The soon-to-be-opened Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is currently taking reservations for stays beginning in mid-October, and it sure feels like the City of Brotherly Love’s getting a boutique hotel worthy of the real estate it’s built on and around, arguably the most historic square mile in the United States.
The 268-room property is housed in Philadelphia’s historic Lafayette Building, which has been a standout in the Independence Mall area of the city for 106 years. Across the street from the Liberty Bell and Independence Park, the four-star Hotel Monaco Philadelphia comprises 11 floors, with 268 guestrooms including 17 suites and 27 King Spa rooms.
“Philadelphia continues to grow as a leading tourist destination as well as a hub for local and national business, which makes it a perfect place to invest and expand the Kimpton brand,” says Kimpton CEO Michael Depatie. “As with Hotel Palomar here, we’re also thrilled with the opportunity to revitalize such an iconic, landmark building as the Lafayette.”
Additionally, street-side dining at the 130 seat, chef-driven Red Owl Tavern and, the city’s only true rooftop lounge offers a departure from the daily routine to sit back, relax, and enjoy, says Nick Gregory, General Manager of the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia.
“The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is a game changer for the city and for Kimpton,” Gregory says. “The neighborhood welcomed Kimpton with open arms with our first Philadelphia hotel, the Hotel Palomar, and we’re thrilled to introduce 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. This all chalks up to what we envision as an enriching and captivating Philadelphia experience.”
The 300-seat rooftop bar and lounge, open year around with full table service, heat lamps and two pavilions available for private events is sure to be a feather in Kipton’s cap. In addition, complimentary Wi-Fi, nightly manager-hosted wine hour in the living room, and an on-site fitness center will be welcome additions for business travelers.
For adventure-seeking guests, the hotel provides bicycles to scout the neighborhood, and, paying homage to its historic location, Ben Franklin-inspired kites are available in every guest room for complimentary use. No word on whether the rooftop lounge will remain open during thunderstorms.