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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Nice location in downtown SLC. A 5 minute walk to City Creek shopping and restaurants. A little further walk to Temple Square. This is an old building, but the property has been well maintained. My room was on the 12th floor with a reasonably nice view, especially at sunset. The room was on the small side, but everything was nice and clean. King bed, large tv, large soaking tub, mini bar and fridge. The room was quiet with the exception of hearing doors close frequently, but nothing bothersome at night. The mattress was firmer than I’m am used to and I had trouble staying asleep. $24 for valet parking was unavoidable. Staff were all friendly and professional. Great restaurant on the main floor. I am glad I stayed at Hotel Monaco.
Waited patiently in line to check in after a morning of hiking in Capital Reef, tired and looking forward to a relaxing afternoon/evening before my morning flight out. I booked on-line several weeks earlier. There were three staff members at registration. My turn; the young man without a smile, welcome or hello just said "ID". Produced my passport. After viewing the screen told me there was no record of my reservation and asked me for a confirmation number. I didn't have it on me, I needed to check my mobile phone outside so had to leave my position to try to find a confirmation number. BTW, the women beside me was also attempting to check in and had the same problem. Went to the car, where a bell hop was telling my husband he had to move the car. Between the two non-welcoming staff members, I had it and we left to find another hotel. Went down the street to the Marriott without a reservation. Hotel was beautiful, clean, the staff were very polite and welcoming. And the rate was much better. Maybe a one off, but once is enough for me. If you choose the hospitality industry, be hospitable to people. Something does bother me, we got a decent rate on line. There was a huge public event the next day, I wonder if this hotel was seeking better revenue bookings. Does this happen?
Nice hotel in the heart of downtown SLC with an updated, contemporary feel. Rooms were spacious and appointed similarly to posted pictures. We had a high floor, corner room which provided us with views of nearby mountains. Within walking distance of City Creek and other downtown restaurants. Great price for the location. I wish they had a business center, but staff willing to print boarding passes despite lacking one. Family enjoyed morning coffee bar and afternoon tea stations.
Overall this was a good stay. The hotel isn't super new, but they have kept everything in very good condition. The staff is very friendly. The location is great for anything in downtown Salt Lake. The lighting is a little annoying in the rooms -- lots of lamps not connected to switches, but that's a minor quibble.
I loved everything about this hotel. It was in a great location, I was able to walk to many shops and stores. I ate at the restaurant for breakfast and also had room service delivered, both meals were delicious.
When I checked in I was given a $10.00 "raid the wet bar" card so that I could eat snacks. I thought that was a thoughtful, cute perk.
My one issue is that I was placed near an elevator and I was not happy as the other guests on my floor were loud. I will ask to be moved next time.