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 stayed here on the night of our wedding! The staff was great and we even got champagne and chocolates! The room was exceptionally clean and had a great view of downtown Salt Lake. The decor throughout the hotel is also very fun. You definitely feel like you are staying somewhere nice. I will definitely stay again!
Stayed here while at a business conference and I stayed nearly 10 days.
-Location is downtown and a block from the convention center. Great access to all things downtown.
-The area safe overall and I saw no problems. Salt Lake City has a homeless problem but they were never overly aggressive.
-Staff was incredibly attentive. Front desk went over the top in helping us out and the maid staff was pleasant and did little things for the room to keep it fresh. A major plus here.
-There was no fridge but when asked a mini-fridge was brought up at no extra cost.
-Room was clean.
-It is a boutique hotel but the double queen rooms were not particularly small.
-Queen bed was comfortable.
-Clientele were mostly conference attendees and people of a higher wealth class. There is money here and probably celebs if you pay attention.
-ATT cell service was strong.
-Wifi was strong.
-There is a wine and beer happy hour (free) at 5 and people go ga-ga for it. The wine is $3 Turning Leaf though the beer is decent and the appetizers are quite good.
-The price is fairly high for the area.
-No dedicated bedside technology ports. If you have longer cords you might be able to use wall outlets.
-The bathroom is very small. Two people will not fit unless one is in the shower.
-The shower handle was loose and occasionally impacted shower temperatures.
-Parking is absurdly expensive for Salt Lake City; $24 a night.
I didn't pay for this place so if price is no problem, go for it. If you are looking for value they you need to go elsewhere because there are too many opportunities to be overcharged (eating out, parking) to be considered to strong value.
We really enjoyed our stay. The staff was super helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. The rooms were clean, just the right size, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. They allow dogs, which is nice, and even write a welcome sign at the front door with your dog's name on it. They have a great restaurant and lounge. In the evening the lobby has beverages and hors d'oeuvres, they also have tea, coffee, water, and lemonade offered through out the day. Overall our hotel experience was wonderful.
We had a girls weekend in SLC and stayed at the Monaco for 4 nights. Amazing room, friendly service, great location and value for money. Plus nightly happy hours! Everything was excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone. Also dog friendly!
We're tried 5 hotels in downtown Salt Lake City. This is the only one where I would go again. Best location. Rooms are clean and quiet, AC working properly. The only downside is the size. Whoever designed the bathroom did not think straight and put a large tub in a very small space, instead of a decent shower.