During our visit, we wanted to find out if this hotel had any hidden surprises beyond these obvious perks, and while we found a few under the surface, we have to be honest in that the location is the true highlight worth staying at this hotel for- and there is nothing wrong with that in the slightest.
Hotel Amenities at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh
When it comes to the rooms at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh, they are on the smaller side of things but offer comfortable beds and basic in-room amenities.
Two of the notable highlights include black-out curtains (a rarity in Pittsburgh, it seems) and scented Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries (something Angie made sure we took home to add to our already massive travel-sized collection)- both subtle in the grand scheme of things, but well worth remembering.
If a good view is what you seek, we'd recommend a room on a high floor ending in 16, 18, or 20 as these rooms look out to Mellon Green and the US Steel Plaza. The views here do not see a lot of the iconic buildings in downtown Pittsburgh, as you can see from the photos in this article, but they are quite nice all the same as this is an angle you'll not find anywhere else.
Beyond the room, the on-site fitness center is of moderate size and the hotel offers a pool that is one of the largest you'll find in downtown Pittsburgh.
The hotel also offers a higher-end restaurant which fits the standard business dining mold, and those with status on the Hilton chain receive complimentary access to a delicious breakfast buffet and made to order omelet station (although you may have to ask for the vouchers as ours were not given to us immediately at check-in).
The one main downside to the rooms at the DoubleTree are that the sound carries down the hallways quite well. We had some rather rambunctious neighbors who yelled down the hall a few times at night and we could hear it quite well despite (presumably) being a few rooms down.
The Perfect Hotel for a Penguins Game
One of the major highlights of the hotel, to us, is in its proximity to PPG Paints Arena- host of many concerts and home of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.
If you are visiting for a performance or a game and are looking to avoid the chaotic downtown traffic that comes along with these events (and trust us when we say it is pretty horrendous), staying at the hotel could be a good alternative if you have the money to burn and arrive before the event traffic gets bad.
For those who are coming for other reasons, this hotel is a bit far from the major attractions in downtown Pittsburgh, but they are easily reached with a modest walk or ride on the hotel's complimentary downtown shuttle.
Keep in mind that the hotel only has limited on-site parking for $22 per night. Nearby garages charge $5-$7 night and weekend rates, but increase the prices substantially at around 6am on weekdays (prices are likely to rise substantially during events and Penguins games, too). As such, planning your visit accordingly could go a long way in preventing an unexpected hike in parking fees during your stay.
Overall, the DoubleTree Downtown offers a decent room that those visiting for an event or Penguins game should highly consider. If you are visiting for other attractions in downtown Pittsburgh, weighing the location, parking options, and downtown shuttle are worth keeping in mind before booking.
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