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Upscale boutique with funky, Art-Deco-inspired decor
The Hotel Monaco delivers wow factor as soon as you enter the main doors. The lobby is richly decorated with contrasting and, at times, clashing fabrics, prints and textures. Not a single chair or couch in the main sitting area matches, either in shape or textile, and the walls are covered in red-and-pink striped wallpaper and bright green recessed bookshelves. And surprisingly, the contrasting funkiness works. The most impressive feature is the geometric, hand-painted ceiling, which anchors the room's style.
The quirky, Arto-Deco-inspired decor continues into the rooms, which are as rich and over-the-top as the lobby, with large headboards, satiny drapes, dark wood and contrasting prints and textures. The overall feel is fun and welcoming, and the free daily wine hour where guests can mingle furthers that experience.
The buildings in which the hotel is housed have historic origins: the Railway Exchange Building dates to 1917, and the Art Moderne Title Building dates to 1937.
The Hotel Monaco is located in the Central Business District of downtown Denver, just south of the Lower Downtown District (LODO), and within walking distance of many major attractions.
The 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and the Colorado Convention Center are both a short walk away. Other frequented downtown attractions include the Denver Mint, the State Capitol Building, Coors Field, and Denver's renowned microbreweries.
Hotel Monaco's big rooms are dramatic, luxurious, and large -- they start at 375 square feet. Unfortunately the bathrooms were not fully upgraded when the hotel completed renovations in February 2011, and the shower/tub combos have older showerheads and faucets.
An excellent day spa and free nightly wine hours
One of the most unique features of the Hotel Monaco is the private wine cellar and barrel room, available for private events and located on the lower level of the hotel. With barrels built into the walls and rustic wood furniture, you might think you're in a small villa in Tuscany rather than Denver.
A popular Italian restaurant
This upscale boutique delivers all the fundamentals of the Kimpton chain: bright, quirky decor, a free nightly wine hour, and an open-arms pet policy. The day spa is recognized as one of the best in Denver, and rooms are stylish, with 37-inch flat-screen TVs. But bathrooms are a bit run-of-the-mill by comparison: small, with shower/tub combos.