Posted January 19, 2015

Bringing Luxury to The Burgh: Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh skyline

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.

Hotel Monaco 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).

Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

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.


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  1. Carol says:

    Too bad you didn’t include the address, price of rooms and what’s available, a free parking garage?, breakfast incentives, dining prices, etc. And, the color scheme sounds horrendous! How many out-of-towners need a bird cage for a lamp, bright green headboards, and black and gold accents? Get real. People visiting the city need comfort, free breakfast such as the offers of Marriott Residence Inns, affordable dinner prices, easy access to transportation to events, etc. Does not sound like a place I would stay.

    • Shawn says:

      carol this place will not be for everybody. It said luxury boutique. Believe it or not. Plenty of people will stay here in your place and will pay out the nose. Just to enjoy something different and upscale. Luxury comes with a price. Their are plenty of Select Service properties if you want free breakfast and a more traditional priced hotel experience.

    • Robert says:

      Carol, what you describe doesn’t sound anything like a place I would have any interest in staying. The world doesn’t need another Marriott. Yuk. This hotel sounds exactly like the kind of place I’d love to visit.

    • Danielle says:

      Why in earth would you be so miserable Carol??? I am a huge long time Kimpton fan and member… The upscale service and beautiful boutique decor is amazing. If you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing… There is enough negativity in the world today… If you do not like this style then continue staying in the Motel 6 when you travel and keep your thoughts to yourself… Thank you Kimpton for adding this gem to our beautiful city!

  2. Ted says:

    Gee Carol, I think you missed the point. What you’re describing doesn’t sound “whimsically luxurious” at all. I think you SHOULD stay here. Relax a bit. I’ll buy you a jager bomb.

  3. Barbara Papa says:

    Good luck to the new hotel MONACO. The staff will be a breath of sunshine.

  4. Alicia says:

    What is the address. All that’s listed is what used to occupy the building.

    • Mark Hiss Mark Hiss says:

      Hey, Alicia — The address is 620 William Penn Place (at 6th Avenue). The direct phone line is 412.471.1170, reservation line is 855.338.3837. And you can find lots more details at Cheers!

  5. Mike S. says:

    Carol…This is great news for the city. Maybe you should go stay at a Holiday Inn and take advantage of their “delicious” and “fresh” continental breakfast.

    Ridiculous comment.

  6. JMC says:

    Carole you are an utter joke. This is great news! Finally!

    • Domenica merante says:

      I am very excited to hear of this fab boutique hotel coming to Pittsburgh! People don’t understand the need of a little bit of fab for our city! I hope the restaurant lives up to the suites I was privileged to view! Way to rock it Hotel Monaco

      • Mark Hiss Mark Hiss says:

        We are 100 percent pro-Fab! And we think you’re going to love what Chef Dennis Marron will be doing at The Commoner … he’s got a wood-fired oven and 20 beer taps ready to go.

  7. Tom says:

    I’m so excited…I love kimpton hotels.. The hotel Rouge in DC and the Allegro in Chicago were both outstanding. We took more photos in the hotels than in the cities as there are always fun modern art installments and decor that is just funky and fun!

    • Mark Hiss Mark Hiss says:

      Well, Tom, if you like fun and funky, we think you’re going to love Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. There are plenty of photo-ops there, too!

  8. Nancy Reid says:

    Love the birdcage lighting! How clever and enchanting!

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  10. Jennifer Stamper says:

    Hello. We are looking for the photo credit for this image of the Pittsburgh Skyline. Can you tell me who took the photo and how to contact them? Thank you,

  11. Ria says:

    I just priced out the Kimpton & Hampton Inn for a surprise birthday trip and they were the SAME. Is it the end of the world if I enjoy a nice pub breakfast instead of making my own waffle & eating it with a plastic fork? A wonderful opportunity to try something NEW, proper, fancy & why not a birdcage lamp? How lovely! Can’t wait!!