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Hotel Monaco

Washington , DC

LOCATION

700 F Street NW
Washington, DC US 20004 (map)

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202-628-7177

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Entire staff, (the ENTIRE staff), was made aware of the event and all treated us very warmly. It made our destination wedding feel like we were really getting married at home. It was special to be in such a unique space and have the vendors make you feel as if you feel welcome. Amazing and prompt service. Only issue was with getting the group rate, not the quote, but the follow-through. Lots of my guests had problems booking rooms at our quoted rate, but this was eventually fixed with simple communication with the management staff (also very friendly).
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
We recently had our ceremony and reception at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC. The service provided by all the staff was amazing-Buddee Clinton, their Director of Catering and Events, kept us right on schedule for the day and made sure all of our last minute change requests were taken care of--including adding meals for the a seated dinner less than 2 hours before the reception. The catering staff were very attentive to all of our guests and the food...guests are still raving about it!
The venue is spectacular-lots of natural light, and very romantic. Since the Hotel Monaco is a historical landmark, it fits right in with creating a unique Washington experience for your guests and the location is central to so many DC sites. Our guests, those who stayed in the hotel, and those who just came for the wedding, raved about how beautiful it was.
As a bride, the hotel suite (gorgeous) was perfect for having a hair and makeup team come to the room and to host family and friends throughout the day.
We could not have been happier with our entire wedding experience at the Hotel Monaco, Washington, DC.
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Kristen
Wedding:
3/15/2014
4.8/5.0
The Hotel Monaco has always been my dream location, and it was everything I had hoped for! Buddee Clinton, the wedding coordinator, is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Whenever we met with him it was clear we were in great hands! The hotel is beautiful and so unique - there's nothing else like it! The week of the wedding, the entire staff was so helpful and friendly they made it stress-free. The food was delicious, and the Paris Ballroom is a gorgeous ceremony AND reception spot.
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Kate
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.8/5.0
Buddee and the staff at Hotel Monaco made my wedding day absolutely perfect. Not only was the venue magnificent, but everyone involved made sure our wishes were fulfilled. The food was amazing, set up perfect, and staff was very professional. Buddee made sure the hotel had everything in order so that we did not have to worry about a thing. Every aspect was flawless and I would suggest this venue to future brides in a heartbeat.
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Baht
Wedding:
6/23/2013
4.2/5.0
Everything ran flawlessly at Hotel Monaco. Buddee Clinton can be slow to respond in the beginning but ultimately delivers. The food was a little overcooked at the wedding-that was disappointing but I know it is hard to cook for such a large quantity. We had 175 in the room and it was wonderful. Our service was in the round. It was BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE and nice to see faces of our loved ones during the ceremony. The natural sky light over our chuppah was amazing. It felt magical walking down the aisle into the room. I was nervous about there being room for the dance floor and a 10 piece band but the Monaco made it work and it was perfect!
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Julie
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I recently had my wedding and reception at the Hotel Monaco in DC. The entire experience, from signing the contract to the actual event, was handled exceptionally well. Buddee Clinton is by far one of the most competent, experienced, and all around knowledgable wedding and event professionals you will meet. Compared to other hotel venues in DC, we thought that the Monaco was actually a better value. The space is absolutely beautiful and we loved that it is a somewhat "quirky" boutique hotel. All of our guests loved their stay and are still talking about how beautiful it was. But back to Buddee, I really can't emphasize enough how helpful he was. You really don't need a wedding planner if you have Buddee. His other vendor recommendations were all fantastic. I would absolutely recommend the Monaco with 100% confidence.
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Amelia
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Hotel Monaco in downtown DC as a wedding venue. We had an amazing experience and couldn't have been happier with our well our day went. Buddee, the hotel's wedding planner, was extremely responsive to all our e-mails and requests. The hotel staff was very professional and welcoming. I was blown away with how beautiful the Paris Ballroom looked when it was all set up. We gave a whole bunch of little details to Buddee to set up and everything was executed to perfection. Doesn't hurt that the venue its self is stunning to begin with. The only issue we had (and it was minor) was that a lot of guest had issues setting up a reservation using the room block, something that wasn't the DC venue's fault, but I think Kimpton as a company overall. Anytime we had booking issues though, Buddee made sure it was taken care of!
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Katie
Wedding:
5/5/2012
3.5/5.0
I was a little nervous as my wedding day approached and I felt that my contact at the Monaco may not have all of the details in place, however I was happily surprised when our wedding day arrived and everything went incredibly smoothly. The hotel put forward a wonderful event and we couldn't have been more pleased. Our guests were wowed by the venue all weekend. I just wish they would have been more responsive and proactive in the planning process.
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julesdc
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.6/5.0
Buddee, Betty, and the team at the Hotel Monaco were wonderful. The venue is on the pricier end, but you certainly get what you pay for and we did not have the sense that they were trying to sell us on additional items all the time, as I did with other vendors. The hotel was set up as promised, all details were taken care of, things were set up as we requested with no need to confirm more than once, and our guests were just thrilled with the quality of service. Buddee and Betty were a great team and made sure that we always knew what was going on. They kept us on schedule, too, and ensured that the time was special for us as well as our guests. The food was also delicious.

