Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
What We Love
- Nightly lobby wine hour
- Eco- and pet-friendly
- Classic Beaux Arts details
- Rooms have 12-foot ceilings and eight-foot windows
- If you didn’t bring your pet, you can borrow a goldfish
What To Know
- The hotel is located near the harbor
- Free coffee and tea are available in the lobby, and in-room coffeemakers are available upon request
- WiFi is free if you sign up for Kimpton's Karma Rewards program
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With its Tiffany stained-glass windows, marble floors and vaulted ceilings, Baltimore’s storied past as a wealthy seaport and manufacturing hub comes to life in the three-story lobby of Hotel Monaco Baltimore. The Kimpton hotel group took the original Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters and morphed it into a delightfully quirky 202-room hotel while keeping the historical details.
Bed and Bath
Spacious rooms and suites showcase regal but funky decor, with warm golds and blues, brilliant lacquer red and a sprinkling of royal purple and green. If there’s anything you’ve forgotten, the hotel’s “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” menu takes care of just about all your immediate worldly needs. For more spiritual demands, guests can consult the “Mind. Body. Spa.” in-room wellness program, which offers yoga accessories and the like.
In the heart of downtown, this hotel is just four blocks from the Inner Harbor waterfront area, so you’re a short walk from dozens of dining options. But the hotel’s B&O American Brasserie has a menu of small plates like charred octopus and Maryland crab-stuffed squash blossoms, plus some seriously good cocktails crafted with homemade cola syrup. The property is incredibly pet-friendly but understands you can’t always bring your dearest with you. No need to worry — if you want to add a touch of home to your temporary Baltimore abode, the concierge will bring a goldfish to your room to keep you company.
In the Area
Head to the National Aquarium to see the new “Dolphin’s World” show and habitat, plus 16,500 other marine animals. Be sure to get a hearty meal at Cinghiale, one of Baltimore’s best restaurants, located in the Inner Harbor, and baseball fans can catch a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. For a culture dose, explore the recently restored frigate USS Constellation, one of the Historic Ships of Baltimore. Walk through the National Historic District of Fells Point, the hub of the nation’s shipbuilding industry in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Today 350 original structures house shops, galleries and plenty of pubs.
How to Get There
Spectacular entranceway and hotel... this hotel was absolutely amazing I've been to a lot of hotels because of what I do for work and I can absolutely say this is in my top 10 for hotels .... The staff was amazing, the seating area to just sit down and read a paper and enjoy a drink was another lovely place ... The room was absolutely beautiful what would I enjoyed the most was the new shower bathtub Jacuzzi… It was probably my favorite thing in the room at the end of each day I soaked in that wonderful jacuzzi bathtub… I have been to other Kimpton properties but for now this is my favorite… It's in a good proximity in the town you can walk down to the waterfront and find out what to do and a few really nice places to eat, along with a great shopping area… Spend a couple extra dollars and stay at this place
I selected to stay at this hotel b/c it was the only one with rooms large enough to accommodate our family of 5, which also offered had an in-room safe. In my search for hotels in Baltimore, I was surprised to see how few hotels offered this, in my opinion, important amenity. It's a wonderful opportunity for guests to leave their valuables (cash, cameras, iPads, etc) safely in their room, while schlepping less "stuff" over to a baseball game or down to the Inner Harbor.
We were extremely pleased with our stay. The staff members were all extremely pleasant, at all times, whether early morning or late at night. Our restaurant waiter Jay was very attentive during our breakfast.
The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom/shower was awesome.
We initially were not going to use the hotel valet b/c we felt $40 was a lot. We were going to park at a nearby lot but after reading the less than stellar reviews of the local lots, and realizing that I was going to have to pay another lot each time I took my car out, the $40 charge at the hotel suddenly became less expensive, as well as a whole lot more convenient. We took our car out each day and the valet guys always had our car ready for us as we came down. The $40 was worth that convenience.
We had never stayed at a Kimpton before and were very pleased. The extra touches were appreciated: complimentary ice waters with fruit infusions in the Lobby all day, coffee in the morning and wine in the evenings.
We would definitely stay here again.
I'm writing this on my final day of my stay at this hotel.
First of all, the staff was nothing but welcoming and pleasant. No quarrels whatsoever about the staff.
My experience however was less than stellar. It was OK, it wasnt miserable by any means, it just wasnt the best possible experience I could have had.
It all started after I made my reservation online. Though the hotel's website after you make a reservation, you can make room preferences. Nice touch. Except for the fact that these preferences would not save for me without generating an error across multiple days and multiple browsers. So I called reservations so I could have them put a note on my account. The reservations agent I honestly question their command of the english language because I think she was trying to book me another reservation. After much frustration and language barrier there, she stated that she put the requests on my reservation. Great! All set for a lovely weekend away.
