This week I had the chance to stay at two different Kimptons in Seattle. The first night I stayed at the Hotel Monaco, right smack in the heart of downtown at 4th and Spring. I arrived around noon, figuring I could grab something at the restaurant and work on my laptop in the lobby for a while before my room was ready. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my room was in fact already ready and that I’d been upgraded to a Monte Carlo suite.
The room I originally booked was a Monaco Queen Room with one queen bed (rate=$189), but was upgraded to a Monte Carlo Suite, which typically ranges from $229-$369. I was particularly thankful for the upgrade, very likely due to my Inner Circle status, especially since the hotel was sold out and the person in front of me in line asked for an upgrade and was told there were none available.
All of the suites are on the top three floors of the hotel and offer city views. Mine had a king bed and a pull-out sofa in the parlor. There were privacy curtains separating the living room from the bedroom.
Once I got to my room I realized I forgot to give the secret password and forgot to confirm the dining credit for the Pacific Northwest promotion I had booked. I couldn’t remember specifics for the promotion and couldn’t seem to find it online since it was no longer bookable. For future reference, here’s how to find promotion details for your rate code: Log into your Karma account and click on Reservations. Click ‘Modify/Cancel’ and then ‘Select.’ Your promotion should be listed, and you can click the little “i” for full details.
This promotion (had to be booked by Jan. 31) included double stay credit and a $25 dining credit. I went back to the front desk and she handed me two restaurant gift certificates, one for $25 and one for $14 for the secret password (Warm Woolen Mittens, valid through March 4).
My suite featured the usual plush animal print bath robes, luxury bath amenities, and free wifi. Like all Kimptons, there was a wine social from 5-6 p.m., and free coffee and tea in lobby until 9 a.m. (although there was also a Keurig in my room with tea and coffee cups). All Kimpton Karma members receive a $10 ‘Raid the Bar’ coupon, good at the in-room mini-bar or the hotel restaurant bar.
The attached restaurant was Sazerac. They had a happy hour from 4-8 p.m. and a chef’s tasting for Inner Circle members, which I unfortunately didn’t get to take advantage of on this trip. I did see that you could also get a free glass of wine or draft beer if you ordered off the ‘Big Plates’ menu.
My only complaint I suppose could be that valet parking was pretty steep, at $39 a night. There did not really seem to be a good self-park option.