At some point, everyone should visit Pittsburgh, as the city itself is exciting and provides easy access to various other nearby attractions. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, your comfort is key, which is why choosing your hotel is very important. Luckily, there are choices to meet a range of tastes, whether you want a chain hotel where you can earn rewards and stay in a familiar environment or prefer small, family-run accommodations. Just take some time to consider what amenities you need from the hotel, what part of Pittsburgh you want to stay in, and your budget, and you will be ready to book a hotel. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Mansions on Fifth
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The property holding Mansions on Fifth used to house one of the most prominent attorneys in the city, but now hosts guests in luxury. All guest rooms have spacious bathrooms with ceramic and glass shower enclosures, organic amenities from Gilchrist and Soames, and thick towels made from bamboo fibers. You can choose a room with a jetted tub and/or fireplace. The Presidential Suite even has two baths and bedrooms plus almost 1,000 square feet of living areas.
When the weather is nice, head to the front veranda to people watch, admire the local architecture, or just relax. In the winter, you will appreciate the gas fireplaces throughout. The Front Desk has staff 24/7 to answer your questions as well as help with check-in and check-out. Butlers are also available daily for services, including bell and valet. Guests also get to enjoy the fitness center, a guest computer with printer, complimentary onsite parking, and complimentary wireless internet. The morning begins with a continental breakfast that is complimentary, or you can opt for a heartier a la carte breakfast for an additional fee. In the afternoon or evening, have a craft cocktail, microbrew beer, or fine wine at the Oak Room pub.
5105 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-381-5105
2.Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
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The building housing the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh used to be the YMCA building and is a century old. Small rooms are the simplest, about 250 square feet with a utilitarian desk, a king or queen bed, a Pendleton quilt, a window seat, a flat-screen TV, Tivoli radio, Rudy’s toiletries, Pearl+ soaps, free wireless internet, and a fully stocked minibar. Medium rooms are about 300 square feet, adding plenty of room for writing and books. Large rooms always have king beds and are about 375 square feet with ADA accessibility. Finally, suites are 450 square feet with plenty of natural light, a Music Hall turntable, plus an acoustic Martin guitar.
There are public spaces in the hotel perfect for meeting new people. Dine at Whitfield, the hotel’s neighborhood tavern with inspiration from the region. Get seasonal cocktails, wine, or craft beer in the lobby bar or start the day at the coffee bar with beans roasted by Stumptown Coffee Roasters as well as fresh pastries.
120 S Whitfield St., Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-361-3300
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3.The Inn on Negley
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The Inn on Negley is in the Shadyside area, a historic and charming area close to downtown, Carnegie museums, and universities. The eight guestrooms each has its own custom feel with exquisite antiques and period furnishings. All accommodations have private baths with L’Occitane bath and spa products and hairdryers. You also get illuminated vanity mirrors, luxurious slippers and robes, irons with ironing boards, BOSE radio, free Wi-Fi, private phones with voice mail, and cable TVs with a DVD player.
The inn provides evening turndown services in addition to housekeeping. Guests are welcome to relax in the Fernwood Dining Room and Parlor, where you will find daily newspapers. Guests can book an in-room massage. The day begins with a gourmet breakfast made by the inn’s professional chef, with the menu available the night before and dietary modifications available with notice. The complimentary beverage bar has tea and coffee at all hours, and in the evening, there is iced tea and homemade cookies. From 5pm to 7 pm, there are complimentary wine and cheese. Additional gourmet indulgences are available. You can also opt for daily brunch or high tea, or plan lunch or dinner with notice.
703 South Negley Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-661-0631
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4.The Parador Inn
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The Parador Inn has a Caribbean theme and is a bed and breakfast perfectly situated along the North Shore of Pittsburgh. The property has exquisite historic spaces and elegant guest rooms. The rooms embrace the elegance and grandeur of its previous life as private mansion but with a Caribbean flair. All rooms are unique, but each has cable television, a hairdryer, a coffeemaker, a fridge, an iron with ironing board, and central air with filtration along with a full, private bath. There are also upscale touches like a gas log fireplace in every room.
