Hotel Monaco opens in Center City

PHILADELPHIA - October 11, 2012

Hotel Monaco officially opened Thursday morning in historic Old City.

Hotel Monaco, once the iconic Lafayette Building, is now a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel located next to Independence National Historic Park.

"If you think of shopping at a boutique, there is very carefully and thoughtfully selected apparel and accessories. In a hotel, there are very carefully and thoughtfully selected experiences," said Niki Leondakis.

The operators say those exceptional experiences are provided by a blend of unique design and killer customer service.

"We try to deal with each guest one at a time, and show them care and affection, so when they leave, they will be thinking about us," said Bellman Rahid Millage. "They didn't just come to a hotel, they came some place special."

Terecina Wingate checked in Tuesday from Houston.

"This is my third Kipton Hotel and my first here. I did not know it has only been open a week. I had a nice stay; perfect stay," she said.

A tour of the hotel and its 268 rooms turns up fabrics paired with unexpected patterns and lots of unanticipated discoveries.

The view from the bathroom in room 502 was could be considered spectacular. You can actually see the Liberty Bell from the bathtub, and there is a view of Sieners Garden from room 501.

On the 11th floor is the Stratus Rooftop Lounge where glass-paneled garage doors open to the outside.

"As you take a peak around, you think about height and flight," said Nick Gregory, Hotel Monaco General Manager.

It is a modern day chapter of Philadelphia's rich, revolutionary past.

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