Pittsburgh Area Lodging

by David Thyberg
The Allegheny River separates downtown Pittsburgh from the Northside.

The Allegheny River separates downtown Pittsburgh from the Northside.

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As the second largest city in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh receives a high volume of visitors year-round. Popular professional sports teams such as the Steelers of the NFL and the NHL's Penguins attract a good deal of attention, as do the city's top- notch universities, hospitals and museums. Travelers have a wide range of lodging options in the Pittsburgh area, both downtown and in the diverse neighborhoods that flank the city's three rivers.


The cheapest accommodations can be found near the interstates on the fringes of town, according to Fodor's Travel Guide. For instance, Motel 6 has multiple establishments in the Pittsburgh area, including motels in the northern township of Cranberry and the western district of Coraopolis near Pittsburgh International Airport. Visitors can also book at Super 8 Motels in Monroeville and Harmarville. Alternatively, there's the tiny Neville Motel on Neville Island in the Ohio River.


Pittsburgh's finest hotels sit in and around downtown. Frommer's Travel Guide recommends the Omni William Penn Hotel and the Renaissance Hotel for their grand historic architecture and ritzy ambiance. Just across the Monongahela River from downtown is the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, which stands out as another upscale option thanks to its sleek indoor pool and riverfront views. Several hotel options also exist across the Allegheny River on the north side of downtown. Fodor's recommends the Priory Hotel for its antique furnishings, and the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore also stands out for its central location between Heinz Field and PNC Park. Other mid-range hotels in the city include the Courtyard Marriott Pittsburgh-Shadyside hotel and the Doubletree Hotel in Pittsburgh's city center.

Boutique Inns

For those in search of boutique inns rather than large chain hotels, a couple of hidden gems lie scattered throughout the city. For example, Fodor's lists the Inn on Negley as a charming bed and breakfast in a renovated Victorian house in the chic neighborhood of Shadyside. Visitors will also find bed and breakfast accommodations at the the Morning Glory Inn, which was originally built in 1862 as an Italianate townhouse in the city's Southside district. Additionally, the Inn on the Mexican War Streets in Pittsburgh's Northside offers guests the chance to stay in a Romanesque stone mansion.

Standard Inns

Aside from the boutique establishments, Pittsburgh also features myriad standard inns with basic amenities and relatively affordable rates. The Oakland neighborhood surrounding several of the city's most prominent universities and hospitals brims with such accommodations. Frommer's mentions the Holiday Inn Select Pittsburgh-University Center as one possibility, and many similar establishments occupy the same area, including the Hampton Inn-University Center and the Quality Inn-University Center. Another Holiday Inn Express operates on the Southside near the nightlife venues of East Carson Street, and an additional Holiday Inn Express by Pittsburgh International Airport serves travelers with flights in or out of town. Lots of other options also exist near the airport, including branches of national chains like La Quinta Inn and Residence Inn.

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