Thanks for all the suggestions. I’m booked at the William Penn.
I second Geo’s priceline suggestion. Mrs Kerr and I only live a 30 minute drive from Pittsburgh but often like to just stay downtown overnight after a game or a night on the South side, due to Mrs Kerr’s penchant for drinking too much beer and getting into fights (I’m only joking, and no, I’m not that dentist. We both do like a drink though).
We’ve stayed in the William Penn for prices that would make a Super 8 go out of business; it is highly demand based though, I wouldn’t try it the weekend of a Steelers home game or this weekend say with the Flyers in town. Pirates home games don’t seem to affect it much though (I wonder why….).
The only one to be slightly leery of is the Marriott; fine hotel but it’s right next to the igloo at the wrong end of downtown for the Pirates. Still walkable but a little further than any of the others. Nearer the original Primanti’s in the strip district though.
I was just in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago & stayed at the Westin. Very, very nioe hotel.
I have to put in my two cents.
First, there are some who consider the Oyster House fish sandwiches to be the best in town. This includes not only Kenny Joe, but many of his irregular lunch companions. If you wanna try one, don’t wait untl Sunday, because it will be closed, like almost everything else downtown.
With respect to hotels, the Renaissance is far and away the best, especially if you’re going to PNC Park. For the money, the Wm Penn is usually a better deal, though.
The Travelin Man
I’ll put in a plug for the Renaissance hotel in downtown. I have stayed there twice and it is one of my favorite hotels in the entire Marriott family. I really enjoyed the walk across the Clemente Bridge, which is lined with vendors and other folks soaking in the ballpark atmosphere. It is a healthy but doable walk to Primanti’s and the entire market area. I found it to be quite convenient and found a reasonable rate the one time I stayed there paid, and found a night available on points, as well.
It’s a great park, too. Enjoy.
The Springhill Suites actually sits right next door to PNC Park, so I would look there first. I have priced it out in the past and it can be reasonable.
Quickly, for food, other than the usual suspects reviewed here on Roadfood, I would recommend Tessaro’s for world class burgers, Pamela’s for breakfast and The Original Oyster House for good (though not great) fish sandwiches and atmosphere.
If there is a specific type of food you are looking for, let me know. If you would like company for a meal, also let me know. I always enjoy meeting fellow Roadfooders.
I stayed at the Willaim Penn a couple of years ago while watching my beloved Tigers beat up on the Bucs.
and use this site at the same time to know exactly what hotel you’re getting: http://www.betterbidding.com/
better yet, just click on the Hotwire link on the betterbidding page. I use that site almos tevery time I book a room, and have not been dissappointed once.
I think when I stayed in Pittsburgh, it was like $75/night at the Willaim Penn. A steal. Not a bad walk to the game at all.
I appreciate this post and GEO NIT’s input, as I am considering coming to Pittsburg for a short weekender, I want to catch a game and let my wife spend my $$$ shopping, so any other tips would be great.
I can do the same for anyone coming to Chicago……….
I stayed at the Hilton last summer when I was in Pittsburgh for a conference. We were able to walk to a Pirates game as well as to Primanti Bros. It was a nice hotel, but they were renovating it, so it’s probably bicer now.
Get a deal on the William Penn on Priceline. Accept no substitutes.
Downtown Pittsburgh is very compact: most everything is just a short stroll, including PNC Park which is just over the Allegheny via Clemente Bridge.
Enjoy your stay in the friendliest city in America!
Earl of Sandwich
My favorite hotel used to be the Sheraton across the river from 3 Rivers Stadium. They may have a shuttle to get you across so you wouldn’t have to drive.
You might want to consider bidding on Priceline for a hotel in its Downtown zone.
You can find recent sucessful bids here:
Here are the Priceline hotels/star ratings for the Downtown zone:
Omni William Penn http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAH…mPenn.aspx
Renaissance Pittsburgh http://www.marriott.com/hotels/t…rgh-hotel/
Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh http://www.starwoodhotels.com/we…rtyID=1370
Doubletree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/PITDTDT-Doubletree-Hotel-Suites-Pittsburgh-City-Center-Pennsylvania/index.do
Hilton Pittsburgh http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/PITPHHF-Hilton-Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania/index.do?ctyhocn=PITPHHF
Marriott Pittsburgh City Center http://www.marriott.com/hotels/t…ty-center/
Sheraton Station Square http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sh…ertyID=693
Possible: Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=PITDNHX
I have a 2-day business trip to Pittsburgh coming up in May. I’m going to try to catch a Pirates game while I’m there but I would prefer to stroll back to my hotel room afterwards, rather than drive. Aside from the big, expensive hotels (William Penn, Westin, etc…) that are very close by, any suggestions for a decent hotel in that area?
I was also going to ask for food recommendations because there is a plethora of info already here on the boards. I’ve been to most of the MUST EAT places in Pitt already, but it looks like there are DOZENS more places I have not yet hit.
Pittsburgh hotel suggestions?
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