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!
- 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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