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 stayed for five nights at the end of October 2019.
The hotel is handily located for Portland city centre.
The staff were, generally, helpful and friendly.
The bed was comfortable.
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was good, but extra cost.
For the price, the room was unimpressive; it was small, not to say pokey, only one chair and ridiculously limited drawer storage.
There was a ‘display’ of snacks and sweets in the room, all for sale, which in itself was tacky, and with extortionate prices; plus mineral water at $6 a bottle! At the price for the room, I’d expect a bottle of water to be included.
Arrived at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco for a late check-in and just not what you would expect from a "luxury" hotel. The rooms are big but everything is a bit dated and worn. The staff is super friendly and helpful just what you would expect. No coffee in room, so either room service or request that a coffee maker is brought up and for some reason maid did not replenish coffee pods. Please be aware when booking, PARKING IS $45 PER DAY AND THE INFAMOUS AMENITY FEE IS $27 PER DAY!
We stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco on our first trip to Portland. It was centrally located in downtown Portland and we were able to walk to everything! The hotel is a little bit quirky in style and decor...and we loved it! Our check-in and check-out went smoothly. The valet parking was extremely helpful and quick. Each afternoon at 5:00 complimentary wine and appetizers are served in the living room...along with live music. It was such a nice way to unwind after a busy day and before going out to eat. The hotel staff were extremely helpful and friendly when we had questions or needed recommendations. We would definitely stay here again!