I thought I knew what love was… and then I stayed at the Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh.
You know when you have a good buzz on and you meet someone and you just get lost in an amazing conversation that you never want to end? You feel like you’re both totally on the same page in life and you wonder how on earth this is the first time you’re ever meeting and talking to them?
Hey Ace Hotel, nice to meet you.
When I was researching hotels (my favourite) for my Porter Escape, the Ace was definitely at the top of the list- by far. I’m sure by now you know that I have a thing for interesting hotels. I like my hotels like I like a good sofa. Vintage, unique, and chock-full of history. There is not one boring square inch in the Ace Hotel let me tell you. Seriously, down to the cute little black dot they put onto their carefully folded toilet paper rolls. It’s all in the details and Ace has aced the details. (har har).
Our entire experience at the Ace was fantastic. We flew in around 2PM and took an Uber to the hotel. Unfortunately for us traffic was brutal, so it actually took us more than an hour to get there- but in normal traffic it would take about 35 minutes. It cost $39 US- which comes in a bit less than it would have cost to take a shuttle service from the Airport.
Once we got to the hotel we checked in and I was delivered an adorable hand written package from the front desk. Such a nice touch.
Our room was awesome. It was spacious and the ceilings were 12+ feet high- I tend to appreciate high ceilings more than your typical traveler as for the most part I spend my time in a not-so-high ceilinged environment. All of the rooms have a very minimal vibe with matte black finishes and mid century furniture.
We started each morning the right way… caffeinated- with coffee from the in house coffee shop. The coffee bar in the lobby sells pastries made at the Whitfield, with coffee made by Stumptown Coffee Roasters who proudly use a Direct Trade method with producers in other countries.
The coffee is as delicious as the architecture.
Ace Hotel hosts an in-house restaurant called Whitfield that serves a variety of great dishes. It’s located in the same room as the lobby but somehow manages to create it’s own quaint atmosphere. Plants line the top shelf of a white fence that acts as a wall at the entrance with some benches for people waiting in line. From morning to nighttime the Whitfield seemed quite busy all weekend!
Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of East Liberty in Pittsburgh The Ace building is a 100+ year old YMCA building, and the Ace has done well to keep a lot of the original architecture in tact. Check out this three-story GYM.
I have flashbacks of high school pep rallies and cheerleading routines. Like that one time we did a cheerleading routine in front of the school on the stage.. and usually when I performed routines I never wanted to know where anyone I knew was in the audience, because it would mess me up. So when the performance ended I could always scan the audience and make eye contact with my boo or my friends (when it was over).. Well.. this time, while I was frozen in my “end position” with a cheerleader smile plastered on my face-I made eye contact with my boyfriend… who for some reason had his hand over his eyes- looking at the floor. Turns out in the time it was taking me to find him to make eye contact, everyone else had left the stage…. except me. By myself. Center stage. With my arms in a high V over my head on one knee. Smiling, a big toothy cheerleading smile.
The Ace Hotel is different than other hotels in many ways but perhaps the most notable difference is their community involvement. It seems so fitting that the building used to be a place to help people and grow community, and now even though it’s a business they continue to open their doors to the public for activities and events. You can tell at night that the lobby and restaurant area become a social gathering location as well for the community and Ace patrons alike.
On Saturday evening after returning from a day of exploring Pittsburgh I noticed the lobby area was getting a little busy, and it looked like they were preparing for some type of event in the gym space. I got ready and headed down to see what was happening – at this point it was pretty busy. I found out it was a local event that showcased clothing brands, jewelry, eyewear, and even had two live bands and DJ to keep the night moving. It was really cool to meet and talk with some of the brand owners, everyone seemed very proud of their brand and of Pittsburgh in general. Lots of positive vibes all around! There was also a photo booth that I felt obligated to force Bo into.