Guests are welcome to explore the gorgeous gardens, where you will find tropical-themed plants, quiet nooks, water features, and more. The entire property has secure high-speed Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected in your room, the common areas, or the gardens. There are numerous public spaces for you to socialize with the other guests if you want. The Lake Worth Sun Room has a waterfall and tropical plants from Lake Worth, Florida. The Formal Parlor has Victorian sofas perfect for relaxing while sipping port. The library has an oversized round table for playing games. Guests also get complimentary access to the nearby YMCA. Each morning begins with a full American breakfast in the dining room between 8am and 10am.
939 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 877-540-1443
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5.The Priory Hotel
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The Priory Hotel holds the title of being the only historic boutique hotel in Pittsburgh. This property has 42 rooms and has been restored to meet modern standards while maintaining its historic charm. All the rooms have modern amenities, such as safes, hairdryers, and irons with ironing boards plus complimentary high-speed wireless internet. Rooms have either tubs or shower/tub combinations and feature a king or queen bed. There are also suites with sitting rooms featuring pull-out couches, single rooms, and one apartment suite spanning the full fourth floor.
The entire hotel has wireless internet. Guests can take advantage of the on-call shuttle and business center or visit the fitness center to get in a workout. Relax in the hotel’s sitting room, where you will find a working wood fireplace. Or go outside to enjoy the Victorian porch and verdant garden courtyard. On weekdays, there are morning shuttles to destinations on the North Side and downtown, making it easy to visit attractions. The day begins with an expanded continental breakfast. Get a drink at the Monk’s Bar, which is the smallest bar within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but still has a wide selection of microbrews, wine, and top-shelf liquors.
614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-231-3338
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6.The Allegheny Inn
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The Allegheny Inn is in a Victorian townhome originally built in 1880. The property has been completely restored and now includes modern amenities while maintaining its architectural heritage. The property originally had eight bedrooms, but following the renovation, it now has five larger guest rooms. Each is period-appropriate with its own unique appointments and a full, private bath. Expect individually controlled thermostats, showers, luxurious beds, and possibly an antique clawfoot soaking tub.
There are several social areas within the inn’s common areas, including comfortable sofas, chairs, and more. Every night, the inn hosts complimentary spirit and wine tastings for their guests. The property was built in the Second Empire style, complete with a mansard roof in the front. At the time of construction, it was one among the designs that were the most progressive in the area, with influences likely coming from an East Coast architect.
1010 Cedar Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-478-2161
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7.Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
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The building housing the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh was built in 1903 in the beaux arts style and known as the James H. Reed building. The property has 248 guest rooms, which includes 13 suites. Every room has a yoga mat, luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities, Frette linens, pillowtop mattresses, and oversized desks with ergonomic chairs. Rooms can have one or two queen beds, or a king bed and you can opt for a corner room or a room with a view.
Guests can access the onsite fitness center or guests can borrow a PUBLIC bike. There are same-day dry cleaning and laundry services. Although there is no spa on site, you can order in-room spa services such as massages. There is an evening wine hour within the lobby’s living room. Dine at the Commoner to enjoy American classics mixed with unexpected flourishes or head to the Commoner Corner, which is a smoked-meat carvery facing the sidewalk. Go up to the rooftop Biergarten for a drink at the end of the day.
620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-471-1170
© Fairmont Pittsburgh
The Fairmont Pittsburgh is in the heart of the city’s hub for dining, business, and culture, delivering views of PNC Park plus the skyline and restored downtown. The hotel’s 185 guest rooms and suites are luxurious, and each has contemporary décor, seamless technology, and comfortable amenities. Here you will find the biggest guest rooms within the city, including standard four-fixture bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other amenities include a large working desk, luxurious beds, easy-to-access plugs and lights, and spacious bathrooms. Suites add powder rooms, living areas, kitchenettes, dining rooms, and more. Wireless internet is available in all rooms.
