We had an excellent stay at the Monaco June last year, in one of the finest cities in US. It was my 3rd trip to PDX and my GF's first. (excellent enough for me to want to write this review after coming across my notes from that trip)
We had a cozy upper-story room with a view of the streets below-- it wasn't large, but comfortably sized with large windows. The bedding and upholstery was a little dated looking but fresh, clean, and bright (a recent email from Kimpton states that the rooms have been refreshed since). The room was very quiet-- we didn't hear our neighbors at all, and very little noise from the street (very rare for an urban hotel)-- Portlanders seem a quiet, respectful folk.
In this price range, I expect to be satisfied, but the Monaco staff went above and beyond. Little things like helpful advice from the desk about where to eat nearby (Portland is full of delicious food, do venture forth and explore), the garage valet not minding holding my rental car for 2 hours while we unloaded and settled in (no charge though it's not free parking) since I planned to return it. Major things like the hotel giving us a free bottle of wine (!) and cookies since I told them it was my GF's and my first trip together. Very classy, and very appreciated.
The lobby "Living Room" is comfortable, large, with a variety of different seating, and a fireplace-- we sat down here at nights when we both had computer work to do, rather than being closed up in our room. During the afternoon, there's a free wine tasting that allows for social mingling for the extroverts amongst you.
Food/drink at the hotel's restaurant ("Red Star") was very good, we had snacks or drinks here several times (happy hour specials are very affordable). Bacon-wrapped jalapenos (fiery hot, perfectly delicious) stand out in my memory, but we ate/drank here happily a half dozen times.
The hotel is only a few blocks from highway access, but Portland is a dream for carless transportation. Very walkable, very pedestrian safe, with small blocks and a lot of interesting sights. Within a few minutes of the hotel is an extensive waterfront park, various forms of transit, dozens of restaurants, several small parks, a public plaza, nightlife, etc. If you like to walk, you will love Portland.
Definitely join the Kimtpon Intouch program (free) which offers various bennies like free wi-fi, occasional price promotions, etc.
Kimpton hotels in general are outstanding, and this one is no exception. Portland is a delightful, accessible city, very friendly, very walkable, and from the Monaco's location, you can easily get around downtown.
I travel frequently, and it's very rare that I'll recommend a hotel with any hesitation. This one such hotel. Highly recommended.
- 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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