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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We loved this romantic hotel for a weekend getaway! The rooms were funky and we had a gold chair in ours. Comfortable bed, with a basic bathroom. We would most certainly return. Perfect location and convenient everywhere.
I had a very very good experience at the Monaco. My room was very nice, I love the restaurant, but more importantly the staff went out of their way to make my stay a memorable one. It's a long story involving some pretty special almonds, but Zac, Elias, and Rebecca really tried very hard (and succeeded) really come through. I will only stay at the Monaco when in Seattle and recommend the hotel highly. Thanks!
I usually do reviews from a vacation viewpoint, but this will be from a business traveler's perspective. The Kimpton Monaco has everything needed to handle your business requirements. Fast Wifi, drinks hour every night, great location, and friendly staff.
I got my shoes shined with a quick call to the concierge, while slaving away on a slide deck, and barely had to look up from my desk to get it handled. The ironing rack was easy to use to get shirts/jackets pressed before meetings. The bed was comfy and soft.
I'd stay here again without question.