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“Another Kimpton Gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   225 N Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601 (The Loop)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 169 Hotels in Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Another Kimpton Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

My husband and I stayed the Hotel Monaco in Chicago recently, and we had a very lovely time. Nick at the front desk went above and beyond to welcome us during check-in. The Kimptons have an evening wine hour, which is one of the things we enjoy. This night there was a very good guitarist playing and singing requests from his audience. A really nice touch. They also served spiced wine, though we stuck with the always pleasant red option. The lobby has a good amount of seating to sit and listen to the music while enjoying a glass of wine. We had dinner at the restaurant in the the hotel, South Water Market, and enjoyed it completely. Service was very attentive but not irritating, and the food was creative but not too fussy. I would like a better chocolate dessert option, but I guess some people are not chocolate freaks, as I am. Our room was spacious, had all the amenities we could need, and very quiet. This hotel is on the corner of Wabash and Randolph (might be Lake) so it a block west of Michigan Avenue, and easy walking distance to Symphony Hall, Millennium Paark (skating in winter, concerts in summer), the Art Institue, and all the wonderful shops on North Michigan Avenue. We always like Kimpton properties and The Hotel Monaco is no exception.

Room Tip: We were on the 14th Floor and it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
We are so thrilled you had such a pleasant stay. I'll be sure to pass on to Nick that his welcoming and gracious nature added to your lovely experience. Next tmie you return, check out Chef Roger's German Chocolate Cake- oh wow it's so delicious. Thanks again for a great five star review, we're so happy you enjoyed yourselves!
Cheers,
Ryan Parker, Assistant General Manager
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This was our second trip within a few months to the Monaco. It is a great boutique hotel with friendly staff and beautiful rooms. Perfect location, just below the river, a very short walk to Michigan Avenue, without the Michigan Avenue prices or crowds.

Room Tip: A high floor with a river view is a real plus.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thanks for your continued loyalty! Isn't the shopping nearby just so tempting? We're glad you have found your Chicago hotel, and we're very obliged to be it. Can't wait to have you back!
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Springfield, IL
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29 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This was our first stay at the Monaco. We were impressed by the hotel. The staff were very helpful. Our room was on an upper floor. The view wasn't great, looking into another building, but then we didn't ask for a room with a view. The room was spacious for downtown Chicago. As Kimpton members the wi-fi was free and fast. The room was clean and well lite and the bathroom large. It is well located to go south to the Theater District or north to Michigan Avenue shopping. There is an "L" station just a block away for public transportation. Coffee, hot water, and hot chocolate are available in the morning. It would be nice if the hot chocolate was available in the evening as well. We'll stay again when we're in Chicago.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
I'm so glad that you felt the helpfulness and genuine care we aim for our guest to experience. Come back- we have hot toddys, hot cider, wine and some small bites from our South Water Kitchen restaurant during our Wine Hour, complimentary, from 5-6pm in our lobby, daily.
Cheers,
Ryan A Parker, Assistant General Manager
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Raleigh, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I just returned from a mini-vacation here with my girlfriend and we were both very impressed with the Monaco. We checked in during their "wine hour" and Foster helped get us each a glass of wine before we even had our room keys!

We had a river view room at it was very cool. They have window seats large enough to lay down in and they look right down the Chicago river. The bed was comfortable and we did not hear too much street noise.

The Monaco is located in the perfect spot. Even though it was a little chilly for us, we were able to walk to most of the restaurants/stores we wanted to visit.

Rich the concierge helped us navigate our way through Chicago. He sent us to Lou Malnati's for some deep dish pizza and and amazing Italian dinner at La Scarola (that review is coming up next). Nick at the front desk was also able to help me find a liquor store and all the bellman were very friendly!

We are planning on making a return trip to Chicago this summer and we are definitely staying at the Monaco!

Room Tip: Be sure to spend the extra $$$ to get a river view room. It is amazing!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
What a fabulous five star review! On behalf of Nick, Rich, Foster and the rest of us here at the Monaco: thank you for spending your time in Chicago with us. I'm so happy that you enjoyed those awesome window seat rooms- they are a great upgrade to reserve. PS- La Scarola is a favorite of mine too.
Thank you again and we all look forward to your return,
Ryan Parker, Assistant General Manager
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Annapolis, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Love the happy hour, and the service was excellent. The only issue was that I woke up in the middle of the night & it was like 99 degrees in my room. The gym was also great and clean. Otherwise, this was a great hotel and cannot wait to enjoy my new year's here!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Oh how exciting to hear that you are joining us to ring in the New Year! We're thrilled you enjoyed our wine hour daily, it's such a popular treat for our guests. Don't forget through winter we will have hot toddys and cider as well.
Cheers,
Ryan A Parker, Assistant General Manager
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Rockford, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Another great Kimpton property. Our room was beautifully decorated and in perfect repair. It was a nice sized king with a wonderful window seat that was the size of a twin bed. It was fun to perch there for a while and watch the city. The complimentary wine hour in the lobby was great and included live music. Parking in the hotel lot is a steep $48 for 24 hours, you can do better by finding a different lot online. Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was good and the service was pleasant. The location is great, within walking distance of Michigan Ave. shopping, Millenium Park and the Theater district. We will definately go back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
We look forward to having you back. Thank you for sharing your review. Parking in downtown Chicago is not inexpensive, but luckily our valet team offers the least expensive hotel parking in the area, and it includes unlimited in and out service.
Cheers,
Ryan Parker, Assistant General Manager
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Franklin, Tennessee
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Hotel Monaco has a great staff, very welcoming! From the doorman to the front desk, everyone was so helpful, friendly and kind. The rooms are a decent size, beds comfortable. The sheets and towels could be a little softer, but in general, this is a nice hotel. Great location near Macy's, and walking distance to Michigan Avenue. The wine hour on Saturday night included live music, a nice touch. Make sure to join the free loyalty program for free wifi and 'raid the mini bar' coupons! :) We stayed on the top floor and you can still hear street noise like cabs and the El, so light sleepers should request a higher floor. Great choice for a downtown Chicago hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AGMRyan, Manager at Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
I'm so glad to hear that you felt that genuine welcome and care Kimpton and the Monaco Chicago is known for. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic location, happy and cheerful staff, and great local musicians that come to entertain from our lobby during the famed Wine Hour. Thank you for the great recommendation.
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Address: 225 N Wabash, Chicago, IL 60601
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in Chicago
#10 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#10 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
#10 Family Hotel in Chicago
#13 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy pure sensory indulgence at the Hotel Monaco Chicago. Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, this luxury hotel was named one of The Travel Channel's top 40 hotels in the country. Located on the Magnificent Mile, the hotel overlooks the Chicago River and is within steps of the city's favorite destinations. This dynamic location is matched by exceptional service, exquisite amenities, stylish décor and the adjacent South Water Kitchen, creating a luxuriously rewarding experience. ... more   less 
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