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Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Just Opened, But It's Already Totally Pittsburgher

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  Site Where: 620 William Penn Place [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15219
January 30, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Pittsburgh is definitely a town on the up. Want proof? Look no further than the Hotel Monaco, which opened last week.

248 rooms including 13 suites are what’s available, and the Pittsburgh theme (yes, there’s a Pittsburgh theme) is strong, if subtle- think a lamp in the shape of a penguin (hockey), meeting rooms named after notable locals (including Scott Fahlman, who invented the :) smiley face emoticon (for real)), and the Rebellion Suite, named by locals for locals, which harks back to the "great whiskey rebellion of western Pennsylvania".

Rooms are your typical Kimpton riot of weirdness, including jade-colored headboards, black paisley carpets, yellow cushions, houndstooth curtains, feature wallpaper and gilded cages for the pearl-effect chandeliers. That’s all good; what’s less so are the “glass showers” that the hotel describes (there are no photos, but we assume that means peekaboo. Peekaboo is not sexy. It's gross).

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Name the Upcoming Monaco Pittsburgh's Suite and Be the First to Stay in It This Fall

July 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

Kimpton’s soon-to-be newest property takes us to Pittsburgh, a city we don’t hear much about in terms of its hotel scene. Like its state rival Philadelphia, the Steel City has a history of being a blue-collar town, one not exactly known for luxury and boutique properties. But Philly has certainly changed its ways, so why can’t Pittsburgh?

In October, the Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh will open as both Kimpton’s first venture into the city and will look to compete with other traditional luxury hotels in the vicinity, such as the Renaissance, Omni, and Fairmont.

To be located at 6th Avenue and William Penn Place, the Monaco plans to pair the original Beaux Arts architecture of the building with classic Steel City local flavor – think yellow, black, and white colors – throughout nine stories and 248 guestrooms. Rates will start at $219 a night.

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Ace Hotels to Make Pittsburgh's East End Cool Again in 2014

October 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

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.

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Even More New Hotels Coming to Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv and Way More

September 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM | by | ()

Once again, the hotel openings and announcements news is coming fast and furious. So here's a short list of hot hotels coming to a city near you.

· The Dolce Palm Springs, which we told you the other month was intended to be a Mondrian Palm Springs, now has an opening timeframe. Construction will begin early next year and should be completed by 2015. We've also got a rendering of the resort on East Amado Road. We're loving the pops of bright color throughout. Aside from 210 rooms, the Dolce Palm Springs will have 15,000 sq.ft. of flexible function space, landscaped outdoor event space, two restaurants, a lounge, a recording studio, screening room, outdoor pools spa and fitness center.

· Kimpton Pittsburgh: Kimpton Hotels is heading to Pittsburgh with their Hotel Monaco brand.

An adaptive reuse of the city’s iconic James H. Reed Building, originally built in 1903, the new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh will feature 247 rooms, nearly 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a chef-driven, 120-seat restaurant with a prominent corner entrance. Slated for a late 2014 opening, the nine story property is located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and William Penn Way, across from prestigious Mellon Square and in the heart of the city’s bustling Golden Triangle area. The new hotel’s interiors will reflect a locally inspired and distinctive take on the vibrant and whimsical Hotel Monaco style.

Kimpton also has new hotels planned for Savannah, Georgia, Palm Springs, Milwaukee and San Antonio, all opening by 2015.

· Ritz-Carlton Opening Seemingly Everywhere: Ritz-Carlton Hotels announced a major openings and expansion plans last week with the goal of having 100 properties by 2016. That's 20 more than what they have now. Six new RC hotels are expected to open this year, including The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, Israel and The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore in India. Next year, RC will open in Kyoto, Japan; Nanjing, China; Rabat, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Manesar, India, and Bali. Then in 2015, it will open in Cabo San Lucas (!); Oman, Muscat; Bali (again); Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Tunis, Tunisia; and Haikou, China.

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What’s Out, What’s In: Raiding the Minibar

April 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM | by | ()

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Cheetos and johnnie Walker

What’s In: Locally-made or healthy alternatives

Sometimes it’s late in the day, dinner was hours ago and you’ve got the munchies bad, or it’s early and you just want to grab something before you rush out the door to your meeting. Your eyes drift over to the minibar, but that ubiquitous, teensy can of Pringles isn’t going to keep you fuelled, never mind toned. What’s a road warrior to do?

Fifteen Beacon goes beyond the standard M&M's and sodas to include local faves like Boston Baked Beans and Cape Cod all-natural potato chips, plus healthy alternatives including coconut water, protein bars and Emergen-C. To top it off, they even offer pampering products like cucumber eye-cream and Sprayology -- a holistic product for your travel-stressed immune system.

Local products abound at the Fairmont Pittsburgh including Betsy Ann Chocolates, Torn Ranch snacks, Naturally Yours trail mixes and local beers (Penn Pilsner and Yuengling). And here’s the best part: in keeping with the idea of “be good to your body, be good to the earth” they also offer complimentary, refillable glass bottles for you to fill with filtered water from dispensers located on each floor.

For you appreciative craft beer lovers, the minibar at Enchantment Resort in Sedona has swapped out mass-produced beer brands for locally-made Grand Canyon Pilsner. They also keep full bottles of local Arizona wines, chocolates, snacks and full-size bath products atop cabinets and vanities to really tempt you to indulge yourself.

