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
Hotel with character - pleasant change from the typical city hotel. Small room but pleasant. Went to the afternoon wine & hors d'oeuvres hour in a pleasant setting. I had to be a member to get free WiFi. I have no car but free bicycles are available.
I recently helped host a small conference with the support of a large medical device manufacturing company with doctors from across the country and Europe. We had around 40 people who stayed at the hotel and had a full day of lecture, followed by a large group dinner in a private room in Bombara (see separate review) which on its own is one of Salt Lake City's best restaurants.
The Monaco is a chic, intimate and trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Salt Lake. The rooms are quaint, well-appointed (yoga mat in every room) and lack the "cookie-cutter" feel of most large hotels. Parking is tight in downtown SLC, but very easy when using their valet service (recommended) which is very reasonably priced.
This was the perfect size spot for our conference, and the side services such as AV and mid-morning and mid-day snacks were outstanding. You won't be disappointed whether your stay is for business or pleasure, this is a great hotel.
Easy access to all of downtown Salt Lake City. Inhouse restaurant was excellent and the room was clean and comfortable. Valet service very helpful and readily available. Room service quick and friendly.
I booked a king corner guest room here, with city and mountains views. This turned out to be a large room with windows on two sides. There are tall buildings right next to the hotel, so the view was a bit limited, but we could see the streets below and the mountains off in the distance. The room had two seating areas, good counter space in the bathroom, some drawer space below the TV, lots of outlets, and something I’d never seen before: a stocked mini-bar with no alcohol (might be a Utah thing). Big pluses were the eco-friendly dispensers in the shower and the yoga mat in the room. Negative were that we could clearly hear our neighbors next door having a party until about 2 am, and the shower could use some updating.
The hotel is centrally located, and I enjoyed the wine social hour between 5 and 6. I’m not a big fan of valet parking, but the valets here were so cheerful and friendly they pretty much changed my mind. Overall this was a good stay.
OK, so it is a downtown hotel in a big city, but you really come away feeling you have paid for the style over the value.
Room was nice but really dark - why do hotels do this - with this one you had to use your phone light to see in the wardrobe.
Coffee - no chance here. This is not a cheap motel so there is no in room coffee maker. This would be ok if you could get a coffee in the hotel, but you can’t. Yes it is there in the lobby in the morning, but want one in the evening - forget it.
Tried restaurant for breakfast. Paid $50 for indifferent bacon and eggs, one piece of toast, a small portion of hard butter (no they couldn’t even get the butter right) and raspberry jam - no Smuckers here.
The next day we skipped breakfast and had a great brunch on the road for less than half the price.