The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Extremely family and dog friendly
- Wine and cheese reception in the lobby every evening
- On-site Jackson 20’s twist on cherished Southern dishes
What To Know
- The property opened in 2008
- D.C. is a 15-minute drive away
- Sign up for Kimpton’s Karma Rewards program to get free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Back in 1861, the Union suffered its first Civil War fatality at Alexandria’s Marshall House Inn, located on the very corner from which the six-story Hotel Monaco rises. Inspired by the city’s history and Antebellum charms, noted designer Cheryl Rowley combines soldier blues with a riot of patterns to create a palette of affable coziness and an air of both historical authenticity and urban sophistication.
Bed & Bath
Modeled after the uniforms of Union soldiers, guestrooms are done in hues of blue, gray and mocha, punctuated by rich reds and sparks of bright orange. The theme continues on the walls, with small portraits of Civil War soldiers and drapery valences echoing the cuffs of a uniform. But make no mistake, the hotel is fully in the 21st century, with bedding courtesy of Frette and 37-inch flat-screen LCD TVs. The sizable bathrooms are outfitted with L’Occitane en Provence amenities.
President Andrew Jackson’s favorite animal is the inspiration for on-site Jackson 20, where chef Brian McPherson puts a New American gloss on Southern classics. A giant bronze statue of a pig presides over the room as a symbol of hospitality and abundance, but you can go literal with the spot’s pork-friendly menu and regular Pig Roasts.
How to Get There
First and most importantly, make sure to overlook the Courtyard. This hotel is at a busy intersection. It's a great intersection, right near Old Town and the Potomac. And that's really the best thing that can be said.
The beds are rather uncomfortable, the shower takes forever to heat up, the pillows are rather stiff, though not as stiff as the pancakes. (The eggs were good.)
the air conditioner is one of those old units. Funny thing, usually those are noisy (and this one was so noisy I couldn't hear my white noise app) but they cool the room well. The new central units are quiet but are usually set so you can't get part 65 at night.
This was the worst of both worlds--a noisy unit that also was blocked below 65. Fortunately -- earning the hotel two more stars than otherwise -- the engineering guy was great. He hacked the unit a bit so that it would get a little cooler, and managed to jack open the windows, which wasn't easy give you had to lean way over the desk. It's also why, if you like it cool at night, you should make sure to get a quiet room overlooking the courtyard.
We were booked with their sister property, Morrison House (see that review), but our reservations were moved here. We didn't choose this place because we liked the Morrison house better, but anyway...
We arrived early (I think around 1:00) and attempted to check in early (check in time is at 4:00). We figured since we were Marriott members and since we were inconvenienced by the reservation change, that it wouldn't be a problem. NOPE. The front desk took our information and said that they'd call when the room was ready. So, we went out, had lunch and some drinks, etc. and came back. Not ready yet. Chilled at the hotel bar for a bit. Ready yet? Nope! Here's two drink tickets for you, try back again in a little while. Welp, it's 5:00 now. Surely the room is ready? Noooooo! But here's some points for your rewards account. Wth! It wasn't until my wife said we'd be going somewhere else that the room was ready. Ridiculous!
The room was cute. At first. We realized the next morning that there were really gross stains on the comforter and sheets. The window shade wouldn't raise or lower, so it was like we were in a cave. And the BATHROOM SHOWER omg. The tile was so disgusting. It needed bleaching so, so badly.
So we waited forever for a room we didn't even want in the first place, and then it was sub-par. Won't be going back there!
The location is excellent, right in the heart of the old town. It’s close to shops, restaurants, museums and the water front. It is reasonably priced (DC is expensive!). Our room was well lit, quiet, comfortable, clean and spacious - we had a deluxe double room. The room had a safe, refrigerator and coffee facilities. Staff were very nice.
We only had a couple of gripes; no free WI-FI in room (it is only freely available in communal areas) and the breakfast room opens late - we are early risers, but there are earlier and cheaper cafes very close.