Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

Hotels for Every Taste in Pittsburgh


The historically industrial city of Pittsburgh is enjoying a modern, youthful revival as its decaying manufacturing plants continue to be replaced with parks, shopping, and entertainment. Sports fans can catch a game at PNC Park or Heinz Field, and outdoorsy travelers can rent a bicycle and hit the trails following the rivers through the city or into the Appalachian countryside. Everyone should make time to ride the steep Duquesne Incline to the top of Mount Washington for a spectacular view of the city skyline and the confluence of the three rivers, where the Allegheny and the Monongahela meet to form the Ohio.

Pittsburgh Skyline | Image via Flickr by kla4067

Whatever your taste, there’s plenty to do in the Steel City, and you’ll want to book a hotel that fits your style and your budget. Consider these five favorites when planning your trip.

For Budget Travelers

Penny-pinching tourists and families traveling with a car can save money without sacrificing quality by choosing a no-frills hotel in the near-city suburbs. When making your own budget travel arrangements, check out the comfortable rooms and reasonable rates at the Red Roof Plus Pittsburgh South – Airport. Enjoy the free shuttle service to and from the airport and a short drive to downtown Pittsburgh. Kids and pets stay for free.

Classic Downtown Charm

Those looking for a convenient downtown hotel with character should look no farther than the Priory Hotel in the historic Deutschtown neighborhood. This East Allegheny landmark was originally a Benedictine monastery, but guests today aren’t required to take a vow of poverty. Enjoy a weekend of pampering in one of 42 restored luxury rooms with all the amenities: free parking, free on-call shuttle service, fitness center, business center, and much more.

A Historic High-Rise

Since 1916, the Omni William Penn Hotel has been the luxury pick for celebrities, foreign dignitaries, and travelers looking for top-tier service and classic elegance. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, the Omni William Penn is only minutes from all of the city’s main attractions — but you won’t even have to leave the building to find a selection of award-winning dining and drinking experiences. Search well in advance to secure a surprisingly affordable rate and treat yourself to some old-fashioned, full-service hospitality.

PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates | Image via Flickr by daveynin

A Spacious Mansion

For a hip, old-school luxury experience, book your stay at Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel and Tearoom. This refurbished mansion, built in 1886, has eight unique rooms with all the trimmings. Spend an afternoon reading in the library, enjoy a signature cocktail in the martini bar, and don’t forget your complimentary shoeshine on your way out in the morning! Extended-stay packages are also available for competitive rates.

For Business Travelers

Those visiting Pittsburgh on business will appreciate the modern conveniences and step-up amenities at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. Book your meeting or convention in their state-of-the-art function rooms or simply unwind after a busy day in the indoor pool or 24-hour fitness room. Take advantage of their reasonable airport parking packages if you’ll be using a car.

Whether you’re in town for a business meeting, a ballgame, or a bachelorette party, one of these five hotels should fit your needs. Book early and enjoy your stay in the Steel City!

Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts sponsored by travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here

1 Comment

  1. May 3, 2016    

    It’s been forever and a day since I actually lived in Pittsburgh, but I can confirm the William Penn is a beautiful, beautiful property.

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