The Best Room to Book at The Hotel Monaco in Denver
Monte Carlo Suite with King Bed
The Mile High City will have four new hotels opening this year, including the exciting Crawford Hotel in Union Station, so it's easy to see how an "older" property like the Hotel Monaco Denver could get lost in the crowd. And not just amongst competitors, but amongst its own brand as well. A few months ago, we learned that Kimpton will open its second property in the city next year.
But all hope is not lost. The 189-room boutique hotel was renovated back in December of 2010, and during our stay last week, we did not see any signs of aging. During happy hour, between the daily wine hour in the lobby and the crowd at the in-house restaurant Panzano, it was very obvious that the Monaco still has plenty of gas in the tank.
After touring the room options at the Monaco as part of our Best Room to Book series, our recommendation is the Monte Carlo Suite. Starting at $299/night during the summer, the upgrade will typically cost about $50-$80 more than a standard room. For that price, you get 125 more feet of space, which is mostly in the form of a separate sitting area with a pull out couch.
The Monaco uses a curtain to divide the bedroom and sitting room, which we initially thought sacrificed some privacy, but we later felt it lent a very sexy vibe to the room.
When the curtain was open, the room had an intangible flow, and when closed, it fostered feelings of intimacy and kept the energy in the room without eliminating the sense that we were part of something bigger. It also avoided creating a physical barrier between the bedroom and the bathroom, which was on the other side of the sitting room. The burnt orange colors were bold but non-abrasive, and along with the high ceilings, they set the tone for the room: Comfy and cozy, but not boring.
Throw on one of the trademark animal print bathrobes, and you've got yourself an exotic evening.
Will stayed at the Hotel Monaco as a guest of the hotel.