Despite being slightly off the city's beaten tourist path, Pittsburgh's East End features a wide range of attractions for visitors to explore. From the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the Frick Art & Historical Center to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Shadow Lounge, East Pittsburgh has plenty of places worth checking out. Travelers looking for overnight accommodations have lots of hotels to select from in the area. Several stand out for their amenities and close proximity to the local universities, hospitals and various attractions.
Courtyard Pittsburgh Shadyside
The Courtyard Pittsburgh Shadyside sits at a crossroads between the trendy shopping district of Shadyside, the Little Italy district of Bloomfield and the nearby Oakland universities Pitt and Carnegie Mellon. This modern hotel has 132 guestrooms including several King Spa suites. All rooms come with a mini-fridge and free wireless Internet access. The on-site Zgoda Restaurant serves a breakfast buffet and a full dinner menu, and a Starbucks cafe is also on the premises. Additional amenities include a small indoor pool and Jacuzzi, as well as a basic aerobic fitness center with treadmills and exercise mats, and an upscale cocktail lounge. The hotel has a parking lot but charges guests a fee to use it.
SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Bakery Square
The SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Bakery Square offers travelers another alternative. Located across the street from the public baseball fields and basketball courts of Mellon Park, this upscale hotel features all-suite guestroom accommodations with separate living areas, sleeping quarters, work stations and kitchenette facilities. The exterior of the hotel brims with colorful murals, and the open-air patio inside beckons guests with its inviting fire pit and plush couch seating. Complimentary services here include a free hot breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi and free access to the adjacent Urban Active Fitness Club. This expansive club has equipment for aerobics, weightlifting, swimming, basketball and other activities. Complimentary on-site parking is available in the hotel's garage.
The Inn on Negley
The Inn on Negley is a small bed and breakfast that occupies a restored Victorian manor house dating back to 1884. Situated less than two blocks from the retail stores and restaurants of Shadyside's Walnut Street, the tiny inn consists of eight guestrooms with elegant antique furnishings and Wi-Fi Internet access. On-site parking is free, and guests also receive a complimentary breakfast consisting of fresh-made seasonal entrees each morning. Additionally, the The Inn on Negley opens the Fernwood Tea Room to guests and the public each day between noon and 4 p.m. for traditional English high tea and pastry service.
Budget-conscious travelers searching for less traditional accommodations may find the Friendship Suites more appealing than some of the large chain hotels. This boutique establishment operates much like a European pension, providing small, clean apartments for nightly or extended stays. Each furnished apartment suite has cable television, high-speed Internet, fully equipped kitchen and telephone with free local calling and voice mail. There's also an on-site laundry facility, and the owner makes his cell phone number available to guests 24 hours a day in case they require any assistance.
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