By Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Located in the nation’s most historic square, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco has been open for one year.

The closest place to Independence Hall that you can stay overnight, Monaco manager Jessica Lavin says the hotel has experienced an 80-percent occupancy rate during its first year.

Fitness and wellness are the current trends at many hotels, and Lavin says they’ve added cardio-sculpting classes known as the “lithe” method.

“We’ve got our morning fitness classes, on Wednesdays we do Lithe on location. We partnered with the local lithe and they come in and its open to our guests and employees and on then on Thursday mornings we do TKO with T. T’s our doorman and he does a cardio kick boxing class.”

The hotel also offers in-room yoga roll out service and complimentary bikes for guest use.

Bikes are free to use at Hotel Monaco. (Credit: Melony Roy)

Bikes are free to use at Hotel Monaco. (Credit: Melony Roy)


Just above the hotel is the Status Rooftop Lounge, which is introducing table service and new cocktails.

“Bess Gulliver, our master mixologist here on property, we’re really excited to roll out her fall and winter cocktail menu, most of which is focused on the season and the ingredients you’d find in winter months,” Stratus Rooftop Lounge General Manager,  Brian McKelvey said.

“Wine Down Wednesdays” brings live music, local art and, of course, wine. Stratus also added heating elements to extend the outdoor patio into the winter.