Hotel Monaco King Room
Conde Nest Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

A Revolutionary Building Near Independence National Historic Park

We're located in the historic part of Philly, close to where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Our Lafayette building, built in 1907 in homage to war hero General Marquis de Lafayette, is also an important piece of the past.

December 5, 2013
The artfully stylish Hotel Monaco Philadelphia proves a breath of fresh air... Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is the fifth Kimpton property I've visited, and one thing is unfailingly upheld with this hotel group: the emphasis on fun.
December 10, 2013
Progressive hospitality designer Todd-Avery Lenahan lent his talents to the hotel's 268 rooms, embellishing the original, early 1900s architectural details with vibrant contemporary touches like bold mixed patterns, illustrated wallpaper and colorful throw pillows.
January 8, 2014
Where you stay sets the tone for any trip, and we chose the new Hotel Monaco in Old City... The location couldn't be any better for sight-seeing; it is right across the street from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
February 27, 2014
The building's weather-beaten façade has been lovingly restored, and the interior by Todd-Avery Lenahan, is full of bold pizzazz, with extravagant printed wallpaper and deep rich colours that achieve a playful sophistication without too much gaudiness.
March 5, 2014
When you go to the Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia, know that you are going to be in a prime location, right across the street from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It's uber convenient for visitors.


NY Times
November 6, 2013
Hotel Monaco is a big instant classic in Philadelphia's Old City. Philadelphia's second Kimpton property, the LEED-registered Hotel Monaco opened in October 2012 in the Lafayette Building, an imposing 1907 Greek Revival edifice with an eclectic, colorful interior. From the moment we arrived, and were greeted with a disarming "Welcome home," the Monaco had uncommon warmth.
November 2013
The beds are comfy; the towels are soft. But what really sets this hotel apart from the others is location: kitty-cornered to Independence Hall, spitting distance from shop-lined streets in Old City...
October 12, 2013
There's something to be said for the breath of fresh air provided by upstarts like the Hotel Monaco. Here, in place of grand columned stuffiness are wild patterns and eye-popping Alice in Wonderland kookiness.
October 2013
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia ranks among the top hotels in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in Conde Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.
October 2013
Opened in late-2012, Hotel Monaco offers style, sass and LEED certification in the heart of Philly's historic center.

September 28, 2013
Fodor's travel executive editorial director, Arabella Bowen, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to reveal the best value hotels out there.

The Globe and Mail
August 26, 2013
Set in the nation's most historical square mile, The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia has seamlessly balanced a nod to the founding fathers together with one toward the future.

Huffington Post
August 25, 2013
The Monaco has quirkiness in spades as Kimpton Hotels are known for over the top service, oddball and "ahhh" inspiring décor and fun atmosphere. One added benefit - The Monaco is the only hotel right on Historic Independence Mall, directly across from The Liberty Bell.
July 7, 2013
The soft hooded sweatshirt bathrobes at Philadelphia's Hotel Monaco were inspired by Rocky, Philly's hometown hero.
June 19, 2013
My brother, John, is one of the managers of the newly opened Hotel Monaco, a great, centrally located spot not far from local landmarks like Robert Indiana's Lovesculpture and the Liberty Bell, so that gets a shout-out, especially the roof deck. I also love the old-school Philadelphia feel of the Rittenhouse Hotel in Rittenhouse Square.
June 12, 2013
At Philadelphia's Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton property, they want you to be fit and stay well. The onsite fitness center offers yoga or balance exercises, rigorous strength training and quick cardio breaks. But they also have Thomas "T" Govens, a doorman at the hotel who doubles as a fitness instructor.
June 2013
There's no better location from where to explore Old Town Philadelphia than Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. Located within the most historic square mile in the USA, it is a block from Independence Halland the Liberty Bell as well as the fascinating National Museum of American Jewish History. The Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center are also very close.

Trip Advisor
April 2013
Hotel Monaco earned Gold Level in TripAdvisor's Green Leader's program for green practices including energy-saving lighting controls, efficient ventilation system, organic/local food and beverages, energy star machines and windows and much more.

"Hotel Monaco's unique design featuring bright décor and stylishly mismatched furniture sets the hotel apart. Attractive rooms with high-end amenities, wonderful freebies, a beautiful rooftop bar, and a great restaurant all help round out the experience. Plus, the hotel's location across the street from the Independence National Historic Park is convenient for business and leisure travelers alike."

Hotel Chatter
March 25, 2013
"Though it's only been open several months, Hotel Monaco Philly is already the hottest ticket in town, as far as rooftops are concerned. The hotel's 11th floor Stratus has become legendary for its outdoor patio, indoor bar, two private lounge areas, and outdoor fireplace."

