Hotel Monaco First Look
We covered the opening of Philadelphia’s first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell – the Hotel Monaco – and last week we invaded the city of Brotherly Love to get a look at the finished product. It's location is outstanding, right on Independence Mall and within walking distance to the waterfront, South Street and the restaurants/bars of Old City.
First impressions were great - the hotel was sold out and it put forth a colorful personality, both figuratively and literally. Most of it shone through small details (like closet quotes, see photo) and young, outgoing staff members that made themselves appear more like friends than bellhops, front desk clerks, or lounge managers. Multiple interactions went beyond the pleasantries - they really went out of their way to make a connection. You were more likely to get a conversation starter, like “Hey, you coming to wine hour tonight?" than a quick in-passing "Hello, Sir."
Here are a few photos of the lobby and a one-bedroom suite.
The hotel is beautiful, bursting with bright colors and boasting Stratus, one of Philly's few rooftop lounges. The crowd is full of locals on the weekends, and the atmosphere is more "vodka-soda" than beer, wine, or cocktails, especially at night. The Red Owl Tavern located downstairs off the lobby is more of a pub atmosphere, a nice spot for casual dining and drinking.
It's only fair to mention that even though the hotel's website promotes the property as having a bird's eye view of Center City , there is no view of the city, its skyline, or the Liberty Bell from the rooftop due to the large, tall walls of the historic building in which the Monaco is built.
Stayed here yet? Let us know what you think!
[Photos: HotelChatter and Hotel Monaco]