, Pittsburgh's newest premier luxury hotel, has announced its opening date as March 29, 2010.
The hotel plans to open with about 150 employees, and anticipates reaching as many as 180 colleagues during peak season. The hotel currently has about 15 employees, and is now accepting applications for unfilled positions.
The Fairmont will feature 185 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of event space, and a 6,000 square-foot health club, as well as Habitat, a full-service restaurant, and its feature bar, Andys (named for local Andys Warhol and Carnegie). Rooms feature LCD HDTVs, iPod docking stations, four-fixture bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and rivers.
The hotel's design celebrates Pittsburgh's "past and present as a leader in art and industry," says General Manager Len Czarnecki. Glass and steel are prominently featured, and guest rooms and public spaces highlight original pieces by Pittsburgh artists as well as artifacts uncovered during early site excavation, such as lithographs and hand-painted porcelain dolls from the late 1800s.
The Fairmont is housed in the top 10 floors of 23-story Three PNC Plaza, the largest high-rise construction project in Pittsburgh in the last two decades, and one of the largest mixed-use buildings in the U.S. to be LEED-certified. By its opening, Fairmont Pittsburgh expects to achieve LEED Gold certification. Three PNC Plaza also accommodates offices for PNC and Reed Smith, as well as luxury condos and a new location for 21st Street Coffee and Tea on the ground floor.
The Fairmont will not only be an asset to travelers, says Czarnecki, the general manager; it will also benefit Pittsburghers who live, work and play Downtown. The Fairmont offers spa services, eating and drinking, and spaces for planning work and social events.
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Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Len Czarnecki, general manager, Fairmont Pittsburgh
Photograph courtesy of Fairmont Pittsburgh