I stayed at the Hotel Monaco with some girlfriends in March 2014 and we couldn't have had a better hotel experience. Where to begin...
Hotel Staff - From the moment we pulled up to the valet parking to when we checked out we were met with impeccable service and attention. The staff seemed to know what we needed before we did.
Decor - gorgeous, eclectic, very classy and tasteful.
Dining - we had brunch at the hotel's Red Owl Tavern - bottomless mimosas and your choice of fresh squeezed strawberry, pear or orange juice anyone? Yes thank you. Our waitress was totally loveable too and answered our questions about the historical buildings in the area.
Beds (very important) - I slept like a baby, I could spend the rest of my life in one of those beds.
My only critique is that when we ordered coffee in the morning it could have come faster, but honestly I understand things have to brew and if I had my way I would just have coffee intravenously fed to me in the mornings.
Overall, hands down, the best place to stay in Philly. I mean, I could see the Liberty Bell from our window!