I wrote a few weeks back about discovering the incredible Kimpton Karma award program and booking a couple of work stays during their big sale. I’ve been eagerly awaiting my first night at a Kimpton hotel and the Hotel Monaco, Baltimore, did not disappoint!
It started off a little rough as I pulled up to the downtown hotel after dark and in the pouring rain and there was no off-street area to park even long enough to go check-in. There were a few spots reserved for valet but they were all full and the valet was nowhere in sight so I ended up circling the block several times before I could pull up. The valet price was a whopping $38 a night, so I decided to self-park in a nearby underground garage for $15 after dropping my bags in the room. Thankfully there was a large umbrella in my closet I was able to use.
Any negative thoughts I had about the hotel easily vanished when I unlocked my door and realized I’d been upgraded to a beautiful corner suite! By way of my Hyatt Diamond status I was able to seamlessly status match to Kimpton Inner Circle, which is presumably why I got the room upgrade. I booked a standard king room at a rate of $129 during the 20% off sale and ended up with a fabulous suite with a living room, bedroom and giant bathroom with a whirlpool tub.
Another great perk for Inner Circle members is you get to choose your amenity in your online profile. The hotel staff had left me a bottle of red wine, two water bottles and a dark chocolate bar. ALL Kimpton Karma members (it’s free to sign up) have access to a wine reception from 5-6 p.m., which I unfortunately missed, as well as receive a $10 ‘Raid the Bar’ credit, which can be used for a something from your in-room mini-bar or at the hotel bar. Kimpton’s restaurants are known for having talented bartenders and fancy hand-craft cocktails, so I decided to use my credit for a drink from the bar, though there were several good options in the mini-bar to choose from! I did not try any food at the restaurant, but had I ordered an entrée I would have been able to receive a free “chef’s taste,” whatever that means.
I loved that each room has a yoga mat in the closet, and the fitness center was very nice as well. I appreciate when hotel gyms offer more than just a few cardio machines, some weight machines, and a single rack of dumbbells.
I didn’t spend much time in the gym, choosing instead to pick up a jogging map at the front desk and take a long run around the Inner Harbor. The hotel is in an ideal location, just a few short blocks away from most of Baltimore’s big attractions.
I had a great first experience with Kimpton, and at only $129 a night it was very affordable. I’d highly recommend the Hotel Monaco if you have any plans to visit Baltimore soon! Below are several more photos of the hotel and my room.
Have a great weekend-whether you’re traveling somewhere fabulous or having a restful weekend at home, which is what we’re happy to be doing!