Review: IHG Elite Benefits & Upgrades at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
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After staying at the Hyatt’s Motif Seattle, I decided to check out the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle, a short 5 minutes walk from the Motif property. It also gave me a chance to use my IHG Anniversary Free Night.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is centrally located in the heart of downtown Seattle offering a convenient way to experience Pikes market, enjoy the waterfront promenade, and more that Seattle has to offer.
The only downside about the location is that you are walking uphill to the property if you walk from the ferry terminal. However, if you walk along the pikes street instead, it’s as flat as you were to walk without hills.
My original reservation room type was a Premier Neighborhood View room. Upon arrival in the early morning, I was surprised that Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle had a room available and even upgraded me to a bigger room with a soaking tub as an IHG Platinum Elite member.
My IHG Platinum Elite status is complimentary from my Chase IHG Premier Credit Card, and I can have the status as long as I remain the cardholder.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
The room is located on the 9th floor. When I first opened the door and saw the bedroom area, it made me ooh and ahh. The boutique-style room decoration looks very stylish and complimented well with the sofa seating area.
Huge Premier Room Upgrade
Comfortable King Bed
The room’s view is pathetic, but the room space is enormous. There are a lot of rooms to roam.
The bathroom wallpaper decor is bold, but it’s very interesting, which caught my eyes at first sight. Inside the bathroom, There’s a soaking tub and a standup rain shower.
Bathroom With A Soaking Tub
Here’s the video of the room that I posted on the Instagram:
Kimpton Hotels brand does not have a club lounge for IHG elite members.
$10 Raid The Bar
Upon check-in, I was offered the welcome amenity of being an IHG Platinum Elite member with two choices:
$10 raid the bar
I gladly took the $10 raid the bar credit because 600 IHG Rewards Points are not a lot according to my valuation.
The way $10 raid the bar credit works at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is this:
You can use the credit for any in-room dining services.
You can use the credit for the in-room mini bar purchases.
You can use the credit for food and drinks purchased at the on-site restaurant.
You receive the credit upon check-out only. You will not see the credit applied to your dining bill in the restaurant.
Make sure to have your dining bill charged to your room.
$10 Raid The Bar
Food & Beverage Credits
There is no food & beverage credit, only the welcome amenity of $10 raid the bar credit for elite check-in mentioned above.
Kimpton does not offer complimentary breakfast, but when the IHG One Rewards fully go live this summer, IHG Diamond Elite members can receive complimentary breakfast at select Kimpton properties. I hope this Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle participates in that!
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle Restaurant
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle has an on-site restaurant called the Outlier, and I love the food, drinks, and the atmosphere there. People that work there were super friendly and always ready to serve!
You can see the Outlier Menu here. The food and drinks are better than the Hyatt’s Motif Seattle, and the price is way lower!
Meanwhile, thanks to its centrally located location, several restaurants near Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle.
The complimentary Social Hour was quite of a hit at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle. It runs from 3-6pm.
Starting at 5pm, quite a few people were already in the lobby hanging out and drinking complimentary wines and beer. You have to push yourself to socialize with people if you want a seat. Being introverted like me, I had to push myself to speak to strangers, but it was worth it after a few free beers, LOL!
The social hour at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle all took place in the lobby, and the manager even came around and handed guests some chocolate goodies too!
Social Hour at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle Amenities
Kimpton does not have a resort fee, but they have an amenities fee. It was odd when I made the reservation using my IHG Anniversary Free Night; the reservation includes an amenities fee that I had to pay at the property. However, after checking out and looking at my bill, I was not charged for that fee. The IHG One Rewards program is not known for waiving resort or amenity fees with points or free night certificate bookings.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle charges $22 + tax amenities fee. The amenities fee covers the following:
2 Water Bottles at Check-in
$15 Credit to apply towards Parking, our Bodega, or Outlier
Upgraded Wi-Fi for up to 5 Devices ($14.99 value)
Unlimited Local + Long Distance Phone Calls
Up to 50 Pages of Black + White Printing
Access to Our On-property Fitness Center with Peloton bike
Complimentary Access to Fitness Classes at Riot Athletics Gym
Complimentary Newspapers + Magazines Digitally via PressReader
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle offers valet parking service only. It costs $49 per night, but you receive a $15 credit applied towards parking from the amenities fee mentioned above.
Internet Wi-Fi is complimentary to guests, and there’s an access code provided by the front desk.
According to the amenities fee benefits mentioned above, two bottles of water were supposed to be given upon check-in, but I did not receive any, and I did not ask either as it was not that crucial. I am also not sure if that is why I did not get billed for the amenities fees because I use my IHG Anniversary Free Night, or perhaps the front desk staff forgot about it. There’s no bottled water in the room either.
If you pay for amenities fee at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle anyway, make sure you ask for bottled water if that’s necessary.
I was able to check into the room very early morning. So I’m pretty sure if the hotel is not busy, they’ll offer late check-out, but I did not request one as I had to leave Seattle in the morning.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle Spa
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle offers in-room spa services, but I did not use the service. I bet it’s not cheap either.
Yes, there’s an on-site fitness room located down below the lobby.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle does not have a swimming pool.
There was no Kimpton Social Password at the time for me to use. However, if the secret social password is available, you can use it to receive some prizes such as complimentary parking, wines, cocktails, drinks vouchers, etc.
You can check the current Kimpton Social Password in the following post:
How to Stay at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle For Free?
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle is part of the IHG One Rewards program. Therefore, you can use IHG rewards points to redeem for a free night’s stay. Moreover, you can also use the IHG Anniversary Free Night certificate to redeem for a free night’s stay there as well.
The IHG Anniversary Free Night can be earned every year by just having the Chase IHG Premier Credit Card. Aside from the huge sign-up IHG rewards bonus points, you also receive complimentary IHG Platinum Elite status for room upgrades, raid the bar credit, late check-out, 4th IHG Reward Night Free, and more as long as you remain a cardholder.
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