You know there will be many posts I want to share with you on our trip to Seattle and Vancouver. It was a fun trip for us with a lot of walking and more walking. Fortunately, we stayed at the Hotel Monaco Seattle that located in downtown right across from the Seattle Central Library and a short walk from the Central Link light rail station which made our exploring the city much more convenient.
Ideal Location for Independent & Family Travelers
It is always hard to figure out how far or how ideal your accommodation will be in a city you plan to visit. Yes, you can look at Google Map and check out Google Earth. But in reality, when travel with kids you will never know how far your kids will walk before the whining begins. We ran into that problem all the times. Sometimes we were lucky to pick the right location that convenient to everything and sometimes we weren’t. This time we picked the hotel that is in the ideal location.
The Hotel Monaco Seattle is in a great location for family or independent travelers who look to explore more of Seattle especially downtown area and don’t want to depend on renting a car (after learning how expensive it would be to park a car per night in Seattle we decided to only rent a car on the day we planned to go to Mount Rainier). With just one block from the University Street station on the Central Link Light Rail from the airport, traveling from and to airport is cheap and convenient especially if you arrive during the rush hour.
Being in walking distance from the Central Link Light Rail station is not the only benefit of the locale at this fun & friendly hotel, the Seattle Central Library is literally right across the street. And why would I want to visit a library you ask? Just walking around and look at the architecture of the building itself is worth a visit. Not to mention a well-designed children section with bright primary colors and children play area. It’s one of the must-visit location in Seattle for family with kids.
Warm and Welcoming Staffs and Friend
Our first impression as we arrived to Hotel Monaco Seattle from our late night flight was the warm and the welcoming staffs. The kids couldn’t be more excited to find our little pet goldfish friend whom they later named ‘Jachary’ waiting for us in our room. This little dude has become more than a friend to them. It was a sad day for us to leave him/her for sure!
Throughout our stay, we had always been greeted with many friendly faces and smile. Everyone treated us like an old friend and it made us feel like home every time we came back to the hotel. So much so that after a few days we started to refer going back to the hotel as ‘going home’.
They also provided many services like complimentary morning coffee from Starbucks (of course since we are in Seattle after all), the Wine Hour with Guitar Hero on Friday (which we missed because we were too busy exploring the city) and afternoon refreshment drinks.
Room with Amenities We Need
We stayed at the Queen Room with 2 queen-size beds. The room arrangement is typical layout that you will find in most hotel. However, we loved the window bench that provide ample space for us to spread out. At night Mr. Rojo enjoyed his downtime on the bench with his iPad while I uploaded our photos on the desk.
To travel with our family, many will think we bring the whole office with us and we mostly did. Between the 4 of us, we have too many electronic devices to count. So we always fight for the electrical outlet to charge up our devices at night. It was so nice to see that Hotel Monaco understands the need of travelers in this digital age. The spaceship-like outlet is a much-need in our room. And I have to say it’s very useful because we can actually use every single outlet. You know what I am talking about when your charger is too big that it takes over the adjacent outlet!
Another huge service we love was the free high speed internet access. Yes, it’s crazy to be so happy about free Wifi but staying in various type of accommodation during our family trips, I have found that you can’t simply think just because the hotel is 5 stars you will get free Wifi.
At Hotel Monaco Seattle, high speed internet access is complimentary if you sign up for Kimpton InTouch Guest Loyalty program which is free to sign up. The process took less than a few minutes and then we were connected.
Environmental Friendly Hotel
Being “Green” is all the rage this day but really do implement it in the business is not something that most businesses do. I love how Hotel Monaco Seattle has shown that they are not just talking about social responsibility but they do it.
It all starts from obvious thing like offering recycle trash bin along with normal trash bin in our room to the family-size toiletry. They also have several other programs behind the scene like using environmental friendly cleaning supplies or providing organic beverage.
Boutique yet Kids-Friendly
The word ‘Boutique Hotel’ gave me a wrong impression about the Hotel Monaco Seattle. Yes, they have playful and whimsical design like stripe wallpaper and artful headboard in the bedroom, lobby with plenty of seating to welcome guests to relax but they also love kids!
The KimptonKids offers various services for family traveling with children from crib upon request, child-size robe with signature animal print, and kid-friendly activities information in the area. There is a special corner in the lobby with a chest filled with toys for kids to pick out as soon as they check in.
Now, how about price? All good things come with a price. But there are also many great package available throughout the year. Currently, they have several specials and packages like Summer Like a Local, Cars Stay Free, SoFISHticated Family Package, and many more.
- The hotel doesn’t have swimming pool or fancy hotel water park on property. It’s something that I want to let you know about. For us, every night we were so tired from walking around downtown that we didn’t even miss the pool.
- I highly recommend using public transportation. The valet parking overnight rate for guest is $39/night which is normal in downtown Seattle area. So definitely take that into consideration when you shop around.
- Don’t forget to pick up list of local favorite recommended by the staff. It’s very useful to learn about local suggestions.
Disclosure: I received discount media rate from the Hotel Monaco Seattle. But there is no expectation on positive review from them. This post is based solely on my experience and my opinion without any outside influence. I always provide my honest opinion on our stays and won’t write about a place we will not stay ourselves.
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