The property’s Health Club & Spa is perfect for getting in a good workout or relaxing with a beauty treatment. Guests can take advantage of pressing service, overnight shoe shine, and same-day laundry. The hotel is also pet-friendly for a small fee. Get a modern American meal at fl.2 or sip cocktails while listening to jazz music at Andys Bar.
510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-773-8800
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9.Omni William Penn Hotel
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The Omni William Penn Hotel has 597 guest rooms and suites designed to provide comfort and modern conveniences amidst beautiful moldings and cherry wood furnishings. The 38 suites have even more luxury. All rooms feature plush robes, feather and foam pillows, windows that actually open, full-sized irons with ironing boards, beverage chillers, coffeemakers, hair dryers, and newspapers. Technology includes available Wi-Fi, two dual-line phones, a large work desk featuring accessible outlets, personalized voicemail, an alarm clock radio that is MP3 compatible, motion-activated bedside night lights, a flat screen HDTV, and available on-demand movies.
As part of the Omni Kids Crew, those who check in with children receive milk and cookies the first night plus a backpack filled with goodies. These include an activity book and stickers, crayons, a small tabletop game, binoculars, and 2-in-1 card games. Visit the fitness center, which is open 24/7, or ask for an in-room fitness kit. Explore the New Traditional menu at the Terrace Room or go to the Speakeasy with its 1920s feel and range of drinks. You can also get a drink at the Tap Room with TVs displaying sports games. Palm Court has small plates, wine, cocktails, and afternoon tea. Also on site you will find Starbucks and Brueggers Bagels. Things to Do in Pittsburgh
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-281-7100
10.Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
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The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel sits in downtown for easy access to the most popular attractions along with luxurious accommodations. The property has 291 rooms and four suites across 14 floors and it is pet-friendly for a small fee. In your room, you will find everything you need to make coffee and tea as well as a mini-fridge, and a safe deposit box. Every room also has a Sony alarm clock, iPod dock, 12-foot ceilings, flat-screen TV with satellite and cable channels, luxurious bedding, marble vanities, shower/tub combinations, hairdryers, Web TVs, bathrobes, electrical adapters, and individual climate controls. Club Level rooms add bottled water and you can also enjoy in-room dining, rollaway beds, or cribs.
Get in a workout at the 24-hour fitness center, where there are free weights and cardio equipment, or use the computers in the Business Center. The property has complimentary wireless internet throughout for convenience. Guests can also take advantage of the valet dry-cleaning, the Concierge Club for Elite Members, the virtual concierge, and newspapers in the lobby or delivered to your room. Be sure to get a meal at Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasseries for American and European cuisine with Pittsburgh influences.
107 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-562-1200
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11.Morning Glory Inn
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The Morning Glory Inn is in a brick Victorian townhouse from 1862 that is in the Italianate style. Each of the five rooms has its own unique décor with timeless elements such as fireplaces and claw foot tubs plus modern amenities. Expect things like wicker furniture, four-poster beds, workspace, spacious fireplaces, and views of the slopes. There is also an Attic Suite perfect for those in search of privacy; it has two stories, so the writing room and sleeping areas are separate.
The property also has meeting venues, both indoors and outdoors, along with a SMART Board interactive display and complimentary wireless internet. The day begins with a complimentary breakfast, so you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat. You will find numerous local attractions within walking distance and there are over 50 restaurants plus blues and jazz clubs and shopping within 3 miles of the inn.
2119 Sarah Str., Pittsburgh, PA, Phone: 412-431-1707
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Where to Stay in Pittsburgh - 11 Best Romantic Getaways
- Mansions on Fifth, Photo: Mansions on Fifth
- Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, Photo: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
- The Inn on Negley, Photo: The Inn on Negley
- The Parador Inn, Photo: Courtesy of Kitisak - Fotolia.com
- The Priory Hotel, Photo: The Priory Hotel
- The Allegheny Inn, Photo: The Allegheny Inn
- Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, Photo: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
- Fairmont Pittsburgh, Photo: Fairmont Pittsburgh
- Omni William Penn Hotel, Photo: Omni William Penn Hotel
- Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, Photo: Courtesy of ThinkTank Solutions - Fotolia.com
- Morning Glory Inn, Photo: Morning Glory Inn
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More Ideas: Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh has a collection of around 22 million specimens and objects that are showcased to develop a greater understanding of biodiversity, conservation, and evolution.
