The Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh was settled by German and Eastern European immigrants who came to western Pennsylvania to man the region's mills and mines. The district's humble beginnings remain evident in the bundles of old rowhouses that stretch uphill from the banks of the Monongahela River. Cutting through this cluster of residential blocks is East Carson Street, brimming with bars, nightclubs, tattoo parlors and diners that have transformed the Southside into a magnet for university students and young adults. Travelers looking to experience the revitalized Southside of Pittsburgh have a couple of convenient options when it comes to overnight lodging.
SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh-Southside Works
One of the more upscale and modern options in the vicinity is the SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh-Southside Works. This all-suites facility boasts large rooms with fully equipped kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi. Other attractive elements of this hotel include an indoor pool, gym and business center for traveling professionals. Several blocks away from the hotel lies the Southside Works shopping complex. This open-air mall features anchors like American Eagle Outfitters, the Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and the Southside Works Cinema.
Sheraton Pittsburgh-Station Square
The Sheraton Pittsburgh-Station Square Hotel sits on the fringes of the Southside. Station Square was once a grand-old railroad station, but the area has now been converted into a 21st-century complex of dance clubs, bars, restaurants and retail shops. Fodor's Travel Guide mentions the scenic river views of this hotel, and indeed, the Sheraton Station Square Hotel towers directly over the Monongahela River so that guests have a clear line of sight to the downtown skyline on the far shore. Several interior features stand out, including the indoor pool and hot tub as well as a quality fitness center and an on-site restaurant with riverside dining. Not only does this hotel afford easy access to the nightlife and shops of Station Square and the Southside, but it also sits just one block from the ticket offices of the Gateway Clipper pleasure-cruise fleet.
Courtyard Pittsburgh-West Homestead/Waterfront
The Courtyard Pittsburgh-West Homestead/Waterfront hotel lies roughly three miles from the Southside and downtown Pittsburgh. The Waterfront is a sprawling shopping mall with numerous businesses including anchors like Target, Macy's, Dave and Busters, BestBuy, the Improv Comedy Club and Loews Theater. The Sandcastle Waterpark also lies in close proximity to the hotel. Inside this Courtyard Hotel, guests take a dip in the heated pool or relax in the Jacuzzi after working out in the fitness room. In addition, the hotel boasts an outdoor patio with views of the Monongahela River and an on-site cafe that serves a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning.
Cambria Suites Pittsburgh-Consol Energy Center
The Cambria Suites Pittsburgh-Consol Energy Center is a luxury hotel sitting across the river from the Southside in Pittsburgh's Uptown district. Its location next to the Consol Energy Center makes it an ideal choice for visitors coming to town to take in an NHL hockey game featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins or to catch one of the many concert events that take place at the arena. Aside from its lavish suites, the hotel also provides stylish touches including an atrium lounge, bistro-style restaurant and bar, barista coffee parlor, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub. On top of all this, business travelers take advantage of the hotel boardroom's high-tech presentation equipment and the hotel banquet space, which seats up to 90 people.
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