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
- Eco friendly
- 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
Hubby and I headed to the city from the burbs for a quick overnight and were beyond pleasantly surprised with this hotel. From being greeted by an incredibly friendly doorman to the seamless and friendly check in/check out, the service was exceptional. The hotel was beautifully decorated - luxurious - and just downright nice. In the morning we ate a delicious breakfast and was again served by an incredibly friendly server. Overall, we were 100% satisfied with our stay and will be back!
Visiting Chicago and decided to try the Kimpton Monaco. Great location in the heart of the city, near Morton’s, McCormick and Schmick, and Starbucks. Check in was speedy, with Ron mentioning the events and offerings that afternoon. Staff is professional and helpful and best of all, the rooms are spacious for big city hotels! When we return to Chicago, the Kimpton Monaco will definitely be on our short list for places to stay!
Rooms are comfortable, although the furnishings are hectic and a little try hard/overwhelming. Bathrooms dated.
Location is good, inside the loop.
They have elevated the individual staff’s attitudes to an inconsistent and ordinary experience. Feel like you’re in Starbucks. This place needs protocols!!!!
They should learn how to greet, how of offer assistance with baggage, how to offer assistance getting a cab, how to enquire if the stay was good.
Some staff are so cool and into their own style, it feels like you’re interrupting them.
It’s not expensive; and if you put up with the above, the value is good.
Hotel is base at downtown location, nice decoration, bathroom amenity is so sophisticate , free ice for 7/24 on 7th ,9th floor and other amenity such coffee maker, lip balm, boiler, humidifier need to call to reception
this hotel renovate from old building, its classic and spacious
This hotel provide only continental breakfast (pastry + Fruit bowl + a cup of tea or coffee or juice) serve by emotional waiter in every weekday :((
(i minus 2 scores because this guy)
All staffs always (except an emotional waiter at FISK&CO.) nicely and welcoming , smile and helpful
Once a night time, i click lock for the bathroom door (9-10 PM) and call for ask reception to do unlock,
within 10 minutes engineer some to unlock it, So amazing they prepare engineer also in night shift :)
8 days /7 nights in Kimpton Monaco Hotel, it acceptable though price is so high in peak seasons
but i would to say Thank you for overall service in Hotel part but NOT in FISK&CO.
Friendly and helpful staff, and large rooms. Wifi is very slow and no business office. Free wine happy hour is nice. Noticeable dust under bureau was disconcerting but rest of room was very clean.
Location was good as we could walk to theater and quality restaurants.