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Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

May 27, 2014
2014 / June 2014

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.

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Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel 215 925 2111
monaco-philadelphia.com

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