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
- 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
A great treat for anyone visiting Pittsburgh. An excellent location for seeing the city. The staff was fantastic and was there if you needed them. They really made you feel special. The rooms were big and very clean with every amenity that you could think of. This was our second trip there and we will go back again and again for a weekend get away. We loved every aspect of our stay!
Booked a room here to spend the evening in town with my husband. Numerous friends had recommended a Kimpton property based on their experiences in other cities. We were not disappointed. Check in was quick and easy, the rooms are quirky but comfortable, and staff was very friendly. If you don't mind carrying your bags, use the parking garage down the street to save on valet parking fees.
I've had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Monaco a couple of times and both were absolutely lovely. Not only is the decor super hip, but the beds are comfy and the rooms laid out nicely. They offer plenty of freebies to offset the cost of parking and accommodations including bike rentals, a social hour, and wifi.
The location is really good as well and is within walking distance of PPG Arena, Point State Park, and Market Square. Of course, the "T" (Pittsburgh's light rail system) is less than a block away and will take you to any stop in the Golden Triangle or north Shore free of charge.
IWe stayed in a Kimpton hotel in Sacramento in September and liked it enough that we sought out a Kimpton in Pittsburg. Wine hour at 5-6pm with decent wine, beer and soft drinks. A coffee bar with very good coffee in the AM. This Kimpton is in the middle of Pittsburg. You could hardly be better situated.
We stayed at the Hotel Monaco for a one-night "Stay-cation" celebrating our anniversary. There was a wedding that weekend so a very long line to check in but our process to get our room took about a minute. Check out was also very fast and easy.
In our room, we were greeted with Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries with an Anniversary note- not many of these types of hotels will do something like that, so it was very much appreciated and made our day that much more special.
True to the Kimpton brand, the attention to detail and whimsy was everywhere from the lobby and lounge to the rooms. I loved the bird theme carried out all the way down to end tables, chandeliers and lamps, and upholstery. Also true to the Kimpton brand, the complimentary happy hour was great - the wedding group seemed to be using it as their cocktail hour so it was packed, but still with excellent, fast service to get to everyone.
We tried to use the hotel restaurant (The Commoner) but it was packed and a 2.5 hour wait. So if you want to get in- make sure to get a reservation early!). No problem though as we could easily walk to another great restaurant nearby. The location is also great - we walked to a few local attractions easily.
Excellent staff and so much fun to stay!