Fronting quaint Washington Square West, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is housed in the former Lafayette Building of Old City, Philadelphia. Situated in America’s most historic square mile you’ve got the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Betsy Ross’ house . If you stay here, you have the convenience of Philly’s most important landmarks at your feet. You could say Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is the best place if you’re looking to access the historic heart of Philly, but you haven’t even been inside yet.
It’s safe to say everything about this hotel pops. It may look like a big old building from the outside, but without forgetting it’s past it comes to life inside by way of colorful décor and unique finds from all over the world.
The official lobby, what they call the Living Room It is one of the most colorful hotel lobbies I’ve ever seen. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia stays true to its historic roots with carefully restored original wall treatments, moldings and millwork, and the colorful collection antique furniture and accessories are simply nods to its past.
If you were in the lobby thinking, “this is very Alice in Wonderland,” you hit the nail on the head. The rooms are even more so, and it’s not just a theory some of the rooms have the book on display, confirming that the décor is indeed Mad Hatter-inspired. ( My Favorite childhood book next to the bed at Hotel Monaco).
Bedrooms here are elegantly appointed and feature luxury amenities and whimsical, distinctive decor. The 268 guest rooms are divided into a few categories, including Parkview, Deluxe, and King Spa. For our stay, we were in a Spa King room which had all the amenities of the other room types with a great big bath tub in the bathroom with the independence hall right outside your window.
Our room was pretty large, with a small desk area, very comfortable lounge chair and a king bed. However the most impressive part of the room was the decor. Never before have I seen so many mixed patterns and colors all work together. More colors and patterns than you’ve ever seen in one single space. The combination can feel a bit overwhelming, but you can’t fault the Kimpton for daring to be different.
The lobby-level Red Owl Tavern is a convenient place for a meal at any time of the day .
Red Owl Tavern aims to revive that classic tavern experience, with a distinctly modern touch. The menu covers all the bases. That’s how Red Owl manages to be old, new and free-thinking all at once. Just like Philly.
What I loved most about this hotel was their attention to detail and passion for quirkiness. As soon as we got into our room, we were greeted with a hand written note.
The safety precautions at the hotel are top-notch, everyone wearing masks and they provide each guest with a mask placed in the lobby, so no excuses.
For Philly first-timers, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia location in the heart of Old City is ideal. You can see the city’s most important landmarks from your window and Independence Park is at your doorstep. And if you’re over the history and ready for a little local flavor, you’re also a short walk from some of the city’s most charming and lively streets.