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 came down to celebrate my husband's birthday. The location is great, just off the 16 Street Mall, about 5 blocks from Union Station. They hosted a free Happy Hour, with great appetizers (dates with blue cheese), a couple kinds of good wine and beer.
The room was super nice, with great bedding, a big frig for the champagne, and a big bathroom.
Best of all was the restaurant in the hotel, Panzanos! The food was great, the service was even better, particularly Katie. She just rocked it, and made it a birthday party!
My husband and I have been coming here for 17 years. Hotel Monaco never disappoints. It is attached to a lively local Italian restaurant that is consistently good. This hotel is small enough to feel like a boutique, but situated in the heart of down town Denver. It is nicely decorated and always very clean. They have a nice wine service for happy hour. It is within walking distance of all the best Denver has to offer. The staff always makes us feel warmly welcomed!
Stayed in this hotel during my official tour to US. The hotel is good but require a bit of renovation. The rooms were big and clean but felt old. Bathroom, staff and service were great. The location was just fantastic on champa street. The very next street you have all the shops and free bus ride on 16th street. Very close and centrally located.
I've been a Kimpton member for over a decade. My best friend and I have been staying at Hotel Monaco in Denver for years! We have seen the transformations of the hotel from the decor to the services. The amenities and the perks (we still remember the gold fish!) and up until recently, it's been our "go-to" but my most recent stay will more than likely be my last.
I booked my last room on the app 'Hotel Tonight' which I've used numerous times before and have never received the response given from Monaco. Not only did the woman checking me in act completely put out, but she referenced more than once that "Because I booked with Hotel Tonight....." She treated my friend and I like we weren't really guests of the hotel and we didn't really deserve to be there. Ironically, I had used the same app the week before at The Art and not only was their customer service top notch, they provided an upgrade and there was no mention of how the room was booked.
The way I see it, if Kimpton doesn't want reservations to be made through 3rd parties, they shouldn't participate. Or better yet, they should develop an app that makes booking directly with them as easy as it is on Hotel Tonight.
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.