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Review of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
Ranked #11 of 66 Hotels in Baltimore
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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great choice for your Charm City stay.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

My wife and I would recommend the Hotel Monaco and we will not hesitate to stay there the next time we spend time in Baltimore. Overall, we think that - based upon hotel character, overall cost, hotel staff, room size & cleanliness, and location - it would be a challenge to find a better hotel in Baltimore.

When choosing a hotel, my wife and I tend to select 4 & 5 star hotels that are historic, posses traditionally decorated common areas (late 19th or early 20th century), and are located within the center of the city and/or center of the city's historic district. Hotel Monaco fell into this category quite well. In addition to being located within Baltimore, the hotel was clean, quiet, and well decorated. The location of the hotel allowed us to walk to the Inner Harbor (10 minutes), Little Italy (20 minutes), and Fells Point (30 minutes). We generally do not use hotel amenities such as the pool or work out facilities so we are not sure if these amenities exist or meet typical standards. The Hotel Monaco appears to be very pet friendly as we saw dogs frequently in the hallways and common areas.

Checking in was easy (reception is on the second floor of the hotel). We reserved a 'King Deluxe' Room and upon check-in were assigned room 805. Our room was not completely ready for us when we arrived so we headed straight to the hotel bar for a well earned drink while we waited for the room to be completed (the pleasant gentlemen at the reception desk gave us several free drink vouchers that we gladly redeemed for a few afternoon refreshments). It wasn't long before we made our way up to our room. The room was big (375 square feet according to the hotel website) with high ceilings and provided great natural lighting. Overall, the room and bathroom were clean with modern decorations. Both the large king bed and the accompanying bedding were very comfortable. The room provided a city view that faced towards the Inner Harbor. We couldn't see the water due to the surrounding buildings, but the lack of a tall building next to the hotel gave us the benefit of natural light. There was only one very small drawback to the room - the air conditioning. The A/C unit was a bit loud and turned on and off constantly all night long (presumably due to the 100 degree July heat). Not a big deal for us - but it could be if you are a very light sleeper.

Our trip to Baltimore was meant as a night away from home so we were not interested in exploring the typical tourist attractions. Our goal was to take relaxing walks through the city and along the waterfront to observe the culture and the architecture. If you are interested in exploring the city then Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Sports Venues (M & T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards), the Aquarium, and Fort McHenry are within easy reach (either a relatively short walk or via the Water Taxi system). As for food – there are a lot of good restaurants in the city that the concierge can point out. We highly recommend a snack or meal in the Hotel Restaurant, the B & O American Brasserie.

Arriving: We were travelling to Baltimore from the Washington DC area so we had several travel options available to us (drive, bus, cab, train, etc). We decided to take the 45 minute train ride (on Amtrak) from Washington's Union Station to Baltimore's Pennsylvania Station (i.e., Penn Station). For us it was a convenient choice. As an added incentive, the hotel was offering a 'Ride the Rails' package that entitled us to a 15% room rate discount if we took the train - simply book this package and show your train ticket at check-in to qualify for the special rate. Once we arrived at Penn Station we had the choice of taking either a 5 minute cab ride or a 45 minute walk to the hotel. Arriving in Baltimore on a hot and humid July day we made the obvious choice - we walked! As it turns out, this was not that bad of a choice for us. The walk was straight forward and downhill (exit the station, turn left, make your first right onto St. Paul street, walk 1.5 miles, turn right onto East Fayette Street, first left onto North Charles Street and you have arrived at the hotel). As an added bonus, the walk allowed us to see the terrific exterior details of some traditional Baltimore buildings.

Departing: We checked out of the room at noon and left our bags at the reception desk for a couple of hours so that we could finish exploring the city. Upon returning to the hotel later in the afternoon, we picked up our bags (the doorman brought them from the second floor reception area to the front door) and grabbed a taxi to the Penn Station (having walked around the city for two days we decided that a cab to the train station was the right choice!). The taxi was new (an unmarked black sedan) and the 5 minute ride cost us $10. The driver (Moneeb) was friendly and we would recommend calling him if you need a car (410-926-4366).

