The Oaklander opens as first Autograph Collection Hotel in Pennsylvania

The Oaklander opens as first Autograph Collection Hotel in Pennsylvania.
The design of The Oaklander Hotel—which involved Twofold Studio—was inspired by the property’s location. Photo credit: The Oaklander Hotel

The Oaklander Hotel opened as the first Autograph Collection Hotel in Pennsylvania. Located on Bigelow Boulevard across from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, next to the former Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA) in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, the hotel has 167 guestrooms, five event spaces and one restaurant.

Set above Fifth Avenue, The Oaklander has a 10th-floor lobby that gives guests views of Oakland as they check in. Each room also has unique views of the neighborhood.

The design of the hotel was inspired by the property’s location. According to interior designer Ami Kahalekulu of Twofold Studio, they kept the oak paneling pale white and cream to highlight the grain, but also stained the same with a bit black to keep a strong contrast and drama. There are hints of steel in the space, and lots of golden and brass tones.

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The hotel also has a fitness center, valet parking and five event spaces located on the 10th floor with views of Oakland, Schenley Farms and the Cathedral of Learning. The event spaces can host 10 to 250, and also boast panoramic views of the Oakland neighborhood from their floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Oaklander is also home to Spirits & Tales (S&T) restaurant, which is located on the 10th floor of the hotel. The restaurant similarly has panoramic views, with design elements including local details made of hand forged metal and laser cut wood pieces from Pittsburgh artisans courtesy of MonMade.

Modi Ahmed is the GM of the property.