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.
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They upgraded us to the luxury suite free of charge and without us asking when we checked in. The room was beautiful and very clean. The staff was extremely nice!! We will return here the next time we are in Denver.
I really enjoyed my weekend stay at Hotel Monaco. The location to downtown is wonderful, and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The room was very comfortable and quite modern. (Although there is a significant space between the room door and the floor which can can cause a bit of the hallway noise to come in). The lobby offers coffee in the morning and wine in the evening, which is a very nice touch. I would definitely stay here again.
I was here a couple of weeks ago. My wife and I stayed here a couple of years ago, and I've been here several times. The hotel had been updated and is newer and nicer than my last visit. The morning coffee and evening beer and wine are great Kimpton features. It's much better than a big, crowded, noisy hotel. Recommend it.
I went to this hotel for a business trip. It's a solid 3-star hotel based on hotel decor and rooms, not service. Pulled up and no valet or bellman - had to grab my own cart to unload. Reception very casual and indifferent. First room I went to had cosmetic repairs which were not tended to very well (see picture). The picture you see on trip advisor under this hotel is probably rare- unlikely you will get a room that looks like that! Many of the rooms face a parking structure or a building under construction. FYI, they never mentioned this during the booking process. A positive was the food was wonderful. Great restaurant attached or part of hotel - not 100% sure of the arrangement but the food was amazing, and they provide the room service as well. If you get a good price and just want a place to sleep - it's fine and in a good location but don't expect top level service, or much service. Housekeeping is sporadic, and you cannot talk to the housekeepers unless you know Spanish - not a slight, just seriously tried to speak to several and they didn't understand basic English - that I found very frustrating and so did several of my colleagues staying at the property. Also, had a pair of BOSE travel head phones (not cheap) and they "disappeared." Filled out an lost item report but I knew I wouldn't see them again - even though they had my business card in them - in the event they "fell out of my luggage in the hotel."
Great location! And allow dogs!
Nice charming hotel. Super nice friendly and helpful employees.
The room was on the large side, clean. But walls were thin, could hear the neighbors. And our room was dark, facing another room and the parking structure.
Personally, I like the other Kimpton much better.