If you have stayed at a Kimpton Hotel then you start to know what to expect. Having stayed at another Kimpton Hotel since then, I now realise how special this one was. The location is fantastic, walking outside the hotel you are confronted with amazing buildings, it is just off the Magnificent Mile and there are lots of great bars and restaurants and bars right near by.
We booked a King Deluxe room. The room itself was a little smaller than I've experienced with regards to American hotels but by no means tiny and very nicely decorated, clean and comfortable with an enormous, super-comfortable bed. One thing I must add though, is that before I booked this hotel, I had read about these wonderful window seat/meditation stations in the rooms - unfortunately our room did not have this luxury. Having booked through an agent with a Kimpton Hotel before and again, been given the smallest room on the floor both times (evident from looking at the fire escape layout), I am of the impression that the hotel favours guests who book direct through them for the best rooms.
The added bonus of robes, the complimentary daily wine hour (with nibbles), free internet access and morning complimentary Starbucks coffee all gave this hotel a great welcoming and homely feel. The maid even left us a soft drink on occassion which was a nice little touch. The adjoining bar was great and did a 'TV dinner' special at a set time each day which was great value. The funky music in the lifts also added a touch of fun to the hotel. The lobby was very plush and a great place to sit and relax with a glass of wine after a hard day's shopping. The fitness suite was also great, kitted out with personal TV's on the machines and all the usual necessities.
Overall, although my first choice for Chicago would be the Omni, I would still definitely stay at this hotel again and would certainly recommend it to anyone due to its fantastic location, great staff and comfortable rooms, and of course, the daily free wine hour!
- 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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- Also Known As:
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