Editor’s Choice Award: Hotel Monaco Welcomes Couples to Chicago With Impeccable Service & Amenities

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Editor’s Choice Award: Hotel Monaco Welcomes Couples to Chicago With Impeccable Service & Amenities

Amber Brooks Amber Brooks
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The Short Version: Hotel Monaco offers luxurious accommodations conveniently located within walking distance of Chicago’s Riverwalk, the Navy Pier, and Millennium Park. Since 1998, this boutique hotel has wowed guests with its personalized and friendly service, and the staff continues to come up with delightful surprises to satisfy people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether it’s arranging a lovely picnic basket for a daytime date or offering a complimentary wine happy hour in the lounge, Hotel Monaco pampers its guests and provides a memorable stay in the heart of Chicago.

When Hotel Monaco opened its doors in 1998, it stood out on the Chicago skyline as one of the foremost boutique hotels in the area. Its upscale rooms and attentive service tempted guests looking for a little extra pampering during their trips to the Windy City.

Hotel Monaco occupies a building that was originally a popular hat factory. D.B. Fisk & Co. established the factory in 1912 after its former warehouse was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire. Hotel Monaco pays homage to the building’s long history with its Fisk & Co. restaurant and lounge, and the hotel also sells original vintage-inspired hats as souvenirs.

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Hotel Monaco is located in a historic building just steps away from the Chicago River.

Our editors have given Hotel Monaco a tip of the hat for bringing a fun, human touch to the hotel industry. The hotel’s team goes to great lengths to make guests feel at home. Much of Hotel Monaco’s charm stems from this commitment to personalized service.

Hotel Monaco has stood the test of time because its unique hotel packages, luxury amenities, and hands-on services can satisfy people on family vacations, business trips, and romantic getaways.

The hotel recently underwent major renovations to its 191 guest rooms and 22 suites to ensure they continue offering top-of-the-line comforts to all guests. The beautifully redesigned rooms now reflect the calming blues of Lake Michigan and offer a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.

Whether you’re going on a weekend retreat or saying “I do,” Hotel Monaco can offer you a romantic backdrop surrounded by the finest luxuries and unparalleled service.

“Hotel Monaco is about experience,” said Amy Leahy, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Hotel Monaco Chicago. “It’s about immersing yourself in the environment and experiencing the real Chicago.”

Offering Five-Star Luxury Experiences Since 1998

Sometimes the daily grind can sap the romance from everyday life, and couples need to get away together to bring back that loving feeling. Chicago is a popular tourist destination in the Midwest. A record-breaking 58 million people visited Chicago in 2018, and the tourism industry has created 150,000 jobs in the city.

Hotel Monaco is proud to be one of the leaders in hospitality in the area, boasting a convenient location that’s close to the Chicago Riverwalk, Millennium Park, and many other must-see attractions.

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Hotel Monaco’s staff can pack a picnic for guests to enjoy.

Chicago is in every fiber of Hotel Monaco from the artwork to the cuisine to the overall design. Thanks to the picturesque bay windows in their rooms, guests can look out over the city streets and gain a tremendous sense of place. Many couples enjoy curling up by the windows and taking in the view of the city and the river.

Hotel Monaco elevates the average hotel experience with its luxurious rooms and amenities. All guests have a complimentary newspaper and morning coffee and tea service, and they can also partake in a wine happy hour in the lobby. Every room has a yoga mat, and every guest has access to PUBLIC bikes. Guests can also treat themselves to in-room spa services and indulge in gourmet treats at their own private minibar.

By providing such creature comforts, the staff endeavor to create a cozy, home-away-from-home atmosphere where guests can rest, relax, and recharge their batteries.

The hotel staff will even pack a picnic lunch for you if you so desire. The Fisk & Co. restaurant has all sorts of fruits, veggies, and charcuterie to make a scrumptious meal, and the concierge team includes a list of the best picnic spots in town. This Urban Picnic Roadmap prepares guests for a fun, outdoorsy day in the city.

“We wanted to create something that takes advantage of our location,” Amy explained. “The picnic basket package is customizable and perfect for couples to take a romantic picnic together.”

Couples Enjoy Being Pampered on Their Vacations

The Hotel Monaco gives couples access to sightseeing destinations in Chicago. You have the Chicago Riverwalk just around the corner, and many couples enjoy strolling, shopping, and dining by the water on this 1.25-mile-long pathway. The hotel is also walking distance from Millennium Park, which often hosts free concerts, outdoor movies, and festivals.

Many guests praise the hotel for its convenient location and its top-notch services. After receiving over 2,500 reviews on TripAdvisor, Hotel Monaco maintains an Excellent rating of 4.5 stars. As a wedding venue, the Hotel Monaco has an average rating of 4.9 stars with many brides and grooms saying they adore the romantic ambiance of the event spaces.

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Hotel Monaco is a pet-friendly hotel with a friendly, personable staff.

TripAdvisor reviewer IM_Bogeyman from Missouri called Hotel Monaco a “Chicago gem,” and added that the staff made a 30th wedding anniversary trip all the more special. “From start to finish, our experience with this hotel was excellent,” the review said. “Valet parking was simple and quick. Check-in was smooth. We received a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room facing the river.”

TheBopMan traveled from Waukesha, Wisconsin to Chicago to celebrate his 40th anniversary, and the Hotel Monaco saw to it that the couple celebrated in style during a three-night stay. According to their review, the hotel staff gave them a card, a bowl of candy, and a bottle of Italian wine.

“What a great surprise and experience we had in staying at this hotel,” TheBopMan wrote. “The service from the moment we walked into the hotel was great.”

Hotel Monaco’s staff endeavor to get to know their guests and help them make wonderful memories in Chicago. From the front desk to the waitstaff, the team members are the heart of the hotel, and their kindness and competency have set high standards for the Chicago hotel industry.

“Being able to contribute to the happiness and memories of our guests is the reason I work in hospitality,” Amy said. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to ensure an enjoyable, unique experience for each guest, whether they are traveling solo, as a couple, or as a family.”

Hotel Monaco’s All-Star Staff Treats Guests as VIPs

Hotel Monaco is a premier destination full of history, personality, and luxury. Since 1998, the hotel has brought countless individuals, couples, and families a respite from their everyday lives and given them the chance to be pampered in the lap of luxury. People can make the most of their stay in Chicago by booking a reservation in these beautiful guest rooms or suites.

In the coming months, Hotel Monaco plans to implement a #StayHuman project to create special experiences and forge meaningful ties with guests. As part of the project, one of the guest rooms will be transformed into a suite that honors local characters. The concierge team will also have interactive guest books, and the culinary team will create meals and drinks that are customized to the guest’s tastes.

“We want our guests to feel as though their hotel stay was just as impactful as their trip to Chicago was — whether it’s a first-time visitor or a frequent business traveler,” Amy said. “Our goal with our community partnerships with Columbia College, Harold Washington, and others is to add a personal, lasting touch to traveling.”