By Brooks Simmons - 07/06/11 11:04 PM EDT
The Hotel Monaco Alexandria offers a unique combination of Old Town experience combined with a modern vibe.
Located on King Street, the six-story red brick building embodies the Civil-War-era ambiance that is consistent throughout Old Town Alexandria. The old world feel and the comfort and modernity of today collide in the Monaco’s lavish interior.
The hospitality of the Monaco staff is instantly felt as bellmen eagerly greet each guest upon entering the hotel’s heavy glass double doors. Inside the lobby you will see many guests perched on plush sofas and chairs using the hotel’s free Wi-Fi.
The 241 guestrooms’ and suites’ eclectic decor juxtapose color, details and patterns that were subtly inspired by Union soldier’s uniforms, said Horner. Charcoals, reds and hints of blue find their way into each room through plush carpeting, comfortable furniture and textured walls. Each room features portraits of Civil War soldiers as well as pieces of contemporary art.
The rooms feature large desks, overstuffed chairs and plush beds complete with high-thread-count Frette Italian bed linens. The classic rooms feature 21st century amenities, including flat-screen LCD televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi and Aveda bath products.
For taller guests, the Monaco Alexandria even offers “Tall Rooms” that feature extra-long 90-inch beds and heightened showers and vanities that provide “extra comfort and care for taller travelers.”
Guest services representative Brandon Weston said the rooms “have a unique style and, typically, all stay fully booked.”
The Monaco Alexandria extends its hospitality to its four-legged friends. Doggie happy hour is held in the courtyard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April through October. The happy hour features complimentary doggy treats and fresh water, as well as drinks for the owners from Jackson’s 20, the hotel bar.
“From what I’ve witnessed, it’s a great social event,” Weston said. “A lot of guests and locals come out and mingle. It’s pretty interesting and a really fun time.”
The Monaco also provides in-room bedding and bowls for its canine visitors and keeps a supply of eco-friendly pet toys on site. The concierge has resources about pet-friendly restaurants, parks and stores in the area as well.
“A lot of our premier guests choose this hotel primarily because of our location and pet friendliness,” Weston said.
The Monaco Alexandria is as family-oriented as it is a dog-friendly hotel. The Kimpton Kids program includes fun activities and ideas to entertain your family while in Alexandria.
A Radio Flyer Wagon pulls into the hotel lobby daily at 4 p.m. for a kiddie happy hour. Snacks and juice accompany activities and games to entertain the kids until a wine hour for adults begins at 5 p.m. Radio Flyer Wagons in the lobby can also be rented from the front desk to take the kids on a stroll around Old Town.
The Monaco Alexandria also incorporates its spacious indoor swimming pool with “Dive-in Movie Night,” where movies are featured poolside every Saturday at 8 p.m. The 40-foot heated indoor pool is open daily to Monaco guests.
The hotel’s restaurant, Jackson 20, serves traditional American fare at an affordable price, featuring a wide variety ranging from chicken and dumplings to crab cakes.
Lunch specials are featured daily, and the restaurant appears to be a popular haunt for power lunches as well as a break from Old Town sightseeing and shopping.
The extensive wine list offered at Jackson 20 is featured in the hotel’s wine hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, an opportunity for guests to meet and mingle in the whimsically decorated lobby of the hotel.
The attitude, amenities and décor of the Monaco Alexandria provides its guests an opportunity to experience Old Town while providing an entertaining and hospitable experience in itself.