Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
What We Love
- Your room’s window seat, a lovely place to do some dreaming
- The Whitfield, a fantastic restaurant and hip gathering space in the Ace tradition
- East Liberty, around you, and the gallery and café scene, a short ride away
What To Know
- Housed in a former YMCA in the East Liberty neighborhood, a short taxi ride to downtown Pittsburgh
- Whitfield restaurant is headed by Pittsburgh native Brent Young, owner of Brooklyn's trendy Meat Hook butcher shop
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A historic Pittsburgh building has just blossomed into a trendy Ace
Hotel – be one of the first to experience it. The brand-new outpost of
the ever-hip hospitality brand is embracing the gritty authenticity of
Pittsburgh’s up-and-coming East Liberty neighborhood and bringing its
own style to Steel City. It’s spent millions to rehab a 100-year-old
YMCA building, and now this former rec center is one of the hottest
stays in town.
at this getaway, everything old is new again. Rooms are styled to feel
modern (by way of a decidedly retro utilitarian-chic, sleepaway-camp
aesthetic), the meat-driven restaurant has scored accolades from Eater,
and the lobby, as at other Aces, invites hip young freelancers to get to
work. Meanwhile, the rest of the city beckons, from spirited sporting
events to the Andy Warhol Museum that celebrates the city’s native son
to the bars – the most per capita in the entire country. Take a cue from
the hotel, and see it all through fresh eyes.
As at every Ace Hotel, high-design accommodations
are also simple and laid-back. In each of the property’s 63 rooms and
suites, minimalist décor meets modern comfort, including the brand’s
signature cozy beds. Each abode features a retro-summer-camp
vibe, with stark furnishings, a claw-foot tub, clever hidden storage and
a charming window seat, with great natural light. Start at 250 square
feet, with a work desk, in the Small room, or upgrade to the Medium room
for 300 square feet, along with some more space to read, write and
top-notch hospitality extends to its restaurant, Whitfield. It’s the
product of Pittsburgh native Brent Young’s meat-centric imagination
(Brooklyn’s acclaimed butchery The Meat Hook is also his doing), and
it’s open every day for brunch and dinner. If you’re not a heavy
carnivore, though, take heart – Whitfield serves up fantastic veggie
dishes, as well. Whatever your preference, you’ll love this sharp
neighborhood tavern that draws on the best of Pittsburgh’s culinary
East Liberty is just a quick taxi
ride from downtown Pittsburgh and all of its fantastic museums,
restaurants and shopping. Once you’re down there, be sure to walk across
the Roberto Clemente Bridge to visit PNC Park, home of the Pirates, or
Heinz Field, home of the Steelers. Take in the city’s sparkling skyline
from the Duquesne Incline railroad, or grab a drink, pretty much
anywhere – Pittsburgh holds the distinction of having the most bars per
capita in the country. No matter where you end up, you’re sure to be
charmed by Pittsburgh and its people. Emerging beyond its longtime label
as a gritty steel town, the city feels community-driven and
refreshingly real, so you’ll feel right at home.
How to Get There
On deciding to make a return visit to Pittsburgh I really only considered Ace Hotel as a lodging choice since I had such a great initial impression. Overall I'm glad I did. The staff is amazing, the bar is brilliant and the location is quite convenient for the activities I had planned for the trip.
This time there were a couple issues however.
I booked a room described as a "suite" but was given exactly the same room I stayed in on my previous visit which was described as a "large". I found that a bit perplexing. I'd been looking forward to the clawfoot bathtub which this particular room did not include.
I'm not sure what the life expectancy of decor is in a hotel......when I was here before (September 2016) the room and furnishings were all in great shape. This time it was obvious there's been significant wear and tear on the carpet and wood furnishings......and sadly the housekeeping was a bit on the lax side. The in-room safe had a layer of dust on top & in the enclosure where it is located, the Martin guitar was dusty......and in need of a new set of strings, and the turntable was pretty beat.
That said, I still enjoyed my visit and Ace will continue to be one of my first choices for a return trip.
The Ace Hotel is not your typical chain hotel, not by a long shot. If you like boutique hotels, this is a great fit for you. It's an awesome old building from 1909 that was a YMCA. It's maintained nearly all of its old character and charm since this place was turned into the Ace Hotel in 2015. The lobby has a great vibe as a hip coffee shop during the day and a bar/lounge in the evening and night. Candles are lit in the evening and the music was fresh, not too loud. All in all, a great first impression.
The rooms are definitely out of the ordinary which personally I loved but it may not be for everyone. The bed was a queen sized, platform type bed. It was comfortable but I can see it would be a little tough if two people were in the bed, since one side is up against the wall. The room darkening shade only filtered about 80% of the light coming through the huge window. A lot sneaked in around the sides and bottom. So if you're looking to sleep late in a completely dark room, this probably is not a good fit for you. I was in a north facing room on the 3rd floor. Very early in the AM, garbage and delivery trucks were noisy in the alley below. Other than that, the room was great, clean, and temperature was easy to adjust. Wifi was good and fast.
East Liberty is quite the gentrified neighborhood. New restaurants, apartments, and stores are opening all around. In previous years, this was a neglected, poor neighborhood but that is changing. Parking is valet ($28/day) or on-street for pay. During the day, 8am-6pm, you can pay to street park but there is a 2 hour limit.
I personally loved the Ace Hotel and would definitely come back. I only gave 4 stars due to some of the items above.
Loved the vibe of the room, enjoyed drinks in the lounge, and the wedding reception and dinner in the gym was awesome!! The room was very clean and had a very comfortable bed and pillows. Minimal frills except for a super stocked mini-bar.
Very possibly the most accommodating and relatable staff I have dealt with in any hotel, ever. There is no short amount of praise I could give to the amazing front desk, cleaning, bar and restaurant staff.
Also, the bed was hella comfortable and likewise with the room.
Only small critique was that the fire alarm was placed right by the door to the bathroom so if the shower got too steamy, it could set it off. Hardly a cause for large concern.
Rooms large and clean, well located in East Liberty, close to many good restaurants. The bar is lively every night and the people working at ACE are nice and helpful. Every morning I had breakfast at the ACE restaurant: the best way to start the day!