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Hotel-Inspired Christmas Sweets We Dare You to DIY

December 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

This month, our friend JustLuxe covered a Yankee Christmas, guest gifts, holiday teas and more, and a simple theme ties it all together: Sugar. If you thought we'd say loving kindness, sorry! We're hopped up on the stuff.

It’s bliss and torture the way every hotel, inn, business and home puts out a spread of their finest cookies and cakes this time of year, promising, “Oh, holiday calories don’t count,” as though you’re gullible enough to believe in fairy tales. Because when you’re face-to-face with The New York Palace's Eggnog Cheesecake, you kinda do believe.

Read on for more sweet treats at these sugar-fueled spots

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Edie Sedgwick Lives On, As a Dog, at Fairmont Pittsburgh

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  Site Where: 510 Market St [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15222
September 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

We already know that Fairmont Hotels loves dogs--and has quite a few Canine Ambassadors. But most of them, apart from the infamous Catie Copley in Boston, live in Canada.

Thankfully, the latest addition to the pack is installed a little closer to home, at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.

This lovely girl is Edie. Just as the bar at Fairmont Pittsburgh is named after the city's favorite son, Andy Warhol, the newest staff member is named after Warhol's muse, Edie Sedgwick. Instead of appearing in incomprehensible art films, though, this Edie is on hand to welcome guests to the hotel, and walk them to their rooms if they so choose.

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What's That Smell in the Kitchen at the Fairmont Pittsburgh? Oh, Just Soap

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  Site Where: 510 Market St. [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15222
April 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM | by | ()

If you smell something sweet coming from the kitchen of the Fairmont Pittsburgh's Habitat, it may not be edible. The hotel restaurant has started cooking up its own soap for guests.

The housemade signature soaps are all natural, with such ingredients as tallow (rendered beef fat), water, coconut oil, blended vegetable and olive oil, lye and natural aromatic oils. The result is soap bars in scents like oatmeal honey, Earl Grey bergamot, lemongrass pear ginger, rosemary mint and lavender chamomile.

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Pittsburgh and Chicago Hotels Still Wide-Open for Football Fans

January 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM | by | ()

UPDATE: Check out the comments section below for more hotel deals.

With the New York Jets pulling off a stunning win against the New England Patriots last night and the Chicago Bears predictably triumphing over the Seattle Seahawks, the conference championships for next weekend are set. And what that really means is, you super fans need to book your hotel rooms now.

Let's look at the two host cities....

Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Jets on their home turf on Sunday. The good thing about Pittsburgh is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on a hotel room as budget brands abound. However, if you like four-star and above, there are really only four options.

Checking on HotelRates.HotelChatter.com, rooms were still available at the new Fairmont Pittsburgh for $329 a night. For a look inside the hotel, see our review here. We also found the Omni William Penn Hotel for $359 a night while the Westin Pittsburgh was available for $249 and the Renaissance Pittsburgh was open for $307 a night. Plenty of budget hotel like Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn and Quality Inn were open for under $150 a night.

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Whoops! Detectives Investigate Hotel Murder Only To Find Out It Was a Movie Set

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  Site Where: 60 South Main Street [map], Washington, PA, United States, 15301
December 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Given the frightful history of hotel fires, we get rather nervous whenever we see a report of one in the news but this fire at the George Washington Hotel outside Pittsburgh has us somewhat relieved.

When firefighters responded to a call at the hotel two weeks ago for a fire, they found a guestroom that looked like a grisly murder scene complete with "blood-spattered hotel room littered with bottles of alcohol and even a piece of a scalp." Creepy.

Detectives then spent eight hours analyzing the crime scene with the police chief calling it one of the worst crime scenes he's scene in his 35 years of experience. But it turns out, the room was fake.

Instead it was a leftover movie set for the horror movie, "New Terminal Hotel", starring the late actor Corey Haim. The hotel's owner decided to leave the room untouched after filming wrapped in case they needed to come back for reshoots:

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Watching The Pirates Play Ball From The Fairmont Pittsburgh

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  Site Where: 510 Market Street [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15222
September 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM | by | ()

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

Don't you love cities where the sports stadiums are right downtown? It makes getting to the game easier and creates a much stronger sense of camaraderie among the fans. If the city is Pittsburgh, it also means you can get a great view of the ball park from your room at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.

During our stay last weekend, our room was on the other side of the building, facing Mount Washington. Which is also a pretty view. But we snapped this shot from the floor-to-ceiling window in the elevator bank area on the 17th floor.

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Inside The Eco-Friendly Fairmont Pittsburgh

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  Site Where: 510 Market Street [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15222
September 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM | by | ()

When it opened in March, the Fairmont Pittsburgh immediately became the highest-end hotel in town and was quickly adopted as the go-to property by the city's elite as well as high-flying visitors from sports teams and the arts. (Opera singer Renée Fleming was a recent guest.)

We had the chance to stay at the hotel this weekend and are happy to say that the floor-to-ceiling window views we were excited about on paper lived up to their promise.

Take a spin through our video of a Deluxe View Room (we had views of Mount Washington) and click through our gallery for a glimpse at the hotel's Habitat restaurant and dramatic lobby.

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