• Sunday , 21 January 2018

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia: A Memorable, Inspiring Staycation

Photos, story by Cassie Hepler

Are you sick of staring at the same four bedroom walls? Sometimes you just need a staycation break in the middle of a chilly Philly winter. And Hotel Monaco Philadelphia is the perfect place to do so. Why? Because it’s a one-stop shop. You have Red Owl Tavern attached to the hotel for all your steak, beer and fine dining purposes. There’s the fabulous rooftop cocktail lounge (with heated tent until Spring) Stratus on the top floor. Happy hour awaits you in the luxe lobby lounge every day from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring wine, beer, hot toddies and snacks. And it’s pet friendly too if you don’t want to leave Fluffy out of the fun. In fact, you never even need to leave the comforts of the art-infused hotel and brave the frigid winter air. A brief excursion to Umai Royal for a thai food fix was had, however that short, 5-minute hike made you appreciate the warm, cozy hotel bubble all the more.

And a nice surprise due to a hijacked Instagram account, Stratus Lounge was offering free dessert to those who followed the new account in front of the server. After being quickly rewarded with chocolate truffles, it makes you wonder why you always don’t get a treat for following social media! Cocktails at Stratus are always on point thanks to Chauncey Scates, the head bartender with her sweet, Southern style. By midnight, on one of the coldest nights of the season, the place was packed with a wide array of ages.

And since that damn groundhog is at it again with 6 more weeks of winter (because animals can always predict the weather), you might as well hunker down in style. You know how sometimes you enter a luxe hotel lobby facade and get to the room and wonder what the hell just happened? That will not happen at Monaco, rest assured. See below for proof!

You know a bed is good when you can sleep in any direction and not fall off.

You know a bed is good when you can sleep in any direction and not fall off.

Funky decor and eclectic designs work well together at Hotel Monaco.

Funky decor and eclectic designs work well together at Hotel Monaco.

The bathroom spa at Hotel Monaco was a relaxing treat.

The bathroom spa at Hotel Monaco was a relaxing treat.

This huge porcelain tub was the highlight of the hotel room.

This huge porcelain tub was the highlight of the hotel room.

The large print wallpaper inspires more than just bathroom thoughts.

The large print wallpaper inspires more than just bathroom thoughts.

It only makes sense to have a dog lamp at a dog friendly hotel. Not pictured, two beautiful golden retrievers in the elevator.

It only makes sense to have a dog lamp at a dog friendly hotel. Not pictured, two beautiful golden retrievers in the elevator.

Details like this lion head door knocker added touches of whimsey at Hotel Monaco.

Details like this lion head door knocker added touches of whimsey at Hotel Monaco.

This happy yoga mat in the closet awaited some zen moments at Hotel Monaco.

This happy yoga mat in the closet awaited some zen moments at Hotel Monaco.

Words of wisdom decorate a pillow on the bed at Hotel Monaco.

Words of wisdom decorate a pillow on the bed at Hotel Monaco.

A favorite childhood (or adult) book sat next to the bed at Hotel Monaco.

A favorite childhood (or adult) book sat next to the bed at Hotel Monaco.

Philadelphia soft pretzels with a medley of dips (including cheese and spicy mustard of course) helped soak up the booze at the happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Philadelphia soft pretzels with a medley of dips (including cheese and spicy mustard of course) helped soak up the booze at the happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

This lovely young lady made the perfect pours at happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

This lovely young lady made perfect pours at happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Guests were lined up and loving the happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Guests were lined up and loving the happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Some tasty appetizers were offered during happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Some tasty appetizers were offered during happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Molly and Tulu were some new friends made at happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Molly and Tulu were some new friends made at happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Meet Tulu, a sweet puppy who was a hit during happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

Meet Tulu, a sweet puppy who was a hit during happy hour at Hotel Monaco.

The staff at Hotel Monaco were in Super Bowl Sunday spirits - next to the spirits.

The staff at Hotel Monaco were in Super Bowl Sunday spirits – next to the spirits.

White and red wine were available for happy hour at the hotel every day from 5-6 p.m.

White and red wine were available for happy hour at the hotel every day from 5-6 p.m.

Beer was plentiful for Super Bowl Sunday's happy hour at the hotel every day from 5-6 p.m.

Beer was plentiful for Super Bowl Sunday’s happy hour at the hotel every day from 5-6 p.m.

A brief escape into the tundra of chilly Philly led into Umai Royal's basement restaurant.

A brief escape into the tundra of chilly Philly led into Umai Royal’s basement restaurant.

The spicy seafood platter paled in comparison to the tasty Thai dish at Umai Royal.

The spicy seafood platter paled in comparison to the tasty Thai dish at Umai Royal.

Spicy thai chicken was super spicy but so delicious at Umai Royal near Hotel Monaco.

Spicy thai chicken was super spicy but so delicious at Umai Royal near Hotel Monaco.

Green tea ice cream always hits the spot at Umai Royal.

Green tea ice cream always hits the spot at Umai Royal.

Two Ben Franklin chocolates awaited upon return from thai dinner at Umai Royal.

Two Ben Franklin chocolates awaited upon return from thai dinner at Umai Royal.

A sweet welcome note, white wine from Stratus Lounge and some sweet macaroons awaited upon return from thai dinner at Umai Royal.

A sweet welcome note, Chardonnay from Stratus Lounge and some sweet macaroons awaited upon return from thai dinner at Umai Royal.

Artistic accents adorn every corner at Hotel Monaco.

Artistic accents adorn every corner at Hotel Monaco.

This is a writing chair, the back piece of wood flips up and becomes a laptop - or book holder and you sit backwards.

This is a writing chair, the back piece of wood flips up and becomes a laptop – or book holder and you sit backwards.

A private niche is tucked away in the back of the lounge.

A private niche is tucked away in the back of the lounge.

The dark blue velvet couches are a hit.

The dark blue velvet couches are a hit.

The welcoming fleur de lis fireplace was the second best way to warm up besides the gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows - and chocolate chips!

The welcoming fleur de lis fireplace was the second best way to warm up besides the gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows – and chocolate chips!

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