Would highly recommend them!
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Christine
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.2/5.0
Buddee was great to work with. He was not always the quickest with responses, but always got done what I asked. Hotel Monaco is absoutely beautiful and we fell in love with it immediately. The staff was great and very accomodating. Be prepared to spend some money though, it's definitely not cheap, but worth it.
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jeffandethan
Wedding:
9/4/2011
4.2/5.0
I highly recommend the Hotel Monaco as a venue for your wedding. This unique room looks more like a library in a mansion than it does a hotel ballroom. The dome ceiling, book shelves, and other details make this a very special room, while still having all of the conveniences of having your wedding in a hotel.

We had 190 people and although we were a little concerned about the size of the room, we all comfortably fit in the room, and the size made it very intimate without feeling cramped, The only negative of the room regarding its size is that it does not have the biggest dance floor. That being said, we were much happier to have some people dancing on the carpet, than having a huge dance floor that felt empty.

The food was AMAZING!!!! You cannot beat having Poste cater your wedding, because it provides food so far superior to the standard wedding fare. The service during the wedding was impeccable. All of the servers were extremely professional and made an extra effort to make sure Ethan and I were always comfortable and had what we need.

We had both our ceremony and reception at the Hotel Monaco in the Paris Ballroom, and they easily turned the room over in less than the hour that we were down the hall for the cocktail hour. Buddee Clinton, the events manager, has this down to a science.

Buddee was great during the day and leading up to the wedding, however, he had not arrived until after we began taking pictures around 3:30, so we were happy that we had a friend doing our day of planning for us to be an intermediary. Buddee really does know exactly what he is doing, and is great in person, but is not always readily available or respond very quickly, but it might just be that it is easy to forget he has many other weddings to deal with at all times. Sometimes you have to be a little forceful, as it seems that Buddee likes to do things the way he is accustomed to doing, but at the end of the day he took care of everything and absolutely knows exactly what he is doing, so my advice is to trust Buddee and listen to his suggestions, which were very helpful.

The schedule that we set out for the event got a little messed up, but we were the only two who noticed, so it really wasn't a big deal.

