Behind a cheery 1910 Beaux-Arts facade and snappily dressed doormen, a major renovation has raised the Monaco's notable style a notch, and individually cut, multicolored, striped wallpaper on bedroom walls accent bold pillows and furnishings straight out of a globetrekker's collection. Outer rooms feature bay-window seats overlooking the bustling theater district, and the lobby is dominated by a French inglenook fireplace, vaulted ceilings painted with whimsical murals of hot-air balloons, a marble staircase, and a large metal baobab tree dedicated to hotelier Bill Kimpton. If you didn't bring a pet, request a "companion goldfish." Guests have cheered the hotel's staff for its "amazing service" and "attention to detail" and praised the Grand Café and Bar, which serves French/Californian cuisine. Take advantage of complimentary access to the recently redone Spa, where you can soak, steam, or bake to your heart's content from 6 am to 10 pm. The hotel offers free coffee, tea, and wine at various times throughout the day.
Sep 24, 2012
Superb staff. Rooms and public areas were nicely decorated. Wine reception was lacking as far as hors d'oeuvres are concerned(pretzels, REALLY?) Parking more expensive than New York. Old TVs. No bedding choice other than duvees which I hate. You will freeze or burn up - no other option.