading the reviews on this hotel, we thought we’d give it a try for something different. We’ve stayed at The Ritz Carlton in DC and were not impressed. The Ritz Carlton DC felt more like a business type hotel. The bar wasn’t great at all. Room service was just ok. Overall experience was mediocre.
So, we decided to stay at Hotel Monaco! Great hotel!!! From the minute we arrived until the minute we left and all the time in between, we had absolutely no complaints!! The service was excellent!! The rooms were great and full of character, as was the entire hotel!! The food in the restaurant and room service was excellent!!
Room service didn’t miss a beat!! Got everything right!!! Great outdoor bar with great music!! The entire staff was very personable; yet still very professional!! Housekeeping never yelled down the hallway, which we had an issue with at our last stay at The Ritz Carlton. If housekeeping was vacuuming, they immediately turned off the vacuum cleaners until the guests passed.
Hotel Monaco is in a great location as well! Can walk most everywhere! Or, most places are a very short cab ride away.
The staff has been trained very well at this hotel!! Ambiance is great—funky/eclectic!No complaints! We travel quite a lot all around the world, and we have to say, this hotel overall is excellent!! It’s not shiny and modern, but with the experience we had, that’s fine with us!!
We highly recommend!!!👍👍
Magnificent Historical Building with an appropriate interior. Some rooms are terrific and other not so good. I would say it needs a refresh. Very well located. The Dirty Habit restaurant is also interesting and there is an outdoor bar in the courtyard.