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From the moment I entered the Hotel Monaco, in Portland, I knew that this was my kind of place. Was it the funky wallpaper and the bird lamp at the front desk? Maybe the plush lounge serving up free wine? Possibly all of these things. One thing was for certain I wasn’t wrong. The Hotel Monaco is amazing, and it’s my favourite hotel from my West Coast trip.

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I’ve never seen so much awesome packed into one place. From the floral pattern in the sink, to the Portland illustration on the tiles in the bathroom shower, to the beautiful branch inspired chair and mirror….everything is amazing! If you love design and tiny details, do yourself a favour and stay here. Trust me.

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My room was a fabulous Monaco King Suite. The large 550 sq room was divided by a pair of french doors. The living room had a Queen sofa sleeper and it’s own flat screen television. The bedroom had a comfy King pillow top sleeper and a flat screen TV. It’s the perfect room to share with friends or another couple, because it allows you to have your own space.

Also…the bathroom is huge! Aside from being spacious, it also had gorgeous line drawings of Portland buildings and bridges as wallpaper.

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The wallpaper really needs a special shout out. Wallpaper all too often gets a bad rap of being tacky and dated. I think that the Monaco did an amazing job at decorating the room with fresh, modern wallpaper prints.

When you are ready to venture from your room, this hotel is in a great area. You can walk to Powell’s City of Books, and to the SW 9th and Alder food truck pod, with over 60+ food carts. You are also very close to the Pearl District, which is filled with shops and restaurants.

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Lets not forget that this hotel is a Kimpton, and comes with the typical fantastic Kimpton Perks!

– Free bicycle rentals for guests (and the bikes have been specially designed for Kimpton)

Hosted Wine Hour- Yes, you heard correctly. At almost all Kimpton Hotels, you can enjoy free wine hand-picked by their master sommelier.

Free WiFi and snacks if you join their free rewards program Kimpton InTouch

-Free beverages in the lobby! Free flavoured water and lemonade/iced tea in the lobby in the afternoon, and free coffee and Mighty Leaf Tea (yes!)  in the morning.

Raid the Mini Bar: Kimpton InTouch members get to sneak  treats for up to $10! It’s such a great idea, and something that I haven’t seen any other hotel do before. The mini bar is particularly awesome– filled with local, gourmet and handy items (like a razor or a mini first aid kit)

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To sum it up, I fell in love with the Hotel Monaco. Of course, don’t just take my word for it. Read the bulletin board with messages of happy Hotel Monaco customers that they keep for you to read as you exit the hotel garage.

I agree with everything said there. I also want to live at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco forever. Please?

HOTEL MONACO PORTLAND is at 506 S.W. Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Author: amanda

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