Rendering of the hotel's exterior. Image courtesy of AC Hotel.

Can’t afford an overseas getaway?

When AC Hotel Pittsburgh opens this summer on Smallman Street Downtown, it will boast the style and sophistication of a European vacation, minus the jetlag.

Antonio Catalán opened the first AC Hotel in Spain in 1998. The chain — which merged with Marriott in 2010 — now boasts more than 80 locations worldwide, with another 75 in the pipeline.

The local property is the first AC Hotel in Pennsylvania. It’s located adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on the Strip District side, next to the Heinz History Center. It will offer 133 rooms featuring sleek furnishings, rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and smart TVs with access to Netflix. There are four meeting spaces, hydration stations on every floor and a fitness center.

The Spanish-inspired décor will include nods to the ‘burgh, such as local art and a library stocked with books about the Steel City.

Guests will check in on Level 7, which also is the name of the hotel’s public lounge. The bar/restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating, will serve craft cocktails, local beers and tapas-style bites.

A communal workspace reminiscent of an airy European café nixes traditional continental breakfast options and instead offers sweet and savory Spanish egg tarts, imported Iberico ham, French croissants, fresh fruits, cheeses, muesli, yogurt and Nespresso coffee.

“This is a lifestyle brand,” says Sales Manager Caitlin Martin. “It’s all about enjoying the experience and getting a great view of Pittsburgh.”

The hotel is expected to open July 26.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.