Hotel Monaco review


One visit to the Hotel Monaco, and you’ll wish you didn’t live in Philadelphia – just to have more reason to stay there!

Occupying the once underutilized historic Lafayette Building at the corner of 5th & Chestnut Streets, the hotel brings so much new life to Old City, you can practically hear it buzzing from Independence Hall.

Inside, the décor delivers shot after shot of eye candy; unexpected colors, textures and patterns mix playfully in the “Living Room,” where guests and their pets check in, hang out and sip wine poured by the manager on duty during daily happy hours.

Once in your room, you and your four-legged friend can wrap yourselves in robes inspired by Rocky, nibble on kibble from the Red Owl Tavern or steep in the tub while soaking in views of the National Constitution Center and the mid-town skyline.

But why stay in your room when there’s a rooftop lounge with 40-foot fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center equipped with hula hoops and free bikes – and kites! – for navigating the neighborhood and beckoning your inner Ben Franklin to come out and play?

If the Hotel Monaco does one thing right, it’s the details – especially when it comes to pets. While not the first dog-friendly digs in the city, the hotel is one of the few to welcome any number of pets, without breed, size or weight restrictions. Bowls, beds and baskets of goodies are delivered upon arrival, and extra leashes (plus poo bags) are available, too. When you’re ready to hit the town without Rover in tow, pet sitting, grooming, walking and massage services can help keep him happy until you return.

Jet-setting solo? For those missing their furry friend, the hotel gives guests a goldfish to provide companionship in his stead. Staff is on-hand for daily feedings and care, so you can enjoy all the benefits of a rent-a-pet without any of the work! Dubbed the “Guppy Love Program,” this is one of our favorite amenities on the menu.

Bottom line: the Hotel Monaco is a must-go. Sneak away for an overnight stay to spoil yourself and pamper your pet, and let us know what you think!

— published on The Philly Dog