We LOVED the Hotel Monaco, which is a cool, funky hotel with a great history, and all of our guests who stayed there could not stop talking about it. If you stay here, make sure that you find Whitney and Jennifer at guest services, who both made an extra effort to make sure that us and all of our guests were very happy.
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Holly
Wedding:
4/30/2011
4.8/5.0
The Hotel Monaco was a beautiful spot for our wedding and the staff was excellent. All our guests commented on the setting, quality of the food and service. Buddee Clinton the Director of Catering and Special Events was wonderful to work with and all of his suggestions were wonderful- things we did think of and would have regretted not doing or doing differently. He kept the day and night running smoothly and my husband and I were truly able to relax and really enjoy ourselves.
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Rebecca
Wedding:
3/26/2011
4.8/5.0
We LOVED the Hotel Monaco - the setting was beautiful (a mix of history with some modern style and colors). Buddee, the wedding coordinator at the Monaco, made everything run smoothly - we absolutely didn't need another coordinator; Buddee just made everything work! The food was delicious, and the wedding was just really, really fun. Hotel rooms are on the pricy side, but in general the value for the wedding was great - way better than anything else we considered for the event.
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lmd25
Wedding:
2/5/2011
1.7/5.0
Venue was beautiful, guests enjoyed the rooms. However, customer service by the Special events/catering department was lax leading up to the 2 weeks before the wedding and immediately after. It was like we have our money we don't have to deal with the couple any more. I'll never recommend this venue without a planner or someone to get absolutely everything in writing from the Special Events/Catering department. Their lack of attention to detail and service lead to being overcharged and additional fees that have not been remedied fully.
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Katie
Wedding:
1/22/2011
4.5/5.0
We really wanted to have our ceremony and reception in the same place, for the convenience of our guests, and Hotel Monaco DC turned out to be perfect. It's a beautiful old building with lots of character and, as others mention, Buddee and staff clearly know what they are doing. I think I most realized this after reflecting back on the day and realizing that I did not have to do anything/answer any questions from the hotel the day of the wedding - they had everything under control the whole night. They were there the whole time, but the only time I saw them was when I'd get a little tap and someone would tell me "ok, time for the father-daughter dance", etc, to keep things on schedule. Our two most important reception details were the food (we love to eat) and the dancing (our DJ was a friend). Poste obviously does excellent food (we had steak, chicken and veggie options) and we worked with Buddee on a timeline that would maximize dancing opportunities. It was a fantastic evening, and all our vendors were familiar with the hotel, which helped a ton from an organizational standpoint.

The only glitch in our plans was the reservations. The contract we signed had the room block name and the 1-800 number for guests to use. The first family members who tried to book rooms found our block wasn't showing up in the system, then we got that fixed, but then for a while our block was showing as sold out to people who called when it definitely wasn't. Also, our guests' rooms were scattered throughout the hotel and my grandparents got a gift bag to someone else's wedding. Overall, people were responsive when we brought the issues to their attention, but I was just kind of not expecting to spend time on those particular details.
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K
Wedding:
10/16/2010
1.9/5.0
I wish I had as wonderful of an experience at the Monaco as the other reviews. I planned my wedding for nearly 2 years so I was convinced everything would go as planned. What I had NOT expected was while I was out at the rehearsal dinner someone stole the crystal embellished sash to my wedding gown!!! The gown was only out of my sight for 4 hours during which the room was turned down and my sash (the only embellishment on gown) was stolen out of the zipped garment bag containing my gown and veil out of the closed wardrobe. The sash was on a hanger, the hanger was still in the bag but the sash was gone. I discovered this the night before my wedding, but before I totally freaked out I waited until the next morning so my parents could go home and be SURE the sash was not there. I woke up on my wedding day to the news from them that the sash was officially gone. The first thing I did was cry my eyes out on my wedding day. I then contacted the hotel management about the theft. They came up with the maids and searched the room...this is while the bridal party and I were getting ready in the suite complete with two photographers. NOT the wedding day I'd imagined at all. It was total chaos. The management was tearing sheets off the bed, suggesting perhaps I'd slept with the sash. They also asked if I'd taken out my own trash....in a hotel because it was possible I'd thrown it away. Seriously?!! It was a mess and eventually the management told me they didnt' believe the maid had taken the sash, but they had checked the room entry log and the maid was the only other entry into the room. So basically I felt humiliated because apparently the management decided I was lying about it despite having a picture of the dress with the sash at the final dress fitting and the receipt from purchasing it. It was such a mess and all the while Buddee our event planner never even bothered to show up and see if I was alright even though I had requested he come to the room nor did I even speak a word to him at all during the day. I seriously just cannot believe I got robbed on my wedding day and they did NOTHING about it. The only offer was to buy another of the sash. Clearly they don't understand there's really only one day in your life you can wear a fake diamond sash and that's your wedding day! The room wasn't comped, the management never directly apologized to me, I even sent a letter to corporate telling them about the experience and have yet to hear anything in response to a letter and email.

