You don’t have to travel across the globe to get a taste of Monaco. There’s downtown Loop hotel that has enough sophistication and luxury amenities to almost make you forget about the city that shares the same name. Hotel Monaco (225 North Wabash) is just steps away from millennium park, some of the best theaters and the unbelievable shopping of the Magnificent Mile.
Its proximity to all Chicago’s bright spots is definitely a plus, but there are plenty of reasons to be happily trapped in to the hotel. There’s wifi in all 192 guestrooms and InTouch members of Monaco’s parent company, Kimpton, receive the service with at no charge. Besides the onsite fitness center and 24/7 room service, there are also in-room spa services. There are few things better than getting a massage in the confines of your own luxurious hotel room. If you do decide to venture out of the hotel to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer, at least make sure you make your way back to the hotel between 5 and 6 p.m. when Hotel Monaco hosts an evening wine hour in the hotel’s luxurious living room lobby.
The staff is very in the loop about the ins and outs of Chicago, whether you live in the city or visiting from out of town they will have a few insider tips to help you discover and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. They also have a gem of their own, South Water Kitchen. Chef Roger Waysok creates bold Midwestern cuisine in this award-winning (Open Table’s Diner Choice) restaurant. It’s not a big fancy restaurant where you can hardly understand the menu. It’s a down home Midwestern place with an upscale vibe. You can get dishes like deviled eggs for starters, Maple Leaf Farms Whole Roasted Duck for a main course, baked mac and cheese for a side and a champagne cocktail to sip on. It’s definitely worth a visit or two. To learn more or make a reservation for South Water Kitchen, click here. To book a room at Hotel Monaco, click here.