HOTEL HIDEAWAY: THE MONACO

Nestled within the heart of Philadelphia’s City Center and the Independence National Park lies a luxurious modern accommodation that uniquely reveals the cities rich historic past within its forward thinking interior. The Philadelphia Hotel Monaco successfully maintains its award-winning reputation set by its alliance of previous Kimpton properties. The landmarked property boasts a LEED gold certification from the U.S green building council, as well as four-star amenities, throughout. A hosted evening wine hour and continued InTouch Kimpton loyalty program provide a familiarity Kimpton guests have long preferred.

The exterior facade of this inspired Greek revival creates an immediate presence of classic grandeur. Within the iconic Lafayette Building, the hotel features 268 boutique guest rooms that are adorned in modified early-period elements such as marble case pieces with carved column bases and monumental mirrors. The hotel’s forward-thinking interior design is from the work of Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio. Some of the favored interior elements include whimsical graphics, geometric patterns, historical quotes, tufted leather details, and metallic accents. Each room is fully equipped with flat panel LCDs, iHome docking stations, Frette linens, and soaking tubs with many of the rooms overlooking national landmarks of the Independence Historic National Park.

Adjacent to Hotel Monaco is Red Owl Tavern, is a rustic 90-seat eatery with accompanying menu form Chef Guillermo Tellez. The restaurant’s interior showcases a modernized rural juxtaposition of exposed brick, steel girders and reclaimed wood which further compliments the menu’s prohibition-style cocktails and freshly grown procured carte du jour. An SLH Lifestyle advised dish not to miss is the signature Red Owl Tavern Burger, perfectly constructed from a local dry-aged beef balanced with onion marmalade, gouda cheese, house-smoked bacon, with a fresh herb sauce and accompanying truffle fries.

At the height of the hotel’s exterior rooftop lies The Stratus Lounge. A contrasting departure from Hotel Monaco’s interior, this transitional indoor/outdoor spot echoes the urban city, which encompasses it. Created by Los Angeles designer Gulla Jonsdottir, this cosmopolitan haven is highlighted by moveable walls, concrete floors, sumptuous textures, and a sleek granite bar, along with an adjoining deck and fireplace wall, providing the perfect backdrop for a sculptured flanked DJ booth. The venue provides carefully crafted cocktails prepared by Mixologist, Bess Gulliver. The Stratus Signature “Love Me” Cocktail is composed of Absolut house infused cucumber vodka, lime juice, mint and prosecco for a refreshing complement to the summer season ahead.

Contact a SLHLifestyle Travel Advisor to book your next Hotel Hideaway.

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