Lodging in Pittsburgh

by David Thyberg
Pittsburgh skyline.

Pittsburgh skyline.

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The city of Pittsburgh lies at the confluence of three rivers in southwestern Pennsylvania. An intricate tapestry of small and highly distinct neighborhoods surrounds these rivers, offering visitors a diverse array of settings to explore. Tourists looking for lodging in Pittsburgh have numerous options available to them, particularly in six of the city's most-visited districts.

Dowtown Pittsburgh Hotels

Downtown Pittsburgh has several hotels that provide easy access to the zone's businesses, event facilities and theaters. Frommer's Travel Guide recommends the Omni William Penn Hotel and the Renaissance Hotel as two of the most elegant and upscale places to stay. Housed in historic buildings brimming with marble and antique furniture, both of these landmark establishments ooze class and refinement. Of course, the lofty room rates match the distinguished ambiance. Visitors in search of slightly more affordable prices may opt for the Doubletree Hotel, which sits near the David Lawrence Convention Center and the Consol Energy Center, where the Penguins NHL hockey team plays its home games.

North Side Hotels

Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood is home to major sports venues like Heinz Field and PNC Park, as well as the Rivers Casino and a smattering of other attractions. The SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh-North Shore hotel sits immediately adjacent to PNC Park, providing convenient lodging for baseball fans headed to the park to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates take on other MLB teams. Nearby is the Inn on the Mexican War Streets, a Romanesque stone mansion within walking distance of the National Aviary. Another safe bet on the North Side is the Priory Hotel. This boutique hotel occupies an old monastery building close to the Andy Warhol Museum and the Penn Brewery.

South Side Hotels

Pittsburgh's South Side features some of the city's best nightlife as well as the famous Duquesne Incline. Nearest to the Duquesne Incline and the docks of the Gateway Clipper river-cruise fleet is the Sheraton Station Square Hotel. Fodor's Travel Guide mentions the Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh-South Side and the SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh-South Side Works as two other prominent hotels in the area. Travelers looking for a quaint bed-and-breakfast experience should consider the Morning Glory Inn.

Oakland Hotels

Many of Pittsburgh's top hospitals, universities and museums can be found in the neighborhood of Oakland. These institutions include the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and the University of Pittsburgh. Frommer's Travel Guide suggests staying at the Holiday Inn Select University Center. Other similar mid-range hotels in the area include the Hampton Inn University Center, the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Place and the Residence Inn University/Medical Center.

East End Hotels

Pittsburgh's East End has mostly residential neighborhoods, though the area does features several prominent shopping districts in addition to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. The Courtyard Marriott Pittsburgh Shadyside Hotel offers standard mid-range lodging for visitors. Fodor's Travel Guide recommends the tiny Inn on Negley and the upscale Sunnyledge Hotel as two boutique options for travelers in search of cozy alternatives to the big hotel chains like Marriott.

Airport Hotels

Travelers passing through Pittsburgh International Airport may wish to stay close to the terminal to facilitate arrival and departure. Both the Hyatt Regency and the Crowne Plaza have hotels within the immediate grounds of the airport. Myriad hotels dot the fringes of the airport as well. Options range from business-class hotels like AmeriSuites and the Four Points by Sheraton to budget establishments like the Red Roof Inn and the Super 8 Hotel.

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