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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
Ranked #19 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
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Long Beach, California
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“Great window seats!”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

We can to visit my daughter who is going to school at a university near downtown. We were overall happy with the Monaco. As kimpton guests, we have had consistent good experiences. The best part of the suite was the window seats. we couldn't help but to sit there and stare out at the hustle and bustle of Chicago. The service was good and the room was clean. the shower was a bit small, but no other issues.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Beacho,

Thank you for the review. The window seats are definitely unique to hotels and especially the size of our window seats in the suites. Many young children loving sleeping on them as they become a small fort with the drapes.

We are looking at new design options for the suite bathrooms in 2014.

We hope to see you again when you visit Chicago!

Cheers,
Marco Scherer
General Manager
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Fantastic date night here. Right in the middle of everything downtown, near the Chicago River. Beautiful art deco look in the lobby and in the room. Spacious rooms for being downtown, with great amenities (pretty soaps, animal print robes, cute window seats). Totally worth the extra for a river view. Complimentary wine hour and Starbucks coffee in the lobby every day. And good rates given the value against other hotels. Save a few bucks by self-parking right around the corner - it's about $20 less than valet parking at the hotel.

Room Tip: Get the river view - worth the extra money
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Gotogrrl,

Happy to hear that you had a fantastic date night!! We're so close to everything, that it's perfect place to spend a weekend at. With museums, parks, lake, theater, and the River North nightlife all within walking distance of the hotel!

We do offer valet parking with unlimited in/outs for $56 a night in a secured lot. There are several self parking garages nearby, but you have to pay for every time you leave based on time. Our concierge and doorman will gladly assist you with all of the options!

Cheers,
Marco Scherer
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Freeport, Illinois
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Very elegant hotel suite with large jacuzzi. 2 large screen tv's with seating areas in the bay windows for reading as you overlook the Chicago River. Each night from 5:00 to 6:00 there is a free wine tasting in the lobby. Easy walking distance from Michigan avenue and many top restaurants. Valet parking as well as public parking within one block. Very friendly staff with plenty of seating in a well designed lobby.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Jkcollin,

Thank you for the nice review! Sounds like you got to enjoy one of our suites with the jacuzzi tub and the amazing window seats! They're very popular and very relaxing.

Hope you get to stay with us again!


Cheers,
Marco Scherer
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

It was surprisingly my first visit to Chicago. I go around and around the world and never managed to end up here so I made it a point to have a quick look at the Windy City. Neither Kimpton nor Chicago let me down!

The hotel is unassuming from the street so don't judge till you get inside. The lobby is not terribly large but is very comfortable and the staff very friendly. Rooms are excellent as I have come to expect from my friends at Kimpton Hotels.

Location is perfect, just south of the river in easy walking distance to The Bean, Magnificent Mile and more.

Go. Stay. Enjoy.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Rca2,

Glad that we got to be part of your first Chicago trip! I hope that the city of Chicago didn't disappoint either, as it's an amazing city with a lot of culture and some mid-western personality!

Hope you get to come, stay and enjoy again!


Cheers,
Marco Scherer
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

This place surprised me by how great it was. The rooms were very nice, and a bit unusual. I recommend staying on the 14th floor, like we did. Regardless of which floor you stay on, you can sit on the thick cushions of your room's bay windows, and look out at the beautiful waxing and waning of the Chicago light. You're right near the river, and the buildings you can see are beautiful. The wine happy hour is fun, the coffee service in morning is good, and the restaurant downstairs is also good. People are friendly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
JuliaVallia,

Thanks for letting us know about your stay and how you were pleasantly surprised! The views from the Riverview rooms are amazing, and especially if it's snowing outside. You can see the snow falling over the Chicago River Bridges and their lamps. Glad to see that you got to enjoy our nightly manager hosted wine hour reception and the morning's Starbucks coffee station. We can also deliver a keurig coffee maker for the room, should you wish to just stay in.

Cheers,
Marco Scherer
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

A very nice experience at the Monaco! The staff was excellent and the room was beautifully appointed, with a wonderful river view. A few tiny details may be ready for a freshening-up, but nothing to deter a stay here! The adjoining South Water Kitchen Restaurant is a definite recommendation, whether a guest of the hotel or not! For lunch, the turkey wild rice burger with sweet potato fries is outstanding! And don't pass on the mac 'n cheese, even if you only take a bite! Sounds like a lot...and it is...but worth it! Complimentary Starbucks' coffee by the fireplace in the mornings is a treat! Kimpton hotels never disappoint.

Room Tip: Choose a river view, if possible an upper floor.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Bickerson,

Oh the mac 'n cheese from South Water Kitchen is very delicious! I'm happy to hear that we didn't disappoint and you got to enjoy the many hotel amenities! Looking forward to having you as our guests again, on your next Chicago visit.

Cheers,
Marco Scherer
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Let me start by saying I went through all tripadvisor hotels in Chicago downtown area and finalized Hotel Monaco Chicago. If you want to be near to the action, this is the place to be. Yes there are many other high rise towering presence of big hotel names around but do you really want to shell out a big chunk of your budget for staying in the hotel entire day during a vacation? Dont think so ... Choose this hotel and believe me you wont be disappointed.

Pros: 1) Millennium park is 4 mins walking, Magnificent mile is 3 mins walking and all blue line, orange line, brown line trains are within 2 mins walking (which helps if ur taking trains to the airport).

2) Absolutely fabulous staff starting from the person at the gate to the front desk - always smiling and eager to help.

3) Rooms are cheek and smart and the best part I must say is the window bed. Just grab a glass of wine or beer and enjoy ur evening looking at the Chicago river.

Cons: Hahaha... None really unless ur a fan of a 100 storey high hotel

Special Mention: I went there for my wedding anniversary and the staff was so courteous to drop us a card with special wishes from all of them - That was a very very sweet gesture :-)

Room Tip: High Floor With A River View - I chose the King Size River View during my stay
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarcoScherer, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Maxarpit,

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!! I'm so happy that we got to be a part of your celebrations! I loved reading over your review and thank you for taking the time to leave it. We're very proud of our staff and how big of a heart they have. They are very genuine when showing care and just treating our guests as friends.

We look forward to hosting you again!

Cheers,
Marco Scherer
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Property: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
Address: 225 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-2404 (Formerly Hotel Monaco Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel)
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#7 Family Hotel in Chicago
#11 Green Hotel in Chicago
#12 Business Hotel in Chicago
#17 Luxury Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago 4.5*
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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