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
Will certainly never return to this hotel or any Ace Hotels again. One of the front desk staff members was extremely rude to me when I was simply trying to get a cup of coffee. The hotel rooms come with a coffee maker and mugs, but no coffee. Strange. The coffee bar opens at 6am, so I went down in the morning around 6:15am to be told the barista was "running late". I was then offered coffee from the day before, so I took it and went back up to my room planning to order fresh coffee from Room Service. I called down around 6:50am for room service and was told Room service opens at 7am so to call back. I called back 10 minutes later and and was transferred to the kitchen. The front desk person then picked back up and said the kitchen staff must've "stepped out". I wonder if this kitchen staff member was the same barista who was late? The front desk person then told me they would call me back to take my order, but if it was anything other than regular drip coffee, I would need to come down to order it. I requested they just please bring me coffee when they had a chance. The front desk staff member then brought it up to my room, but she did not offer an apology and was clearly annoyed.
I have never experienced such horrible "Room Service" or service, in general, from a hotel. Why are you allowing your barista and kitchen staff to "run late" and "step out" right when Room Service is supposedly starting? I try to support small-chain, boutique hotels, but I will never return to this one again. I'm certain I would have had much better service at the Marriott down the road.
I travel with my pup David and come to Pittsburgh quite often to see my son. Ace is aces on all fronts; Friendly, accommodating, responsive and the staff is over the top. Seeing Jonathan's smile at the valet kicks off the day just right at every early morning dog walk. I love the casualness of Ace, the artsiness and the eclectic guests and the party that seems to go on every night at the bar. Not to mention nights of tango and dodge ball. Let's just say Ace is alive, fresh and filled with artists that are either staying there or working there. The energy is a refreshing change from most hotel vibes. Gay-friendly, pet-friendly, artist-friendly and just plain old friendly with awesome food and a very good location to boot. Can't wait to go back!
Had small room - exactly as stated. Nice bathroom. Room was clean. Could have another chair at table though. A bit on the pricey side as well, but event held there so convenient to stay. Event was lovely.