It started life as a smoggy industrial center, but Steel City has been reinvented as a hip, modern metropolis. Enter by crossing one of its 446 bridges and you’ll discover a diverse patchwork of almost 100 neighborhoods, from the museum-dense Northside to hipster Lawrenceville and evergreen Downtown. A vibrant food scene, artsy culture and devoted residents make it an essential stop on any American road trip. Should you need somewhere to rest your head, check out our guide to the best places to stay in Pittsburgh.
Connect to Pittsburgh’s history with a stay in this former Salvation Army building, a downtown landmark since the 1920s. Ideally located for business travelers, sleek, angular rooms offer everything you need for a productive trip, from a laptop safe to a Bluetooth charging station. When you clock off, borrow one of the hotel bikes and take a tour of this lively neighborhood, including Market Square, a hub of independent bars and restaurants.
Romance on your mind? Prepare to swoon as you step into this elegant 19th-century home in upmarket Shadyside, one of the best places to stay in Pittsburgh. Eight luxurious rooms featuring four-poster beds, antiques and original artwork offer a relaxing space to recharge. Indulge in a decadent high tea of scones, macarons and madeleines, served in either the dining room or flower-filled outside deck, before heading out for a nose around the area’s many antique shops, boutiques and craft beer bars.
Although it was once a Benedictine monastery, no one will judge you for making a noise about this refined hotel in the Deutschtown neighborhood of north Pittsburgh. The area was originally settled by German, Swiss and Austrian immigrants so there’s a European vibe about the place. Snaffle fresh croissants and pastries at breakfast before setting out for a day exploring this urban village of German restaurants, record stores and the city’s first microbrewery.
Is this the most stylish hotel in Steel City? Quite possibly. A short hop from the cultural district, you’ll find a creative crowd mingling in its rooftop biergarten, drawn by quirky, design-led rooms – think bird cage lamps, curvy velvet sofas and houndstooth check curtains – and the proximity to all the city’s best museums, galleries and concert halls. Take in a new play at the Pittsburgh Public Theater or discover emerging artists at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass mezzanines make this smart hotel an airy spot to unwind. Rooms are equally spacious, with luxurious bathrooms, king or queen beds and views over the PNC Park, the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, or Mount Washington. The peaceful atmosphere belies the hotel’s location in the heart of the city. Step outside the lobby and you’ll find yourself at the center of all the action.
From its glittering chandeliers to its grand pianos, this elegant hotel oozes glamor. Since it opened in 1916 it’s been the go-to address for visiting politicians, film stars and business titans and it’s not hard to see why. Its luxury suites are fit for any Hollywood ingenue with one to three bedrooms, full kitchens and bars, while guest rooms filled with cherry wood furniture and velvet drapes are equally refined. Step back into the hotel’s history at the ’20s-style basement speakeasy, or enjoy high tea in Palm Court.
Ask a local person to direct you to the Renaissance; it’s located in the Fulton Building which, with its distinctive seven-story archway and red tiled roof, has been a city landmark since 1906. All rooms overlook the Allegheny River and city skyline with luxury rooms also offering high ceilings and marble vanities. Thirsty? The hotel pub, Braddock’s Streetside, is a great spot to sink a beer or two. Chase it up at one of the many bars in the surrounding neighborhood – it’s one of the best places to stay in Pittsburgh for a drink.
If your Pittsburgh itinerary includes the Andy Warhol Museum, Heinz Field or PNC Park (and it probably should), then snap up one of these well-appointed suites for a home-from-home in the city center. Just round the block you’ll find Wood Street Station, where the Metro will whisk you to those attractions in under 10 minutes, while a dip in the heated pool and an evening drinks reception awaits on your return.
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