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 spent a month on the road visiting National Parks in Utah and the culmination of our trip was a concert in Salt Lake City. We chose to stay at the Kimpton Monaco because of their reputation for style and luxury. We wanted to treat ourselves after so much traveling, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. We were not disappointed. The hotel had elegant heavy curtains and lush carpet in our suite, a comfy bed, quiet atmosphere and many nice ammenities including robes. They had a beautiful lobby and offered complimentary wine and cheese happy hour every night which was a special treat. The restaurant was excellent although a bit pricey. And the staff was friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend!
My stay at the Monaco was short but very comfortable. The staff have been helpful and courteous. The hotel has everything that one would need including a yoga matt. One less item to pack!
As the hotel is centrally located walking around SLC is a breeze. With the airport so close there was no need for a rental car.
I am looking forward to another stay.
We enjoyed this stylish hotel. The décor is interesting, including the giant magnetic scrabble board mounted on the wall near the lobby and the lovely Christmas decorations. We had a fun time at the Vault bar, drinking Christmas themed cocktails served by friendly and interesting bartenders. Breakfast at Bambara was good-not great. The room was comfortable and attractive. One downside is the thin walls-you can clearly hear your neighbors activities, with sounds like the shower sounding as if it is in your room. Also, perhaps anecdotally, the front desk staff seems disinterested, but not unhelpful.
I always stay in Kimptons and this one is another good one. Love the location, service, view from my room, amenities (social hour) and friendliness of the staff. Sleep was good and so the food was. Definitely coming back!
I always love staying here! The hotel has a fun and modern vibe with wonderful staff.
The rooms are super comfortable and spacious. It's so relaxing to have a delicious meal at Bambara without leaving the hotel. Excited to stay again in December!