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
We came back to this hotel after having had an incredible experience 4 years ago.
The staff, specifically Leighton and Becky, were truly incredible. They knew we were celebrating a special event and treated us like royalty.
The hotel rooms are great, centrally located, and the service is second to none.
I read reviews about this hotel and I am confused. The décor is fine. However, the key system one uses to go on the elevator leaves much to be desired. Our card failed numerous times and we were forced to go up and down floors many times to reach our floor. We even had our keys recharged to no avail. The halls are very dark. Also, when we entered our room, we found that our sink drain was clogged and our clock was broken. We told the hotel staff and they offered nothing to compensate us for our inconvenience. The restaurant is very expensive for the type of food you get.
Had a great stay at this hotel on a Saturday night with my husband for a “staycation”. The staff at the front desk was probably the friendliest and most helpful staff I’ve interacted with in a hotel. The building is beautiful from the moment you walk in. Very secure with your room key needed to operate the elevators to floors with hotel rooms. We had a standard room and loved it! Easy to control thermostat, the room was spotlessly clean and comfortable. (I find most hotels to be humid and have loud AC systems). Gorgeous lighting that could all be dimmed. Sleek boutique design that didn’t feel like a hotel. Spotless bathroom with luxury ammenities. There was a wine and beer happy hour free of charge In the living room area which we loved and a nice area to sit and relax. The hotel is pet friendly and you will see them all around and I have severe allergies and had no problems at all! There was a wedding but it could only be heard in the main area. We dined at the restaurant the commoner twice and had a great experience. There is a rooftop bar with an amazing selection of German beers and friendly, helpful staff. We actually never left the hotel because it was so nice and relaxing! I can’t wait to come back !