Hotel Monaco Seattle - a Kimpton Boutique Hotel

1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States
(4 star hotel)
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Here Fishy Fishy, Here Fishy Fishy!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 12, 2010

We stayed at this hotel from July 5 - 9th, 2010 as a family of four with 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and 13.

When you pull up to the front of the hotel, a person comes to help you take your luggage out of the car. They take your vehicle away and park it for you. And someone opens the front door for you each and every time you come in or out of the hotel. A nice touch!

We checked in at about 2:30pm and the room wasn't quite ready yet. Check in time is 3:00pm. They were excellent about taking our bags and stowing them away for us. But by the time they stowed the bags away and we asked about restaurants at the front desk, the room was ready! Very quick service!

Our first slightly negative comment was that one of our magnetic striped keys did not work for the elevator. Someone came around to try for themselves (I guess they didn't believe us) and one key worked so he said, well one key works, just use this one for the elevator and this one for the room. We were tired so we didn't argue about it. But later on we came back downstairs and the front desk immediately fixed the issue with the key with sincere apologies. Not a big deal. We stayed on the 10th floor in a room with 2 queen sized beds. You need a key to get up to the 10th and 11th floor so it does cut down on the amount of foot traffic walking by your room.

We got to our room and were dismayed to find a view of a concrete building outside of our window. However, this is a big city and this is not the tallest hotel in the area, what can you expect? Not every building can have a view! It was fine and we never requested a change at all. The added bonus is that there is a nice wide ledge to sit on at the window.

The room was extremely clean, and the noise level was really low. We had a laptop with us which had no problem connecting to the internet. If you are travelling with children, you may want to make it really clear to them to NOT take the food that is on the table or in the fridge. Nothing is locked up and the prices of the items are very expensive if you choose to remove anything. Housekeeping was fantastic and very thorough. My one complaint would be that 4 people were registered to stay in this room and we only got 3 towels. I asked for 4 towels at the front desk on the way out one day but we didn't get any right away. I asked again, and they right away sent up 2 extras. Then the next day the room was cleaned, and we were back down to 3 towels. Not a huge problem, but with 2 pre-teen daughters, one towel

The front door was supposed to be locked late at night but we came back one night at about 10:30-11:00pm and were able to walk right in.

Unique Quality: There may not be a pool at this place but they still look after you pretty well. We took advantage of a special online code on their site that allowed us to pay $20 per night extra for parking and it gave us free internet. The parking was supposed to be more than that per night and supposedly unless you are a Kimpton member you don't get free internet. I'm not sure if that is accurate though...some sites say you do get it and some sites say you don't. I had internet.

In the mornings, take advantage of the free coffee from 7-9am. Then in the afternoon, between 2-4 pm enjoy the free ice tea/lemonade in the lobby. Between 5-6 enjoy a free white wine, red wine or Sangria in the lobby. They also have some little things to nibble on, fruit, cheese, pita bread. It's a great time to chat with the other hotel guests and also to find out some inside information on where to eat, visit etc.

If you have older children, don't bother asking for the animal print robes for them. They are tiny. The adult ones that come with the room will be fine. The exercise room is nice but remember to bring headphones as there isnt' any sound. There are no chairs to sit on in there either so if someone doesn't want to exercise, don't tell them to watch!

They are supposed to be pet-friendly and offer one free hour of pet-sitting at the front desk. We didn't bring a pet. But they have a chalk board up front with all the animal names on it of people that have brought animals. They also have a treat bucket there.

There is a fortune teller that comes to the hotel twice a week I think but we were not there at the right time to witness that. There is also a guitar hero game thing going on once a week I think but we weren't there for that either.

You should definitely take advantage of the free stuff they offer. We were given a coupon for one free in room movie rental (we watched a movie that was still in theatres!) and we were offered 2 free items from the food in the room.

Directions: Downtown Seattle, within walking distance to Pike Place Market and access to the LRT.

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Fun, Funky and Great Location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 28, 2007

My wife and youngest son stayed here for a week in 2004, during his senior year of high school. He had "suffered" through our long stays in Molokai and wanted a taste of civilization for a change of pace. I had read good reviews of the Hotel Monaco and we were happy we had chosen the unique boutique hotel right in the heart of downtown Seattle.

I'm guessing they had about 150 rooms in what looked to be a converted factory or power house. Thick walls and solid contruction. Service was flippant, fun and fast. The decorations were over the top to my taste (read bordello) but son and spouse loved the vibrant colors and stripes. We booked a suite since there were 3 of us and teenagers need their space and found it roomy. A large, cumfy couch and armchairs made it a very pleasant respite from the busy streets of Seattle.

Location is excellent. A four block walk to Pike's Place Market but most important to my son it was only a block from Nike. Very close to the original REI store which made me happy.

Rack rate was around $350 for our room, but we had found a great deal and ended up paying about $160 a night.

Unique Quality: Besides the great room, it was the little touches that I remember. Each room has it's own gold fish. Service was fast and personable with first names remembered and good tips for dining and shopping. Checkout was allowed as late as 3PM at no extra charge.

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Nice decoration and rooms

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 5, 2005

I choose this room as i wanted a nice play to stay after driving the whole west coast from San Francisco to Seattle. I bid on a room online and got it for half price. Otherwise, paying close to $300 for a room in this hotel is totally exagerated. I give it 3 stars because i paid around 150 in high season. The service was not very cordial which disapointed me. It would get a 1 star if had paid the full price.

Unique Quality: No pool
My room at view on a concrete building right beside (thank Lord i got a good rebate).

Cannot complain about the location, its right in the middle of the action.

BTW, everyone talks about "the fish" but i had to ask for mine... they seemed surprised i wanted one.

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Hotel Monaco Seattle

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 28, 2004

This hotel is pet-friendly, which is great! If you couldn't bring your pet along, they offer you a goldfish in your room, which they feed. The hotel offers a chance to meet the manager of the hotel, with a complementary wine reception. A nice plus. The rooms are clean and very comfortable, with cool, bright decorations. Excellent location--you could walk to just about anywhere in downtown Seattle

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Convenient Hotel in Downtown Seattle

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 14, 2004

The best thing about staying at Hotel Monaco was the location. You could walk to just about anywhere in downtown Seattle. If you do come by car, the hotel offers valet parking for $25/night.

The hotel is very trendy--the high-ceiling lobby is gorgeous and they have some cute perks such as pet goldfish and complimentary evening wine service. That being said, it isn't quite as luxurious as they portray it to be. If you want luxury, go all the way, not just part-way. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, but their difference to lesser-classed hotels seems to be only in the colour palette and extra wallpaper on the walls.

If this hotel is within your budget, go for it--you will get fine service and clean, modern lodgings in an ideal location. But if you are saving your dollars for a real treat, keep saving for the real deal.

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Address: 1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
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