The Fairmont Pittsburgh Opens Today
While the New York Times is only now getting around to reviewing the Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia six months after it opened, another hotel chain unveils its first venture elsewhere in the great state of Pennsylvania—a round of applause, please, for the Fairmont Pittsburgh, which opens its doors today.
Pittbsurgh may seem like a surprising choice for the high-end Fairmont brand, but the hotel’s general manager tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there has been a “pent-up demand for a different option and a luxury option” when it comes to the city’s accommodations. Sharing a building with PNC bank, condo owners, and a law firm, the Fairmont hopes to serve the Fortune 500 and biomedical crowd now buzzing about Pittsburgh.
The design of the hotel’s 185 rooms reminds us of another new Fairmont—Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim—plush and classy but clean and modern. We especially like the sound of the floor-to-ceiling windows—and the fact that deluxe rooms will come with a pair of binoculars and suites with telescopes. (Settle down, we’re not talking Standard Hotel-voyeurism here, they’re for checking out the views of downtown Pittsburgh.)
Also cool? The hotel bar is called Andys, after Warhol and Carnegie, and the hotel anticipates a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Rooms are available tonight, starting at $269.
[Photo: Pam Panchak / Post-Gazette ]