I had all sorts of other random issues with planning along the way including them never letting us taste the specialty cocktail (even though we asked to) and then running out of it within an hour, taking my half eaten wedding cake off the sweetheart table while I was dancing so I only got two bites of it, and changing the carpeting in the ballroom to the ugliest carpet on earth without mentioning the massive change to any of the brides, but the sash being stolen was the ultimate disaster. Once the guests staying at the hotel caught wind of the theft, they all rushed back to their rooms to stuff everything in their safes. It was SO embarrassing they had to fear for their things at what was supposed to be a nice hotel.

I seriously regret choosing the Monaco not only because of the sash situation, but also the lack of the great customer service the Kimpton brand claims to have even after the wedding. Clearly when one of my vendors reacted with 'can you still change venues' when I told her where the reception was, I should've listened to her!!!!
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Aryan
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous site for ceremony and reception! The Catering Manager, Buddee Clinton, is an absolute gem and the staff is extremely attentive, professional and customer service oriented. The food is a delight (not to mention Poste prides itself in using sustainable/organic products) and the bridal suite is absolutely gorgeous! There's something to be said about a boutique hotel, which really prides itself on its identity, culture, and attention to detail. It was a dream come true!
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Marc C
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Buddee Clinton and company at the Hotel Monaco are wonderful at what they do! They were so easy and pleasant to work with throughout the planning process and made everything so easy for us running up to the reception and especially on the big day. They don't know the word "no" and did everything we asked of them. Our guests were incredibly happy with the food and service. Everything moved smoothly at the reception - the food was brought out quickly, plates and glasses were cleared promptly and the ensured all gifts and accouterments were promptly brought to our room. They did a great job making our event memorable for all!
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Lexi
Wedding:
8/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Two and a half weeks ago I was married at the Hotel Monaco, DC. The venue was one of the huge components that made it my perfect day. Starting with the beautiful architecture to the funky decor I loved it from the start. Buddee Clinton, Director of Catering was fabulous to work with through my year of planning. He not only offered helpful suggestions but answered every single question I had through the year. The weeks before and day of, Buddee and his staff rose above my expectations by providing guidance and help with whatever needed. I was worried about how the processional would work and where people would stand .. and Buddee took care of all of these little details. The food was delish and all of our friends and family couldn�t stop raving about the venue. The Monaco really is a very special place to get married.
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Zhia
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
We could not have had a more beautiful wedding at a more beautiful and unique location. I highly recommend Hotel Monaco. This says a lot since my husband and I went to see 27 reception locations in the DC area (IN PERSON!!). I wished that we had gone to see Hotel Monaco first since we knew hands-down that it was the best the moment we walked in. The restaurant in the Hotel (Poste) is amaaaaazing and elegant.
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skimmy
Wedding:
5/30/2009
4.2/5.0
Overall, our wedding at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC was great. On the day of the wedding, the staff was very accommodating and if you asked for something, they delivered. One point of concern was the slow response time to emails and phone calls (replies usually took about 5 days) during the planning process. I think they do so many weddings that they didn’t really care much about our business. No big deal but not as much personal attention as I thought other places might have had.
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ks123
Wedding:
11/1/2008
4.9/5.0
The Hotel Monaco is the perfect place for a wedding. If you are looking for the convenience of a hotel but would like something different, this is the place! The Paris Ballroom is beautiful. We had a TON of compliments on our venue choice. Another unique thing about the Monaco is that the food is fantastic. Everyone at the reception mentioned how great the food was, which of course, usually isn't the case when food is prepared for a large number of people. The only downfall is that the cost per person is quite pricey, but it was well worth the money.
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fancybride
Wedding:
10/26/2008
4.6/5.0
My wedding at the Monaco was fabulous! The Paris ballroom is beautiful with the high ceilings and great dome in the middle. We were able to take pictures before the wedding outside in the courtyard which was a great setting for the pictures. The architecture throughout the hotel is amazing as it was an old building that was restored.

