Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
What We Love
- Daily wine hour with seasonal sangrias and artful tapas
- A 40-minute drive from Park City and nine other top-notch Utah ski areas
- Homey touches, from hearty hellos and in-room goldfish upon request to yoga mats in every room
What To Know
- Bathrooms are nicely done, but they’re small.
- Don’t expect a soaking tub (or any tub, for that matter)
- Some perks (fast WiFi, five-minute chair massages) are free only if you sign up for the Kimpton Karma rewards program
- The only parking is valet service for $24, but those willing to walk will find cheaper spots just blocks away
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Decorative style is best characterized as “eclectic.” In the showy lobby, giant hanging silver spheres, plush red velvet armchairs and mod midcentury lamps contrast with a traditional Victorian backdrop (neutral walls, painted moldings). Hallways and other public spaces display a somewhat more subtle look but still offer playful, decorative flair, such as canary-yellow walls and the occasional fish sculpture.
Bed and Bath
Though not huge, the rooms are comfortable at around 300 square feet, with space for both a seating area and a desk. Eclectic guest quarters meld diverse decorative influences: burgundy rug and curtains bearing vaguely Southwestern patterns, oversize white padded headboards and colorful abstract art. Rather than clashing, this look is whimsical, modern and inviting. The compact bathrooms are nice and straightforward, and come stocked with luxe bath products and animal-print robes.
Few properties of this caliber so warmly welcome pets. Any number of animal companions of any size stay free, dogs on floor seven and cats on 11 (food and water bowls included). Humans seeking food and drink, on the other hand, should head downstairs to the black and white–tiled Bambara Restaurant, where chef Nathan Powers, who was dubbed Utah’s Best New Chef in 2010, serves up seasonal American fare from an open kitchen. The Vault Bar next door is an intimate, high-ceiling cocktail lounge.
In the Area
Urban renewal for the 2002 Olympics means Salt Lake’s got more going for it these days than most would suspect: heaping brunches and house-made pies at the down-home Left Fork Grill; generous small plates and local microbrews at Eva; affordable, fashionable threads at Lolabella; free classic films at the Utah Film Center; and local hipsters, strong coffee and live music at Sugar House Coffee. For those willing to venture out to Heber Valley, just under an hour away, the reward is a swim in the Homestead Crater, an azure, 96-degree grotto.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed here over the weekend as our first visit to Salt Lake City. The hotel is really lovely - beautiful decorated. I love that they allow dogs; we met some real sweeties. We had a deluxe King room, and although having it right across from the elevators, on a floor too low to have a good view, was a little disappointing, the room itself was well-appointed and comfortable. The wine tasting social each evening was a nice treat. The Bambara restaurant is fantastic - we enjoyed brunch, lunch, and dinner there on different days, and all three visits were great. The staff are friendly and accommodating. I'd have liked to see some kind of continental breakfast included - they only offer coffee & hot chocolate in the morning, otherwise you have to pay for breakfast at the restaurant. The front door isn't automatic, and there's no door man to open it for visitors loaded down with luggage, so I'm concerned about ADA access. But for those two items (breakfast & door access), I'd give 5 stars.
Very friendly staff. Carl and his lady team member at the time of check-in were amazing! The rooms are on the smaller side. The lounge area is nice and they serve coffee in the morning. They have some activities for guests at the time we were there. They were having some wine tasting which we missed since I was catching up on work .
The restaurant downstairs serves an amazing elk steak. Great chefs soup which my 8-month old daughter enjoyed very much! Their creme brulee was amazing!
I forgot to mention that the internet connection was surprising fast allowing me to work without any interruptions.
Location is great! Right downtown. We did valet parking and that was fine @ $24 per night. I think that’s the standard price for downtown hotels, as parking is always tough. Pet friendly hotel, with tons of character and charm. Lots of fun lamps and art. Our room was clean and very comfortable. We also found the hotel to be quiet and friendly. The room offered a Keurig coffee pot with two pods. Additional coffee required a trip to the lobby where I also found a hot chocolate station. Everything worked well and we chose the Bambara restaurant credit instead of valet parking or breakfast. Overall, Kimpton is a great hotel chain and a decent choice for downtown Salt Lake City.
I’ll start with the good things. For the most part, the room was quiet. I had a nice view, and the bed was comfortable. On the negative side, the room was very small. My room at a Kimpton in NYC was at least twice as big. When I arrived at the hotel, the door was locked. I understand the need to lock the door, but I stood outside, in the cold, after midnight, trying to get in. I finally got in when someone was walking out. I’ll probably try a different hotel next time.
Stayed here for a quick staycation over Thanksgiving weekend. We even brought our dog! The staff treated us like Kings...my kids loved the hotel. Even the valet is over the top nice and quick to get our car each time. We had breakfast in the restaurant and it was delish. Had a double queen room which was very comfortable but not too big. Great location for shopping and getting around...can't say enough good things about the hotel or the staff. Loved it!