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Monaco Alexandria continues its historic traditions

Hotel Monaco Alexandria – A Story of History

Every hotel tells a story. Each of the Kimpton Hotels has a distinct personality and soul of its own—a story. The stories are as varied and colorful as the hotels themselves, be they about wine, art, literature, food, architecture…to name a few. Each unique story promises adventure, inspiration and delightful surprises while offering the familiarity and style you've come to expect of the Kimpton Hotels brand.

The story of Hotel Monaco Alexandria is history.

Hotel Monaco Alexandria doesn't just make history, it is history. Stay where it all began when you stay at our landmark Old Town hotel, and enjoy a front row seat to the fascinating Civil War events and programs taking place here and throughout the region.

Hotel Monaco sits on the site of the former Marshall House, the location of the beginning of the Civil War. On May 24, 1861, an altercation between the innkeeper, secessionist James W. Jackson, and Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, leader of the 11th New York Infantry "Fire Zouaves," led to a melee and both men became the first two martyrs of the Civil War.

Beyond the remarkable Civil War significance of the hotel's location, Hotel Monaco Alexandria also enjoys being set in one of the most historically rich cities in the United States. Founded in 1749 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria was once a colonial seaport and home to George Washington. With easy access to the nearby metro station plus award-winning restaurants and eclectic shopping, Alexandria strikes a perfect balance between the charm and interest of the past with the comfort and convenience of the present. If you are a history buff, merely curious, or wildly adventurous, we extend an invitation to take your imagination back in time while keeping your feet firmly planted in the now.