An excellent choice for younger travelers and families, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver is a boutique property housed in seamlessly connected historic buildings with public art pieces on the sidewalk outside and art by Denver area artists on the inside. Coffee and tea are served daily in the lobby and a loaner bicycle is available to each guest.
The recently renovated rooms are far more cheerful than the subdued series of beiges found in most hotels. Sapphire and peacock colors are the focal point of rooms, with floral or checkered pattern wallpaper and leather or velvet accented furniture. Each room has a yoga mat, mini-bar, 24-hour room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The bathrooms are relatively spacious for the smaller boutique-sized rooms, with crisp vanities, large lighted mirrors, and smaller makeup/shaving mirrors. Spa rooms and suites have larger vanities, plus a separate soaking tub with a glass stall shower.
The lobby is designed to feel like you’re in a lively living room, with furniture and accessories in bold jewel tones that complement the white, wainscotted walls. Art and decor choices give a tongue-in-cheek nod to Denver’s past reputation as a cowtown.
VEDA Spa & Salon—located on the hotel ground floor—use all Aveda products and touches both Aveda fans and day spa aficionados will recognize, such as tea, flavored water, warm towels, and optional wine. Services are offered for hair, nails, face, and body, including a massage option with CBD (cannabis) oil, chakra treatments, and even water treatments in the swanky Vichy shower. The spa provides services for kids, too, so book a pedicure with your little travel buddy.
Guests can book an in-room massage from VEDA’s therapists and bask in private comfort.
The 24-hour 5th floor fitness center provides towels and water as well as weights, cardio machines, stationary bikes, yoga equipment, resistance gear, and hula hoops. Day passes to the nearby Colorado Athletic Club at Tabor Center—a 45,000-square-foot center—are $10.
The award-winning Panzano showcases Italian cuisine, such as hand-crafted pastas, including impressive gluten-free options, and pizza during breakfast and lunch. A popular choice for date nights and business dinners, think of it more as a restaurant located in a hotel and not a hotel restaurant.
Hotel Monaco hosts an evening wine reception for guests. One of Denver’s best (and most popular) happy hours is found in Panzano’s lounge every day beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Beyond the hotel bicycles, valet parking is available for both an hourly or overnight fee. Taxi and ride-share services are easy to access, as is a pedi-cab. The MallRide at 16th & Champa (3-minute walk) or MetroRide at 18th & Curtis (2-minute walk) are free shuttle services offered by the city to transport folks throughout downtown. Note: The MetroRide is only offered weekdays during peak morning and afternoon travel times while the MallRide runs from early morning until just after 1 a.m.
For a quick, yet delicious breakfast or lunch, try Etai’s Bakery Cafe (1-minute walk), a local quick-serve joint with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Steakhouses like local gem Guard and Grace (6-minute walk) or national chain The Palm (5-minute walk) are within a few blocks on either side of the property.
Beer-lovers will enjoy Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (3-minute walk). Union Lodge No. 1 (4-minute walk) is an elegant, intimate space specializing in cocktails from the pre-Prohibition era. For a terrific happy hour and strong cocktail program—plus late-night allergen-free eats and live music—head to Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox (5-minute drive; 9-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Kimpton Hotel Monaco has charm in spades. Their aim is to lighten the mood for road-weary travelers while still providing top-notch service and hospitality. Pet-lovers can rejoice, as there are no restrictions to animal type or size. And, as far as hotel restaurants go, Panzano is the example others often try (and fail) to beat.