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
We paid extra when we made our reservation for this amazing room, and I’m glad we did. When we opened the door, I could not stop smiling. Turning left led me to a full length mirror and bathroom, right to a small sitting area, desk, and bed. Our room, 1002, had three massive windows looking out onto the city and mountains. Fluffy feather pillows, thick robes, and excellent water pressure in the shower.
I caught a cold during our stay, and the front desk was happy to send up an electric tea kettle upon request.
First time staying at a Kimpton hotel, and definitely not my last!
This is a great brand (my first time at a Kimpton) and a fantastic property. The location is great, right in the heart of downtown, and everything was clean and all the staff were friendly and accommodating. I'm actually excited to plan another trip to SLC just to stay here (and I want to go to Antelope Island). Free coffee/tea in the morning, free beer/wine in the evenings (every day, not just week nights!)! The room was SO nice! I was nervous only being on the 3rd floor, but it was SO quiet and the room was huge.
Anyone that complains about this hotel is a whinier looking for future freebies from IHG or simply enjoys complaining. I stay in over 100 hotels a year and this one is fabulous. The bathroom amenities, bed, and furniture are top quality. The hotel bar is classic Kimpton. The only reasonable complaint someone could make is that the self-park isn’t attached to the hotel. Kimpton doesn’t own the garage which is why it isn’t connected. If you don’t want to walk to your car, pay for valet (it’s innexpensive $24 vs $20 to self-park). The group that texts you to see if you need anything (Jacob, Ashley and Carl) are fantastic. I feel better now...
Absolutely loved our stay here, again. The front desk staff was extremely helpful and friendly, checking in with us before we had even arrived. The welcoming and efficient valet greeted us and then warmly ushered us out of the snow into the lovely lobby that really sets the tone for the entire visit. The cocktail hour with appetizers is a nice touch to indulge in before catching a show across the street at Eccles or Capital Theater. The charming rooms are clean, spacious and unique, we received a complimentary upgrade to a Monte Carlo Suite, where we were treated to champagne, chocolates and a hand written "welcome back" note. One of the most delightful amenities is a jetted tub with a waterfall faucet that covers your knees and boobs at the same time! This attention to detail and the ambiance of this small gem is why we always come back and why I always recommend this hotel when asked for a great downtown location.
Great stay during Roots Tech. The hotel was in a prime location for walking to the convention center, the Family History Library and many restaurants. 15 minutes drive from the Airport!
Room was spacious and very clean. The hotel restaurant Bambara was delicious and the service was top notch.
Overall, I highly recommend this hotel and will be back next year.