Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Room Service

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If there's anything that has been going up faster in Pittsburgh these days than apartments, it's hotel rooms. Developers can't seem to help themselves. By the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's count, there are 4,952 rooms in the Golden Triangle, the North Shore, the lower Hill District, the South Side and the Strip District, with more than 1,000 of those opening in the past seven years. Another 1,709 are in the pipeline. With all of those rooms, you would think we were a tourist destination. Here are some new hotels to give you sweet dreams in 2016.

Ace Hotel, East Liberty

What does East Liberty have in common with such urbane destinations as Seattle, New York, London, and Palm Springs? An Ace Hotel. This ultra-selective chain has settled into a century-old former YMCA at 120 S. Whitfield Street with 63 rooms, a restored grand ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a whole lot of hip. It has converted the Y's three-story gym with a track into a space that can be used "for performances, video and experimental works, as well as casual competition." There are basketball hoops and high-definition projection screens. In keeping with its quirky image, the hotel, which opened in December, plans to show sporting events beneath a preserved mural. It also is using some of the building's original glass in the vestibule. Ace is said to be the preferred hangout of hipsters and Googlers, whose Pittsburgh headquarters is a stone's throw away. Topping it all off is Whitfield, a 100-seat restaurant where breakfast is served all day.

Drury Inn and Suites, Downtown

If you fancy yourself as the suave James Bond type or a hard- bargaining international financier, this hotel may be just the ticket. Drury Inn and Suites is converting Pittsburgh's former Federal Reserve Bank at 715 Grant St. into a 200-room hotel. The building that once featured gun turrets, a firing range and bank vaults big enough to park a semi will give way to a rooftop swimming pool and other amenities. Drury plans to use the four lower-level bank vaults -- one 38 feet by 60 feet with a 30-inch-thick steel door -- for meeting rooms and parking. The hotel is expected to open in the fourth quarter. …

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