By Andrea Bosco
A resplendent restoration of the city’s iconic Beaux Arts-style James H. Reed Building, Hotel Monaco sits at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and William Penn Place. This is the San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ first location in Pittsburgh. This month, the boutique hotel opens its doors to guests. With nine stories and 248 guest rooms, the hotel features more than 11,000-square-feet of meeting space and a chef-driven, 120-seat restaurant with a prominent street entrance, called The Commoner. The space showcases bold and clever design that celebrates its original architecture and adds pops of modern, playfully unafraid patterns and textures. (We absolutely adore the peony-printed wallpaper, custom-designed for its new Pittsburgh digs!) Keeping it local, the hotel’s color palette features bold yellow, black, and white hues, and fun finds like books by local authors and meeting rooms named after Pittsburgh notables like Clemente, Salk, Carson, and Fahlman. From luxe, patterned robes to a complimentary wine hour held every evening, guests will be reminded of the fun and relaxation of travel. Each guest room provides luxurious amenities, including a 39-inch flat screen TV, wireless Internet, Bluetooth sound systems, in-room spa services, On Demand movies, and gourmet honor bar selections including hometown favorites like Clark Bars and a selection of Pennsylvania beers. “As a native of this great city, I could not be more proud to be opening this unique hotel in my hometown,” says General Manager Rob Mallinger. “Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will fundamentally change the hospitality landscape in Pittsburgh, offering personalized amenities and unparalleled service to guests in the city.” We’re totally taking a staycation!