Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
What We Love
- Quirky digs (think pops of turquoise and gold in penguin lamps and birdcage light fixtures) in an immaculately restored building
- Nightly wine hour by the fire in the lovely second-floor living room
- Craft suds (there are 20 on tap) at ground level restaurant The Commoner
- Elevated American tavern fare (think a slew of house-smoked meats and pot pies brimming with farm-fresh vegetables)
What To Know
- The hotel opened in January 2015
- Location on Mellon Square Park, near public transportation
- It’s 2.5 miles from the University of Pittsburgh, and it's also near Duquesne, Point Park, Carnegie Mellon and Carlow University
- Free WiFi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This gray Beaux Arts beauty, built in 1903 as the headquarters of Duquesne Light, has been reborn as the city’s chicest boutique sleep. The 248-room hotel infuses this prominent corner of Mellon Square Park with bright, irreverent style that pokes fun at the building’s staid roots. The traditional elevated first floor makes for an airy entrance, with black and white marble and a hanging garden chandelier. Kimpton’s signature hosted wine hour is held in a fireside parlor above the entrance that has classic crown moldings and intricate plaster walls hung with prints of classic landscapes and portraits splashed with dayglow paint.
Bed and Bath
The delightful juxtaposition of colors, motifs and sundry objets d’art benefits from spacious guestrooms and suites with tall ceilings, crown moldings and large windows. The white walls are papered with a print that mimics the intricate plasterwork downstairs. An upholstered headboard wraps the bed in kelly green, and there are pops of turquoise and gold in penguin lamps and birdcage light fixtures. The black lacquered side tables and armoires hint at Asian influences, while the black-and-white herringbone curtains are positively Mad Men. The bold bathrooms mix white marble with sunny yellow wallpaper; all have glass-encased showers, and the suites add standalone soaking tubs.
The ground-level corner of William Penn Place and Strawberry Way is home of The Commoner, a nod to the city’s namesake William Pitt, aka the Great Commoner. Elevated American tavern fare by chef Dennis Marron includes a slew of house-smoked meats, pot pies brimming with farm-fresh vegetables, and a grass-fed burger with a thick onion soup with melted gruyere. The open concept kitchen is anchored by a massive wood-fired oven, and exposed beams, subway tile, amber lighting and 20 local and craft beers on tap complete a workingman vibe.
In the Area
Pay homage to Pittsburgh’s most famous son at the Andy Warhol Museum, which offers incredible insight into the genre-defining artist’s life, along with a ton of interactive exhibits and spaces, including a room full of silver balloons. Check out what the new generation of provocateurs is up to at the Mattress Factory, a cutting-edge contemporary art space in which artists-in-residence create room-sized installations. Then tuck into some fancy pub grub at the hip Meat and Potatoes, chef Richard DeShantz’s ode to approachable farm-to-table fare like lamb burgers with arugula and tomato jam.
How to Get There
Really enjoyed my stay at the Monaco! Very cute, Kitchy Kimpton! Remained true to their brand. The front desk staff are always top notch at Kimptons and the Monaco didn’t disappoint. Rooms are great, very cool funky decor. Love the living rooms at their properties, always great for morning coffee! One thing I will note, I was in a room on the 3rd floor and every night around 11:30 pm the dump trucks came through. It sounded like pure chaos and construction for about 25 minutes. I am not a light sleeper and this woke me up consistently. Request a higher floor and should be all set! Overall a fantastic stay!
The best hotel stay I've had in a long time. The people who work here treat you like family. The decor is unique and makes traveling for business, a little more ' fun'. Great Food, Great People. Five Stars for Kimpton in Pittsburgh!
Was headed to the KISS concert at PPG Arena and wanted someplace close but nice to stay. Selected the Monaco and couldn't have been happier. In the middle of the downtown district with great valet parking service to quickly get you out and your car parked. Rooms were excellent. Very roomy, larger than most hotels, eclectic in styling, but with all the modern amenities. Bathroom very nice.. shower large enough for two and a great sink/mirror. The staff was friendly and the location perfect for a short walk to anywhere in the district and for us..back from the PPG Arena after the concert.
Best thing.. quiet. Never heard a noise on our floor, below or above us. Absolute silence which is what we wanted after the show.
We celebrated a birthday with dogs in tow for a weekend. The hotel was busy - several weddings going on, etc. But our room was quite so the dogs weren’t agitated by unfamiliar noises. All of the staff were so nice to us and the dogs! It was very comfortable. Enjoyed the luxury of room service for breakfast!
A really well done hotel. In a great section of the downtown. Friendly staff, complimentary glass of wine upon check in. Great room with extra comfortable bed. Eclectic decor. The Commoner is the bar in the hotel. Cool. Bar. Next time I’m in Pittsburgh, I’m definitely staying here