The museum is one of Pittsburgh's four Carnegie museums, and is considered to be one of best museums of natural history in the United States.
The museum's Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit is the first permanent exhibit to feature an immersive scientifically correct environment that spans the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Dinosaurs, and is chronologically organized and contains actively posed original fossils. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History possesses one of the top dinosaur collections worldwide with almost 75 percent of its exhibits containing actual fossils. There is more to the exhibition, however, than just dinosaur fossils.
The museum also showcases mammals, birds, turtles, amphibians, fish, and plants that lived alongside the dinosaurs. The exhibit also demonstrates the effects of climate and continental changes on the evolution of various species over the time period. There are numerous interactive touchscreens that provide more in depth information on the different dioramas and species, as well as several other hands-on activities throughout the exhibition.
The PaleoLab offers visitors a chance to watch fossils being prepared to put on display and studied. Guests can also visit the Bonehunters Quarry to discover fossils of dinosaurs and mammals in a hands-on fossil dig. The Dinoguide provides detailed information about 13 different dinosaur species visitors will find throughout the exhibit, and visitors can also learn more about the museum's first dinosaur in the Dippy, This Is Your Life online exhibit.
Benedum Hall of Geology
The constantly changing nature of our planet is highlighted in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Benedum Hall of Geology. The hall is comprised of four domes, three of which showcase fossils, shaping the earth, geological time and dating, and the local Pittsburgh geology. The fourth dome features the origin, economic development, and location of oil, gas, and coal. The Shaping the Earth exhibit area within the hall introduces visitors to the idea that the Earth's surface is continually sliding, shifting, crumping, word down in one place, and built up in another place.
It contains a program demonstrating how the Pittsburgh area has gone through extreme change as an example. Guests can learn how fossils give us insight into life in the past, as well as knowledge about ancient climate and geography in the Fossils and Fossilization area. Visitors can step inside the Stratavator to explore below the museum, 16 feet into the earth. This simulated elevator ride makes stops at the natural history museum's basement, a limestone cave, and a coal mine among other places. Rock strata flies by between elevator stops as the cab vibrates during the simulation.
The exhibit area's Coal Forest, a preexisting carboniferous forest, is now a diorama demonstrating what Pittsburgh looked like 300 million years ago. There are also several interactive activities that provide knowledge on a variety of topics, such as the movements of continents, Pennsylvania's layered stratigraphy, and the radiometric dating of fossils and rocks.
The Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems displays over 1,300 gems and minerals from across the globe. The hall showcases a large array of minerals and gems, such as calcite and quartz. Lithology, which is the science of rock, as well as mineral locality suites and twinning are also on display to create a more enhanced visual and educational visitor experience. In addition the main Hillman Hall, the exhibition now features the Wertz Hall of Gems and Jewelry.
Wertz Hall is a new exhibit gallery with an emphasis on gems and the crystals they come from, as well as jewelry that is made with the gems. Hillman Hall's Master Gallery contains almost 100 dazzling specimens, demonstrating the exhibition's underlying premise: "Minerals as Art." The Fluorescence and Phosphorescence Room shows how minerals can glow with a variety of colors due to ultraviolet radiation to create a spectacular light show. Visitors can also explore the feel of a huge piece of "float" copper, and discover a "miniature world of minerals" through a microscope.
Cenozoic Hall: The Hall of Fossil Mammals
Cenozoic Hall features mostly fossils of mammals that existed during the past 66 million years during the Cenozoic Era, or also know as the Age of Mammals. The exhibit showcases much of the paleontological collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The Pleistocene exhibit area provides visitors with the sight of fossil skeletons of many significant species from the Ice Age, such as the Columbian mammoth, Dire Wolf, Giant Ground Sloth, and a Saber-toothed cat.
