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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
Ranked #16 of 191 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Spent a birthday weekend at Hotel Monaco. Ogled this hotel from Wabash, imagining looking out the big window seats. They didn't disappoint. Overlooking Trump Tower, Chicago River and Wacker Drive. Could have just parked ourselves there the whole weekend.
Staff was prompt, presented birthday wishes to my wife, and great sense of humor recognizing that it was National Middle Name Day (at least their sign said it was..... : ) ).
Beautiful décor, comfortable bed. Enjoyed evening wine in front of the fireplace in the Living Room.
As part of our profile, commented that we enjoyed camping. Based on that, we received S'Mores as a bedtime snack......Graham crackers, chocolate ganache, and whipped marshmellow. Yum!
I've looked into other specialty hotels. I'm sure they are very nice. We had a great experience at Monaco and the stay was a fantastic value.
We will go to Hotel Monaco again, 'just because', as well as check out the other Kimpton hotels in Chicago. We'll also look for sister hotels in other cities that our travels take us to.
I can't recommend this hotel enough.

Room Tip: Ask for room on north side for better view out the window seats.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2014

Dear GeneBaz -

I don't even know where to start with your review, how great! It sounds like you got the full experience of the real Kimpton spirit on your last trip, and even if you decide to check out our sister properties, we won't be mad, as long as you keep it in the family!

Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward to keeping the Kimpton love alive with you!

Cheers,

Marco Scherer

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Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

I cannot say enough great things about this hotel. The rooms are comfortable, well appointed, and clean. The staff is incredible and accommodating. Moreover, Kimpton's loyalty program can't be beat! It is nice to stay in a place that truly appreciates your business. I will stay here anytime that I can!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2014

Hey Chazmiaimi!

We'll host you anytime you can stay! We do our best to make everyone feel at home in a nice clean room, with plenty of space to stretch out.

We look forward to seeing you on future trips.

Sincerely,

Marco Scherer

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

I hadn't tried this hotel before but booked it for two after some recent less-than-stellar experiences at other Chicago establishments. We liked the professional treatment, the intriguing decor of the room, and the small luxuries: padded window seats, bathrobes and slippers provided, multiple newspapers as well as tea, coffee, and water available down in the lobby, and complimentary wine hour. I didn't get to try out the fitness center but was impressed by its spaciousness. Breakfast in the adjoining restaurant was fast and tasty. Just a couple of small reservations: wireless internet was not free, at least to a first-timer, and there seemed to be no privacy sign available to hang on the door handle and the housekeeper knocked at what seemed to us an excessively early hour on the morning of our checkout. Nevertheless, I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2014

Dear Kiyoshi T -

Thanks so much for giving us a shot after not being so impressed with some other Chicago spots. We're glad we were able to fulfill your needs, and add a few surprise luxuries to your trip.

We hope to see you again on your next trip to the city.

Sincerely,

Marco Scherer

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I was tremendously pleased with the Hotel Monaco. I was in Chicago on business (in February! And I hate winter...) I became suddenly sick with flu-like symptoms. The staff was both efficient, and kind and made what could have been a terrible experience quite nice. The staff were friendly without being intrusive and were very knowledgeable of the hotel and Chicago.

The room was spacious, and the bed was very comfortable. I had a federal rate, but for once didn't get stuck with the worst room (the small, dark, terrible view, last room on the hall). The location of the hotel itself couldn't be beat -- close to everything.

I have already recommended the hotel to friends who travel to Chicago on a regular basis, and look forward to returning -- when I'm feeling well and can take advantage of the wine tasting and what looked to be a very nice restaurant.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2014

Dear shepsmum -

There is absolutely nothing worse than getting sick when you're not at home. We're so glad to hear that we were able to make you feel comfortable and well-taken care of, but not in an intrusive manner.
We absolutely look forward to seeing you when you can enjoy all the benefits the hotel and location have to offer!

Sincerely,

Marco Scherer

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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Hotel Monaco had become our go-to hotel when visiting Chicago. We love it. Especially the river view rooms and window seats. Great location. Walkable to everywhere we wanted to go. Great service. I liked the cucumber-Infused water in the lobby 24/7.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2014

Dear Rascaleon -

Thank you so much for your great review of the Monaco, and for making us your go-to hotel on your trips to Chicago. We'll make sure to keep that great infused water around for you all year round.

See you again soon!

Cheers,
Marco Scherer

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

This was our second stay at a Kimpton property and we were again blown away. We had a king room with a wonderful view down to the river from the comfort of our secluded day bed. The real bed was very comfortable, the furnishings are iconic and fitting of the property and the staff were beyond helpful. Location was within walking distance of almost everything that we were interested in doing and we felt safe walking around during the day and night. Also the proximity to the two train stations meant that we were very self sufficient during our stay. A basket of fruit on arrival, a fish to look after while we were there and some great restaurant recommendations really cemented Hotel Monaco's place in our hearts. We will be visiting again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2014

Dear sneaky_nu123 -

We're blushing over your great review of the Monaco. It sounds like you had a great overall experience from the staff, to the room, to the little goldfish awaiting your arrival. We're so glad to have hosted you, and look forward to doing so again soon.

Cheers,

Marco Scherer

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Everything was as good as I expected, nice clean, friendly envitoment, showers can use some improvement, I'm 5'11 and I consider that an standard height, but I couldn't reach the shower head for adjustment, totally out of my reach, it was at least another foot and half from my finger tips, other than that we were satified with the service.

Room Tip: No need to request coffee maker should be one in the room at all times
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2014

Dear Ivan H -

Thank you so much for your review of the Monaco Chicago. We're happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay. We value all opportunities for improvement, and appreciate your feedback on the shower.

We look forward to hosting you again soon!

Sincerely,

Marco Scherer

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Additional Information about Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago

Address: 225 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-2404 (Formerly Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel)
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#7 Family Hotel in Chicago
#11 Green Hotel in Chicago
#12 Business Hotel in Chicago
#14 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
Price Range: £89 - £440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago 4.5*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy pure sensory indulgence at the Hotel Monaco Chicago. Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, this luxury hotel was named one of The Travel Channel's top 40 hotels in the country. Located on the Magnificent Mile, the hotel overlooks the Chicago River and is within steps of the city's favorite destinations. This dynamic location is matched by exceptional service, exquisite amenities, stylish décor and the adjacent South Water Kitchen, creating a luxuriously rewarding experience. ... more   less 
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