Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
What We Love
- A nightly lobby wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m. every evening
- So pet-friendly it verges on doggie daycare (think turn-down treats and no size restriction)
- Free (upon request) spa tote bag for use during your stay, filled with a yoga mat, Pilates rings and core strengthening bands
What To Know
- There is no dedicated hotel spa, though in-room massages and facials can be arranged
- WiFi is free for those who sign up for the free Kimpton Karma Rewards program
- The “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” program will supply you with anything from lip balm to cell phone chargers, if you call the front desk
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This circa 1912 property, perched one block south of the Chicago River, started life as a hat factory. And that suits the Monaco — part of the playful Kimpton hotel brand — just fine. Following through on the theme with lots of Mad Hatter whimsy, the 191-room hotel kicks things off with a reception area and living room lounge that features day-glo photos of women in fanciful headgear, funhouse-size wing chairs and Deco murals. The valets get in on the act with their own hat tricks; depending on the season they’re decked out in earflap trapper hats, straw boaters or newsboy caps.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms add to the quirky romp with white leather chaises, looping carved wooden headboards and a spinning color wheel of gold-framed mirrors, scarlet carpets and red damask drapes. Even the standard King Deluxe Rooms are airy by Chicago standards, at 332 square feet, but the gentle rise in price to the Mediterranean Suite buys you a separate living room, along with epic, cushion-lined window seats that could pass for cupboard beds. Standard bathrooms feel cramped, though the granite countertops, C.O. Bigelow toiletries and animal-print robes, cheetah to zebra, keep the party going.
A functional fitness center features free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills and supersized hula hoops. There’s a nightly lobby wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and the hotel’s South Water Kitchen sits just off the lobby. The homey restaurant doesn’t try to compete with all the local Gold Coast contenders, but it does do right by its Midwestern comfort food menu, which includes a very meaty plate of bourbon-braised pork belly dished up with bacon mac and cheese.
In the Area
Sitting just south of the Chicago River and just west of Michigan Avenue, the Monaco straddles the North and South Loops. That means you’re within easy striking distance of most major Chicago attractions: Navy Pier, the theater district and North Michigan Avenue’s luxe lineup of shops. The hotel’s concierge can help you book a private charter tour of the Chicago River, for a floating view of the city’s sleek modernist landmarks. If you want to stay firmly grounded, though, head south to Magnolia Bakery for a cup of the banana pudding. Then walk over to the Art Institute of Chicago, where the Modern Wing, inaugurated in 2009, showcases work by Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe, and the terrace of the Terzo Piano restaurant, headed by master chef Tony Mantuano, overlooks Millennium Park.
How to Get There
We had an awesome experience and the customer service level is beyond expectations. Caroline at check in & out was awesome.. she had a cab prepared for us although we didnt need it. Great conversations. The front desk was awesome and the housekeeper who cleaned our room Saturday night was great! Although we didnt interact in person, we interacted through notes!. The restaurant had great food and the staff was super friendly and attentive.
We stayed three nights at the hotel. The staff was at your beckoned call. Antonio, Joshua & Sonya took great care to make sure all our needs were provided, The wine & hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon provided a nice time to relax after a day of adventure.
The hotel is centrally located making it easy to walk around, catch "Hop on-Hop off" bus and the boat tour. Also close easy walk along the river trail.
I would recommend this hotel for cleanness, service and location.
I only stayed at the Monaco for a night, but would definitely stay here again.
The king room I stayed in, which I think is one of their base rooms, was gorgeous, modern, and clean. The furnishings were some of the most beautiful I have seen in a hotel.
It was a decent size room, but the window was super small. Not sure if all the base rooms are like that, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for us, especially for one night. Also, try and get a higher floor. We were on 4, and could hear a lot going on down on the street below.
This place is walkable to everything, would definitely stay here again.