Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
What We Love
- Renowned designer Susan Caruso’s cowboy-chic redesign
- Nightly lobby wine hour
- On-site Panzano serves up some of the best Italian fare in the city
What To Know
- Guestrooms were renovated in spring 2011, public spaces in spring 2012
- Prime downtown location near cultural attractions, bars and restaurants, sporting venues and convention center
- Extremely pet-friendly (food and water bowls, dog beds and doggy bags upon request)
- Join Kimpton’s free Karma rewards program for free WiFi
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Mile High City has grown out of its cow town rep to become the Rocky Mountains’ cultural and economic hub. But that’s not to say the Monaco Denver’s sculpture of a cow grazing near the elevator bank isn’t perfectly placed. Redesigned by Susan Caruso in spring 2012, this boutique sleep manages to celebrate Denver’s dusty past while embracing its refined present. In the lobby natural materials — black and brown leather, cowhide, mahogany, bronze and iron — hint at Denver’s history, while contemporary furnishings and pops of teal, burnt orange and green signal the city’s modern movement. They all fit in perfectly with one aspect of the hotel that hasn’t changed since its 1988 opening: the much-celebrated hand-painted ceiling, which climbs to a pyramid peak in colorful geometric designs. In fact, Caruso commissioned the lobby’s mod art to match.
Bed and Bath
Past the cow and up the elevators, the 189 guestrooms are spacious (they start at 300 square feet), with high ceilings and big windows (though the building is only seven stories and in the heart of downtown, so there aren’t any mountain views). Like the lobby below, color, pattern and texture combine for that cowboy-chic vibe; the geometric chocolate and persimmon carpeting, tangerine damask drapes, turquoise high-back chairs, cow-print throws and horse head lamps all fuse into a sexy, almost brooding boudoir style. All the mod cons are here, including iHome iPhone/iPod-charging alarm clocks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and generous work desks with plenty of electric outlets. Bathrooms are updated but not quite spa-like; if you need pampering, head to the vaunted Veda Spa downstairs.
The hotel’s restaurant, Panzano, is not an afterthought. It’s a local fave, anchoring the corner of Champa and 17th streets. Chef Elise Wiggins translates local produce, meats and cheeses into exquisite Northern Italian fare in such dishes as pan-fried Brussels sprouts tossed with pistachios, sliced apples and apple cider vinegar; tagliatelle carbonara topped with house-cured pancetta; and sautéed gnocchi with rabbit confit, leeks, shallots, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and gorgonzola. The wine list is one of the best in town, so imbibe — and don’t be afraid to enlist the expertise of GM-slash-sommelier Josh Mayo. Panzano’s Sunday brunch is one of the best, starting with a Bottomless Bellini: Zonin prosecco with your choice of house-made peach or pear puree, or orange, cranberry, pineapple and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.
In the Area
Denver is one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities, so it makes sense that it’s B-cycle system is a model bike-sharing program. There’s a station across 17th Street from the hotel, so you can simply grab a bike and go. Best of all, rides under 30 minutes are free. The Denver Art Museum’s building is itself a work of art, with an extension designed by Daniel Libeskind. Adjacent to DAM, the new Clifford Still Museum is an ode to the reclusive Abstract Expressionist. After the artist’s death in 1980, his estate was given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work. Denver stepped to the plate, enlisting Brad Cloepfil to design the stunning 28,500-square-foot space, which is now considered one of the nation’s premier single-artist museums. After all that culture, it’s time for a drink, and nobody does beer better than Denver. Long before Denver became a hot spot for the microbrew movement, Colorado’s current governor, John Hickenlooper, was part of the scene. He opened the city’s original brewpub, the beloved Wynkoop Brewing Company, in 1988, and it’s within walking distance of Hotel Monaco. More must-guzzle suds are at Great Divide Brewing Co.’s excellent tap room, where 16 taps pour seasonal and year-round brews. No food is served, but the city’s best food trucks congregate just outside, allowing you to pair a hoppy Hercules Double IPA with a selection of gourmet grub.
How to Get There
Room was spacious. We are always upgraded because my husband is a Spire member. Unique decor. The workout room is ok. A few treadmills and ellipticals and some weights. The front staff is lukewarm at best. Location is nice and seems quiet but also very close to the 16th street mall. Definitely park and use public transportation or don’t bring a car and use public transportation. No other perks. The restaurant Panzano is alright and they offer a limited breakfast menu. I tried the white mushroom pizza and it was fine. Just really wasn’t impressed by anything in particular here.
My husband and I stayed for one night on my birthday.
I did not really feel welcoming or warm when we checked in. The lady at the reception looked busy with something else and new lobby design looked empty to me. A little disappointment at check-in.
But, I really liked the room we stayed. It was fun just looking out the window and everything in the room was nicely designed.
Next morning we had breakfast at the restaurant in the lobby.I would like to recommand avocado toast and coffee. It was really good.
My husband and I really enjoyed our visit here back in January. I absolutely loved the unique design of our room and the sweet amenities the front desk prepared for us (they even included a dog bed and toys for our pup!). Having come from Texas, we knew the dry altitude would be a tough transition, but the front desk included a humidifier for us before we could even ask! The room was very clean and spacious and we really enjoyed the complimentary coffee in the morning and wine hours in the evenings. The staff were very helpful and welcoming and were so accommodating to any of our needs.
Also, if you get the chance, I would highly recommend dining at the hotel’s restaurant, Panzano. The food is DELICIOUS and the service was always wonderful.
I stayed here for a business trip (so this wasn't me who has chosen this hotel). Location of the hotel is great. My room was very big and warm (which is good for winter), cleaning was always perfect, service on reception was helpful. They have happy hour with free alcohol.
As for deltas... Room doesn't have coffee machine or cattle. When you are arriving, they are giving you a gift: bread/ butter and some cremes, but how you can eat it without any drinks (except from mini-bar) - I don't know.
The worst thing about this hotel is: they don't offer breakfast. So in addition to relatively high price for stay, I needed to spend money and time for breakfasts in caffees nearby. They offer breakfast in Pazziano restaurant onsite, but it is hugely overpriced.
Small note about happy hour: there are very few chairs in the hall, so many people have to stay to drink.
Since it isn't my first time in Denver, I can say, that there are a lot of cheaper, while more convenient accommodations around (of course if you like to have a breakfast in the hotel, otherwise you can disregard my review).
Great location, quiet and really easy to find.
We stayed here three nights, in one of the suites. I loved the quirky design on the suite, the high ceilings make the room really spacious. The living area is a great size to chill out and watch some tv, there was a small desk for my husband to be able to work at.
The staff were great! We were left a lovely handwritten note, treats and a bottle... very nice gesture. (Thank you again)
It’s a good solid hotel, service is great, location is super!