Enjoy your trip to Baltimore!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

My sister, my friend, and I stayed at the Hotel Monaco from July 26 - July 30, 2010. The hotel is quite lovely. The rooms are very spacious and clean. All employees were friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. The gym was large and had many pieces of equipment. We especially like the morning coffee, afternoon cookies, and evening wine in the lobby. We would stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2010

I had business just a block away from this hotel, so I decided to give it a try. The building contains offices as well, so you take separate hotel elevators from the entrance floor to the lobby. The lobby is elegant and tasteful. You need your room key to go to any hotel floors above lobby level, which is a good thing in Baltimore. My room had a very high ceiling and a very nice bathroom with a stand up, glass walled shower and Aveda bath products. It was a spacious room with a nice flat screen TV. The bed was supposed to be a king, and maybe it was, but it was small in length and my 6' 2" frame hung over it. Not sure it was the bed, but I did not sleep well for some reason. It happens. For Kimpton members, there was free internet access, of course, and also $10 for use at the in-room minibar. The gym was nice with a decent selection of equipment.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2010

Finally a hotel that is very dog friendly and have a dedicated dog floor that is just as tastefully decorated and comfortable as Thierry non dog rooms! We are impressed with the absolutely beautiful carpet, wall fixtures, furniture(I want to buy some for my house if they ever sell them). The lobby has very nice and comfy sofas with tv and fire place. The room itself has high ceiling and very big and fancy bathroom with interesting tiles etc. Our dog liked the room a lot and the staff also loved having her. They put a list of all dogs staying on a whiteboard in front of hotel to welcome them, I thought that was cute. We paid half the price normally would charge so it was a great value. I would stay there over Hilton or Marriott any day. Will try Thierry other location if a good package price come up. Thierry website has some like free parking or breakfast etc.
Oh they did not charge separate dog fee either.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2010

We stayed here a few months ago in the King Premier room and everything was absolutely fantastic. The hotel has a terrific architectual design as it used to be an old railraod building (much more exciting than it sounds). There are these gorgeous marble stairways which provide a terrific picture op in the lobby area. The staff was wonderful and of typical Kimpton quality. We didn't get a chance to dine at the restaurant but the Kimpton Wine Hour was great, albeit crowded. Our room was very spacious and had a two person soaking tub which made the stay more memorable. Location wise, the hotel is essentially right between the Mt. Vernon area and the Inner Harbour so you can't go wrong either way. We got a little confused with some of the service elevators as they're right next to the regular ones so we would've appreaciated better signage but this was pretty minor. Love to return again and would recommend to anyone visiting Baltimore.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2010

Great hotel....my only somewhat minor complaint is that I didn't have a tub; I realize there are rooms with "soaking" tubs, but there are also rooms that have tub/shower combos. I am on my feet all day at conventions and love to come back and just soak for awhile.....
That said, the room was great; quiet floor, comfortable bed etc. Room service was tasty and ordered more than once.
The Asst GM was an absolute gentleman; helpful without being cloying etc......over all a great experience....Can't wait to come back again !

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2010

Checked in around 10:00 pm......Many cars parked in front of the door that made trying to park kinda hard.....One time around the block and the Valet took care of the car....(36.00 a day)

Check in was quick and easy...room on the 10th floor. Very clean and very quiet....Nicest hotel bed we have been in a LONG time....

Less then four blocks to Inner Harbor!

The entire stay was SUPER SUPER SUPER :).

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor
Address: 2 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
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Location: United States > Maryland > Baltimore > 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 Green Hotel in Baltimore
#4 Spa Hotel in Baltimore
#5 Luxury Hotel in Baltimore
#5 Romantic Hotel in Baltimore
#8 Business Hotel in Baltimore
#15 Family Hotel in Baltimore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor 4*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In one of our nation's most distinctive cities, you'll find one of its most remarkable hotels. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, uniquely reflects the spirit of this vibrant, historical city. Situated in the landmark Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters, built in 1906, our downtown Baltimore hotel provides an experience like no other. From our elegant three-story lobby, with its original marble floor and Tiffany stained-glass windows to each of our 202 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor surrounds you with spacious, timeless style. ... more   less 
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