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
We saw a good deal on line plus they take dogs. It’s a nice central location in River North near the Trump Tower. Roses- morning coffe and evening wine hour. Roomed were nice with comfortable beds. The attached restaurant, Fisk & co is a good food option. Thorns- plug ins need updating, they are for early version apple products.
You must check this place out for several reasons! One, I was greeted with friendly and great service as I arrived easy via train. I called ahead to see if I could get into the room five hours early which I wouldn’t expect but when I arrived (even though the hotel was full) they worked quickly to clean one room that checked out early and I was settled in my room before 10am! I was in a room that had no view but I did not care as I was here to enjoy the sights by foot anyways. Beautiful room. Amazingly comfortable California long king bed. Requested a pile of extra pillows and they granted my wishes. Check out was just as nice also. The staff is personable and friendly and always smiling. Also don’t forget to check out the daily free wine hour from 5-6pm. I just had one glass but I saw others get several pours. Was a nice little extra treat. And attached to the lobby is an awesome place called Fisk and Co that I didn’t try but looked like top shelf mussels and oysters with great pricing options. Can’t wait to stay here again.
I’ve stayed here a few times before and it’s one of my favorite hotels in Chicago. It’s small enough that it feels intimate, yet still offers full service amenities. Really enjoyed the big windows with a great view of the city. The free happy hour is a nice touch. The lounge bar and restaurant are excellent.
I have stayed at the Monaco for years and the staff and rooms are great. The restaurant is new and tries a little to hard to be a gourmet establishment without taking care of the basics. For example, the only salad on the menu is a kale salad. I think most people would consider kale and acquired taste at best. Simple things like a Ceasar salad or a steak would be a reasonable option for a hotel restaurant.
My daughter and I arrived in Chicago for a girls night last weekend. From the beginning, we loved everything about the Kimpton Monaco! The location is fabulous! The staff is SO friendly and accommodating, from the doormen to the front desk. We were upgraded to a King Corner Suite which was AMAZING! The only problem was that we didn't have more time to spend enjoying it! The bed was super comfy, the eclectic decorating was warm and cozy, the updated bathroom and shower were large and the water pressure was great, and the 3 window seats were awesome for watching the city below us. We will absolutely look forward to staying here again! Thank you to all who made us feel so welcome and comfortable!