Condé Nast Traveler didn’t name it one of the “Top 15 Places to Go in 2015” for nothing: Pittsburgh is a city on the rise. The Steel City is experiencing quite the cultural renaissance, bursting with creativity and attracting both entrepreneurs and visitors in droves, while still holding true to its industrious past. Take for example our new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, downtown’s fresh new face. Originally erected in 1903, the iconic Beaux Arts–style structure — known as the James H. Reed building — was once home to the Duquesne Light Co. and most recently the offices of the Reed Smith law firm. Today, it’s your whimsically luxurious answer to boutique lodging in Pittsburgh.
The Monaco is making its mark on the city as downtown’s first luxury boutique hotel, a statement-making, head-turning type of place that will delight and intrigue from the second you walk through the front doors. Waltz on up and take it all in: From the grand staircase and graphic marble floors to the massive hanging-garden chandelier. Check in at the law library-inspired front desk and the design journey continues. Within its 248 guest rooms, including 13 suites, you’ll encounter bold, playful design and décor with a color palette that pays homage to the colors running through the veins of all Pittsburghers — black and gold — splashed with pops of bright hues (tufted Kelly green headboard, anyone?), curious touches (a birdcage chandelier), and a wink to the city’s hockey team (hey there, penguin-shaped lamp perched on my desk).
But let’s back up to those suites for a moment. Many of them have abundant natural light and city views, and there’s a one-bedroom suite called Rebellion, a playful reference to the Whiskey Rebellion, which originated here in Western Pennsylvania in the late 1700s. For those who really want to live large, the 1,008-square-foot Emperor Suite lives up to its name with its own sitting parlor and dining area for six guests. It truly rules.
Now because Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh is a Kimpton Hotel, it goes without saying the city’s newest kid in town wouldn’t have anything less than an amazingly delicious restaurant. So we’re pretty excited about its new modern American tavern, The Commoner. Chef Dennis Marron really outdid himself here: His smoked-meat carvery is second only to his wood-fired oven dishes made from the finest ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries.
There’s plenty more to like about our new place: In-room yoga mats and spa services that come to you, a full-service fitness center, and free bicycles at your disposal. And we’re right in the heart of the downtown district, footsteps away from the bustling Strip District and an easy light-rail trip around town to explore all of Pittsburgh’s eclectic neighborhoods and interesting pockets.
Consider this your official tease, but since we’re Kimpton you know we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeve. And those you’ll just have to discover on your own.