Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

Philadelphia, USA

The hotel

Nestled in the iconic Lafayette Building, an architectural landmark built in 1907, the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia offers luxurious accommodation close to all attractions. It’s also one of the few hotels in Philly to feature a rooftop lounge – located on the 11th floor, it’s a great place to relax with a few drinks, admiring the views as the sun sets on another day. The Red Owl Tavern is also a popular spot for guests and locals alike, serving hearty meals in a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you’re keen to keep trim, there’s a fitness centre on-site. Alternatively, bikes are available for complimentary rental on a first come first served basis – an excellent way to get around, make sure you bag yourself a two-wheeler at some point during your stay. Every evening, the hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour in the lobby lounge – not just a great way to meet and mingle with fellow guests, it’s also handy for picking up tips on sights to see off the beaten track and places to eat!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In a prime location, close to Independence National Historic Park and the historic district. Transfer time from Philadelphia Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

268 rooms. All of which are air-conditioned with satellite TV, mini-bar*, safe, in-room yoga mat, hairdryer and iron and board. King Deluxe Room with king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Double Deluxe Room with 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Red Owl Tavern, Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Hosted wine hour every evening. Fitness centre. In-room spa treatments*. Complimentary bikes. Complimentary WiFi. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect place for our girls getaway

Jul 25, 2021 200tishal

This place was beautiful & friendly & perfect for our over night stay. We had a really great time exploring around pens landing and south street which were in close walking distance. The bar at the hotel was great for a cocktail . Fun time! Thanks!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dirty room, unapologetic staff

Jul 23, 2021 GreenGirl55 Albany, California

We are currently at this hotel. We reserved a pet free room with two queens for our family of four (child with severe allergies to dogs and cats). We checked in and the staff said the hotel is overbooked and it gave away our room. It then gave us a room that allows pets. We accepted with some trepidation, went to the room, and found the room had… Read more
We are currently at this hotel. We reserved a pet free room with two queens for our family of four (child with severe allergies to dogs and cats). We checked in and the staff said the hotel is overbooked and it gave away our room. It then gave us a room that allows pets. We accepted with some trepidation, went to the room, and found the room had white powder on the floor (maybe a 2 foot by 3 foot area, dumped with white powder). And a wedding present from a bride and groom to a guest sitting on the table. Entering an unclean room during a pandemic is not a good feeling. Went to the front desk. No apologies. Told us we could find another hotel, but that Kimpton wouldn’t give us a refund. Staff offered us a king bed for four people. We asked for a cot and hope we’ll receive it. We’re mostly stunned by the lack of any apology. I liked Kimpton pre-pandemic. This is our first trip in two years. We’ll never stay at a Kimpton again. Just went to the front desk and a guest was saying they went into their room and someone’s dog is in it. Someone else is furious that he paid $40 for valet parking and waited 40 minutes and still no car. This place is a mess. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Almost all staff were excellent

Jul 22, 2021 tiffanycU8759MI

Overall excellent. Great valet service, friendly checkin and staff. One low point was when I went down for the wine hour to ask for a glass and the front desk staff looked me up and down and started to question whether I was staying there or not. She then proceeded to give me exactly 1/2” in a plastic cup of wine, making it obvious that my attire… Read more
Overall excellent. Great valet service, friendly checkin and staff. One low point was when I went down for the wine hour to ask for a glass and the front desk staff looked me up and down and started to question whether I was staying there or not. She then proceeded to give me exactly 1/2” in a plastic cup of wine, making it obvious that my attire wasn’t up to the standard she expected. I had driven that day for 10 hours and wasn’t fancy enough I guess, while other guests received probably 5x that amount. I’d give a lower rating but everyone else was great. She just was an obvious snob. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating All's well that ends well

Jul 17, 2021 343saladina

I almost always stay at Kimpton hotels when traveling. They're just the best at customer service. So when I had a bit of a rocky start at check in for reasons I won't get into, let me say Ireka and the staff went out of their way to take care of me! No person or business is perfect but the Kimpton Monaco in Philly always goes out of their way!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Way way too many issues for a hotel this price.

Jul 17, 2021 Ajc39441

My husband and I travel frequently. He is an IHG member so we booked this hotel. It looked beautiful, different, and well situated. It was a birthday weekend surprise that I looked forward to. Let's start with the pros: Great location to Philly historical attractions Liberty Bell, independence hall etc... Decor was eclectic, warm, quaint. Room… Read more
My husband and I travel frequently. He is an IHG member so we booked this hotel. It looked beautiful, different, and well situated. It was a birthday weekend surprise that I looked forward to. Let's start with the pros: Great location to Philly historical attractions Liberty Bell, independence hall etc... Decor was eclectic, warm, quaint. Room is cozy and bright. Some of the staff at front desk were kind, server offered to find us ice, was sweet and helpful, and some of the staff were courteous. Convenient walk to restaurants (wear comfy shoes). Cons: Parking: Unless you want to pay $55 for valet, you have to park 3 blocks down, approx 1/4 mile walk. They give you a QR Code to pay for parking but NEVER tell you that you need to pay BEFORE you enter the garage. My husband entered the traditional way, paid via the QR Code and couldn't leave. So we had pay TWICE using a normal ticket to leave the garage. Should have used valet at this point and saved all the aggravation or park in one of the few closer parking garages we saw along the way? Doubt we'll get the extra pmt refunded. Room: BRING EAR PLUGS. People have no respect for others sleeping at the wee hours of the night. Avoid rooms on 10th floor with wedding parties, you'll be awake all night hearing yelling, doors slamming, and people stumbling down the hall as they return to their rooms. Cars and motorcycles with music, horns, and exhaust pipes BLARING all the way to our room. Paper thin walls I can only presume. We also had 1 set of towels and face cloths, my husband and I had to share. At the price we paid, it would have been nice to have 2 face cloths lol. Guess were lucky to have toilet paper! No ice to be found. Hubby had to go to 3 different floors looking for ice. Finally, TV in our room didnt work, it turned on but features such as 'menu' or 'guide' to select a movie to watch while we got ready were 'unavailable'. So much for that! Bar: walked in and walked right out. It was so LOUD I don't think I could hear myself think. I can handle loud restaurants, this was obnoxious. Plenty of local, high end restaurants with awesome drinks that doesn't require screaming to have a conversation. AREA: Apparently trash day is Saturday. Trash strewn along the sidewalks made for a very unappealing and stench filled walk to Penns landing. Half of the businesses are boarded up (thank you Gov. Wolfe) and the area felt depressed, run down, and unkept. We did the DARK NIGHT Philly tour which includes untold, raunchy stories of our great historical local figures. I'll leave a review on their site if you're interested. Toured all local historical attractions and the fun stories 'with a twist' along the way made for an entertaining evening. All in all it was ok. Were pretty tolerant and forgiving people, but wont likely return. Disappointing trip to say the least, too many snafus at the hotel. Read less