The food was also great, unlike as most weddings that we have been to. Very fresh tasting and good variety.
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Stacey
Wedding:
10/24/2008
4.6/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Hotel Monaco in Old Town, Alexandria. This boutique hotel is very sheek and elegant, with a touch of modern art deco glamour. The outdoor courtyard where our ceremony took place is very charming. We had a great experience with all the staff; Paris ballroom was beautiful and the food was delicious.
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prkrwndy
Wedding:
7/5/2008
4.0/5.0
Our wedding was beautiful! The Paris Ballroom at The Monaco is stunning and made for a perfect location for both our ceremony and reception. Buddee and his staff were very accomodating and easy to work with.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Hotel Monaco - DC was one of the best choices we made for our wedding! Buddee was a dream to work with. He knows his venue so well, he knows what works, and how to make the night flow. I knew all along that the Hotel would be beautiful and that if Buddee was in charge-- I didn't have to worry. I did hear from guests that there wasn't enough food at the cocktail hour-- which was a suprise since we were pretty clear that we wanted lots of food there. Guest did say that the food in the reception was WONDERFUl (we did chicken) which was great to hear. We were very happy with the choice of Hotel Manaco Washington, DC.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I are extremely satisfied with Hotel Monaco. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and our guests loved the space as well. The location of the hotel is perfect especially for all of our out-of-town guests. The service from the front desk to the valet was very attentive and made us feel important and special. In addition, Buddee Clinton was a pleasure to work with over the past year. He was very responsive via email and if a problem occurred he was sure to correct it right away. We had a cookie table which is a family tradition and Buddee/staff set up the cookie arrangement perfectly. I know it definitely took extra time away from setup but no one complained:) The only interesting thing about HM was how to make a hotel reservation. The guests could only call a certain 1-800 number and not the hotel itself or online. We had a little bit of trouble with this. My only wish for future brides/grooms is that they make all reservation avenues available to guests. However, that was our only hiccup.

All and all, the service, food and hotel were fantastic. The wedding reception was just perfect!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Simply put, the Hotel Monaco made our wedding day perfect. It isn't inexpensive, but we found it to be worth every penny. The Hotel is practically one-stop wedding shopping for some of the hardest aspects of the event to coordinate - a gorgeous and historical venue that can host your ceremony, cocktail hour (cocktails at a set fee rather than by-the-glass), and reception, DELICIOUS food (our guests are still talking about how much they enjoyed their meals...and we hosted several picky eaters), and perhaps best of all, our Hotel coordinator Buddee Clinton. We liked him from the very beginning - he is calm, professional, extremely responsive (I sent him a LOT of e-mails, and he got back to me on every one of them), and he has helped coordinate tons of weddings before so he knows exactly how to help you plan the evening and ensure all goes smoothly. We found many of our wonderful vendors through his recommendation. Our wedding night went off without a hitch, and Buddee and staff were there the entire time to help make sure everything went according to plan. We loved the staff as well - all of them (waiters, bartender, Betty, Buddee's assistant) were all smiles, genuinely happy for us and a delight to have working with us. We would recommend this venue to anyone. THANK YOU, Hotel Monaco!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Hotel Monaco and Buddee Clinton gave us the wedding we'd hoped for when we started the planning process. Buddee and his team are a well-oiled machine. They know what works for the venue and make the process smooth and easy as you plan. Buddee is a busy venue manager, so it occasionally took a few days to get a response to a question, but he always followed through and followed up. The ballroom is just beautiful. For our wedding of 150 guests, it was the perfect size to have space to move and dance while still providing the intimacy we hoped for with our wedding. Room reservations had some hiccups along the way, but everything always worked out (often with a little help from Buddee). The hotel and rooms are just lovely, and everything is so well-placed within the city for out-of-town guests. And the National Portrait Gallery across the street is an awesome place for wedding pictures! Finally, the food was delicious, and just as good the night of the wedding (for 150) as at our tasting for two. We recommend Hotel Monaco for your wedding venue without any hesitation!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The Monaco is an absolutely beautiful hotel and a unique historic venue with wonderful service. I am so happy we had our wedding there. We have received many comments about how nice everything was and how much fun family and friends had. Buddee at the Monaco put a lot of time into helping plan and execute our wedding; it was greatly appreciated. Also he was very responsive to our questions and very patient with my brother with special needs, to figure out the best way he could fit into the ceremony and reception and be the most comfortable.
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