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:Terra Tries | AC Hotel:

Nothing Beats a Staycation

CJ and I have a bit of a problem. We are obsessed with staying in local hotels.

Whew. I feel so much better now that THAT’S out in the open.

But really, have you ever done it?
There is something so satisfying about driving 20 minutes (with traffic) to start your mini holiday away. And then at the end, you don’t have to fight lines or go through security. You get to extend your vacation as long as it’s possible to do and then you’re home. Almost like you teleport there.


The AC Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown is the city’s newest, stylish hotel. The interior design is sleek and modern, with clean lines and minimal adornments. The rooms have a smart, open layout that lures in the sun during the day. At night, ambient lighting envelopes the room in a warm glow. The AC Hotel isn’t laid out like your typical lodging. The lobby is on the top floor, along with the bar, Level 7 Pittsburgh. I was totally not prepared for that. Every time I got in the elevator I went in the opposite direction of where I thought I was going. But that’s mostly because I don’t get my bearings very quickly. CJ had it figured out right away. So thank goodness for him.

When we checked in, we were hungry and thirsty. So we immediately made our way to Level7. We enjoyed beers and a variety of nibbles, including a couple of toasts, salads and small plates. The food was good and didn’t feel too heavy. We didn’t have any large plates and the food we had was satisfying but we needed a little gastro boost later in the night, mostly because of the drinks. Just off the bar is the AC Library, which is essentially a hotel business center on Vogueroids. It’s definitely the coolest of its kind I have ever seen.

And at night, there is an outdoor spot that lights up in some pretty sexy ways. It’s a smallish space but again, it’s laid out so smart that you could fit a nice sized party out there and still have room to take all of your Instagram selfies.


Outside of the elevator as we were heading to our room for the night, we saw you could make a small lavender sachet to put under your pillow. It was the classiest touch. When we got back to the room, we put our feet up, listened to some music and watched college football in some

Ok, so I know you’re most curious about the bed. And I’m here to tell you, it was heavenly. Just the right amount of cushion and support. Smooshy sheets that were perfect for snuggling. It was just what we needed to recuperate, especially CJ who had literally flown back from Europe (where he stayed in 5 hotels in 5 nights) the night before. This was hotel room 6 but this time it was rejuvenating.

While the AC Hotel is conveniently located right next to the Convention Center and is just a block and a half away from some of Downtown Pittsburgh’s hippest bars and restaurants, it’s also inconveniently located right next to a train track. I mention this specifically because we noticed some comments about it in reviews of the hotel. We were especially cognizant of it because we wanted to be honest about how bad the noise really is. While it was rather obvious when we were sitting at the bar with just two other patrons, we truly did not notice it when the bar was busier later that night. Nor did it bother us when we slept. I’m a very heavy sleeper so I’m a terrible gauge on things like this. However, CJ is an especially light sleeper and he said he could hear the train, but it wasn’t bothersome at all.


After a full week of CJ traveling around Europe for work and me at home with Stella AND all of the Fashion Week fun, we were both very thankful for some QT together and a good night’s sleep with a few extra moments in the morning for good measure.

Schedule your next staycation right now. We’re already talking about when we’ll do another.
Get away, without the hassle of getting away.


Longline Jacket Anthropologie (yeah, I’m gonna need this in every color) // Sweetheart Top Anthropologie // Denim AYR // Shoes Stuart Weitzman // Bag STAUD

This post was created in partnership with the AC Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown. Many thanks to the AC Hotel and its incredible staff for giving us this experience.