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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We arrived on a weekday early, and they were able to accommodate us right away. The valet was quick and pleasant. The concierge was the friendliest person and gave great advice. Complimentary happy hour with free massage. Again, pleasant people and lively surroundings. The rooms and common areas were tasteful and grand. The food was good. Breakfast pastries and parfaits convenient grab and go. We grabbed a Lyft to the Botanical Gardens which was a must see. That’s another review!
Restaurant attached is outstanding. Friendly and attentive staff. Bathroom immaculate.Long hot shower and never ran out of hot water, was fantastic.Hotel has a great vibe. Felt safe as a solo traveling female.
Yes, we were uncomfortable. The bland gray/black decor was dreary. The windows looked out on another building, so we couldn't see the sky. We also couldn't get the windows open to air out the strong off-gassing smell of the carpet and furniture. The entry to the room was tiled such that our feel had shivers from the cold.
In the middle of the night we were awakened with sounds of someone pounding mails and using what sounded like a shop vacuum.
We chose the Klimpton because fo the beauty of their San Francisco hotel. This one is not even close to that feel of luxury and beauty.
We stayed 5 nights at the conveniently located Hotel Monaco as part of a travel package. The hotel is walking distance from some of the best restaurants, a river walking/biking path, and the 6th Street Mall. We were very impressed by the service at the front desk and throughout the hotel. Jared, the manager did his best to accommodate every request we made and even texted to check in with us about what else they could do after we had asked for a room-change. Sheepishly I asked if they could put a sheet we had brought from home into their dryers that had gotten soaked at a Red Rocks concert the night before and they happily complied (twice!). When the sheet was not ready for the third concert, Jared gave me 2 hotel sheets to use in order to mark our GA seats at RR. The room we stayed in the latter 4 nights was beautiful, well-lit and comfortably sized. Every conversation with servers, housekeeping, bellman, and valets was warm and welcoming. We will return.
We stay at Hotel Monaco whenever we are lucky enough to be in Denver! (Last year they had no availability during our stay and unfortunately we had a somewhat disappointing stay at Hotel Born so I made sure to book Hotel Monaco early this year!) we love the size and decor of the rooms, the wine hour, the coffee bar in the morning, the dog friendly atmosphere (we stayed with our elderly pug 2 years ago and unfortunately had to say goodbye to him in May 2019 at the age of 16 1/2 or he would have joined us again)and the staff who treats guests so warmly! I can’t wait until our next stay ❤️