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Where to Stay in Pittsburgh: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Written by Carri Wilbanks

When it comes to visiting Pittsburgh, the best area to stay is around the city's downtown, which is also where you'll find most of the top mid-range and luxury properties. Whether you are traveling with the kids or on a romantic vacation, for an elegant stay, it's hard to beat the Fairmont Pittsburgh for location and amenities - it is right in the heart of the city center and within walking distance of top sightseeing attractions like the Andy Warhol Museum and Point State Park. Another excellent downtown pick that is more affordable is Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown, inside the old Federal Reserve Bank building by the sports' stadium, which is also a great choice for families.

There are more hotels scattered around the areas surrounding downtown, like the Priory Hotel, which is popular with couples, and in the Deutschtown Historic District, a mile from the city center. For budget sleeps, you'll find a number of chain motels near the airport, as well as a few good bets around the University of Pittsburgh area, including the Quality Inn University Center, which is also just under two miles from downtown.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Pittsburgh skyline at night

Pittsburgh skyline at night

Fairmont Pittsburgh is a luxury property in the heart of the city's downtown business, cultural, and dining district and is within walking distance of Point State Park and the Andy Warhol Museum, among other sights. The ambiance is contemporary and pays homage to Pittsburgh's industry-rich past with impressive steel and glass features. It also boasts local art in public areas and sleek rooms and suites, which are very comfortable and come with city skyline views and modern amenities, like 42-inch, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. On-site amenities include a restaurant, spa, gym, and paid parking.

Another excellent luxury pick is the Omni William Penn Hotel, a landmark property dating back to 1916. Opposite the Steel Plaza T Station downtown, this historic hotel is elegant through and through, with rooms and suites featuring period decor and a cozy vibe, as well as city views from many. Away from the rooms, guests will discover an elegant restaurant, a traditional tearoom featuring live jazz, and a 24-hour gym. Paid parking is available, and dogs are welcome to stay.

Finally, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is another favorite upper-end sleep, which is more affordable than other Pittsburgh luxury hotels but offers similar quality amenities. The hotel is inside a 1903 Beaux Arts building right downtown and features eclectic chic decor in its rooms and suites. The suites also come with freestanding bathtubs and separate living rooms with pullout sofa beds. Amenities include a lively restaurant, fitness center, and paid parking. This brand is also known for being extremely pet-friendly and going above and beyond for canine guests.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Buildings in downtown Pittsburgh

Buildings in downtown Pittsburgh

Inside the building that once served as the Federal Reserve Bank, Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown is a top mid-range pick in the heart of the city center by the sports stadium. It is also a great choice if you're traveling with kids. Perks of staying at this property include clean and comfortable rooms and suites with enough space to move around, as well as microwaves, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and free Wi-Fi. There is a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning and an evening refreshment hour with snacks. Amenities include a restaurant, indoor swimming pool, and hot tub, as well as valet parking for a fee.

In the Strip District of downtown and right on the Allegheny River, the Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown is another solid mid-range property. It offers rooms with custom beds, work desks, free Wi-Fi, and sitting space with armchairs. There are also suites with pullout sofas in the living areas, and microwaves. Some also come with kitchenettes. Amenities include a free hot breakfast, indoor swimming pool, gym, and complimentary parking.

Cambria Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh - Downtown is right next to the PPG Paints Arena, where the Penguins play ice hockey. This good-value hotel features all suites, making it a great choice for families. These range in size from one- to two-bedroom affairs and come with separate living and work areas, as well as modern furnishings and comfortable beds. On-site amenities include an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, as well as a bistro serving American fare and a coffee bar. A free shuttle also runs to the downtown area.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Penn Station

Penn Station

Quality Inn University Center is a solid budget bet located near the University of Pittsburgh and just over two miles from the downtown area. It features tidy rooms and suites, which, while older, are still clean and comfortable and come with amenities like microwaves, mini-fridges, and balconies. Complimentary amenities include Wi-Fi; breakfast; and parking, which is a serious perk for this part of town. There is also a restaurant and coffee shop on the grounds.

Between the airport and downtown, the Econo Lodge is another budget option, which is especially popular if you have a car as it has ample free parking, as well as a location just off I-70. The rooms are relatively modern and come with white duvets on comfy beds and amenities like free Wi-Fi and premium cable TV. Some rooms also have kitchenettes. A continental breakfast is included in the rate. There is also an on-site Italian restaurant, and the property is dog friendly.

Where to Stay for Families

Fireworks over Pittsburgh

Fireworks over Pittsburgh

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown is in the Strip District of downtown and is a favorite family choice for its all-suites accommodation. These range in size from modern studios, with pullout couches in the living areas and kitchenettes, to one- and two-bedroom affairs, which add separate living rooms. A complimentary hot breakfast is included, and there is also an evening social hour for guests. On-site amenities include a restaurant, indoor swimming pool, gym, 24-hour convenience mart, coin-operated laundry, and paid valet parking.

Hyatt house Pittsburgh-South Side is another kid-friendly pick for families that is also good value. This modern hotel is located in Pittsburgh SouthSide Works entertainment area, which is under two miles from the landmark Schenley Park and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The property features rooms and suites, but even the rooms come with separate living and sleeping sections, pullout sofas, and full kitchens, while the suites add separate bedrooms. A free hot breakfast is included, and there is also an indoor swimming pool and gym on-site. The property also welcomes pets for a fee.

Where to Stay for Couples

Duquesne Incline and downtown

Duquesne Incline and downtown

The Priory Hotel is a good choice for couples looking for a historic boutique sleep. The property is inside a building dating back to 1888, which once served as a monastery and is in the Deutschtown Historic District, just a mile from downtown Pittsburgh and even closer to the Andy Warhol Museum. It features rooms and suites done up in modern, urban style, and the best rooms offer city skyline views. A continental breakfast is included in the rate, and parking is also free. There is also a fitness center and lovely Victorian courtyard. For couples searching for a wedding venue, the monastery's former church has been turned into an opulent ballroom. Finally, there is a free shuttle service to central city locations.

In the historic Fulton Building, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel faces the Allegheny River and has a romantic vibe about it, beginning with the moment you walk into the impressive marble lobby set under a rotunda. Couples will like the elegant, modern rooms with river or city views from giant floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings like updated four-poster frames on comfy beds, and marble baths. There are also suites if you want more space. Amenities include two restaurants and a fitness room.

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