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
Stayed in a suite over the weekend (and had family in 2 other rooms). What a wonderful hotel! There are so many plesent amenities here. If you forget anything (a curling iron, ear plugs, etc they will provide it). There is a nightly happy hour in the lobby with wine, beer (and hot toddies when we were there), with a small appetizer. There was also a man doing 5 minute chair massages during that time. There is complimentary coffee/tea in the hotel restaurant in the morning, but the set up was really nice (mix in syrups and toppings). We were celebrating some milestone birthdays and let the hotel know in advance and they sent up cupcakes and prosecco. Just a lot of nice touches. The hotel is right in downtown, so a 5min uber to union station. Walking distance from great restaurants. Bed, linens, toiletries were all top notch.
I was a bit disappointed with the hotel. I've stayed at other kimpton Monaco properties and this one fell a bit short. I thought the hallways looked a bit cheap, the rooms were ordinary, lobby/entrance a bit small. The toilet kept flushing in the middle of the night on its own and waking us up too. The cost of parking was outrageous.
The Monaco in Denver was amazing Lexi, Luna, Janie, Jeffie, Noah, Hayden and I went to the Monaco to see a show. We had a wonderful experience right when we walked inside they greeted us with a wide smile and asked for last name as usual. One thing that was amazing was how the person at the front desk was so incredibly helpful and engaging I wish I remember his name to personally say thank you the only thing that I would say would be is that when we come to Denver we stay there and there would be a fish a little while ago which I know you're probably thinking that was really hard to take care of but all I have to say is it made this day for the kids more friendly and fun. But over all the staff was also very helpful for example my friend split something and staff member that was walking the other way turned around and helped her amazing. When we got back from dinner there was chocolate on our pillows.Overall it was amazing just to add on the sheets and pillows were soft and cushy amazing. Overall love the Monaco
We stayed here for one night only by taking advantage of Kimpton’s annual sale. It was my mother’s 80th birthday and the hotel made it special. She had cupcakes and a small bottle of champagne waiting in her room. They gave us cards to come back another time for a free dessert. The other fun part was the happy hour. I have stayed at other Kimpton’s but this one definitely has the best happy hour with wine, beer and mulled cider. They also appetizers and complimentary chair massages.
The rooms were well decorated and our dog came for free. She had a dog bed and bowls waiting for her. I was also very impressed that we didn’t hear the traffic on the second floor except for sirens. Finally, the restaurant and bar are excellent.
We've stayed at the Monaco for a weekend escape twice and will probably do it again. The staff (which includes the concierge dog!) is as good as it gets. The lobby and reception area are amazing examples of art deco. And then there is the wine and appetizer reception for guests every night. And......your dog is welcome!!! The hotel provides food and water dishes and there are places near the hotel to walk your dog.
And, the rooms! Well, wrap yourself in one of their fabulous zebra robes and I'll bet they can deliver breakfast in bed! Doesn't get any better!