Hotel Monaco ‘growing up’ with complete overhaul to Main Street building

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Amid an ongoing revival of hotel-building in Salt Lake City, the owners of Hotel Monaco are preparing to completely renovate the interior of the historic building at 202 S. Main Downtown.

Long known for its decor that could fit into a Wes Anderson movie, Monaco will update much of its funky carpeting, color palette and robes.

Designers for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants are finalizing plans for an interior renovation that hotel leaders say amounts to Hotel Monaco’s “growing up.”

The update will bring Salt Lake locals a new bar that’s been there all along, as well as updates to the fine dining restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor.

The current bathrooms on the third floor of Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City compared with the planned updates (right).

Hallways and rooms will receive new lighting and carpet, shedding the yellow wallpaper and red carpeting for cooler hues with checkered carpet.

Bathrooms will lose their early 2000s tiling and vanities in favor of updated fixtures.

A hidden change can be found in the rooms’ closets, where guests will currently find robes with unique prints including leopard. The hotel is moving on from those patterns, too.

The current bedrooms on the third floor of Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City compared with the planned updates (right).

The building is among the most unique in Salt Lake City. Its 15 stories (minus the 13th) are made more prominent by the building’s slim profile.

There’s one room on either side of the corridor for each of the hotel’s 14 floors, 225 rooms in total.

The renovations will include updates to Bambara, a fine dining restaurant serving New American bistro plates by executive chef Patrick LeBeau.

It will also bring a new bar to the city’s core, one that’s been there all along. Next to Bambara on the ground floor of the Hotel Monaco is The Vault, which will receive a $1.5 million renovation.

The updates will also draw more attention to the bar’s existence on the street, with new signage and entryway that should update the bar from hotel amenity to an option for locals just off Whiskey Street.

Bambara and The Vault will be closed for the renovations starting April 17. Bambara plans to reopen mid-June.

The hotel portion will start renovations at the same time through a phased approach to minimize disruption.

An updated model room in the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City.
The existing hallway in Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City.
An updated hallway in the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City.

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Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.