Celebrated Living Magazine
February 15, 2013
"Hotel Monaco lures guests with whimsical design set in classic architecture. With a nod to its historic setting, the hotel will offer guests kites in each guest room beginning in April so they can make like Ben Franklin in a nearby park."
February 1, 2013
"Hotel Monaco has truly raised the bar in Philadelphia and that includes a stellar farm to table street-side restaurant with craft cocktails and the hottest rooftop lounge in town just in case you're too revved up to sleep. And trust me, you will be."

US News
February 1, 2013
"Set in the heart of the Philadelphia's vibrant historic district, Hotel Monaco Philadelphia grants guests easy access to top attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell."

This Is It TV
January 31, 2013
This is it TV is invited in for an exclusive interview and tour of the newest Kimpton hotel in Philadelphia.
January 7, 2013
FYI Philly gets a tour of recently opened Hotel Monaco, from the hotel's living room to the guestrooms and bathrooms.
January 7, 2013
"Look out for the ship-shaped chandelier in the lobby. Further quirky touches can be found within the rooms, where guests will find two bathrobes: one in animal print and a second, Rocky-inspired boxing-style robe, with "Lafayette Building 1907" embroidered on the chest."
January 3, 2013
"Opened in October, the Hotel Monaco has a phenomenal location overlooking the Liberty Bell, a nightly wine hour, a fitness room and a hopping rooftop bar."

