Arrival/Check-In: I arrived in Philadelphia late on a rainy evening, and the brightly lit lobby of the Hotel Monaco was a welcoming sight. This hotel nestles in the iconic Lafayette Building, built in 1907, and the Kimpton property has added unique modern pieces while keeping the original architecture intact. The reception area is off to the side of the bank of elevators and filled with comfortable, gem-colored couches and chairs in front of a fire. Because of the late hour, the lobby was empty and the staff helped me quickly. However, when I got to my room on the eighth floor, my key card did not work, requiring a trip back down to the lobby.
Guest Quarters: The unique Kimpton theme surrounded the guestroom, with its bright blue diamond wallpaper on one wall and a black and white portrait-like wallpaper on the other. This was needed, as there were no views from the windows. To my immediate right was the bathroom, with black and white paisley wallpaper and a white marble single sink. Warm lighting hung on either side of the large vanity, and there were extra outlets for hair tools. I appreciated the great water pressure in the shower/bath after my long flight. The hotel’s bathrobes were leopard print and a great sweater-like cotton, which I particularly liked.
The large marble desk was perfect for a working traveler to spread out, but no convenient plugs were nearby for my laptop. I had to move large furniture to find one. Just behind the desk were two double beds with large headboards and a shared bedside table between them. Bright red cabinets holding the 40-inch flat-screen television and the minibar faced the bed. A key is needed to access the minibar, but none was given; I had to call downstairs for the key, along with an in-room dining menu. The spacious room was warm and comfortable and gave me an excellent night’s sleep.
Services/Amenities: My favorite amenities of the Monaco were the fitness offerings; the spacious 24-hour fitness center provided cardio and free weights for a good workout. The Monaco hotel offers complimentary yoga mats in-room, perfect for a time-strained guest like me. If you want to get out of the hotel, take one of the PUBLIC bikes, free to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
After a long day of meetings, a drink at the Stratus rooftop bar and lounge offers a great way to wind down with amazing views of Philadelphia — I recommend you stop in.
The Experience: The staff were friendly and helpful, even when I tried their patience with my key card not working four times during my two-night stay. The complimentary coffee and muffins in the lobby start the day off right, and the property is within walking distance of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and shopping.
[item check=yes]Less than 10 minutes for check-in[/item]
[item]Separate tub and shower[/item]
[item check=yes]Large vanity[/item]
[item check=yes]Powerful, unattached hair dryer[/item]
[item check=yes]High-quality bed linens[/item]
[item check=yes]Large, flat-screen television[/item]
[item]Large desk with convenient outlets[/item]
[item check=yes]Large, complimentary laptop safe[/item]
[item]Complimentary in-room WiFi[/item]
[item]Complimentary bottled water[/item]
[item check=yes]Stocked minibar[/item]
[item check=yes]Ample lighting[/item]
[item check=yes]Iron and ironing board[/item]
[item check=yes]On-site restaurant[/item]
[item check=yes]24-hour room service[/item]
[item check=yes]24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center[/item]
[item check=yes]Turn-down service[/item]
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel 215 925 2111
Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.
I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
San Antonio celebrated 300 years of progress in May 2018. With a clear vision following that anniversary year, the Texan city set its sights firmly on 300 more. While commemorating this milestone, the city underwent a major overhaul to prepare for the next phase in its history.
When you think of a relaxing spa day, mountains, rivers and view of gorgeous landscapes pop in your head; a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of any city’s booming music and honking taxis. SoJo Spa Club and Hotel gives you the relaxing feeling of being away while still staying close to the busy center of Manhattan.
Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.