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
The hotel is in a great location, walking distance from a lot of places. We walked to the Heinz field and the inline from the hotel. The staff were super friendly and offered a glass of wine upon check in, we were also offered a free beer another time we visited the welcome desk. The restaurant was lively and we enjoyed some cocktails there before heading out for dinner. The room was spacious and clean however the bath could have done with upgrading as the shower head wouldn’t hang from the wall properly
My husband and I stayed three nights in October. We are fans of the Kimpton chain and this property did not disappoint. The rooms are large, clean, and well appointed. The desk staff was friendly and helpful. The common area with fireplace provided a cozy area for the wine happy hour and the sweet treats provided each evening. It's in a very walkable location with bars and restaurants nearby, and a short Uber ride the Strip District where we found ourselves eating two of the three nights we stayed. If I find myself in Pittsburgh again, I will not hesitate to stay at Kimpton again.
I stayed for a night and the service was great. While waiting to check in at 11pm Andre from valet helped me with tips about running around the river which were great. Good breakfast. Rooms can do with a facelift but comfortable and specious