November 4, 2012
"The colorful rooms have a Victorian bordello-chic vibe, complete with animal print bathrobes. The rooftop lounge, Stratus, lets guests take in the glittering city lights from eleven floors up, and the in-house eatery, Red Owl Tavern, serves up seasonal American fare from James Beard award-winning toque Guillermo Tellez."
November 12, 2012
"Set in the circa-1907 Lafayette Building at 5th and Chestnut streets- about as close to the historic attractions around Independence Park as you can get. Plus, its rooftop bar, Stratus, has been hotter than a Franklin stove since it opened, and provides a bird's-eye view of Independence Hall and the skyline beyond."
November 15, 2012
"The building is also slated for a LEED Gold certification. Only the Palomar and Monaco are LEED certified, but all Kimpton hotels follow their in-house "EarthCare Program," which includes more than 100 eco-friendly operating practices, such as in-room recycling, water-efficient fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, and organic foods and drinks for hotel patrons."
November 16, 2012
"The 268-room boutique hotel offers street-side dining and the city's only rooftop lounge, overlooking the "birthplace of America"."
November, 2012
"The hotel design is welcoming, bold and inspiring. The reception area is more lounge than hotel lobby. Bose speakers play music from the ceiling, classic coffee table books and cosy reading nooks compliment eclectic furniture. We loved the complimentary treats presented there throughout the day; organic coffee in the morning, a plate of bakery goods during the day and a lively hosted wine hour every evening."
October 22, 2012
"The hotel is beautiful, bursting with bright colors and boasting Stratus, one of Philly's few rooftop lounges. The crowd is full of locals on the weekends, and the atmosphere is more "vodka-soda" than beer, wine, or cocktails, especially at night. The Red Owl Tavern located downstairs off the lobby is more of a pub atmosphere, a nice spot for casual dining and drinking."
October 17, 2012
"The new restaurant will serve rustic, modern American fare from the region such as curry-coconut mussels, St. Louis baby back pork ribs, and crispy blacked striped bass. In addition, the renovations also include the Stratus Rooftop Lounge, a chic, cosmopolitan outdoor space with a view. Guests can enjoy sky-high, city vistas while sipping a cocktail or indulging in a few of Stratus' small plates, like baked goat cheese and apple cider donuts."
October 13, 2012
"The new restaurant will serve rustic, modern American fare from the region such as curry-coconut mussels, St. Louis baby back pork ribs, and crispy blacked striped bass. In addition, the renovations also include the Stratus Rooftop Lounge, a chic, cosmopolitan outdoor space with a view. Guests can enjoy sky-high, city vistas while sipping a cocktail or indulging in a few of Stratus' small plates, like baked goat cheese and apple cider donuts."
October 12, 2012
"If you think of shopping at a boutique, there is very carefully and thoughtfully selected apparel and accessories. In a hotel, there are very carefully and thoughtfully selected experiences."
October 9, 2012
"Hotel Monaco Philadelphia has just opened in the Lafayette Building, originally built in 1907, with period features, an 18th-century mural of Philadelphia Harbor and old-fashioned kites which guests can fly in nearby Independence Park."
October 8, 2012
"If you prefer your dinner and drinks without small talk and forced dancing, the Red Owl Tavern and Stratus Lounge are on site. Both overseen by the same chef, the ground-level Red Owl serves upscale American and the rooftop Stratus Lounge has its own unique menu."
October 4, 2012
"It was originally built in 1907 by sailor, philanthropist and banker Stephen Girard's estate. There are subtle nods to honor Girard incorporated into the hotel's decor, including a crystal chandelier in the shape of a ship and a column with rope wrapped around it for a nautical feel."
October 2012
"Just like the city it is based in, Philadelphia's Hotel Monaco melds history with modern luxuries. Adjacent Independence National Historic Park and Philadelphia's historic district, the best of Philly is just steps from your hotel door."
October 2012
"One touch that may be as revolutionary as this street corner's colonial past? The 300-seat rooftop bar with a picturesque view. Open year-round"
September 5, 2012
"The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is a game changer for the city and for Kimpton," said general manager Nick Gregory. "The neighborhood welcomed Kimpton with open arms with our first Philadelphia hotel, the Hotel Palomar, and we're thrilled to introduce more family members here with a new unique boutique hotel that has the city's only true rooftop lounge, top-notch chef-driven dining and catering, and unmatched programs and services."
September 7, 2012
"Each and every stay at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia offers the same level of warm, welcoming hospitality, but, with a stream of over-the-top amenities, no one stay is the same as the last or the next. Kimpton pampers not only its InTouch Members, but all guests (those of the two- and four-legged kind) and offers a number of perks and services like complimentary Wi-Fi, nightly manager-hosted wine hour in the living room, and on-site fitness centre."
September 17, 2012
"Most in Center City would agree that Philadelphia has been seriously lacking in the rooftop bar scene and so hopes are high for the Stratus Rooftop Bar and Lounge."
September 19, 2012
"Additionally, guests can enjoy street-side dining at the Red Owl Tavern and what is said to be the only true rooftop lounge in all of Philadelphia. The Hotel Monaco offers four star accomodations to it's guests, welcoming business travelers, confrence and convention attendees, couples who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday, and travelers looking for an adventure in this great city."
September 21, 2012
"Look for locally sourced meats, butchered on site and served in simple cuts as well as housemade sausages, bacon, scrapple and hot dogs. Seasonal veggies, pies and Pennsylvania Dutch desserts will also be on the menu."
September 24, 2012
"The inn, which has taken up residence within the historic Lafayette Building, is across from the Liberty Bell, has a rooftop lounge, is pet-friendly, provides Wifi and bicycles and hosts nightly wine hours."
July 16, 2012
"Built in 1906, the Lafeyette Building will get a facelift within America's most historic square mile in the Old City - Historic District of Philadelphia. The New Hotel Monaco will feature the Red Owl Tavern which has 120 seats and is a chef-driven restaurant and bar. They will also have what is described as a game changing rooftop lounge overlooking Independence Mall."
July 31, 2012
"Take off the tie and roll up the sleeves for dinner at the street-side Red Owl Tavern or take in the sprawl of a classic American skyline from Philadelphia's only true rooftop lounge. Work hard, relax even harder. These were the principals that both the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia and America itself were built upon."
August 6, 2012
"Old City's much anticipated Hotel Monaco will not only feature a beautiful and comfortable stay right on 4th and Chestnut Streets but also the Red Owl Tavern, a 130-seat chef-driven restaurant on the ground floor. They will offer a chef's table, mezzanine seating and outdoor seating on 5th Street adjacent to Independence Mall."
April 27, 2012
"Not only will this brand new hotel property bring more than 260 awesome new guest rooms to Historic Philadelphia, it will also add a cool new restaurant to the ground floor of the hotel on the 5th street, AND, the real game-changer is going to be the sure-to-be-amazing new rooftop bar and lounge overlooking Independence Mall."
April 27, 2012
"The conversion is dramatically transforming the 11-story office building located across from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall into a 268-room four-star Hotel Monaco."
April 30, 2012
"Being a Kimpton Hotel, a little quirk is expected, and this one delivers! Just when you thought damasks and bold prints were fading away, POW, here's some interesting and oversize wall graphics, and punches of bright color."
April 30, 2012
"The hotel scene in Philadelphia is getting hotter by the moment... While the 268 rooms are looking mighty foine up there - the interiors mix contemporary touches with periodic inspired wainscot, wall treatments, moldings and coffered ceilings - the hotel's greatest asset might be the 300-seat rooftop bar and lounge which will be open year round."
May 7, 2012
"The Lafayette building overlooking Independence Mall is just months away from being fully transformed in the $89 million Hotel Monaco ... Though it is still taking shape, the building has definitely come a long way from its prior incarnation as an office building."
June 15, 2012
"We're excited to take this old beautiful historic Lafayette building and rehab it into the brand new Hotel Monaco," said Nick Gregory, General Manager of Hotel Monaco.

Kristin Huxta, Cashman and Associates

Kristin Huxta

Area Public Relations Manager
(267) 386-9438

Our History

Our History

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia sits at a corner of historic Philadelphia where some of the biggest drama in Colonial America played out.