As some of you may know we spent a long weekend in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago while Mallory attended her first American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. We have become much more interested in boutique hotels recently such as the 1 Hotel Miami as often they provide all the same (if not more) luxuries as the big names like Ritz Carlton and St. Regis, but they have a cozier feel to them. This boutique hotel review is for Hotel Monaco in downtown Salt Lake City, and while it is probably the best boutique hotel in Salt Lake City, there are a lot of places it could improve.
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City has a nearly perfect location. Situated right in the heart of downtown, about a block from the convention center, Hotel Monaco is centrally located and within walking distance to all of SLC’s best restaurants and downtown attractions. It is also only between 10 and 15 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport.
We stay in one of Hotel Monaco’s Monaco Suites which was spacious with the bedroom separated from the living space with a thick curtain. The layout was nice, but for a suite, you’d often expect a larger bathroom. Another issue I had with the bathroom is the shower took forever to heat up, and the water was often still fairly cold even with the dial turned all the way hot. Since we were only on the second floor and our view was of the valet circle there wasn’t a ton of natural light coming in, so the room felt very dark. On a positive note, the robes were fantastic!
Unfortunately, there was no spa or pool at the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City. It would have felt really nice to unwind in a pool after a day out hiking. There was an option to have an in-room massage, but we didn’t see it as the best use of our time since there is so much to see nearby Salt Lake City. Each room is supposed to have a yoga mat, but ours seemed to be missing. The minibar offered some better options than the typical hotel minibar, but ours wasn’t refilled during our whole four-night stay. One of the cool things Hotel Monaco did have was giant scrabble, connect four, and Jenga to pass the time in the lobby.
Hotel Monaco shines when it comes to their food. While there aren’t a ton of options in the hotel, Bambara the signature restaurant is fantastic! We also did in-room dining for breakfast the first morning, and everything we ordered was perfect! We were also able to find several healthy options within walking distance from the hotel.
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City has so much potential, from its perfect location to its AAA four-diamond restaurant. Now I’m not sure if they were overwhelmed with a couple of conferences in town simultaneously, or if the service and amenities we experienced were the norm, but if Hotel Monaco could clean up a few customer experience issues, they would definitely have a shot at being the best boutique hotel in Salt Lake City.
We had a lovely time in Salt Lake City! There was so much more to do than I initially expected and I only looked within a 45-minute drive from downtown! A bunch of my photos will be going up on Instagram over the next few days, so make sure you’re following along @passports2life!