I checked in yesterday, thought I'd do a quick review. I stayed at the Monaco about a year ago, thought it was great, definitely had a Wow factor, so decided Memorial Day weekend would be great to stay again. I booked a premier room, stayed in that before and, well, I didn't pay much attention to the pictures of the hotel since I knew what to expect. What a great surprise to realize it has all be recently remodeled! The comfort is great, I travel like a mad fool for biz for I'm used to my bed being heavenly, so my expectations are comfort but I don't like to stay at the corp travel chains when it is personal time. Monaco fit the bill - really sharp, stylish room updates, fantastic living room area to relax in, and the bed is super comfy, as well as just really cool looking.
A recent review said there was no hot water for a few days, I definitely have not found that to be a problem, and none of the issues I've run into with other older Seattle hotels where the temp fluctuates in the morning as all the rooms wake up.
Location is great, easy walk to the waterfront and great walk back up hill to burn off dinner, or a $5 cab ride if feeling lazy. Museum, Pikes Market, shopping, nightlife are all practically crawling distance outside the door (um, I guess that is more coming back after a night of drinking!).
I did valet parking, and the cost is about the same as most other downtown hotels - so be prepared if you drive. There are garages around to park in if you want a few bucks cheaper, but in and out costs will get close to the hotel and you'll lose the convenience of just calling for the car when you want it.
Internet is critical for me, no such thing as being disconnected even on a long weekend. The internet service was great last time and again has been solid and reliable the times I've needed it. There are a few nearby hotels that I have stayed at that charm the usual arm and a leg and the service is spotty at best, so here is another area where the Monaco shines.
My particular room is on the street, and I was a bit worried about level of street noise, but it is whisper quiet, even extremely limited/low noise from the hallways. Great for relaxing and not feeling like the neighbors are having their little, well, whatever they are doing, in your room or right outside your door.
And the attention to small service details has been great - refreshing lemonade on arrival, some wine before heading out or after coming back in from a day of fun, and coffee in the morning to get you going all over again, and all in the lobby area. Super friendly greetings from the valet to front desk to the cleaning staff. Yep, overall I really like the place, a great departure from my usual corporate hotel options, all the creature comforts I still expect, and both friendliness and sizzle so that I know I am on a getaway, not just another biz trip.
And if you haven't figured it out by now, I do recommend the place. Book it soon for your next trip, I think you'll be glad you did (and I don't even work for these guys!).
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco Seattle Kimpton
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be among the first to experience the fully renovated Hotel Monaco Seattle. A 4-diamond luxury property, Hotel Monaco embraces the spirit of international travel in sophisticated style. Walk through the doors and escape into a world of sensory indulgence. The Hotel Monaco, with its warm welcome and exceptional service, is within walking distance of Westlake Center, Pacific Place, Pike Place Market, Benaroya Hall and many other iconic attractions. The wildly popular Sazerac restaurant is also conveniently adjacent to the hotel. ... more less
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