Located in the entertainment district of Washington, D.C. near Chinatown, Hotel Monaco is situated around new restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, theaters, and trendy stores. Though it was built nearly 150 years ago, this historic building is a 10-year-old luxury boutique hotel that has a unique story to tell.
Originally designed as a post office made of marble and fireproof walls, famed architects Robert Mills, known for designing the Washington Monument, and Thomas Walter, who designed the Capitol Dome, built this hotel in two stages.
“This building is the first significant federal building created after the White House,” says general manager Ed Virtue. “Because it was originally designed as a post office, we have oversized guest rooms with 17-foot ceilings and a spectacular sense of space that you don’t get in modern buildings.”
Hotel Monaco has 183 rooms and offers almost 40 “Monte Carlo” guest rooms that are larger than a deluxe king room, but not quite as big as a suite. They come with an affordable rate and can even accommodate the family pet. “We are heavy with business travelers during the week, and people really like to travel with their pets these days,” says Virtue.
With soaring ceilings and eclectic, colorful furnishings, this boutique hotel is a gathering place for locals and guests alike. “We have a great restaurant – Poste Moderne Brasserie. People love to eat outside from March to October. There is an outdoor kitchen and a chef’s garden. It’s a local attraction and hangout,” says Virtue.
The elegant setting is matched by luxury amenities that include complimentary newspaper and coffee service in the morning, a hosted evening wine reception each night, 24-hour room service provided by Poste Moderne Brasserie, as well as pet-friendly services that make your stay feel like home on your vacation or business trip.
Jennifer K. Dansicker is the special projects editor for Chesapeake Home + Living.
Hotel Monaco: monaco-dc.com or 800-649-1202