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
- Read more about what to see and do in Portland, Oregon in our magazine section
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
- Eco friendly
- 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
I cannot say enough about the friendly service at the Hotel Monaco. We were greeted by the fabulous Byron (manager) who worked with us to get into our room very early. He helped us acquire everything we needed, provided recommendations, and was very friendly throughout our stay. We love staying at this hotel because of the constant coffee, tea and and snacks in the lobby, the cozy atmosphere, and the large suites. The two queen suite has plenty of space for a family. Our son loved playing chess on the oversized board in the lobby.
The only downside, and this is not the hotel's fault, is the homeless situation in downtown Portland. You are bombarded by homeless people sleeping on the streets, and benches. There is more trash than ever on downtown streets and the walk to the river is unpleasant b/c of smells and messes. Hope the city can figure out an empathetic solution that supports the homeless while cleaning downtown.
We stayed in the Portland Hotel Monaco Kimpton for two nights and loved it! We liked the decor and had a spacious two room suite. Valet and bell hops as well as front desk personnel were great. We ate at Cheryl’s diner for breakfast on recommendation from our valet and it was within walking distance and loved our meal. We had to Uber to the rose test garden and arboretum and park. We enjoyed a meal the first night in the hotel restaurant. We weren’t able to enjoy the happy hour or complimentary late night drinks but thought it was a nice touch. We Love our dogs but don’t enjoy being around others’ dogs but for the two days we were there, we had no problems! Would stay here again!
Dog friendly doesn't even begin to define it! They treated our Yorkie like royalty. Such amazing attention to detail. The room was absolutely beautifully decorated and appointed. I've been a designer for over thirty years and these people nailed it. Don't stay anywhere else.
My daughter and I stayed at the Monaco for 2 nights. It was expensive but the location was perfect for a 2 day stay. You can walk to around and see all the downtown sites plus great shopping. We loved all the stores nearby and enjoyed at few hours at Powells bookstore. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We had free cocktails in the evening and a bottle of wine in our room. You never felt rushed and we sat in the bar for 2 hours watching the World Cup with the nicest servers. They will store your luggage if you arrive early or have to leave late. We felt very well cared for and would go again.
The Hotel Monaco in Downtown Portland is another example of unique Kimpton Hotel experiences. It is eclectic in décor--both in the lobby and in the individual rooms. It is located within walking distance of fine shopping and dining. The beds are comfortable and the rooms very clean. Our only complaints with the Hotel Monaco were that the rooms are a bit small and the street noise can make sleeping a bit difficult.