by Wendy Irvine
Formerly the Hotel Monaco, Alexandria, The Alexandrian seemingly rolls out the red carpet for everyone. The Alexandrian’s lobby felt like a family reunion — without the bickering. Everyone was there and everyone blended together beautifully.
Located in the center of Alexandria on King Street — where Old Town Alexandria action is in full swing — this hotel has a ton for families. Starting with the fact that it sits just a few steps from the great museums that make Alexandria such a historical find. You’ll also love the great dining, both upscale and fresh, and fast food that wreaths the hotel. And you can’t beat the amenities that make this hotel so fun for families like the indoor heated pool, the backpacks at check-in for kids and the evening wine reception for parents.
The beautifully appointed rooms feature a small refrigerator and an iPod docking station. If you’re up for splurging on a fancy suite, depending on which you reserve you’ll receive a courtyard balcony, a soaking tub, or a living room plus full kitchen. Every room and suite is elegantly decorated in Windsor Castle meets Kate Middleton. Very cool.
Our Editor Loves
- Central location in Alexandria
- Heated indoor pool
- Pet friendly
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Onsite Dining
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The guestrooms feature one king or one queen bed or a two double beds. There is a mini-fridge and a flat screen television. Connecting rooms and cribs are available upon request. Bottled water and Wi-Fi are available for a fee.
The suites feature a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa and a second television and a king bed in the bedroom area. There is a mini-fridge and cribs and connecting rooms are available upon request. Bottled water and Wi-Fi are available for a fee.
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.
by Alicia R
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 hotel group is generously welcoming families into their luxurious fold. Just mention the kids club when you make your reservation and those two little words will whisk cookies and milk to your guestroom for the kids on their first evening. And each room will be set up with a chalkboard and dry erase board with chalk and pens. Plus, each room is outfitted with "wild child" bathrobes that sport a fun animal print. (Take the kids' robes to the pool and wrap up when it's time to leave. Cozy.)
Daily Kids' Hour
The Daily Kids' Hour ushers in an hour of games like Trivial Pursuit, Xbox, juice and a snack. Come 5 p.m. and the lobby becomes the scene of the evening wine reception where complimentary wine is available for adults.
The hotel scores with a 40-foot, well heated indoor pool. And dive-in movies entrance the kids on select days. Local ordinances require that a lifeguard be on duty when the hotel pool is open, making it costly for Alexandria hotels to stay open during the day if the guests are out sightseeing. But the pool is open Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 a.m., opening again from 2 to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the pool is open all day from 6 to 10 p.m.
Doggie Yappy Hour
Wonderful pups of all sizes are welcomed like kings and queens at every Kimpton for no additional charge. Your human children will delight in seeing happy canines attending the Yappy Hour that takes place on select evenings in the hotel lobby. Owners can enjoy drinks by the glass while thirsty doggies can lap at several water bowls set up in the courtyard and snack on dog treats passed out by servers. Begging allowed.
The onsite restaurant, Jackson 20 -- named after President Andrew Jackson -- serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. Families can enjoy indoor or outdoor seating. The kids menus are loaded with standbys like hamburgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs and mac 'n cheese paired with a choice of fries, fresh fruit, raw vegetables or small greens. Juice or milk is included and the meal is topped with a scoop of ice cream and a house made cookie. Sunday Brunch might be the most impressive meal for the kids. One of Andrew Jackson's favorite dishes was pancakes, and Jackson 20 does our former president proud by flipping a light, fluffy Sunday brunch staple. Their special kids' brunch menu even offers PB&J, cereal and fresh fruit.
Jackson 20 meals are delivered to your room 24 hours a day with a smaller overnight menu beginning at 11 p.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
A stay here means that you can request and receive in your guestroom, cribs and play yards, high chairs, booster seats and child safety kits that include toilet latches, nightlights and outlet covers. Additionally, for a small rental fee, the concierge will arrange for a stroller, a bouncy seat or scooter sent to your guestroom.
There is a fee for overnight parking and a quick phone call brings your car to the front of the hotel.
A complimentary scheduled shuttle service is available between the hotel and Ronald Reagan National Airport every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Service is available by request only. When you arrive at the airport, contact the hotel and the arrangements for your pick-up will be in motion.
If you need adult time, just speak with the concierge and you'll be directed to an accredited babysitter.
This relatively large, bright fitness center is open 24/7 and features an array of Precor cardio machines with built-in TVs, free weights, yoga mats, huge towels, fruit, magazines, restrooms with showers, ear phones -- everything you need to have a good time.
There is a daily Wi-Fi fee.
The Art of Timing
High season begins in March and continues through the summer and well into the glorious fall months. The D.C. region gets very humid and hot in the afternoons from late May into September. So if you're visiting D.C. and Alexandria in the summer, plan to rise early to efficiently use the cool morning hours. In the afternoon, dive deep into a museum, pool or guestroom bed. All that said, beware of rain. Yes, even in the summer the D.C. region sees about three inches of downpour each month.
From late October through March the weather swings from "just lovely" days to "it's too cold to have fun" days with January being the coldest month. Snow joins the party with about fifteen inches each year.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has it's own Metro stop on the blue or yellow line which will take you to Alexandria. Or if you prefer to use a hotel shuttle, rental car or cab, it's a mere 10-minute drive from Ronald Reagan Washington to Alexandria.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately a 40-minute drive to Alexandria. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) will take more than 50 minutes to get to Alexandria.
For transportation you can be at the King Street Metro station in minutes by jumping on the complimentary King Street Trolley that runs every 15 minutes. Buy a Metro ticket and zip off to practically everything noteworthy in D.C. -- couldn't be easier.
For Mom and Dad
Evening Wine Hour
Complimentary wine is poured by the glass every evening in the lobby.
The hotel doesn't have a spa, but does offer in-room spa services by delivering estheticians and massage therapists right to your room. Choose from a host of treatments including massages, body wraps, facials and mani/pedis. Reserve at the front desk.