by Stephen Jermanok
Traveling to Portland, Oregon? Consider a stay at the Hotel Monaco Portland – A Kimpton Hotel.
The boutique property caters to kids with perks such as a welcome gift upon arrival, a kid-friendly menu at the onsite restaurant, and in-room amenities such as kid-size bathrobes, nightlights, and toilet latches. Babysitting services are also available, as are equipment rentals (strollers, bouncy seats and more).
The hotel also caters to pets, with pet-friendly guestrooms and bowls, beds and the like available upon request.
Other reasons to love this hotel (and other Kimpton Hotels) are the complimentary bicycle rentals, complimentary coffee in the lobby, fitness center and nightly social hours with complimentary wine.
Our Editor Loves
- Kimpton Kids program
- Pet-friendly guestrooms
- Complimentary bicycle rentals
- Children Programs
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
The 221-room property features both guestrooms and suites but the suites are best suited for families.
In the Monaco Queen-Queen Suite, you'll find a spacious sitting area with a stylish blue couch, desk and two chairs, and the first of two 32-inch flat screen televisions. Across from the entrance is the tiled bathroom with a shower, tub and coffeemaker, featuring Starbucks coffee. Next door is a large closet with a safe, iron, ironing board, and bathrobes. The bedroom is through the sitting area. Two very comfortable queen beds, one topped with stuffed animals, are located next to large floor-to-ceiling windows. A second flat-screen television and iPod docking station are also found in the room. DVD players, cribs and Pack n' Plays are available upon request.
The only other option for families is the Monaco King Suite, ideal for a family of three. The same size as a Monaco Queen Queen at 550 square feet, the sofa in the sitting area is a sleeper. An oversized king bed is found in the bedroom instead of the two queen beds. Everything else is the same.
by David M
We stayed for five nights at the end of October 2019.
The hotel is handily located for Portland city centre.
The staff were, generally, helpful and friendly.
The bed was comfortable.
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was good, but extra cost.
For the price, the room was unimpressive; it was small, not to say pokey, only one chair and ridiculously limited drawer storage.
There was a ‘display’ of snacks and sweets in the room, all for sale, which in itself was tacky, and with extortionate prices; plus mineral water at $6 a bottle! At the price for the room, I’d expect a bottle of water to be included.
Arrived at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco for a late check-in and just not what you would expect from a "luxury" hotel. The rooms are big but everything is a bit dated and worn. The staff is super friendly and helpful just what you would expect. No coffee in room, so either room service or request that a coffee maker is brought up and for some reason maid did not replenish coffee pods. Please be aware when booking, PARKING IS $45 PER DAY AND THE INFAMOUS AMENITY FEE IS $27 PER DAY!
While the hotel does not feature a pool or any onsite children's activities, there are numerous family-friendly things to do in the city.
Powell's City of Books, on 10th and West Burnside, is a perennial favorite for families. The largest independent bookstore in the country, the children's section is immense. Ask about upcoming author readings.
Also within walking distance is the Portland Saturday Market, a great place to find souvenirs. Artisans from around Oregon bring their wares to this large, open-air market, nestled right along the Willamette River. You'll find jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, photographs, sculpture and more.
Only two blocks from Hotel Monaco is the MAX Light Rail, an aboveground subway that you can take to Washington Park. Here you'll find the Oregon Zoo, the Children's Museum and a peaceful Japanese Garden. The kids will be exhausted if you try to do all three sites in one day. On your first day, hit the zoo and see the elephants, giraffes and rhinos in the African section, and the Northwestern coast sea lions and otters at Stellar Cove. Return the second day to create pottery in the clay studio of the Children's Museum, along with pretend grocery store shopping and playing dress-up in the theater. Then wander over to the Japanese Garden to unwind while viewing the koi in the ponds and the turtles sunbathing on rocks. It's a relaxing way to end the day.
Drive 5 to 10 minutes (the valet will give you detailed directions) to reach the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry or OMSI. Five exhibit halls and eight science labs, in addition to a planetarium and Omnimax theater, offer hours of brain-powered fun through interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations.
In summer, Portland families drive 10 miles northwest of the city to Sauvie Island. Here, you'll find bald eagles flying atop the tall Douglas furs on the 2-mile Wapato Access Greenway State Park Trail. There's also live music at Kruger's Farm Market and the opportunity to get lost in a large corn maze at the Pumpkin Patch.
Red Star Tavern
Hotel Monaco's restaurant, the Red Star Tavern, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Start your day with muffins, scones, granola with fresh fruit, pancakes, brioche French toast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, numerous omelets and egg dishes, and apple wood smoked bacon. The Kids Menu at lunch and dinner features grilled cheese sandwiches, mac and cheese, cheeseburgers with fries, chicken strips and quesadillas. Interesting choices for parents include the Oregon cod ceviche, fish and chips, smoked wagyu brisket, wood-fried steaks and the pork al pastor sandwich.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Hotel Monaco receives an A+ for this category. Start with the hosted wine reception from 5 to 6 p.m. every night. Children will usually have the chance to sample local chocolate and other goodies at the event. In the morning, coffee and hot cider are available. A goldfish will be placed in your room upon request. An entire floor is devoted to hypoallergenic guestrooms. The concierge has printouts of family-friendly restaurants and sites. The valet has printed directions to the airport and all major Portland attractions.
Wi-Fi is complimentary and you can also request a newspaper to be delivered each morning at your door.
The fitness center on the ninth floor is open 24 hours. Complimentary bicycles via a third party bike share are also available to tour the city.
The hotel is pet friendly and there is no additional charges or limitations on your pets.
The Art of Smart Timing
Come in June when the roses in the City of Roses are in full bloom. The rest of the summer is also sublime, with long sunny days and restaurants reaping the harvest from farms and fishing. You'll pay top dollar, but it's worth it. Winter months are gray and rainy. However, you're only an hour away from the ski resort at Mount Hood if you want to use Portland as your base.
The Portland International Airport is located less than 20 minutes away from this hotel.
Portland is a walkable city but a vehicle may be necessary during your visit as well.
For Mom and Dad
Make an appointment for the onsite Dosha Spa and Salon. The Spa Sampler sounds just right: a Swedish massage, recovery facial and aromatherapy pedicure. It's just what you need to rejuvenate your travel-weary body.