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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The building itself is lovely. Unfortunately, our stay was far from pleasant. Our room was outdated and poorly cared for. The carpet was badly stained and torn. There was thick dirt and dust on the baseboards. The window shade had a visible hand print stain. There was mildew in the bathroom grout and mold on the shower curtain. All the furnishings were banged up and definitely looked the worse for wear. The adjoining door rattled all night due to activity from our neighbors. We could hear their cell phone ring during the night. My 12 year old daughter felt uncomfortable sleeping in the room. The shower screamed when it was run. Apparently the hotel was "overbooked" and no other rooms were available. We were offered a $40 credit for breakfast as compensation. Absolutely unacceptable and turned a special night with daughter into a hassle and a disappointment. Repeated requested to have a manager contact me have to date been ignored.
It was my first time at this hotel. It’s nice to see the historic elements preserved and the lobby is nicely furnished. The bath items were really nice and the room was pretty spacious. Fridge in the room is small and filled with items they would charge for. I brought my own water which couldn’t fit the fridge with all the stuff already in there. I tried to order room service one night and the phone just kept ringing. I ended up just going to the restaurant downstairs and dined there. It seems that there was just one server for the whole place. Complimentary coffee and tea are available in the lobby but only until 10am. Overall, it’s ok, but I will try other hotels next time.
Centrally located and walking distance to Inner Harbour. JT and Mone't were over accommodating and very customer service oriented. There are some aesthetic areas that can be addressed however, they do tend to add to the charm of the hotel.