Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
What We Love
- The best-located hotel in Philly
- Design-forward digs by Todd-Avery Lenahan, whose whimsical take on Philly’s history delights
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Philadelphia
What To Know
- Both Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Rooftop Lounge are open to the public
- There’s a state-of-the-art fitness room, but no pool
- Some rooms have interior courtyard views
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Kimpton’s sophomore Philly foray is a 268-key boutique hotel housed in the immaculately restored 1907 Lafayette Building catty corner from Independence Hall, the birthplace of America. The 11-story Greek Revival edifice casts a regal shadow on the leafy national park preserving the heritage site, with nary a hint at the riot of color awaiting guests inside. The parlor-cum-lobby establishes the colonial-whimsy aesthetic, with Millwork treatments and 18th-century-inspired wainscot, moldings and coffered ceilings paired with bold hues and Federal-nouveau furnishings; it culminates in a front desk backed by a hot pink wall hung with scores of antique pens.
Bed and Bath
No guestroom wall, floor or window is left uncovered by magnified-print wallpapers, carpets and drapes, a hodgepodge of oversized damask, floral and paisley patterns mixing rich reds, golds and blues into a perfect period-inspired menagerie. Furnishings don’t just keep with the colorful scheme, they amplify it with glossy red dressers and armoires fitted with brass lion hardware, mirrored side and coffee tables, black lacquered bookshelves and buttery white leather couches and bonded leather headboards (rimmed by mirrors for just a hint of kink). Spa-like granite bathrooms have one Philly-oriented element of note — they’re hung with Rocky-style robes.
The ground-level 90-seat Red Owl Tavern takes an agrarian approach to the period glamorized in the hotel, with rustic red reclaimed barn wood walls, exposed brick and whitewashed steel girders. Chef Jorge Chicas serves an “indie steakhouse” menu loaded with locally procured meats complemented by home-pickled treats and Prohibition-style cocktails in the bar. For an alternative nightcap, head up to the hotspot Stratus Rooftop Lounge. A complete departure from the whimsy and color below, the indoor/outdoor Stratus is divided by two steel garage doors; inside concrete floors and a grey granite bar provide a coolly intimate vibe, while the outdoor deck has a 30-foot fireplace wall and a DJ booth beneath a black angel wing sculpture.
In the Area
Nearby LOVE Park offers mile of greenbelts, museums and libraries terminating at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. For a free day of sightseeing, take a stroll along the city section of the Schuylkill River, past Boathouse Row, for one of the most beautiful views of the skyline and (in spring) huge bursts of cherry blossoms. Or journey through Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens, a mosaicked sculpture garden spanning half a block made from recycled glass, bicycle wheels and handmade tiles. For a dose of culture, catch a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the elegantly designed, cello-shaped Kimmel Center.
How to Get There
This is hands down one of the best hotels in the city of Philadelphia! The property is gorgeous and the staff is great. Most comfortable beds and the perfect location! We’ve stayed at many hotels around Philadelphia & this is by far my favorite. They have a wine hour that we missed this recent visit and the staff delivered a bottle of wine to our room and left this sweet note. Hotel Monaco can’t be beat! I highly recommend and know that we will continue to stay here every time we visit the city.
Seeing the historic sites is a snap from this location. They are just steps away.
A lovely bonus was the complimentary happy hour in the evening .
We liked the mix of historic building with modern decor.
The staff went out of their way to make our visit pleasant.We would choose it again.
The Kimpton Monaco is a beautiful hotel that makes a trip to the City of Brotherly Love a joy. It is set in a historical building with modern amenities, with many nods to the feeling of classical history of the USA. Many rooms overlook the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, so you are right in the middle of the historical sites of the birth of America. The staff is wonderful and the rooms are comfortable and luxurious. Room service, wine tastings and an on site Tavern really make you not want to leave the hotel at all. Ignore the faceless blandness of standard hotels and stay here for a real treat to yourself.