So upon arriving to the hotel, things looked great, staff were courteous and showed me how to go up one floor to the lobby to checkin. Ok no problem. A bit odd and without the staff telling me where to go I'd be lost. But I can get lost in a box.
Upon ariving in the lobby, right at checkin time, I was met with a significant line. I can only imagine how this hotel would deal with a convention if just your average friday afternoon caused this kind of line. But it went quickly enough and the front desk staff member asked me what brought me to the hotel. If the reservations agent had put the notes on my account like she originally had stated, this question wouldnt have been needed. I suspected then that all of my preferences and notes were not there.
I was also beginning to notice this hotel was very warm. Even in the hallways it was warm. Almost uncomfortably so. Upon reaching my room, it seemed as if this discomfort extended beyond the hallways. My room was 78 degrees upon entering it. Even IF the air conditioning system is triggered by occupation, having rooms that warm is not welcoming in the middle of the summer. It also told me that the air conditioning system in this hotel struggled due to the high ceilings I suspected.
I looked around the room a little bit and wasnt overwhelmed in the least. For a suite I guess I expected more.
There was a sofa and chair, the bed and the "spa bathroom" was jammed into the corner of this room. The bathroom I found to be probably the strangest layout I'd ever encountered. There was more square footage afforded to the sink than there was to the shower/tub combination. Anyone telling you that this room had a seperate shower and tub is being VERY generous to the reality. You have to walk THROUGH the shower to get to the bathtub. There was no shower door just a glass partition that I think just blocked the shower from getting all over the sink. And beyond that was the tub. VERY strange layout. I suppose "technically" the shower and tub are separate, but right next to each other without any form of separation to me does not a separate tub and shower make. It almost feels like the shower was an afterthought to the tub.
Now, the tub was nice, and yes it was a jetted tub, not just soaking. This was nice. The tub filled quick enough for its size and it is built for seating two people. Might be a bit cramped to have two adults in there but it would be possible. The water was a bit fidgety, but what hotel water isnt? Very little cold water in comparison to how well the hot water flowed. So it took a little doing to get the temperature correct.
I'm sorry Hotel Monaco but to me, the bed was not comfortable. IF there is a mattress pad on the bed, its one of the thinnest mattress pads in existence. I could feel every nuance to the mattress through the bottom sheet. That wasnt only not fitted, it didnt even fit the bed. I constantly had to tuck this sheet in because it kept exposing the mattress. I also think that the mattress was sagging in the middle. I woke up every morning with my back in so much pain that it lasted throughout the day.
To add to my pain, the chair at the desk had zero give to it at all. That went for every piece of furniture except the bed. Everything felt like sitting on a brick. I even tried swapping the small armchair in the living room for the desk chair for some modicum of comfort and it didnt really help that much.
Also perplexing about this hotel, for one with a restaurant on site, I'm absolutely shocked that the room service menu isnt somewhere prominent. Its in 2 locations on the television. One called Room Service (which would elude to the fact that you might be able to order room service from your television, nope not so lucky) and one called Hotel Services. The messed up thing is the menu is different in both locations so I had no CLUE what the room service menu even was. Was it the same as the restaurant's? And since there was no hotel guide in the room but just a piece of paper given at checkin, there was no way to know. I mean I'm pretty savvy with doordash and uber eats, Its just a shame that due to not knowing the room service menu, I couldnt order.
The wifi was one of the more reliable and fast connections. I was getting a pretty solid 25mbps.
There are several reviews mentioning worn furnishings. Its fairly accurate. Several places with nicked paint. The carpet wasnt worn in any places that I could tell. Just some details seemed to be missing.
I suppose I was expecting more from the suite than I received. And perhaps I sound unreasonably harsh. The hotel is certainly nice, I might be a bit crankly from the uncomfortable bed and air conditioning system that couldnt even reduce the outdoor temperature by 10 degrees.
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary as we were checking it the friendly staff asked how we were etc. I mentioned we were celebrating and we were going out to dinner etc. The person at the desk then upgraded us to a Spa Suite at no charge which was unexpected but so nice. it did not end there. so we go out for the evening and when we return there was a bottle of champagne in out room compliments of the house. what a surprise and very thoughtful.
We stayed in July and August 2018. It was definitely an enjoyable experience and we will definitely return on our next visit to Baltimore Wonderful bathroom and comfortable beds. Complimentary coffee and tea in a beautiful lobby.