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
I can't thank the staff enough at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh! Another stay, another great experience! A year and a half ago my now husband proposed to me in the spa king suite! This Valentine's day/ALSO HIS BIRTHDAY I wanted to surprise him and recreate that romantic night! I called the hotel a week ago and they were so happy to help me they even gave me a great deal on THE EXACT SAME ROOM HE PROPOSED. They went above and beyond and even had the room with balloons, a mini cake with candle, chocolate covered strawberries &&& champagne (all I asked for was the balloons) they made the night special and any requests we had the front desk made sure to take care of us!
Everyone who we have met that is on staff at this hotel (INCLUDING VALET SERVICE) has wonderful customer service! This hotel is so unique in its decor & so beautifully artsy! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS HOTEL! You won't be disappointed!
After flight delays we were welcomed with smiles as well as wine and fruit in our beautiful room . Another great meal at the commoner as well as great suggestions for places to dine in the neighborhood. Thanks again for a great weekend. We hope to return again soon.
Quiet room with nice furnishings and amenities. Great location downtown including easy access to subway (T) and restaurants. Staff very helpful and friendly. Service quick for valet parking and front desk. Would stay again when in town.
What a warm welcome and easy check in!
Made us feel so special ~ room was so clean and spacious! Becky and Alexandra were so wonderful!
Love this hotel and location! Great lobby and nice welcome reception! What fun!
Thank you so much!
An avid traveler with great perspective on various levels. When I booked the Kimpton through a travel site, it stated the Kimpton in Pittsburgh was a 4.5 star - so I expected great things. Sorry, management - it didn't live up to the star rating on all levels - a bit of a disappointment - there were areas of great service. Valet - 4 stars / Check in - 4.5 stars / requesting an upgrade - not so much... said we were upgraded to a corner room, but when we got there it was a standard room - so we called down. Staff person apologized and bellman took us to the proper room. It wasn't much bigger than the standard room, only difference was the entry way. Room was small - one center table in the middle of two beds. Barely room to walk on side by the window. :( Electrical plugs were few - hubby needs plugs for his breathing machine. Toilet in bathroom was literally 3.5 feet away from the other bed. There was no door on shower, so when we showered the floor became wet and the one mat didn't help. Decor - sorry, but the decor was a huge disappointment - eclectic it was, but not refined. A birdcage light was over the top annoying. TV cabinet was really only able to be watched by one bed - other bed had to sit on edge to see. TV clarity was good. Two people in room, only one robe. No baggie for ice bucket and the electric outlets were wobbly and didn't hold the plugs very well. Then there was room service. Hubby ordered it for us when he went to first floor to get complimentary coffee. Staff person was very pleasant, but the food was terrible. This will sound like a country song, but the eggs were cold, toast was burnt (asked for crispy there is a difference between crispy and burnt) and the potatoes were greasy. My butter didnt even melt on my toast. I am giving this a 3 rating primarily because of the staff - they were all super and worthy of a great rating. Sorry Kimpton - but will have to try another hotel next time in Pittsburgh.