Ace Hotel Pittsburgh Review – A Trendy Stay in East Liberty

Last Updated on June 1, 2021 by Jeremy

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The Ace Hotel closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is unclear if they will be re-opening or not. For now, we are treating this hotel as if it is permanently closed until we hear otherwise.

In a way, The Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh's East Liberty is a reflection of the neighborhood itself. It is trendy, modern, and is located in a beautifully restored YMCA building (a mark of gentrification if there ever was one).

That being said, this hotel offers some pretty comfortable rooms, a good night's sleep, and one of the best restaurants you'll find in the entire neighborhood. To us, this is all we need for a great stay!

The Ace Hotel Offers Trendy Rooms in East Liberty

Room at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

It'll take you a fair bit of time to notice all the details in the room at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. 

Some of these are obvious when you walk in, like the radio playing background music, high-end toiletries, and the minibar featuring a stock of local Pittsburgh spirits like Wigle Whiskey and Boyd & Blair Vodka. Later you may notice the back pillow that spans the length of the bed, or the stretching guide hanging on the wall, or some of the slightly obscure art as well.

Survival Guide at the Ace Hotel
Guide to Stretches at the Ace

It is these subtle design details that help the rooms at the Ace Hotel stand out over other hotels we've been to, making it one of our more memorable stays in a while. And, despite the firmer bed, we also had a great night's sleep to go along with it!

Request a Higher Floor if Possible

View from Ace Hotel in East Liberty

We would have one note of caution and would recommend requesting a higher room on the property for noise concerns. While East Liberty is generally not a terribly loud neighborhood like downtown, at night you may hear passing restaurant and bar-goers, and in the early morning there may be delivery trucks passing through the neighborhood (both things we heard on the top floor during our Friday-night visit).

As such, getting a room on the higher floors may mute this significantly- although we have to admit the soundproofing in the rooms was quite good here all the same!

The Ace Hotel is in a Restored YMCA

Do Not Miss a Meal (or Two) at Whitfield

Dry Aged Steak at Whitfield in East Liberty

One of the best parts of the Ace Hotel is not in the room itself but is instead the on-site restaurant, Whitfield. This restaurant features rather robust breakfast and dinner menus which revolve around using locally sourced ingredients and fairly unique preparations.

The star of this restaurant is their steak program, which uses local meat from Jubilee Hilltop Ranch in Bedford, PA, that is butchered in-house and dry-aged for 21 days. Most of the steaks are on the larger side and served family-style with sides, but you would do well not to skip this one as it was the highlight of our meal despite the higher price.

Whitfield Breakfast Eggs Benedict

For breakfast, the restaurant offers unique takes on classics like eggs benedict (called the Whitfield breakfast and served with a potato and beet rosti) as well as biscuits and gravy, pastries, and more. Don't forget to ask for the chef's housemade hot sauce as it is some of the finest (and spiciest) sauces we've ever had.

Overall, the Ace Hotel offers a modern and trendy hotel environment in East Liberty while showcasing some of the past histories of the building and serving up delicious food at their on-site restaurant. This all comes together for a great stay no matter how you look at it!

The Ace Hotel is located at 120 S Whitfield Street in East Liberty. During our visit, the Ace Hotel was pet-friendly for an additional fee. Valet parking is also available for approximately $30/night. To book your stay, click the previous link.

Looking for more Pittsburgh hotels for your visit? Click the previous link to read short reviews from every hotel we've stayed in!

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