Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, in a beautiful bank building dating from the early 1900s, sits at the center of Philadelphia’s historic district, overlooking Independence National Historic Park — just steps from the Liberty Bell. The prime location, super-friendly staff and variety of accommodation options make this the ideal home base for families touring Philadelphia.
Of the 268 guest rooms, 92 have configurations that accommodate families, from suites to connecting rooms. We stayed in a park view queen/queen with a lovely view of Independence Hall. The colorful and eclectic decor is cleverly executed in a way that maximizes space. In keeping with the whimsical scheme, the rooms come with very comfy leopard-print robes. My teenage daughter loved those!
Our room was on a corner of the fifth floor and was very quiet, especially considering that it overlooked a busy street.
Tip: Families will not want to be on the 10th floor, as the rooftop bar is open quite late and can be noisy.
Kids’ hour is held every Saturday from 2-4p in the living room, with a make-your-own trail mix bar, kid-friendly beverages and family games. Parents will enjoy the daily wine happy hour from 5-6p in the living room. Families with older children can take advantage of complimentary bikes for a ride over to Penn’s Landing.
In addition, Kimpton’s loyalty program members receive complimentary high-speed WIFI on all devices throughout the hotel, exclusive offers and a $10 Raid the Bar credit for the in-room mini-bar.
No need to leave Fido at home on your weekend road trip to Philly. Not only is the hotel pet-friendly, they do not charge a fee and they have wonderful pet amenities. Our dog loved the gourmet dog biscuits shaped like the Liberty Bell.
Families who don’t have a dog to bring along can experience a bit of “guppy love” — ask the front desk about having a fishy friend join you during your stay. They take care of the fish; families get to enjoy the extra company.
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The adjoining Red Owl Tavern serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; the chef uses local ingredients whenever possible, forging an important connection to the Pennsylvania farmland. The Stratus rooftop bar has beautiful city views, but, unfortunately does not allow children. Parents can arrange babysitting through the concierge.
Philadelphia has become quite the foodie destination. Andrew, our concierge, was very helpful in suggesting many family-friendly options, from the best Philly cheesesteaks on nearby South Street to the best Italian in the famous South Philly neighborhood.
A visit to Franklin’s Fountain, an old fashioned soda fountain, is a must — their milkshakes are ranked No. 1 in the country. They’re huge, and a bit pricey (cash only), so sharing is recommended.
Since Philadelphia is best seen by foot, we decided to take a private 3-hour tour with Constitutional Walking Tour Company. We visited Betsy Ross’ house, the Ben Franklin museum, and the first post office, where Ben Franklin was postmaster, among many other sites. The kids weren’t the only ones who learned something on the tour.
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Be sure to reserve tickets for entry to Independence Hall from March through December. The National Park Service Rangers give an excellent tour.
Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-Impressionist and early modern art at the Barnes Foundation. Weekends can be very busy; reserve tickets online and download the Keys to the Collection app, which does a fabulous job of engaging kids with the collection through interactive games. And be sure to take a break from sight seeing and relax in nearby Washington Square Park.
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Editor’s Note: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia offered a media rate in order for us to review the property. Sandy was given complimentary tickets to the Barnes Foundation and a media rate on the Constitutional Walking Tour. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Sandy Pappas except where noted.
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