Review: Hotel Monaco, Denver

We recently stayed at the Hotel Monaco, Denver, for four nights. Hotel Monaco is part of the Kimpton brand of hotels, and this one is located in downtown Denver. We had a very comfortable stay, and the location was excellent, so I give it 4 hearts. The hotel was pricey, but we had little choice as there were a few conventions in Denver, and hotel rooms were scarce. (Since hotel prices change constantly, I don’t list them here.)

We got off to just a bit of a rocky start at the front desk. After check-in, we took our bags up to the 7th floor, opened the door to our room, and found a big mess. The room hadn’t been made up yet, so we dragged our bags all the way back to the lobby and asked for a new room, and also asked for a room that faces the street. The desk clerk told us that there was one available, but he seemed to be trying to talk us out of taking that room. We decided to take our chances and again dragged our luggage to the elevator. The new room faced the street and was located in a quiet corner of the hotel, so we were pretty happy with it.

We had a deluxe king room, which was much larger than the average hotel room. There was plenty of space between the bed and the dresser, so we didn’t feel closed-in. (The feature photo on this post is the deluxe king room from the Hotel Monaco website.) The room had a mini-bar, desk, TV, bathrobes, and a yoga mat. It was nicely decorated, and had more of a real furniture look rather than a hotel look. The bathroom was on the small side, but had a spotless bathtub/shower combo.

My only complaint about the rooms is the lack of drawers and shelves. There just wasn’t enough space to unpack and put things away for a 4-night stay for two active people. The closet was a typical size, but the dresser only had 3 half-size drawers. The night stands, although very attractive, had no drawers or shelves, and the large lamps took up a lot of the table-top space. Likewise, there was not much space in the bathroom for toiletries. There was very little space around the sink, and only a tiny, slim shelf over the toilet that was too small for most things, and being located over the toilet, I didn’t want to put anything there that might fall in.

Otherwise, we were quite content with the room. The bed and pillows were comfortable, and we had large windows with good curtains that kept the light out in the morning. Overall it was pretty quiet as far as street noise. Saturday night was the noisiest, but not too bad for a city. Coming from Houston, we found the Denver air to be extremely dry, but if you ask for a humidifier, they’ll bring you one. The ability to take a warm, steamy bath also helped.

The Hotel Monaco, Denver, is dog-friendly. It has a decent gym and a great lobby with lots of seating areas for hanging out. They have complimentary coffee in the lobby every morning, and a complimentary wine reception every evening. There are a couple of bikes available for guests to use, and there’s an Aveda salon right off the lobby. Breakfast is not included, but there’s a very good restaurant in the hotel — Panzano — (you can read my review here). There is no pool or outdoor hanging-out space.

The location of the Hotel Monaco was excellent. It is in walking distance to Larimer Square, Union Station, the theater district, and many shops and restaurants. If you’re staying in downtown Denver, you don’t need a car. We took Lyft from the airport to the hotel, and we walked all over the downtown area. When we ventured farther out, we used Lyft, which was convenient and economical. We had no parking fees and no worries about how to get around.

Service from the doormen, the restaurant, and housekeeping was first-rate. I ended up getting sick and had to spend a day in bed, and walked into my room to find this:

review: hotel monaco, denver joyful heart travel

I was very touched, and appreciated the hot tea and honey. Thank you, Miriam Celvillo!

We really enjoyed our stay here, and would definitely return. We’ve also stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Virginia, which was a pleasant experience as well. I highly recommend the Hotel Monaco, Denver.

Hotel Monaco, Denver
1717 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202



  1. Blaise deFranceaux

    You mention Lyft, and I wondered whether you liked their drivers or device better that Uber. I have only used Uber so am interested in knowing if I’m missing something. Thanks!

    • I’ve used both and I prefer Lyft. I like the app better, and most of the drivers have been very friendly. Lyft also gives you an option to tip the drivers through the app.

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