As part of my Pittsburgh Marathon weekend experience, I had the divine pleasure of staying at the Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. Why was it divine? Keep reading!! Trips home to Pittsburgh do not usually involve a hotel stay for me, unless you include Mom and Dad’s bed and breakfast ;). This time around I was intrigued by the newly opened Hotel Monaco – formerly housing a law firm – and reached out to them. As an Official Blogger for the race I was offered the media rate for an overnight stay (please note: all opinions are my own!)
Hotel Monaco opened in February and is part of the Kimpton Hotel chain. I know Kimpton well as a frequent traveler from Boston to DC as I stayed there quite a bit on my DC trips. They are known for their distinctive beauty and designs and their customer service is top notch.
Upon arrival at Hotel Monaco, located on William Penn Place (cross street 6th) I was immediately greeted by the valet and directed inside. The attendants at check in were extremely pleasant and friendly and engaging. Welcome to Pittsburgh! Check in was swift and smooth and when I asked about parking they gave me a tip about parking across the street at the Mellon Square garage, which was $5 for the day/overnight. I chose this option instead of the $35 valet parking. I was able to leave my car downstairs for about 10 minutes while I dropped off my bags and quickly changed before meeting my parents. I was also given complimentary brunch tickets for the Commoner – the hotel’s restaurant (which if you read my race recap I was too sick to enjoy so no review on it, but I hear it’s FAB!)
My room was located on the 5th Floor and as soon as I exited the elevator my mouth almost hit the floor. The hallway alone was immaculate and the design flawless. Heading into the room I was immediately drawn in to the eclectic design and colorful palate on display:
Those colors and the opposing patterns just worked and were so inviting! As I moved around the room unloading my luggage I was drawn to the desk where they had provided me with a tray of runner friendly goodies (I inhaled the trail mix and the banana was breakfast!) and a personal note that read:
“The challenge of a marathon is such that even the most successful people in the world start running marathons when they find life less challenging. Good luck Mar!”
Now I know I told them I was an official blogger for the race but to take the time to do that was heartwarming and something that stuck with me (I still have the card!) and made me feel at ease. They host a wine hour daily and even had champagne for us runners after the race! My room was one of their Park View King Rooms with a view of Mellon Square Park:
The rest of the decor was simply stunning and distinct and the mini bar was stocked with healthy treats. The bathroom had clean lines and was decorated with glass and subtle fixtures along with the standard amenities of toiletries like shower gel and body lotion, cotton balls and qtips, as well as a hair dryer. My only sad is I didn’t have a tub in the bathroom. I brought along Epsom salts for post race so didn’t get to enjoy that but my stay could not have gone better overall. My evening was delightful and restful. The bed was extremely comfortable and normally I toss and turn before a race but the combination of the hotel and being “home” was a different experience. I was out moments after my head hit the pillow.
If you find yourself in Pittsburgh I highly recommend Hotel Monaco! And if you live in the city – consider treating yourself to a staycation! I know I’ll be back and definitely want to check out the Commoner!!
Have you been to Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh or stayed at a Kimpton Hotel? What is your must have hotel amenity?