It’s no secret that we love our Kimpton hotels. In fact, Zak and I were just talking last night as we were enjoying 90 Minute Dogfish Head at the bar in the Monoco in Pittsburgh, that this is a strange hobby. We are fully aware that most people don’t travel the country just to stay at a specific hotel, but we have been able to visit parts of the country we wouldn’t have gone to otherwise. In fact, a big part of the initial road trip planning involves a discussion of what Kimptons we can hit. We were thoroughly disappointed when we realized the Aspen Kimpton is closed all summer for renovations. That’s when you know you might have a problem: you are disappointed that a fancy hotel is closed in an area full of other fancy hotels and you might have to try one of those.
So, as we planned this little trip, we knew that Pittsburgh needed to be a stop. Not for the city itself, but for the Kimpton. And once again, we were blown away by the hospitality. We were gifted a suite that is has more square feet than our house. We had the most delicious dinner at The Commoner, the hipster restaurant at the hotel. (That’s a new fun game we like to play: How Many Signs of a Hipster Restaurant Can You Find. This one had exposed pipes, servers wearing plaid shirts, chalkboard, retro-modern lightbulbs, cheeseboard on the menu, common tables, and shared plates.)
When did pull into town we hit the Strip District, full of amazing grocery stores, tiny shops, and local delicacies. We walked around a bit in the misty weather and then just hung out at the hotel. It was a relaxing day, pretty low key, but still full of laughter.