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
- 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
Exciting food and drink options. My suggestion is order dessert first! They were out of the world. Great atmosphere for catching up with friends. The ambiance was laid back and the service was on point. Very attentive and approachable staff. Quick with options for sensitive eaters. I'll definitely be back.
To preface this - my room size - small with king bed and I was traveling alone.
Stayed here for 1-night when in Pittsburgh on a business trip and it was a great choice. Wi-Fi was super reliable, front desk was friendly, room service was delicious, and they have day passes for a nearby gym (fitness factory) that’s a brief 5-7min walk from the hotel.
Hotel is also within walking distance from Whole Foods, a large variety of restaurants and bars, and was easy to get to via car. There is valet service but the public lot next door behind the library is $1/hr between 8a-10p and then free overnight so it’s perfect if you’re getting in later. Access to hotel from the lot is via a sidewalk so not far to lug your things.
Room was efficient, bed was large and comfortable. Bathroom was clean and has a retro vibe. Hotel bar and restaurant were packed which was nice and could see grabbing dinner at the bar instead of room service if I’d had more time. Lots of snacks in the mini-bar and room service didn’t have an insane markup (thank youuuu for no weird surprise fees!).
Thanks for creating a great hotel that works for solo travel and group trips. Felt like a space I would normally hang out in which was a big bonus. In a part of Pittsburgh that would be fun to explore more.
It's hard to find a cooler place than Ace. A hotel, restaurant and bar based in an old YMCA isn't for everyone and some people won't get it. If you do dig places with bohemian, authentically quirky vibes, then you will love Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.
My wife and I spent a weekend here and we were wowed by everything in this hotel: The art exhibit in the gymnasium; the busy bar packed with locals and visitors; the great restaurant; vinyl records stacked in the lounge; fantastic, friendly service.
We stayed in a large room and loved the platform bed, great shower and beautiful view of the cathedral across the street. Even the minibar and snacks are well thought out, including local whiskey and other spirits.
The Ace is a few blocks away from some great little restaurants, boutique shopping, and some bars that have not changed decor since about 1950. The East Liberty neighborhood has been going through a renaissance but it retains much of its authentic Pittsburgh neighborhood character.
If you enjoy staying in a place that is an experience, not just a place to sleep, then check out the Ace.
Old YMCA converted to hotel. Corner room great views. Furnishings unusual, king platform bed, about a foot off the floor, very comfortable, little harder to get out of. Parts of room concrete floor around bed carpet. Visually neat. Bathroom with walk in shower and neat amenities. Claw foot tub as you enter the bedroom, unusual but nice. Can visualize how this was a YMCA. Front Desk staff great! On site restaurant very good and reasonable pricing. Bar staff very good, good pricing. Valet parking only or use hourly lots. The biggest negative, carpet along wall in room was stained with what appeared to be pet stains.
I'm definitely not in the target demographic for this hotel but enjoyed a recent stay very much, and never felt out of place. A medium size room was perfectly comfortable - especially liked the wool blanket and high quality sheets in the platform bed. The bathroom, while on the smaller side, had nice little touches and high quality toiletries. The front desk staff are more than welcoming. My colleagues and I took advantage of both the convenient lobby bar seating and the great Whitfield dining. The building is very well constructed. The only down side which some have mentioned is the noise level with music or entertainment but that was over with by 11 pm on a weeknight. I actually slept better here than other Pittsburgh hotels with noisy HVAC or garbage pickup. Hope to stay again soon.