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
Staying at this hotel last min for a funeral in the family and not only has the hotel been incredibly accommodating and comfortable - but last night after a long day we wanted nothing more than to stay in our hotel room and order room service in our pajamas. Our room service was brought to us by the MOST delightful person named Tatiana who turned what had been a sad day into an enjoyable experience where we felt totally taken care of. Tatiana has a customer service gift that is very rare, she makes people feel at home even on their worst days in a foreign city. She is tremendous at her job - as well as everyone who works here. We have had such a lovely stay and nothing beats the location. Would highly recommend ( and if you get room-service - ask for Tatiana!)
My wife and I stayed here for two nights. We were looking for a nice hotel and the Monaco didn't disappoint. The bathrooms alone are worth it, they are huge! The beds are comfortable, with plenty of pillows and very quaint decorations. At check in they told us that there is a night club on the roof and as a result, offered us rooms lower in the building so we wouldn't hear it at night. The service is unbelievable and the location is even better. The Independence Hall entry is about 300 ft. from the front door. The Liberty Bell is right across the street, and almost everything else in the historic district is within an EASY walk...and I'm the type of person that doesn't like to walk.
We stayed here as part of an Eastern Cities trip. The hotel has beautiful decoration, it is ideally located for tourist attractions. We had a room on the 3rd floor, unfortunately we did not have a view, the room was an adequate size and had a big bathroom with a large walk in shower, was always clean and kept well stocked. There are a number of restaurants within close proximity. The staff were friendly and knowledgable and the front desk always had an answer to our questions. The 5 o’clock wine session every day was a wonderful way to meet other guests and the management staff. A lovely choice for part of our holiday.