I stayed in this hotel nearly every time I came to Alexandria--when it was the nicest Holiday Inn ever. I always loved the place and the location is the best in Old Town Alexandria. It's colonial decor was perfect in the quaint old part of the city. Now it's a Kimpton--offering animal print robes, furnishings that would be more appropriate in Mumbai than Old Town and a policy that allows dogs--mostly pampered little ones, dressed in designer pooch sweaters. Puh-leeze. It seems to be trying just a bit too much to be the coolest place in town. The dark red halls and dark green lobby were depressing as well as totally inappropriate for this charming area. A late afternoon every-day wine tasting made it loud and difficult to get through the lobby. My room keys didn't work at first and I had to walk what seemed like miles to the front desk to get them replaced. I waited for the bellman to bring my luggage for an hour. I finally went back down--again--and the bellman said he had the wrong room number and decided to wait until someone came down to tell him what the right room was. Whew! The room was clean, and if you like animal print robes, you'll like the place. As for me, give me the old Holiday Inn back. But the location is still the best in Old Town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, is a luxury boutique hotel with rich design. Discerning travelers will appreciate the sumptuous décor, top-notch service and eclectic sensibility that this Autograph Collection Hotel provides. The hotel aptly reflects its historically rich surroundings, adding contemporary comforts for a memorable stay near Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon and all of Washington DC's many attractions. Conveniently adjacent is the exceptional Jackson 20 restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco Alexandria Kimpton