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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland
Ranked #3 of 139 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Sacramento
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Luxury hotel without being pretentious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Monaco for a last minute long weekend over Labor Day and booked a room at the Monaco based on location, TripAdvisor reviews, and a great $1 more for breakfast deal and were not disappointed. The hotel was a little more than a block from the light rail which meant we could ride mass transit from the airport and avoid a rental car. Walking distance from all the important stops (i.e. Powell's Books, Stumptown Roasters, Downtown shopping, Saturday Market, Pearl District). The room was large and what I'd call a suite with sliding doors to separate the sleeping area from the sitting area (with a sofabed). The hotel is pet friendly but the rooms were clean and without pet smells. If you hate pets, this probably isn't the place for you, but other than friendly dogs in the lobby it doesn't seem any different than any other luxury boutique hotel. We were on the 2nd floor facing the front street, but the room was surprisingly quiet. Concierge wasn't always there in the early evenings when you expect but all of the staff were attentive and even eager to help guide you to a restaurant.

The afternoon wine reception was a real hit; not the normal average house wine but a selection of decent wines, a summer sangria, and ice tea/lemonade. Helpful hint, get there early if you want a seat. It got crowded pretty fast and stayed crowded (great for mingling). The continental breakfast at the RedStar restaurant was also a pleasant surprise. Housemade granola, fresh fruit, OJ and coffee/tea. It was a welcome change from the standard make your own waffle.

One last hint/recommendation to maximize Portland's food/drink options without breaking the bank. Have your big meal(s) come at lunch or during the day from one or more of Portland's food trucks (pick your cuisine with dozens of choices), than finish off at the Red Star for a great happy hour that lasts longer than most. One day wife and I ate lunch at Bosnian food cart just a few blocks east of the Monaco, enjoyed the wine reception, had a light meal of salad, pork sliders, tacos, and margaritas at the Red Star bar, and finished it off with a killer desert. Including the $1 breakfast, we ate and drank our fill all day and spent about $40. Lets see Rachel Ray do that!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

Have stayed at this hotel numerous times (yes I keep going back) and always find it to a pleasant experience in every way. Great restaurant too.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

My family visited Portland to attend Musicfest Northwest. I have a 14 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Prior to the trip the hotel sent an e-mail asking if we needed anything to make our stay more comfortable. This was a surprise trip for our kids and I thought it would be fun to have something waiting for them in the room. I asked if they could provide some snacks like root beer and pretzels. In our room were were two bottles of root beer chilling on ice and a big bag of pretzels. This gesture made the kids feel very special. The hotel also gave them a backpack full of activities which was also a huge hit. The hotel staff was also very interested in our visit and engaged in converstations and had great recommendations for restaurants. They als provided maps and directions. Kimpton hotels host a wine reception each night which is a big reason my husband and I like to stay at Kimptons. At this location they also offered local beers and we were able to sample some great new varieties. All in all it was an amazing stay and we will stay at this hotel in future visits to Portland. We've stayed at Kimptons in Washington DC and San Francisco and have not been disappointed.

Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Andover
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2010

This hotel is a wonderful place. The service people, the public spaces, the general atmosphere could not have been better. Our room was bright and clean, the bathroom was beautiful, the linens were light and luxurious, the bed was very comfortable. And to add to that they had free wine and beer tasting every afternoon!
We have stayed at far more expensive hotels, but we both agree that this was one of our best (if not our best) hotel experiences.
And the location is perfect.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2010

The Hotel Monaco was fabulous. The rooms were spacious and had very nice amenities including comfortable beds. The hotel was situated within walking distance of several great restaurants as well as shopping. The staff was friendly and very helpful and bottom line the price was very good.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
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Walla Walla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2010

I always enjoy the service I receive here (it's cheerful, genuine, and informational). This includes room service, valet, front desk, general employees, etc. Oh yes, and the restaurant, too! That's why I always check this hotel out first when looking to stay in Portland, OR. The location is fabulous as well.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

The hotel is perfectly located for many of Portland's finest restaurants, as is the adjacent very handy, very good Red Star Tavern, with its great Happy Hour Specials. The hotel isn't the newest, or glitziest, but it offers warmth and personality. The beds and pillows were perfectly soft and comfy, and the little fishy in our room greeted us each night upon our return. (I prayed it wouldn't die during our visit...I would have felt I lost a dear friend!). Yes, slightly pricey, but given its location and amenities, it is worth the price. Though the 5:00 to 6:00 PM wine reception seemed popular, we needed to forego it because of our agenda. However, we did appreciate the thoughtful birthday card and bottle of wine in our room upon arrival, courtesy of management. Lovely! (To those expecting the same, you probably need to be as old as I am!)

Our special kudus to the underground parking team. They always asked about our day's itinerary, then gave us tips, recommendations and directions. One fine gentleman even called for weather conditions at a future destination. Even the front entrance valets pulled out their cells and arranged taxis and reservations at a moment's notice. Management: Please note...we recommend raises for all of them!
And we absolutely recommend the Portland Hotel Monaco!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland
Address: 506 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97204-1550
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
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 Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#1 Family Hotel in Portland
#2 Business Hotel in Portland
#2 Spa Hotel in Portland
#3 Luxury Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland 4.5*
Number of rooms: 221
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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