Life Travel

The Monaco

No, I did not make it to the South of France (yet) but did get to have a wonderful experience at the well known chic ’boutique’ hotel in Portland. Did not realize that it was First Thursday, MLS, and The Bite all starting during our stay. It was a perfectly hot summer day, and upon walking in we instantly felt refreshed: powerful AC and the smell of luxury. While checking in we were offered complimentary ice cream (how did they know?!) in their lavish red living room lobby. I had already heard about their cocktail hour, pet friendly rooms, and even morning tea or coffee with yoga classes to get your day started. I didn’t think it could get much better until I saw our room– It was like all the crazy of Portland wrapped into one beautifully coordinated package~

Hummingbirds swooped along the walls over the blue and orange octagonal print carpet leading to the green themed bathroom. It was complete with an artistic City of Roses tile decoration and green landmarks wallpaper. The adjoining room held a desk and love seat area which was actually a pull-out bed with B&W checkered pillows on top. A flat screen sat atop a mirrored cabinet along with a tray of pricey goodies on the coffee table. The water looks free but don’t be deceived, it’s Freed (the brand) and $5 a pop. Two gray sliding doors separated the living room from the bedroom– King size bed with a plush headboard in bright orange and purple plaid were the main focal point of the room. Another flat screen was on the dresser next to a piece of art that reminded me of a futuristic heart rate monitor. The hummingbirds didn’t seem to mind.

Opening the closet I discovered the quintessential mark of character in this Portland boutique hotel: the two bathrobes, one zebra print and the other cheetah. Hey, why not– I’m sure it’s easier to clean than white ones! It was not much later after waltzing around in my new robe that I noticed we already had a message- red light blinking on the room phone. I assumed it was some generic welcome message as I tried to retrieve the voicemail, accidentally calling the front desk– a very nice girl told me she could check the message for me, saying that there were some amenities to be delivered and asked when I would want them. I couldn’t think of a thing missing from our place so I suggested it be delivered soon. A bit later came the knock on the door, I peered out to see what amenities could possibly be brought up. It looked like an ice bucket. *shrug* After he set up on our table I realized they had just given us Spanish Champagne and chocolates. Thinking they had magical ESP powers I realized I had mentioned something to our check-in manager Andrew. HE had the goods delivered with a card for the celebrations! I’ve personally never had that kind of service, except by accident (The Nines, lol). I have to say it was a surprising gesture, showing thoughtfulness and just one of the few reasons this hotel gets awards every year–

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