Downtown boutique hotel seeks a sweet name for a suite

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The Kimpton Hotel Monaco, set to open Downtown this fall, is offering a rare opportunity for Pennsylvania and Ohio residents: the chance to name 12 of its luxury suites.

This new branch of the Kimpton Hotels, known for their amenities such as a complimentary evening wine hour and yoga mats in every room, will be the third in Pennsylvania and the first outside Philadelphia.

The hotel opening at 435 Sixth Ave. will have 248 rooms, one “Majestic Suite” — its version of a presidential suite — and 12 suites to receive locally inspired names from the public.

Using the hashtag #SoundsSoSuite, entrants should “like” the new Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s Facebook page and then post their best ’‍Burgh-inspired name. So far, names that involve steel, rivers and Andy Warhol are popular. The competition continues through Wednesday.

On Aug. 4 three finalists will be announced, and the public will vote on its favorite from among the three through Aug. 11. The one with the most likes wins. That winner will be announced Aug. 14.

The winner will get an overnight stay in one of the suites he or she named on the Kimpton Hotel Monaco’‍s opening night and free dinner at the hotel’‍s restaurant, The Commoner. Additionally, three people who submitted name proposals and another three people who voted for the finalists will be chosen at random and they, too, will receive a free overnight stay.

Rob Mallinger, the Kimpton’s general manager and Pittsburgh native, said this is the first Kimpton to have a naming competition like this. He sees it as an opportunity to give the hotel the local flair that Kimpton strives for.

“All of us who are from here take pride in our roots,” said Mr. Mallinger, who grew up in Squirrel Hill.

Moreover, he said the opening of the luxury boutique hotel “goes hand in hand with the rebirth of the dining scene Downtown.”

“We’‍re more than just a hotel,” he said. “We would like to be involved in the community, and we would like the community to be involved with us.”


Alexis Wilkinson: awilkinson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1581, on Twitter @OhGodItsAlexis.

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