There are also fossil specimens collected at what is now known as the Agate Fossils Beds National Monument, located in western Nebraska. Carnegie scientist discovered a collection of around 200 million year old fossils of mammals from 1900 to 1908. Guests can also explore and study fossils of more bizarre creatures from the past, including the horse-like Moropus and the warthog-like Dinohyus, and discover bones of the rhino-like Menoceras in a "bone bed."
Hall of African Wildlife
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Four of Africa's significant life zone are highlighted in the Hall of African Wildlife: desert, savanna, mountain, and rainforest. The exhibit also features the different animals that call these areas home. The hall features various dioramas that give visitors a glimpse into the life of African wildlife. These dioramas include a lowland gorilla among lush tropical foliage and vines and a watering hole surrounded by zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, and African buffalo. The exhibition hall also features a desert biome that showcases the ecosystem's unique animals like the fennec, an elusive small fox that has huge ear and large eyes.
Hall of North American Wildlife
The Hall of North American Wildlife showcases several of the most fascinating animal species on the continent through dioramas of their natural habitats. Five different ecosystems are represented in the exhibition hall: coniferous forest, grassland, desert, deciduous forest, and tundra. In the Yellowstone National Park diorama, Bull Elk battle over a cow herd.
In Canada's Belchers Islands, walruses bask on the rocky shore of the Hudson Bay. Guests can see goats in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and pronghorns galloping in the air across the prairie as the fastest mammal in North America. The largest cat in both North and South American, the jaguar, hasn't been seen in the United States since the mid-20th century. The jaguar at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is from 1910, found around Tamaulipas, Mexico. The exhibit also features interactive activities, such as categorizing a creature is an invertebrate or a vertebrate.
Botany Hall demonstrates the outstanding diversity of our planet's plant life, showcasing four unique ecosystems of the United States: an alpine meadow in Mount Rainier, a valley in Pennsylvania, a Florida everglade, and the desert in Arizona. Each of the exhibit areas shows how the changing water and temperature conditions affect the plants in each biome, illustrating an in depth perspective of plant life by recreating their habitats.
Another focus of Botany Hall is how plants are used in our lives. There are several exhibit areas that showcase how plants are not only used for food, but also how they are used in industry and medicine. One of these exhibits depicts an herb garden from western Pennsylvania, while others feature edible nuts and fruits and plant fibers.
The Population Impact exhibit spotlights the findings of Carnegie Scientists on how our world is affected by the choices humans make. The exhibition hall emphasizes real-world issues, including urbanization, the affect of human population on animal and plant conservation, and human population through history. One feature of the exhibit is the display demonstrating the affects of population growth on four flourishing cities. There are also displays of how science and medicine change populations, as well as a map of population changes across the human history timeline.
Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History seeks to explain the society of ancient Egypt through the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. The hall highlights the evolution of complex society and agriculture's origins. Walton Hall is guided by six different themes: Daily Life, Cultural Evolution and History, Social Organization, World View, Funerary Religion, and Nautical Tradition.
Each theme is demonstrated by over 600 artifacts, such as tools, ceramic and stone vessels, stelae and relief fragments, and jewelry. There are now over 2,500 artifacts from ancient Egypt in the museum's collection, some originating from all the way back to 3100 BC. Among other things, the hall features an 3,800 year old authentic funeral boat that was discovered in 1894 near Cairo, and a mummy which was donated by Andrew Carnegie as the hall's first exhibit piece. There is also an interactive video kiosk that displays information on a wide range of topics about life in ancient Egypt.
The museum's Wyckoff Hall showcases an exhibit focused on Canadian Inuit, one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the continent. The exhibition focuses on the colonization of northern Canada by the Canadian Inuit over the past 4,500 years, featuring Inuit prints and sculptures.
The Needle to the North exhibit, a new exhibit in the hall detailing research by the museum in the Arctic from 1901 to 2004, is comprised of flora and fauna specimens, photographs from the J. Kenneth Doubt in 1938 and the Dale S. Nudge in 2004 Belcher Islands expeditions, and field equipment used by early expeditions. There are also maps and drawings illustrating the routes of early traders and explorers, as well as original artifacts representing the whaling industry.
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4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Phone: 412-622-3131
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