Joinery Pittsburgh Hotel Opens with Local Amenities

The new Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh opens, with amenities designed to invite guests to “feel like they own the place” — and feel at home in Pittsburgh itself.

The 185-room boutique hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is housed in a historic Gothic Revival building at 453 Allied Boulevard that once housed the Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh.

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday.

The hotel partners with local businesses to provide a welcoming experience, said general manager Donato Coluccio.

Features include an “offering table” at check-in, with local Voodoo Brewery beer, wine from Pittsburgh Winery, coffee from local roaster Nicholas Coffee, spirits and snacks. In addition to board games, the lobby offers visitors a curated library by Amazing Books & Records, records collected by Get Hip Records, and rental bikes courtesy of Thick Bikes.

The lobby also houses a contemporary art collection featuring local creators, curated by NINE dot ARTS. The interior pays homage to Pittsburgh’s industrial past and high-tech present.

“Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh stands apart from its competitors through our philosophy of honoring the city’s working-class history and distinct culture through analog offerings and design details with a modern industrial aesthetic,” said Coluccio. “As well as being a compact and comfortable respite for today’s curious traveller, we also aim to act as a neighborhood hub to be hosted in Yinzers as well.”

Local residents are welcome to take advantage of the lobby amenities, he said.

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While staying at the Joinery Hotel Pittsburgh, guests can enjoy books, music, board games, and more in the lobby.

The hotel also has a 10th-floor terrace with iconic city views, a fitness center, event space, rooms with workspaces, and limited dining options.

Plans for the joinery announced in May included a partnership with elevated American restaurant concept, T&E Diner, to replace the gold-called seafood and chophouse restaurant, The Whale that operated in the Distrikt Hotel.

“In terms of dining options, we have parted ways with T&E Diner but are working to find a new partner restaurant as soon as possible,” Coluccio said. “In the meantime, a selected menu will be available through the offering table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sourced locally where possible.”

The hotel will also offer regular programming in partnership with local small businesses to highlight “the importance of community and the depth of what makes quirky Pittsburgh tick.” The initial offers include:

Cheers-to-Beer Sip Tour and Stay, a collaboration with the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, featuring a personalized tour for hotel guests at 10 local breweries, including Southern Tier Brewery Pittsburgh, Allegheny City Brewing and Cinderlands Warehouse.

Steel City Artist-In-Residency Series, exhibiting works by local artists and designers. The series will begin with works by multidisciplinary sculptor Blaine Siegel, using Polaroid photography to create an abstract work that will act as a window into the heart of the Joinery Hotel. The final piece will be exhibited to the public from September to November.

Next, the hotel will feature abstract artist Deanna Mance for a series of live, on-site interactive paintings. Mance was also commissioned with a permanent mural in the lobby titled “XXX”.

Curio Collection by Hilton is a “soft brand” that allows its member hotels in the United States and around the world to maintain an individual brand image while being supported by the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, Coluccio said.

“Each Curio Collection by Hilton hotel is part of the destination it calls home – authentically embodying the distinct culture and spirit of the community in which they reside,” he said.

Opening room rates at Carpentry start at $169 per night, subject to change. For more information, visit

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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