A Funky Boutique Hotel in Historic Philadelphia - Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton Hotel
You're probably wondering what on earth I was doing in Philadelphia? It seems as though people visiting Philly are either on a school field trip, attending a conference or visiting family.
Following the trend, I was there for Forbes annual Under 30 conference. And now that you know my age, I can say Philly is a pretty cool city for a twenty-something to visit.
Even better is the funkiest hotel, quite possibly in all of Pennsylvania, the Hotel Monaco.
This Kimpton hotel is part of the hip Old City section of Philadelphia, in the historic Lafayette Building that was originally built in 1907.
It is also the first hotel to overlook the Liberty Bell, and I was lucky enough to have a "room with a view."
Multifaceted design firm, Gensler, is responsible for the transformation of this old building. Although the building itself is kind of a maze to navigate now, I absolutely fell in love with its charm..
And the entrance chandelier.
Responsible for the interior design of the Hotel Monaco is Todd-Avery Lenahan owned TAL Studios. For those who may not know, Todd-Avery Lenahan is a major thought-leader in the world of hospitality design.
What resulted from his teams creativity was a charming boutique hotel, that fuses together a deep-rooted American city to new age luxury. The mixture of styles is so unique to Kimpton hotels, and could easily come off tasteless, but in the case of Hotel Monaco Philadelphia the funky feel is actually quite charming indeed.
The brightness of the lobby can feel a bit chaotic at first, but after you settle into the navy suede sofa you'll start to feel right at home.
Like The Goodland, Santa Barbara, this hotel features some extraordinary chairs. I absolutely love the collection from the pony upholstered white chair to the inviting hippie leather cushion.
This regal nook was like a modern version of the Founding Fathers meeting room.
A perfect place to unwind and read about the history of Philadelphia.. or unwind after a long day of networking.
The rooms were plush and playful!
The wall paper behind the TV was a perfect touch for a room with a view of Independence Hall.
Staying true to the funky nature of the lobby, the wall paper varied throughout the guest room and bathroom.
Of course the first thing I did was search for that classic Kimpton leopard robe upon arrival. (Hint: they can be purchased here)
The Hotel Monaco is sure to lure you in, and the leopard robe makes it tempting to never leave, but Philly has a lot to offer. Aside from horse drawn carriages, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, it's quite a foodie town. I suggest paying a visit to Amis, Zahav, Townsend or some of the BYOB spots like Will or Noord. And if none of those work out there's always Morimoto.
Look up!!! Or rather, go up. Hotel Monaco has a rooftop bar, and if you're not as clueless as I was you won't miss it. Stratus Rooftop Lounge looks dope in pictures, and let's be honest, twenty-somethings LOVE rooftop bars. Also, you're steps away from some of the best bars in the city. Chestnut street is home to National Mechanics and 2nd Story Brewing.