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
We went to a very cooks jazz event here and loved the ambiance of this historic place. My wife had a great meal too, but vegetarians fare less well. Lodged between appetizers and entrees on the menu, there’s something called ‘Vegetarian Tastings’ which is nice, but there are no other vegetarian options listed under entrees or anywhere else. Ok , in the small print, they say that they could cater for folks with dietary preferences, but couldn’t the chef have the imagination to stretch to ONE vegetarian or vegan entree? The bar is great, the service excellent, but vegans and vegetarians best go for desert only.
What I like about the hotel is the outstanding food in their restaurant. That can’t be over emphasized. The Art Deco bathrooms are gorgeous too. And the rooms are designed in sleek modern. Very nice. And the price is good.
Here is what might be a conceen for some visitors. Mattresses are extremely comfortable; however, they are very low to the ground. Similarly the toilets are also very low to the ground. So, anybody with knee issues may have problems.
Another problem, which seems to be a trend in many hotels during the past few years is the digital thermostat. One night was very warm; the next night was freezing. The engineer was kind enough to give me a sheet with instructions. (There is one set button that adjusts for heat, ac, and off. And another set of buttons for lowering and increasing the room temperature.) Though There is a sheet of instructions, one has to have some knowledge of the system for them to make sense. If they provided detailed instructions for someone who has never used that system b4, on the wall by the digital thermostat, I think it would have made a huge difference in how I experienced my visit. The engineer did adjust the settings 4 me, so my last night was comfortable.
Ace Hotel is converted old (1909) YMCA building. The lobby is perfectly laid out with their really good restaurant on the left and a lounge + bar on the right. Staff are friendly. Bartender was pretty rude to me because I had asked if she made my gin and club with tonic and she was very quick to try and prove me wrong by offering me a glass of....tonic? If she did actually use club soda in my drink, they must need to clean their lines or something because the drink tasted pretty terrible and had a super funky aftertaste. Do yourselves a favor and clean those soda lines.
I didn’t bring my dog but I noticed the hotel is dog friendly so shout out to that because 99% of hotels won’t let you bring your pup.
Rooms are unique and fun, but they are missing some basics. As others have noted, the rooms have no furniture in them minus a single small round table and a single chair. They do have a hanging rack but provide only two hangers on it, which hold the hotel robes, so that’s kind of useless assuming you have more than 2 items to hang. No iron or ironing board which is a real bummer for anyone who doesn’t like wrinkles. The beds are super close to the floor (like only a foot off the floor) so my pregnant wife really did not enjoy getting out of bed. She also had a particularly hard time opening the sliding bathroom door because it’s super heavy. Like I had to open the door for her to use the bathroom heavy.
Weird that no one else mentioned it but the rooms and hallways smell like sweaty feet. Like how a gym locker smells. It’s a converted YMCA so I get it but yeah, everyone we were with noticed it immediately.
All said and done I enjoyed my stay but wouldn’t recommend the hotel due to missing the basics in the rooms. Pretty cheap fixes in my mind and it would go a long way.
My husband and I stayed at the Ace on Christmas Day, as a stopover on our annual drive from New York to Kentucky for the holidays. We absolutely LOVED our visit. The rooms are delightful and the staff was so gracious. We had a marvelous dinner at the restaurant that night and delicious coffee in the morning before we hit the road. Our dogs loved it too! We’ll be returning from now on every year when we pass through town.
ACE remains one of the nicest stop fir a drink and comfort food in the liberty district.
A place to meet people. Sometime a little bit to noisy but after a drink or two it is
Interesting lamb hamburgers