The annual Winter Garden at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh is a delight for young and old, from game playing bears in a makeshift den to holiday inspired tableaus.
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“It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.!” extolled a disco hit in the late 1970’s made popular by the then-exotic band, the Village People, with waving arms and flexing fingers silently echoing the iconic letters. In Pittsburgh, it is still fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. which has now morphed into the classy and very hip Ace Hotel, minus the double entendre of the song.
The Portland, Oregon-based chain of locally focused hotels found the perfect venue; the one-time Y.M.C.A-turned-hot-hotel captures the unique aesthetic of the once-gritty East Liberty neighborhood. The Ace proudly respects both its antecedent and the transformation of the Steel City into a biotech and information-based economy in step with its long-standing creative culture. Here’s why, in Pittsburgh, I found that the Ace is, indeed, a place you can go.
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Maybe ‘whimsy’ and Pittsburg don’t seem like a natural pairing, but in this revitalized, booming city, Hotel Monaco brings more than a dash of flair and the good vibes that Kimpton is known for. Continue reading “Kimpton’s Monaco: Hotel Whimsy in Pittsburgh”