Ace Hotels to Make Pittsburgh's East End Cool Again in 2014
Things are really looking up for Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in the MLB playoffs for the first time in 21 years and now an Ace Hotel is in the works! (Ok, there is definitely way more happening in Pittsburgh but this is what hotel nerds like us get excited about.)
That's right. Ace Hotels is keeping on with their expansion plans well into 2014 and Pittsburgh is next on the list. In typical Ace fashion, they will open the hotel out of an old YMCA building in the East Liberty nabe. Here's how Next American City journalist Nancy Scola described the location:
[T]the Ace is planned for East Liberty, part of Pittsburgh’s East End, once home to the Carnegies, the Mellons, the Fricks. East Liberty was once, well, hopping, but it was decimated as the result of an urban revitalization push in the 1950s and 1960s that attempted to turn the neighborhood into a little bit of suburbia right there in Pittsburgh. East Liberty is, inarguably, on the upswing once again. And the possibility is that an Ace in the neighborhood’s charming old YMCA building adds considerable weight to that momentum.
While the dreams are big for this Ace to bring some life back into the neighborhood, it will still be a small hotel with only 65 rooms or so. You can still probably expect a coffee shop, a chef-driven restaurant and funky retail. Details magazine also reports a coworking space may open within the hotel too.
This is actually the second big hotel announcement for Pittsburgh. Remember, there's a Hotel Monaco by Kimpton Hotels set to open there in late 2014 as well. But that's not all, according to VisitPittsburgh.com a Hotel Indigo will open in 2014 too as well as a new hotel from the Ascend Collection, 3 Rivers opening sometime this year. Looks like we better start packing our flannels now.
Not familiar with the Ace brand? Check out our review from the just-opened Ace London Shoreditch