I really enjoyed my recent visit to the Hotel Monaco.
First of all the hotel is located in the heart of downtown Portland and convenient to absolutely everything you need to do in town. Portland is a very cool city with excessive and convenient public transportation. The trains and trolleys in a large section of town are free. You can also take the train from the airport for $2.40. The hotel is just a few blocks from the nearest downtown stop. You're just a short walk from the wonderful Saturday artists market down by the river.
The staff could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. The hotel, like all Kimpton properties, hosts a free wine reception each afternoon. Hotel Monaco added a wonderful ice cream and lemonade event in the lobby for the Summer. All were really nice and the ice cream selections were extensive. One of my friends lost her bracelet when we were checking out. The staff found the bracelet and held it for her until we could get back to retrieve it. They were even willing to mail it to her in Tennessee.
The on-site restaurant was exceptional. We had dinner there our first night and it was fantastic. If you're looking for a great cocktail try their signature Red Star drink. We had several over our three day stay. Other great nearby food options include Mother's for breakfast (awesome!) and Mama Mia's which is Italian.
The hotel is in a classic older building and the room windows are huge. My room had a huge bathroom. (We actually had two because I was lucky and got upgraded to a suite) The lobby is very spacious and comfortable with lots of comfortable seating and a fireplace. To me, the only downside to the hotel were the furnishing in my room.
While they were unique, colorful, and quirky which I usually like, these seemed a bit dated and clashed just a bit. Instead of an unusual design it seemed as if random furnishings had been placed together in the room. Not a problem at all, just an observation. The bed on the other hand was amazing!
Overall, our stay was enjoyable and we would definitely return. You'll love Portland!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-diamond Hotel Monaco Portland, a Kimpton Hotel, offers an ideal sanctuary in downtown Portland, Oregon. Centered in the city’s cultural hub, this luxury hotel was named as one of the world’s Top 500 Hotels by Travel + Leisure magazine and is honored by TripAdvisor travelers as a Top 25 Hotel in the U.S. in 2012 (#9). Enter this unique boutique hotel and enter a world where everyone is warmly welcomed and pampered. Adjacent to the hotel is what some say is downtown Portland’s best restaurant, Red Star Tavern & Roast House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco Portland Kimpton