Signed, Sealed, Delivered at Hotel Monaco Washington DC
March 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC, US – In an age of online bill pay and Facebook Messenger, there’s something kind of romantic about heading to the post office to send an actual letter. Post offices remind us of a slower world in which missives written in longhand wended their way to recipients over a number of days rather than milliseconds.
So it’s no surprise that Hotel Monaco Washington DC, housed in a 1893 post office by Robert Mills (the same guy who designed the Washington Monument and the U.S. Treasury building), has a certain mystique redolent of America’s “pre-paperless” past−a time when post offices were designed as majestic public spaces on par with courthouses or libraries. The building itself, which is a National Historic Landmark, boasts original features like vaulted ceilings, stately columns, and grand corridors and stairways.
And yet, Hotel Monaco manages to preserve the building’s architectural delights without a whiff of mustiness. The funky interior design−think bold colors like red, green, and yellow, and dizzying graphic patterns−gives it a thoroughly 21st century update. Amenities like wireless Internet, in-room yoga accessories, and martini kits in the minibars keep things tech-savvy, trendy, and loads of fun. One of our fave perks of the hotel is the buzzing onsite restaurant Poste, a brasserie where the cool crowd gathers for acclaimed seasonal, organic fare with a French accent.
The standard rooms are kind of, well…, “postage-stamp” sized, clocking in at around 250 square feet. But Monte Carlo rooms with vaulted 20-foot ceilings as well as luxurious suites offer more space to spread out. We don’t typically spend too much time in the room when we’re here, though. Perks like nightly hosted wine hours and free morning coffee draw us down to the lobby, and the hotel’s ultra-prime location in the midst of key DC sights means we spend the majority of our time sightseeing. The hotel is steps away from the National Mall and International Spy Museum and right across from the National Portrait Gallery and the Verizon Center.
This being a Kimpton hotel, they’re ultra pet friendly. Pets of all stripes are welcome with no size/weight restrictions and no extra charge. Furry friends are greeted with food and water bowls and a map of area dog walks, among other amenities. No pet to call your own? Complimentary goldfish are provided in-room upon request.
The combination of so many fun amenities and evocative postal architecture makes Hotel Monaco a truly “first class” lodging choice. Add in complimentary newspaper delivery, hotel bikes, in-room spa treatments, and 24-hour business and fitness centers, and−just like a piece of mail−we’re truly “signed, sealed, delivered.” Hotel Monaco, we’re yours!
Read more about Hotel Monaco Washington DC in our Washington, DC Guide.