Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Lodging

by David Thyberg
Pittsburgh skyline at sunset.

Pittsburgh skyline at sunset.

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Once maligned as a soot-stained steel town, Pittsburgh chipped away at its old image over the years in a concerted effort to attract more visitors and show off the high quality of life that the city now offers. The Pennsylvania city not only succeeded in hosting the G-20 Summit in 2009, but it has also managed to establish some of the leading hospitals and universities in the country while producing championship-winning professional sports teams like the Steelers and Penguins. Such achievements have sparked a resurgence in the local hotel industry, giving travelers more lodging options throughout Pittsburgh.


Most of Pittsburgh's upscale hotels lie concentrated around downtown. Frommer's Travel Guide recommends the Omni William Penn Hotel as the city's historic grande dame. The Omni William Penn boasts luxurious guest quarters as well as a crystalline lobby and traditional afternoon tea service in its opulent dining room. Frommer's also mentions the Renaissance Hotel as another landmark hotel known for its 30-foot glass atrium, marble lobby and lavish guest rooms with excellent views of the Allegheny River. Other high-end options include the Cambria Suites, which sit adjacent to the Consol Energy Center arena; and the Sheraton Station Square Hotel with its riverfront restaurant and close proximity to the famous Duquesne Incline. Visitors traveling by plane may also want to consider the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh-International Airport hotel for its upscale amenities and convenient access to the airport terminal.


Pittsburgh has mid-range options as well, many of which lie near the universities and museums of the central Oakland neighborhood. Frommer's recommends the Holiday Inn Select Pittsburgh-Univeristy Center hotel, and other area accommodations include the Hampton Inn-University Center, the Quality Inn-University Center and the Best Western-University Center. Additionally, travelers may want to look at mid-range options like the Residence Inn and La Quinta Inn by the airport and the Holiday Inn Express in the nightlife district of the Southside.


Aside from all the hotel chains, Pittsburgh features a collection of boutique hotels offering distinctive ambiance for travelers. For instance, the Inn on Negley is a small bed and breakfast in an old Victorian house less than two blocks from the shops and restaurants on Walnut Street in the trendy neighborhood of Shadyside. Similarly, the Morning Glory Inn offers cozy bed and breakfast accommodations in an 1862 brick Italian Victorian townhouse on a side street in the lively Southside neighborhood. Fodor's Travel Guide recommends two boutique establishments on the North Side. First is the Priory, a European-style hotel with an adjacent Grand Hall which serves as a venue for events like weddings and banquets. Second is the Inn on the Mexican War Streets, which occupies a Romanesque stone mansion originally built by department store baron Russell H. Boggs.


Budget-minded visitors will find more affordable accommodations near the interstates running along the outskirts of the city. For example, Motel 6 operates several branches in the Pittsburgh area, including one in Cranberry and one by Pittsburgh International Airport. Super 8 has hotels in the Pittsburgh suburbs of Harmarville and Monroeville, while the Neville Motel provides a "mom and pop" style place to stay on Neville Island just west of downtown. Fodor's mentions the Red Roof Inn Pittsburgh-South Airport as another cheap option.

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