Located in downtown Seattle, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is perfectly situated in the Emerald City. Business or pleasure, this Kimpton boutique hotel strikes a nice balance of hip yet functional when it comes to design. The four-star hotel is intimate, with a friendly hotel staff that aims to please. Our trip to Seattle was all pleasure. However, we spotted a mix of business and holiday vacation clientele. Read on for my Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle review for the first-hand highlights of 48 hours in this waterfront city.
What makes Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle different?
Looking for a boutique hotel in Seattle? For this Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle review, I look for beautiful city views, a welcoming hotel lobby, a comfortable bed and attentive service. If the hotel is pet-friendly and offers soft bathrobes and high quality bath amenities, I’m a happy guest. This Kimpton boutique hotel met all of the above objectives. Unfortunately, Kimpton Hotels do charge guest amenity fees, but there are rewards in return.
While Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle does charge a guest amenity fee, there is a $15 credit involved. The credit may be used in their bodega or go toward parking or dining in the Outlier restaurant. Guests also receive two bottled waters upon arrival and upgraded WiFi for up to 5 devices. Another unexpected bonus was an allowance for 50 black and white printing pages – great if you are in Seattle on business. News junkies will appreciate the complimentary magazines and newspapers on PressReader. I also took advantage of the complimentary jewelry cleaning at adjoining Siamonto jewelry store (my rings look brand new) and mailed several complimentary postcards; stamps included!
Dogs welcome at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
I’m happy to report that all Kimpton boutique hotels do not charge a pet fee and dogs of all sizes are warmly welcomed. In fact, your pets name will be highlighted on the chalkboard that you’ll notice at check in. We were not traveling with our Labrador Retriever on this trip, so I can’t review the pet amenities. There is a Hound Lounge located behind the hotel for guests to use with their dogs.
What does the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Monte Carlo Suite look like?
One of the benefits of being an IHG Hotels & Resorts ambassador member is that hotel guests are entitled to a room upgrade if available during the time of your stay. Lucky for us, we were upgraded to the Kimpton Monte Carlo suite. Not only do IHG members get access to better hotel rates when booking directly with the hotel, we earn points on every stay and free WiFi.
Our premiere suite, #1112, rented from $379 – $600 depending on the time of year and events taking place in Seattle. Our suite was on the top floor of the 11 story building. The hotel featured an express elevator for the top floors and required a key card for extra security. Average hotel rates currently are $200 – $239 with in season rates ranging from $289 – $329.
The plush pillow-top bed, Italian Frette linens and comfortable robes provided us with sweet dreams. If this is a special occasion, check to see if the Outlier restaurant is offering fresh baked cookies with ice cream. Sinfully delicious after a jam-packed day of sightseeing.
Our spacious bathroom, with shower and bath, included Atelier Bloem bath amenities. I was happy to see that the hotel used eco-friendly, refillable shampoo and conditioner containers, rather than the small, plastic shampoo bottles that end up in our landfills.
Special rate hotel deals and offers at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
If you like staycation packages, or special rates, check the website. On our Seattle vacation we selected the staycation hotel package. For a little more money, we received free valet parking with unlimited in and out privileges and a complimentary bottle of red wine and milk chocolate honey pecans. The Seattle city views from our Kimpton boutique hotel room were an added bonus.
Boutique Hotel Monaco Seattle amenities
One of the reasons I enjoy staying at boutique hotels is for the personalized service and hotel amenities. I like it when the hotel staff says, “welcome back Ms. Brown” or “I hope you enjoyed the theater, Ms. Brown.” I did enjoy seeing Bernadette Peters perform at the Paramount Theatre and I liked that so many attractions were within walking distance of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle.
There are plenty of little amenities to spark joy at this Kimpton boutique hotel. In addition to a yoga mat in every room, there is a nightly social hour, featuring wine and local craft beer. I’m told that live music is offered every Friday evening. Truthfully, I was not impressed with the selection of wine on tap, but free is free. If you want a specialty cocktail, head over to the Outlier restaurant and bar on property. For the gym rats, there is an on property fitness center with a Peloton bike.
Valet parking is offered, $49 + tax per night during our Seattle visit. The hotel is not currently offering breakfast service. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.
Things to See and Do in Seattle, Washington
There are plenty of things to see and do in Seattle. Many activities are within walking distance of the Hotel Monaco Seattle. When going towards 1st Avenue and Pike Place Market, walk North on 4th Avenue to Union or Pike Street before walking towards the water. The walk is much more level than the steep hills on Spring and Seneca. There is a cute waterfall park in Pioneer Square. We enjoyed Bill Speidels Underground Tour during our Seattle visit. The 75 minute walking tour meets in Pioneer Square.
The Seattle Viaduct was taken down in 2019 leaving unobstructed views of Elliott Bay. At the Columbia Center, the Sky View Observatory is on the 73rd floor and is the tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi. For another viewpoint of Seattle from above, walk to the waterfront on Pier 57. Take a ride on The Seattle Great Wheel. I’m not a fan of heights, but I took the photo of the Ferris Wheel.
Pike Place Market is within a half mile of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. If you love cheese, stop at Beechers Handmade Cheese. There’s also plenty of shopping nearby, including the flagship Nordstrom.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle (206) 621-1770
1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle Hotel Review, You Tube video and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle for review purposes; however all opinions are my own.