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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle 4.0

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Pros

  • In the heart of downtown Seattle and a block from public transport
  • Sophisticated rooms with eclectic decor and upscale amenities
  • Excellent fusion restaurant serves Southern cuisine with Northwestern flair
  • Small but well-equipped fitness center; yoga mats in every room
  • Free daily wine hours in the lobby, and free morning coffee and tea
  • In-room spa services available
  • Nine flexible meeting rooms with high-tech equipment and catering services
  • Kid-friendly amenities include welcome gifts, children’s menus, and cribs
  • Pet-friendly policy: no fees, no weight restrictions, and treats
  • Free use of bikes
  • Pet goldfish on request during the stay

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi (free for Kimpton Karma Rewards members)
  • Not much of a view from rooms

Bottom Line

The 189-room Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is a sophisticated upscale property located right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Rooms are stylish and quirky, with bold colors, striking wallpaper, and great amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Italian Frette linens. Sazerac serves excellent Southern cuisine with a Northwestern twist, and is a popular spot for business lunches. There is also a small but well-equipped fitness center, and the hotel offers flexible meeting space, but it’s the thoughtful extras that elevate the stay, including free wine hours, free morning coffee, loaner bikes, and even a goldfish on request. The Sheraton Seattle offers a spa and indoor pool, but is not as stylish.

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Scene

Stylish hotel with sophisticated yet quirky interiors and a boutiquey vibe

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is housed in a building dating back to the 1960s that was originally used as a phone switching station. Part of the Kimpton boutique hotel chain, this striking hotel is characterized by its whimsical decor and wonderful perks. Chic interiors are a mix of patterns, colors, and shapes that creates eclectic yet tasteful spaces. The lobby is the heart of the hotel, where guests mingle during the free daily wine hours or chat around the fireplace. Couches, armchairs, and chaise lounges offer lots of space to relax and unwind, while plush deep blue carpets keep noise at a minimum. Two delicate crystal chandeliers and large windows provide light without making the space too bright, and the vases, statuettes, and other artifacts displayed throughout the lobby look like they could belong to the private collection of an adventurer. 

The hotel is mostly popular with business travelers during the week, but many couples choose this property for weekend getaways. The chain’s open-arms policy towards kids and pets makes it one of the best picks in Seattle for families as well.

Location

In the center of Downtown, walking distance to Pike Place Market and the Convention Center

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The hotel is located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Spring Street, two busy streets in the heart of downtown Seattle. This area is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike, as it is far enough from major attractions as to not feel overrun by tourists, but is still within easy walking distance of Seattle must-sees, such as Pike Place Market (a 12-minute walk away). The Seattle Art Museum and the Sky View Observatory are both a six-minute walk from here, while the Washington State Convention Center can be reached in 10 minutes. The Seattle Center and the Space Needle can be reached in under 20 minutes via public transportation, while the train to the airport stops three blocks from the hotel and takes under 40 minutes (or it's a 15- to 20-minute drive).

Rooms

Spacious rooms with eclectic, stylish decor and great amenities

Spread across 11 floors, the hotel’s 189 rooms are sophisticated, elegant, and slightly eccentric, with a mix of patterns and colors that somehow works. Red lacquered nightstands, dark carpets, minimalist chairs behind elegant black desks, gray wallpaper with whimsical patterns, ornate mirror frames, and abstract art on walls combine to create stylish, eclectic spaces. Pillow-top beds with fine Italian Frette linens and duvets have several accent pillows in bright reds and colorful flower designs. In a corner, armchairs in a more subdued palette add some balance. This striking design is complemented by upscale amenities, including large flat-screen TVs, minibars, iPod docks, and laptop-size safes. Premier Rooms, located on the top three floors, also have coffeemakers and larger seating areas, some with sofa beds for extra guests. 

Bathrooms have cute blue-and-white wallpaper, sleek walk-in rainfall showers, and brand toiletries in large wall-mounted containers. Pet goldfish can be requested as companions during the stay, and yoga mats are available free of charge. Wi-Fi incurs an extra charge, except for members of Kimpton’s loyalty program (it's free to join).

Features

A restaurant, a fitness center, meeting space, valet parking, and lots of freebies

Sazerac is the hotel's popular restaurant that serves excellent Southern cuisine with Northwestern touches in a stylish yet casual dining room. The restaurant is especially busy at lunchtime, when businesspeople from nearby office buildings flock here for casual meetings and quick bites. The fitness center is average for an upscale hotel, but features several cardio and strength-training machines, free weights, hula hoops, yoga mats, and Pilates balls. Over 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is available for events of all types and sizes, and the hotel offers creative team building activities such as cooking and bartending lessons. A small business center features two Mac computers and a printer. The hotel lacks on-site parking, but valet parking is available for a fee. 

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle features all of the great freebies the Kimpton chain is known for, including free daily hosted wine hours, free morning coffee and tea service in the lobby, and free loaner bikes. However, there is a fee for Wi-Fi, except for the hotel's loyalty club members. The hotel also offers in-room spa services and kid-friendly amenities such as welcome gifts. Pets of all kinds and sizes are welcome here, and the property provides dog beds, food and water bowls, and treats. 

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Address

1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States

Also Known As

  • Hotel Monaco Seattle
  • Hotel Monaco Seattle - a Kimpton Hotel

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