Our 3-day stay in Portland was one of the more memorably wonderful trips in recent memory, thanks to the unwavering service and extra details at the Hotel Monaco that really made our stay special.
We somehow got upgraded to a Queen Suite upon arrival, so it ended up being unbelievably good value, especially with off-season prices. The rooms are whimsically decorated in a way that somehow works -- soaring ceilings, bright colours, and even an adorable plush black bear to greet us. The bedroom in the suite is away from the corridor past a sitting room and separated by sliding doors -- with the pillow-top beds it made for incredibly peaceful nights of sleep. Everything about our stay from start to finish was easy thanks to the skilled and friendly staff.
The extras we loved:
-Well-attended evening happy hour with live piano in the opulent lounge
-Daily morning coffee/tea and hot chocolate in the lounge with a selection of sweet fixings
-Starbucks coffee and Tazo teas for the in-room coffee machine
-A fleet of cruisers (bicycles) for use around town
-Didn't bring our furry friend, but they are completely dog friendly, hard to find!
-We sheepishly requested a last-minute after hours emergency shoe-shine before 7am, which turns out to be part of their standard services
-Convenient location. It's an easy walk to shopping and public transit (MAX rail trains) and a slightly farther 15-minute walk to the Pearl district for dinner or yoga (I loved Yoga Pearl and the adjoining cafe).
-Miami Heat sightings
-Various organised activities. We saw signs for a morning yoga session, guided jog, etc.
-24-hr gym, but no pool
A tip on parking: You can valet park with the hotel in the garage below, but plenty of easy cheaper options are available on the street (not metered overnight) or in nearby lots/garages (info that the valet staff volunteered). If you valet, they will expertly manoeuvre your car onto the tight exit ramp for you, but the steep incline to an active sidewalk can be a little daunting, especially in a manual car.
A few tiny inconveniences:
-The lights in the room are individually controlled with no master switch, entering/leaving can be inconvenient
-The business center is unstaffed and quite cramped. Printing is pricey (hefty fee to log on to PC, then high per page fees on top of that).
Overall wonderful stay, definitely hope to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-diamond Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, 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