Hotel Monaco Philadelphia Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Large, funky rooms with upscale amenities; some have Liberty Bell views
  • Wonderful rooftop bar with outdoor seating and 2 private rooms
  • Adjacent to the Independence Hall
  • Fantastic restaurant serving comfort food with a twist
  • Large, well-equipped fitness center with natural light
  • Free daily wine hour in the lobby
  • Freebies include morning coffee and tea, bikes, and kites
  • Pet- and family-friendly amenities
  • In-room spa services available

Cons

  • Fee for valet parking

Bottom Line

Hotel Monaco's unique design featuring bright decor and stylishly mismatched furniture sets the hotel apart. Attractive rooms with high-end amenities, wonderful freebies, a beautiful rooftop bar, and a great restaurant all help round out the experience. Plus, the hotel’s location across the street from the Independence National Historic Park is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike.

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 Scene

Old meets new in this funky hotel with whimsical decor and great services

With a whimsical design of contrasting patterns and textures, bold colors, and a couple of Alice in Wonderland-inspired details, the Monaco is one of the funkiest hotels in town. However, as a nod to the building’s past as bank (built in 1907), the hotel’s designer, Todd-Avery Lenahan, has blended historic touches into the mix -- including coffered ceilings, period-inspired wood paneling, and a wine cellar door that used to secure the bank’s safe.

The historic Greek Revival façade and uniformed doormen do not hint what guests will find past the glass doors: A colorful lobby with pink, deep blue, turquoise and black furniture that feels straight out of a fairytale, and fun rooms with modern amenities. The hotel’s eclectic design may not be to everyone's taste, but the quirky combination of colors, textures and patterns somehow works without giving guests a headache.

Both business and leisure travelers can appreciate the hotel's great features, which include a gorgeous rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor seating; wonderful in-room amenities (iPod docks, Etro toiletries, flat-screen TVs and plush beds); a solid restaurant serving contemporary American fare; tons of outstanding freebies; and a central location adjacent to the Independence Hall.

Interior-facing rooms are a little dark, but those overlooking the square get great light and have views of the Independence National Historical Park.

 Location

Adjacent to Philly’s top attraction, and within walking distance of restaurants and shops

Hotel Monaco is located on the corner of Chestnut St. and Independence Mall East, right across the street from the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia’s top attraction. There are restaurants, bars and shops both along Chestnut St. and the surrounding streets, and many other attractions are within walking distance, including Penn’s Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum, and the City Hall.

Center City is Philadelphia's commercial and cultural center, and the vast majority of the city's hotels are clustered in this neighborhood. Popular historical sites can be found here, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art (fronted by the stone steps made famous in the Rocky films). The picturesque Rittenhouse Square -- located in the southwest area of the neighborhood -- is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants and bars, and the ornate City Hall, built in 1901, is the second tallest masonry building in the world; its tower is a prominent fixture of the Philadelphia skyline.

  • Across the street from Independence National Historic Park (home to Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell)
  • 20-minute drive or 40-minute train ride to Philadelphia International Airport
  • 2-minute walk from the National Museum of American Jewish History
  • 6-minute walk to National Constitution Center
  • 9-minute walk to Muse Gallery
  • 9-minute walk to the African American Museum
  • 15-minute walk to Penn's Landing
  • 15-minute walk to the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 16-minute walk to City Hall
  • 22-minute walk to the Shops at Liberty Place
  • 6-minute drive to 30th St. Station
  • 7-minute drive to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 9-minute drive to Rittenhouse Square Park
  • 11-minute drive to the Philadelphia Zoo

 Rooms

Appealing rooms with bright decor and wonderful amenities

The hotel offers several room types: Deluxe, Parkview, and Spa Rooms; One-Bedroom Suites; and a 711-square-foot Presidential Suite. They all have special features unique to their category, but all have the same wonderful amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, Etro toiletries, iPod docks, and quality beds.

Decor is as quirky as in the common areas, with wallpaper featuring geometric patterns and other prints as well as stylish mismatched furniture. Fun and thoughtful details are found everywhere, from the the gray bathrobes (designed as a tribute to Rocky Balboa), to the cotton balls in the bathroom, to the in-room yoga and fitness videos.

Views vary depending on room type, but those who want vistas of the Independence Hall from their rooms should book a Parkview Room or Suite. Interior-facing rooms are a little dark.

  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Plush beds with 300-thread count Frette linens and assorted pillows
  • iPod docks
  • Etro toiletries
  • Walk-in showers or shower/tub combos
  • Spa Rooms feature deep soaking tubs.
  • Accessible rooms available (all have Independence Hall views)
  • Stocked minibars
  • Yoga kits available on request
  • Fee for Wi-Fi, but free for Kimpton loyalty program members (free to join)
  • Free cribs
  • In-room spa services available
  • Pet-friendly rooms

 Fitness Center

Large 24-hour fitness center with high-end machines and natural light

Hotel Monaco has a well-equipped fitness center featuring Precor machines with individual LCD TV screens, yoga mats and hula hoops.

  • Personal trainers available upon request
  • Water cooler and towels
  • Tons of natural light

 Family

Free use of cribs and strollers -- but no extra amenities for families

  • Free use of strollers and kites
  • Free cribs
  • One-Bedroom Suites offer lots of space and a second TV in the living room.

 Food

A wonderful restaurant and bar with a popular happy hour

  • Red Owl Tavern serves comfort food with a twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner; open for brunch on weekends.
  • Grab & Go counter at the restaurant
  • Breakfast not included in nightly rate

 Drinks

The rooftop bar is a great spot for a drink rain or shine.

Located on the 11th floor of the hotel, Stratus is a stylish bar serving drinks daily until after midnight. It features indoor and outdoor seating as well as two separate areas for private events. It doesn’t have striking views, as the top of the façade could not be lowered because of its historic features, but it is still a great spot for a drink.

  • Stratus Rooftop Lounge is open seven days a week until after midnight.
  • Mist and Vapor are two stylish pavilions for private events located at each end of the rooftop bar.
  • Free daily wine hour in the lobby

 Services

Fantastic freebies and upscale services

  • Free morning coffee and tea
  • Free loaner bikes
  • Free yoga totes for in-room use
  • Turndown service with fruit and bottled water
  • Fee for Wi-Fi (free for Kimpton InTouch members, which is free to join and has some extra perks)
  • In-room spa services upon request
  • Concierge services
  • Free use of strollers and cribs
  • Valet parking (for a fee)
  • 24-hour business center
  • Pet-friendly and accessible rooms
  • Running maps available in each room

 Bottom Line

Hotel Monaco's unique design featuring bright decor and stylishly mismatched furniture sets the hotel apart. Attractive rooms with high-end amenities, wonderful freebies, a beautiful rooftop bar, and a great restaurant all help round out the experience. Plus, the hotel’s location across the street from the Independence National Historic Park is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike.

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Address

  • 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States of America

Room Types

  • Corner King Spa Room
  • Corner One Bedroom Suite
  • Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
  • Double Double Deluxe Room
  • King Deluxe Room
  • King Spa Room
  • Majestic Parlor Suite
  • Majestic Suite
  • Parkview King Room
  • Parkview Queen Queen Room
  • Queen Queen Deluxe Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 268
Pool: No
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Center City, Philadelphia
Address: 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States of America
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