Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
What We Love
- Nightly wine hour, with extras such as live music or cooking demos
- Pet-friendly — and if you didn’t bring one, ask for a free goldfish in your room
- Free bike rentals to explore the area
What To Know
- WiFi is free only for Kimpton Karma loyalty members, so enroll online before checking in (it’s free to sign up)
- The hotel’s downtown street — and those around it — has some steep inclines, so take note if you’re going to walk (or bike) in the area
- The hotel offers a roster of kids amenities, from pint-size robes to milk-and-cookie turn-down, so let them know in advance if you have children in your party
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Following a 2012 total $5 million redo, overseen by designer Andrea Dawson (of San Francisco’s Drake Hotel fame), the Monaco has re-emerged as warm, lively and elegantly eccentric, with subtle nods to global style motifs. The lobby’s Midcentury-inspired furniture, mosaic-tiled fireplace and locally created artwork encourage guests to gather and linger — particularly when there’s a guitarist or jazz trio playing in the corner.
Bed and Bath
The 189 red-and-gray rooms and suites are full of both whimsical touches and creature comforts. Boldly patterned walls, telescope-inspired floor lamps and brightly colored Turkish patterns on the curtains and throw pillows decorate the spaces, while pillowtop beds with Frette linens, ergonomic desk chairs, iPod alarm clocks, flat-panel TVs (32-inch or 46-inch, depending on room category), and minibars stocked with organic snacks fill them. Bathrooms have makeup mirrors, animal-print robes and products by Oh La La; if you need anything else, call down for some of the “Forgot It? We Got It!” travel amenities they keep on hand.
Fun, useful extras are one of the hallmarks of the Kimpton brand, and the Monaco follows that tradition with a long list of free perks, from bikes and yoga mats to morning coffee and tea, goldfish in your room (upon request) and pet beds and treats for your pooch. At the nightly wine hour you can mingle with other guests and the staff — who are always quick to offer local tips — while enjoying things like live music, magicians and cooking demos. Afterward, join the throngs of locals at the ground-floor Sazerac restaurant, where chef Jason McClure presents Southern-accented dishes (including gluten-free and late night menus), handcrafted cocktails and one of the most popular happy hours in town (Monday to Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m.). There’s a small 24-hour gym on-site, and basic spa services are available in-room.
In the Area
The Monaco’s downtown location is a short walk from Pike Place Market, a century-old icon where you can browse farm stands, nibble from artisan food shops, watch fish arrive fresh off the boats and visit the original Starbucks. The Seattle Art Museum is also just blocks away, as is the monorail stop to take you to the Space Needle or the EMP Museum, a temple to music and pop culture designed by Frank Gehry. Shoppers can stroll quickly to the flagship Nordstrom or upscale malls like Westlake Center, but we recommend a longer walk — or short cab ride — to the Pike Pine Corridor, a vibrant neighborhood that birthed the grunge scene and now boasts indie boutiques and galleries, hip bars and eateries, and local legends like the Elliott Bay Book Company.
How to Get There
From check in to check our, the staff was over-accommodating and very nice. The room and the hotel are quite nice and located well in the city. The gym was weak but available. Most assuredly as place to stay
This was a great stay! We had a quiet room, the bed was comfortable. Not a single complaint. The staff was friendly. We enjoyed their wine hour one evening and it was very nice. The location is a short walk to both Pikes Market and Pioneer Square. Tons of restaurants in the area. We would definitely stay here again.
Being IHG members we were very lucky to be able to stay at the Kimpton for 3 nights on Reward Points. They upgraded us to a suite. Had welcoming wines and yummy chocolates. This is a very funky hotel with great staff and beautiful rooms. Wasn't far to walk into the city centre and not far from the waterfront. They had complimentary wine time in the afternoon and the restaurant had great pizzas. Thank you Kimpton for a great stay. Would highly recommend.
We enjoyed 1 night staying at this lovely Kimpton hotel everyone is so friendly and welcoming. We had 2 rooms on the 9th floor. Both were a good size with 2 very comfortable queen size beds. Connecting rooms are available. Bathrooms had everything you needed...except for a shower cap :)
Even though they have free coffee and tea available in the morning at reception it was nice to have our own coffee maker in our rooms. There is a restaurant attached with a nice bar where we enjoyed a cocktail before heading out for dinner. We valet parked our car with the hotel which is a bit pricey but it seems all parking downtown is! Easy walking distance to Pike Place Market. Would happily stay here again.
Seattle has so much to offer travelers so a decent hotel is a must for those long days of sight seeing. We are extremely pleased with what this hotel has to offer from its stunning rooms and lobby to the staff's attention to detail. Extremely polite and helpful, this hotel deserves a 5 star for what it provides its customers. We expressed a minor concern regarding happy hour that was resolved with complimentary wine and raspberry cheese cake served to our room ... the staff's actions went well above our expectations. The room was large and well thought out in its design and attention to detail. We will return to this hotel without question... until then... thanks to the staff for making this stay a highlight of our trip.