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
The Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is a special place to stay because it's a renovated building. As such, it shows some of the scars of the past but they add to the character rather than detracting from it. The room we had was spacious, quiet, with big windows, large bed, great bathroom, imaginative furnishings, and more. It seems to be a bit hip, although as a 71 year old, I felt completely comfortable there, too. The restaurant was busy and had an eclectic menu which we enjoyed.
I thought the attention to detail in the room, its size and layout, was great value for the money. The hotel has a young and casual (but very friendly) atmosphere, just as intended. Everyone on staff was helpful and kind. The lobby is great with its living-room charm, and the gym a huge asset. We enjoyed the few days and were relaxed and comfortable. I will definitely stay with you again!
The location of this hotel is excellent! The neighborhood is very walkable and other destinations are a quick drive. The staff was also extremely helpful and friendly.
My only issues were with the room itself. The room was extremely dusty - every flat surface had a thick layer of dust on it. Also the shower drain is a horrible design that results in standing in an inch or two of water by the time you're done showering. These issues kept me from giving a 5 star review.
My stay began with a very warm greeting both at valet and the front desk. A major drawback is that the only accessible entrance is at the exterior of the restaurant—I had a rolling luggage cart and had to let myself out and figure out the electric lift in the pouring rain upon my departure. Would have been a real disaster if I were in a wheelchair or had children in a stroller. Anyway, the interior is great and the restaurant is top notch. Stumptown coffee in the lobby, and one of the most delicious treats I’ve ever had was the gf chocolate banana muffin I got at the coffee bar! Easy and fast checkin. Super friendly staff.
I got to my room and was thrilled with the size of my suite and the style of the furnishings, as well as the amazing view and little touches like window sills large enough to sit on and a claw foot tub and separate shower. My 6 yr old loved it.
What was a huge disappointment was the layer of dust over every surface and the run-down quality of most of the things in the room. The record player was sort-of functional and a great touch, but all the records were covered in dust and scratched. The bathrobes and linens had bleach stains, rust spot, and holes. There was dog food and hair on the floor from a previous tenant. The small woven rugs were filthy and matted. I always look forward to upscale toiletries at special hotels and they don’t do that here (pump bottles in the shower).
The Ace must have been glorious when they opened a few years ago, but nothing feels well-maintained or clean. Super sad! I hope they get it together because with some cleaning and updating I would stay here again and recommend to family.
We had a great one nights stay. Inspiring to the every detail. The radio playing when I got into the room, gave such a wonderful atmosphere. Wondering what the amazing gym from 1909 looks like next time I'll check in.