Hotels by the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh

by David Thyberg
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The Gateway Clipper pleasure-cruise company was founded in Pittsburgh in the late 1950s. What started out with a single boat quickly grew into a multivessel fleet that would eventually establish docks and offices at Pittsburgh's historic Station Square. Over the decades the Gateway Clipper fleet has remained one of the most popular sightseeing tour outfits in Pittsburgh. Visitors looking for hotels near the company's docks at Station Square have several options to choose from.

Sheraton Station Square Hotel

The Sheraton Station Square Hotel sits just one block from the Gateway Clipper ticket offices. Located along the banks of the Monongahela River, this hotel provides easy access to businesses in downtown Pittsburgh as well as area attractions like Heinz Field and the Duquesne Incline. Its location in the Station Square complex also makes it easy for guests to check out some of the zone's abundant restaurants and night clubs during their visit. Noteworthy features of the hotel include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools, a sundeck, sauna rooms and a fitness center. The hotel's on-site Pittsburgh Rare Restaurant has a dining room that looks out over the river. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, and guests receive parking privileges at the on-site garage lot.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel stands out as one of the more chic and expensive lodging options in the city. The Gateway Clipper offices lie only a few minutes away by car, and other points of interest like the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and PNC Park are also nearby. The Renaissance occupies a historic landmark building in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Vintage furniture and an elegant marble interior set the tone, creating a lavish atmosphere for guests to enjoy. Complimentary wireless Internet comes standard in all rooms and luxury suites. Other amenities include 10 meeting rooms, two in-house restaurants and a basic fitness room. Guests with cars will have to park off-site at local garages, as the hotel does not have its own lot.

Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh-South Side Hotel

Another option in the vicinity of Station Square and the Gateway Clipper fleet is the Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh-South Side Hotel. Conveniently located near the bars and shops of South Side's Carson Street, this Holiday Inn Express offers relatively affordable lodging and a decent range of amenities. These amenities include an indoor pool, gym, spa, two conference rooms and a small business center. Rooms have free access to wireless Internet, and the hotel provides a complimentary breakfast buffet. The hotel has an on-site parking garage, but guests must pay extra to use it.

Morning Glory Inn

Travelers in search of more quaint accommodations may prefer Pittsburgh's Morning Glory Inn. Nestled away in the South Side, the Morning Glory Inn occupies an 1862 Italianate style Victorian brick townhouse. This cozy old building has been remodeled so that guests now have the choice of six different rooms with various themes and features. Few special amenities exist, but the inn's antique charm helps to make up for it.

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