Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland
What We Love
- Quiet rooms in the heart of downtown
- Dedicated floor of hypoallergenic guestrooms with a gluten-free honor bar
- Seamless service: cheerful but not cloying, solicitous but not aggressive
- Free bike rentals, morning coffee/tea
- Wine happy hours from 5 to 6 p.m. daily
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What To Know
- At 6 a.m. on Thursdays hotel staffers offer a running tour of the city
- Shop tax-free at neighboring boutiques and department stores
- Central downtown is more of a business haven than a hipster ’hood
- While the property is ultra pet-friendly, you’ll have to walk to find a green space for Fido
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Bold and playful, the Hotel Monaco updated its historic 1912 digs with an unexpected mishmash of colors (orange, plum, kelly green) and patterns (geometric carpets, checked chairs). The guestrooms follow the Portlandia TV show’s motto, “Put a bird on it,” with walls covered in pen-and-ink drawings of birds in flight. Eclectic touches include a seven-foot mirror decorated with a landscape painting, and a lamp base made from a pair of cast metal duck feet. The crimson and violet lobby invites lingering with cozy seating areas and a life-size Jenga set by the fireplace.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are Wes Anderson meets Tim Burton, with oversize antique-style headboards enameled in orange, and a pleasingly dizzy mix of prints, from plaids to checks to botanicals. Floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings offer plenty of natural light. The only off note in the standard rooms and suites is the spare bathroom, which has a ho-hum shower that can be touchy about temperature.
King of the trendy upgrade, Hotel Monaco stocks the closet with a Gaiam yoga mat, delivers a free “companion goldfish” upon request, offers free WiFi to members of the Kimpton’s Karma Rewards loyalty program and loans out bikes for guests to cruise this two-wheeling city. The hotel excels at creating an in-house community far more intimate than one would expect in a 221-room property, thanks largely to the nightly wine happy hour, from 5 to 6 p.m. Although there is no on-site spa, the property offers in-room services via a collaboration with nearby Dosha Salon and Spa.
In the Area
Eat your way through this celebrated food town with breakfast at Tasty N Alder (don’t miss the biscuits), lunch at the street cart Nong’s Khao Man Gai (it serves a single, undeniably perfect chicken-and-rice dish), and dinner at Little Bird Bistro (French fare, Northwestern ingredients). Browse for hours at Powell’s City of Books, break for a “drinking chocolate” at craft chocolate haven Cacao, and meander the gorgeous stores in the city’s new shopping arcade Union Way, including Quin and Danner. With a 1,500-bottle whiskey collection, it’s no wonder Multnomah Whiskey Library is so popular. To secure a seat, arrive at opening time, 4 p.m.
How to Get There
We really enjoyed our stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. It is conveniently located to many restaurants and bars. Staff is friendly and willing to make restaurant recommendations when asked. The rooms are uniquely furnished and the in room shampoo, body wash, and lotion smell fantastic. The happy hour is nice and they had a gentleman playing guitar on the night we were there (May want to arrive early if you want a seat.).
There were a couple of items that keep this from being a five star review. The main reason was our wait for our room. In their defense, we did arrive early, but were to receive a text once our room was ready. I did not receive a text. Finally, I went back up to the desk to inquire at which time the room was ready. I noticed other parties waiting for their room too. However during our wait, they did store our luggage so we could explore the city.
We did enjoy our stay and it is a lovely hotel.
We stayed here for four nights at the end of June and had a great stay. The front desk person Scott and the concierge Sasha were super friendly and helpful with restaurant recommendations. The first night we took the easy route and dined in the Red Star Tavern attached to the hotel and had our best meal of the trip! We lucked out being there for VooDoo Donut night where we each received a donut of our choice. On the last night of our stay we took advantage of the free consultation with the Pet Psychic who was excellent! The nightly social hour is a big hit and well attended in the large cozy lobby. Great location, well appointed rooms and delightful staff makes this place a top choice!
It was just a little...off. An in-room KIND Bar was $7 (extreme, especially given the Amenities Fee we paid!) No in-room coffee machine; according to a bathroom sign, we could request one from the front desk. There was an issue with the hot water. The room decor tried too hard to be offbeat (or maybe it wasn't trying at all..."The wallpaper looks like my dad's pajamas!" said my husband). The heavy immovable furniture in our King Suite was angled in such a way that, as a couple, we couldn't watch TV in the sitting area together. Small things, but unfortunate.
On the positive side, the staff was gracious, we got a good room rate, the evening social gathering was fun, the location is great, the hotel was clean. The hotel allows pets and also has pet-free floors.
Would we stay here again? Yes. But we might try somewhere else first.
The hotel is so fun, friendly and professional. Every single person seems genuinely happy to help and they aren’t feeding you lines they learned, or at least they don’t appear to be. They are helpful and friendly without being intrusive, always offering to help.
The happy hour is a great perk, great atmosphere and the occasional adorable dog to pat, add live music and funky comfortable seating it’s a great start to any night.
The rooms are fun and comfortable, the bed was cozy, I wish there was coffee in the room is my only complaint. They do have coffee available until 9 weekdays and 10 weekends, but I like to lay around in the am.
Parking onsite is expensive but I paid the price to have someone else park my obnoxiously large rental car.
If you forgo housekeeping you will save the earth a little and earn yourself some $ for the restaurant.
I love this place thanks for a fantastic stay!
I love this hotel. We stay here every time we come down to PDX for the weekend. It is easy to get to from the freeway, and walkable to all of the fun portland things to do on the west side of the river. This time did not disappoint, wine tasting in the lobby, a dog psychic (for the furries on site) and an always pleasant staff make this our peaceful and fun respite in Portland