Have you heard about Pittsburgh’s latest boutique hotel, TRYP? It’s Lawrenceville’s *only* hotel, and we’re seriously in love.
If you didn’t know, TRYP is in the former Washington Education Center on 40th Street. The design team paid homage to the building’s roots as a school with touches throughout the hotel – like the old gym floor used on the wall near the first floor elevators and even refinished lockers in the hallways.
Each floor has a theme based on what the school taught…think metal, woodworking, printing, and masonry. At the elevator bank on each floor, you’ll find a focal art piece highlighting the floor’s theme. And, each of the guest rooms is decorated with the floor’s theme.
We were lucky enough to be at the ribbon cutting ceremony last week and tagged along on a tour, where we learned that hotel rooms usually have a focal wall. At TRYP, they decided to switch things up and have the focal wall be the ceiling – so make sure you look up when you’re laying in bed! We particularly loved the rooms on the wood floor. The ceiling looks like wood (but is made of cork) and has gold leaf on it. When lights reflect through the windows at night, the gold sparkles and makes for a one-of-a-kind experience.
One of the other unique aspects about TYRP is how many local artists they feature. We’re not just talking about artwork hanging on the walls…although there is plenty of that. The throw blankets in the rooms are from a local artist, as are the ceramic mugs for your morning coffee. And don’t forget to look up, too, especially at the chandelier when you’re standing in the lobby near the Brick Shop. Oh, and extra credit if you can find the stairwell with the original stained glass windows.
The restaurants at TRYP are also totally droolworthy, even if you’re not spending the night. We’ve already been to Over Eden, and you absolutely cannot beat the view. But…we’re thinking we deserve a stay-cation, even if it is only a few minutes away from home.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.