Destination DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry

oct16-nc-web-banner-1The New DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry is the brand’s first hotel north of the city. Prospera Hospitality assumed management of the property in 2015 and immediately made plans for a complete refurbishment of the hotel.

Today, the extensive renovations are complete with the end product being a beautifully modernized 189 room hotel including 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space featuring a brand new restaurant, Ember & Vine.

The multi-million dollar renovation project transformed the five story atrium into a functional and modern space. The contemporary design is comfortable yet sophisticated.  With nine, large, HD-flat screen tv’s situated in individual small seating areas throughout, the new lobby encourages groups to meet for popular sporting events or just gather with friends or colleagues for cocktails.

In the center of the atrium is the new Ember & Vine restaurant. Accomplished chef, Sam Castrale developed Ember & Vine’s delicious menus with recipes that showcase his “scratch cooking” philosophy. Chef Sam began his culinary career in New York City and after cooking in restaurants in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington, he set his sights on Pittsburgh. As Executive Chef of Ember & Vine, he is eager to introduce the area to his flavor packed dishes and unique culinary techniques.

A graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Castrale started out as a sauté cook over 15 years ago and quickly mastered working on the line and advanced to become one of New York’s finest chefs.

Chef Castrale built an impressive resume as he was making his mark on the culinary world in Seattle and Austin where he mastered an array of different cooking styles and techniques. Along the way, he discovered his passion for crafting innovative recipes and working with fresh and local ingredients. Chef Castrale focuses on a method known as “scratch cooking,” perfecting his recipes by working with basic ingredients in creatively delicious ways.

Ember & Vine will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is planning on a variety of special offers and entertainment. The open setting and comfortable, yet refined atmosphere was designed to accommodate all parties.

“Our team has worked hard and now we are all eager for everyone to experience Ember & Vine. It’s really going to stand out as a great place to go for every occasion from business meetings to date nights or family dinners, said Harry Siebert, Restaurant General Manager. “The food menu is diverse and we offer an impressive variety of craft beer, a Napa Technology wine system and fresh ingredient cocktails that people are really going to enjoy.”

The menu will feature specialties from the restaurant’s custom-made woodfire oven such as Pan Roasted Wild-Caught Filet of Fish with celery root puree and the House Cured Duck Reuben with pastrami and sauerkraut. The Potato Pizza with thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes, fresh rosemary, provolone, pecorino, arugula and garlic oil is one of the Chef’s favorites.

The beautifully designed space includes a private dining room for parties up to twenty people for special events and holidays. Ember & Vine features weekly specials and will be serving Sunday brunch with live entertainment.

DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry has seven state-of-the-art conference rooms equipped with HD televisions, laptop compatible projectors and one touch digital lighting with audio control power sources. All board rooms and meeting spaces were upgraded with high-tech “smart” room capabilities and new and expanded bathrooms were added adjacent to the atrium and ballroom.

The hotel’s grand ballroom is 13,440 square feet making it the largest hotel ballroom in suburban Pittsburgh. The space can be divided into eight smaller sections and was upgraded with new wall coverings, lighting, sound system and internet and has the capacity to host dinner events for up to 900 people.

“It has been a truly impressive transformation that both our transient and local guests are really going to love,” said General Manager Lance Rihn. “Everything from the flow of the atrium and lobby to the comfort of the guest rooms and the functionality of the meeting spaces has been strategically thought through and it shows.”

Guest rooms have been updated with new artwork, headboards and luxury linens. The most anticipated upgrade is the deluxe DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Bed Package. The mattress and box spring set is specifically designed and constructed to offer continuous innerspring support and features a movement reducing foundation. The mattress is topped with quilted top bedding that promotes even more coziness and comfort.

No detail has been over-looked. The hotel has expanded the fitness center and installed brand new Life Fitness equipment and free weights. The hotel also has designed a new business center and pantry stocked with snacks and beverages for anyone on the go. In addition, the indoor/outdoor pool has been completely renovated.

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