Baltimore's Kimpton Hotel Monaco: Heart Of Downtown Luxury

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The moment guests enter the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, the past comes alive. The magnificent foyer on the ground floor has one of the most dramatic white marble staircases in the city. The vintage elevators look as if they are brand new and the Tiffany stained glass windows tell a tale of when this was one of Baltimore’s fanciest office buildings. This is style and class at its best.

If you feel up to it, take the stairs to the lobby instead of the elevators to get the feel of this former B&O Railroad headquarters. The building was erected in 1906 and served the railroad for decades. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore opened in 2009 ushering in a new era and welcoming guests to their crown jewel.

The reception desk is upstairs on the second floor. If you have children and the family dog in tow, they can wait in the lobby’s inviting living room until you have formally checked in. Like most Kimpton properties, pets are welcome at no extra charge and can even come down for the nightly evening wine hour festivities in the living room.

Bring the kids and the dog

baltimore's kimpton hotel monaco: heart of downtown luxury | bring the kids and the dog

From the outside, the hotel’s size is deceptive. It doesn’t look like there could be 202 rooms for guests to choose from. Forty-one of the rooms are suites and they come in a variety of sizes and styles. For a family-friendly suite, check out the Pullman suite. Inside, find a separate bedroom with 2 twin bunk beds. Two flat-screen TVs, 12 ft/3.6 m tall ceilings, and 400 sq ft/37.16 sq m to stretch out in.

Even the starting level room, the King Deluxe, has plenty of room as well as city views. Luxurious Frette linens, gourmet honors bar, and Atelier Bloem bath amenities are standard in each room and suite. A King Premier Spa room increases the space to 430 sq ft/39.9 sq m and adds a luxurious bathroom with a Fiji tub and separate shower. The Mediterranean Spa Suite also has a Fiji tub but delivers a full 575 sq ft/53.4 sq m of room to move. At the top of the suite choices is the Majestic Parlor Suite. If you want to go all-in and feel like a millionaire, this is the room. A full 900 sq ft/83.6 sq m holds a living room with a pull-out sofa, dining room, and connects to a King Premier Spa or double queen room if desired. The rooms and suites are surprisingly quiet for being in the middle of downtown Baltimore.

About food and events

Broccoli Rabe sandwich at B&O Brasserie

If you are looking for a place for a special event, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore has ten flexible event spaces. The event rooms are named for the famous cities of the world like Tokyo, Vienna, Paris, and others. Whether you are planning a big or small event, chances are good you will find a space that’s a perfect fit. The event spaces are catered by the onsite restaurant — B&O American Brasserie. This highly rated restaurant is a local favorite for lunch, dinner, or happy hour. Chef Hines whips up delicious lunch items like the vegetarian-friendly broccoli rabe sandwich, or the hunger-busting wagyu burger on a brioche bun and side of your choice.

Head bartender Brendan Dorr is considered one of the best in the city and will make sure your thirst is quenched.

If you want to search for other dining options, the concierge will help guide you to some of the best dining on the East Coast. You also have the option of taking a ride in the hotel’s town car if needed if traveling outside the hotel. Baltimore’s Harbor East is less than ten minutes away and features several mid-range dining choices like Lebanese Taverna, or high-end fine dining like Charleston.

Sunset charm

Sunset on the Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor is close by for entertainment with buskers performing on good-weather days in this waterfront showcase. The National Aquarium is one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions for all ages and is only minutes away. Museums, shops, and parks are worth exploring if you have the time. Camden Yards and M&T Bank stadium are close also for sports fans wanting to take in a ball game. After dinner, consider taking a walk on the Inner Harbor and hope to catch a spectacular sunset and see why they call Baltimore The Charm City.

Enjoy the historic and vibrant city

Staying at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore puts you in the middle of this historic and vibrant city. The customer service and comfort makes this an excellent choice for lodging.

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