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Venues in Washington, DC,
(202) 449-7013
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 55 Reviews


    Julie

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    User1747200

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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 ther... Read more

    Amelia

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    User2623127

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Judy

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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, t... Read more

    User2186194

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • 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 f... Read more

    Holly

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Rebecca

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Katie

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    3.5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Julia

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Christine

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    4.2 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Jeff

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  • 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 ... Read more

    Luke

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    1.7 out of 5
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  • 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.

    Katie

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    4.5 out of 5
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  • 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... Read more

    K

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    1.9 out of 5
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  • 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 ... Read more

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