The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle was on my list ever since I stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Vintage a few months back. Both are actually just a block apart from each other. I needed to stay another night in Seattle before flying out to Canada. I had issues with my flight and the eTA to travel to Canada. I didn’t know that I had to get one before leaving the states. This pushed my departure back another day. Another reason to stay at the hotel was the current ongoing IHG Accelerate promotion where one of the tasks was to stay at two Kimpton hotels to get bonus points. My first stay was at the Hotel Vintage and I only had a week left to stay at a second Kimpton hotel.
I checked for hotels in the IHG app and found that the Hotel Monaco was available for $128/night and most other hotels around the airport were not cheaper, some of them were even more expensive. The decision was made to stay here. Now I only had to get an Uber to head to downtown Seattle. After a ride without any heavy traffic issues, we arrived at the hotel. The doorman came up and helped with my small carry on to get it inside to the front desk.
I was greeted with a smile from a friendly hotel receptionist. After I told her my name she remembered my reservation as she just had processed it. I got greeted as well as an IHG Spire Elite member and got thanked for my loyalty. This is a nice gesture hotel can do to make you feel appreciated as you spend many days and nights with them. A smile and thank you go a long way in the hospitality industry.
I booked a standard room in the IHG app and got upgraded to a Monaco King Room. She handed me my room keys, information for the Wi-Fi passcode, and a $10 “raid the bar” voucher. This voucher can be used toward the items in the minibar in the room or at the restaurant. I will use it for breakfast the next morning before heading out to the airport. The elevators are located just right around the corner, past the concierge desk. Past the elevator lobby is the gift shop “Astoria Gifts”. Unfortunately, no room charge is possible anymore as they will close the store soon.
Monaco King Room (Room 508)
Already by walking in, I was impressed by the room. It’s a deep room and the entrance area has red walls while the rest of the room has white walls. The room is very spacious and the layout is perfect for a great stay in Seattle.
While walking in you will see the very spacious bathroom. To the left are the vanity and a wall-filling mirror and opposite of it the shower-bathtub combination. The toilet is centered in the middle of the room.
Across from the restroom is a wall closet which has space for your clothing and also comes with a safe, iron, ironing board, and 2 PJ’s.
After the little entrance area of the room follows the living room. On the left side is a sofa and chair with a small cocktail table and across from it a work desk which holds a TV. The desk has a glass top, which makes it hard to use optical mice on it, without a mousepad but it gives the table a nice finish. The table also holds the coffee maker, a lamp, and room phone. Under the desk is a small closet with the minibar and wine glasses.
A curtain separates the living room and bedroom. The king-sized bed is located centered on one side while a closet is directly across from the bed. On top of it a TV and DVD player. On either side of the bed is a nightstand which also has additional storage for you to use. On top of one is a small snack buffet, which is part of the minibar. I had to look first to find a power outlet to charge my phone and almost thought how can a hotel not have any power outlets next to the bed. They are actually a little bit hidden. You can find them on the side of the nightstand facing the bed. One of the nightstands had only one outlet while the other one had two. When I plugged in my phone charge it almost fell out again. The outlets are a little wide and loose and don’t really hold the charge in place very well. You have to be careful not to pull too much, as it will fall out. The lights on either side of the bed are dimmable with the little slider-switch on top of the nightstand.
Inside the bedroom, is also a dressing mirror and chair. The big window at the end of the room gives you a view of 4th Ave but it’s not a pretty view as this room is only on the 5th floor.
Once you walk into the lobby you are blown away by the tall ceilings and the incredible details in the decoration like the beautiful chandeliers. There is lots of seating in the lobby and a fireplace with mirrors on either side angled towards the ceiling. This just invites you to come down here and hang out. Another reason for hanging out in the lobby is the wine tasting event every day from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. right next to the entrance to the restaurant “Outlier”.
More seating is available on the lower level. The restrooms are also located on the same level as well as the small fitness center. For a more excessive workout, you can visit Riot Athletics just a few blocks away. The Hotel Monaco has a partnership with Riot Athletics. A different workout could be taking one of their complimentary bicycles out for a spin. Yes, they offer you free bicycles to loan during the day. They come with a lock but the hotel doesn’t give them out during nighttimes as they are non-reflective. Unfortunately, there is no swimming pool on site.
Their main dining source is the Outliner Restaurant adjoined to the hotel. Breakfast will be served as well here as well as lunch and dinner. Of course, they offer in-room dining. Turn on your TV hit the “Menu” button and select “In-Room Dining” to see what’s available at the Outliner and order by calling 5150 from every hotel telephone.
During my one-night stay at the Hotel Monaco, I had breakfast the next morning at the Outliner Restaurant. Breakfast started at 7:00 a.m. and I got there by 7:30 a.m. and was one of only three guests there. This made it easy to get service and there was no wait time at all. As soon as I walked in, one of the waiters took me over to a booth. I ordered coffee and orange juice right away while browsing the menu. I decided to go with the “two egg any style” breakfast. As my sides, I chose bacon and sourdough toast. While enjoying my coffee, I only had to wait a few minutes before my breakfast was delivered. It tasted great and was a good size to start the day. After breakfast, I asked the waiter if I could have a cup of coffee to go, which was delivered right away with the check for room charge.
If the breakfast is that good, I can’t imagine how great dinner must be. Maybe in the future, I get a chance to check it out but I can just recommend that place.
As usual, I can’t complain. The Hotel Monaco is beautiful and centrally located in Downtown Seattle. Depending on where your business takes you, this is a great place to stay. The staff was great and friendly and the wine tasting every day is definitely a treat.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
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