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Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

Alyssa Pinsker

Hotel Monaco offers magic, style and LEED certification in the heart of Philly's historic center, along with the beloved perks of the Kimpton brand: complimentary evening wine hours, free bikes and yoga mats, fitness classes, and pet-friendly rooms. Rooms mix local period influences (marble desks with carved bases, mirrored end tables) with bold, geometric pattern carpets, shawl-collared “Rocky” style knit grey bathrobes, cable/phone in each standard room, LCD TVs, Frette linens, iHome stations, and—a nod to Ben Franklin—kites. Higher categories like Spa Rooms and Suites may also have vintage soaking tubs. Guests get free entry to the trendy rooftop Stratus bar and can dine at the Red Owl Tavern, an upscale-comfort food favorite.

Utilize the “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” for forgotten essentials like curling irons, sewing kits, collar stays, and fashion tape at no cost


Rooms are decorated in a whimsical explorer style of old meets new with nods to Philadelphia's liberty bell, the mummers and Benjamin Franklin in the wallpaper and Founding Father quoted pillows. Apartment style touches like books, shells and urns make the rooms even more eccentric and cozy. King size or queen size Kimptom mattresses have 300 count Frette linens and a large work area each in a unique style with a charging station.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Fill your bottle with filtered water in the lobby because rooms provide no gratis H20, but Voss is available for $8 a bottle. At the manager's discretion, they may send you free water up from the lobby.


Large bathrooms have luxury Atelier Bloem amenities, a walk in stand up glass shower, vintage soaking tub or standard tub and whimsical wallpaper with bold prints and textures. Marble vanity with lots of equipment available upon request.


Walking into red curtains opens to a Wes Anderson dream of vintage world explorer mixed with the fantastical. A Swarovski crystal ship serves as a chandelier. Once in the lobby, whimsical adventure and features nods to all different cultures and clashes that work such as framed, Native American inspired beadwork and oversized Japanese calligraphy bushes behind the front desk. The centerpiece fireplace burns 365 days a year.


No spa on the property but you can schedule in-room spa services through Relax & Rejuvenate via an 800 number or request online.

IHG Rewards members get $30 off spa services.


The fitness center is open 24 hours and has treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, balance balls, yoga mats, free weights, stretching area and personal trainers are available upon request.

There is a complimentary yoga mat for use in the hotel in your room's closet and sometimes nearby yoga studios come in to host classes for guests in the ballroom.


Red Owl Tavern, a separate partner restaurant features a menu with an upscale rustic takes on hearty fare and features the best local purveyors, cheesemongers, farmers and sustainable fisheries available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.

Photo: Rum soaked almond sponge cake, layered with Almond Inspiration ganache, molasses milk chocolate ganache, and almond lace tuille ???? Dessert and photo by ????: @lammy2711 #valrhonainspiration #almondinspiration #pastry #philly #hotelmonacophiladelphia #redowltavern #dessert #chocolate
Photo: Sunday Dinner: charred octopus on potato-chorizo risotto with shishito and salsa verde ???? I haven’t had octopus in a really long time and I have mixed feelings about it. This was an great dish overall, good texture between all the ingredients and a little bit spicy ???? ????????? I’m in Philly this week for work! PLEASE give me some food/restaurant recommendations if you are from the area! ???? ????????? #philadelphia #philly #charredoctopus #foodblogger #foodstagram #phillyfood #redowltaven #kimptonhotel


Stratus Rooftop Lounge features a large outdoor patio, indoor bar, and two pavilions – Vapor and Mist. Stratus offers simple shareable plates, wines, and champagnes by the glass, as well as modern cocktails and local artisanal brews.

Red Owl Tavern has a bar as well with a rotating selection of whiskey, a whiskey and housemade pickles course, drafts cans, and bottles of local and International beer. They also offer international wines by the glass and bottle specialty cocktails.


Getting Around

You can walk almost everywhere from this location in Old City that is south of Center City. A three-minute walk to 5th and Market where you can catch the subway or the 33 bus can get you uptown towards the Barnes Foundation. Taxis, Lyfts and Ubers also abound.


Buddakan (2-minute walk) is an iconic pan-Asian themed restaurant with a giant golden Buddha. Jones ( 4-minute walk) is a chic retro lounge with American comfort-food. High Street on Market (5-minute walk) has country chic American cooking and cocktails.


City Tavern (7-minute walk) is a recreated Colonial tavern where servers pour beer and authentic period fare in period dress. Independence Beer Garden (4-minute walk)is a 40 tap outdoor stylish beer garden with indoor tables. 2nd Story Brewing Company (7-minute walk) is a countrified yet swanky brewpub with the brewery upstairs.


The theme and decor cannot be topped. Though it may classify as hipster, it's whimsy, world-explorer collection and attention to detail create a truly one of a kind experience like sleeping in a movie version of a charmed hotel. The clash of prints in one room that somehow unifies is enough for a design masterpiece. Kimpton's famous amenities are a draw as well.


Green, New, Pet Friendly
268 rooms, 17 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe morning coffee service
Room Service yes
gratis for IGH members, elsewise it's $12.99
Valet Parking


Phones: 215-925–2111

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