Pittsburgh has thriving tourism scene that brings in millions of visitors per year, be it for our many sporting events, major conventions, or purely from the fact that the city is pretty awesome (okay, we may be a bit biased on that one).
If you are one of those millions of visitors, you’re in luck- this one is for you!
Since founding Discover the Burgh, one of the most common questions we receive is “what hotel should I stay at during my visit”. To help answer this question, and continue our quest to experience everything Pittsburgh has to offer, we decided to make it our mission to personally check out every single Pittsburgh hotel.
Not via a Google search, not by passing through the lobby or on a 30-minute guided tour, but by personally staying the night in every single hotel in the Pittsburgh.
To cover the Pittsburgh hotels that we have visited so far, this guide was born!
What We Look for in Pittsburgh Hotels
Before we jump into this guide, we should note that we do not have a set criteria we look for when evaluating Pittsburgh hotels. We take an overall look at each hotel and make recommendations from the property as a whole.
That being said, major points we consider are location, price, ease of parking, comfort, and other amenities that would be of interest to visitors.
A hotel may be great for business travelers, but may not be best suited for families. Others may be better suited for those who want views, and not those who want the most comfortable bed. These are the kind of points we want to highlight in this guide.
We should also note that this guide is a running summary of the hotels we’ve visited to date only. This guide is not comprehensive of every hotel in Pittsburgh, but give us time, we’ll get there!
Disclaimers: We are occasionally invited to review hotels in exchange for a complimentary overnight stay, however, all opinions are our own. Please also not pricing for things like parking may have changed since our last update.
Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh
If you are looking for a nice room in a brand new property with one of the most unique views of Pittsburgh you can have, Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh is for you. We visited this one shortly after they opened in 2016 and were impressed with the size of the rooms and the hotel’s many amenities (including a pool) as the hotel’s location on the top floors of a downtown high-rise is not where you’d normally expect to find a premium hotel. For those who love cocktails, their on-site bar, Ollie’s Gastropub, makes some of the best cocktails in the city and looks straight down onto home plate at PNC Park- a double win! Overall, this one gave us one of our favorite stays out of all featured in this list.
Who should stay here: Downtown visitors, those who want a higher-end room and a unique view.
Things to consider: Valet parking with in-and-out privilege is $32 per night. The Oliver garage nearby is $19/night on weeknights and $5/night on weekends without in-and-out privileges.
Westin Convention Center
The Westin Convention Center is not your typical convention center hotel, as this one is located in Pittsburgh’s cultural district downtown and is just a short walk from the Strip District (one of our favorite neighborhoods)- making it a great option for those coming in for a show, game, or simply to explore. Many of the rooms on the river side of the hotel have great views, and the hotel is home to one of the largest wellness programs in the country. If you like to run, the select weekday morning jogs on the North Shore River Trail are a must. For those who would rather indulge, the on-site restaurant, Bill’s Bar & Burger, makes some of the best burgers in the city as well!
Who should stay here: Convention center guests, those looking to explore downtown or the Strip District, those who want a higher-end room.
Things to consider: Parking with in-and-out privilege is $26 per night, and $22 per night without access. This hotel is incredibly popular on weeknights; however, it can be near capacity during weekend sporting events, too.
- Click here to book your room at the Westin Convention Center.
- For our full review of the Westin Pittsburgh Convention Center, click the previous link.
Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
The Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown is located halfway between the heart of downtown Pittsburgh and the Strip District (and right across the street from the Heinz History Center), giving you easy access to both bustling spots with only a brief walk. The rooms are on the larger end for the Hampton Inn chain and are quite comfortable (although we could’ve stood for better pillows). If the location isn’t enough to win you over, the perk of the free on-site parking for guests certainly will as the hotel claims to be the only downtown hotel with free parking- a major win!
Who should stay here: Those looking to explore downtown or the Strip District, want to be in a convenient location to the highways, and those who want a modestly priced room without the added parking fee.
Things to consider: Only the suites ending in 0 and 1 have good city views, and come at an added cost which may be worth it to some. Even numbered rooms look at the Heinz History Center and have a partial (but not great) downtown view. Odd numbered rooms have a partial (but not great) view of the Rachel Carson Bridge and PNC Park. Stay in rooms ending in 0-10 for better views and to be away from the highway, which can be loud at times. (We stayed in suite 619 which is closest to the highway and noticed the sounds throughout the night.)
Homewood Suites Downtown Pittsburgh
Homewood Suites Downtown Pittsburgh is located in the heart of the iconic Strip District neighborhood (one of our favorites in the city). This hotel was recently built in 2016 and offers modern amenities and a full en-suite hotel room including a complete dinette with refrigerator, stove top, microwave, and more (although if you’re anything like us you’ll spend most of your time eating in the Strip District anyway). The rooms are comfortable and the hotel offers numerous other amenities including a free pool table, outdoor patio seating with grills, and a smaller fitness center with modestly sized pool. Overall, visitors to this hotel who want modern amenities and a perfect location should definitely give this one a consideration!
Who should stay here: Those who want to be close to the Strip District, those who want a centrally located hotel with en-suite amenities (including full dinette), and those who are exploring Pittsburgh without a car.
Things to consider: Parking is valet only at $22/day and nearby lots may have variable pricing depending on day of the week and events. As such, those with a car may want to consider the Hampton Inn and Suites next door which offers free parking for guests if this price is a concern. Only rooms ending in 24 and 25 have views, and even numbered views look out at a few bridges and the Allegheny River (odd numbered views have no view worth writing about).
Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh
The Distrikt Hotel is a posh, modern hotel located in a former Salvation Army building in downtown Pittsburgh (just a block from the Smithfield Street Bridge). The hotel focuses on an upscale yet minimalist design while keeping a few design points from its former life.
The hotel offers a few amentities like a modest fitness center, free bike rentals for those who want to explore the city, and a modest rooftop deck. Apart from these, the offering of the hotel is a bit sparse, making this one better for business travelers who don’t necessarily require options like complimentary breakfasts or other family friendly perks (such as a pool).
The Distrikt Hotel also features a seafood and chophouse called Or, the Whale, as well as a classy cocktail/oyster bar Evangeline from one of the city’s most recognized bartenders. If you have $30 burning a hole in your pocket, try the Smoke Show- their take on a Manhattan that is smoked right infront of you. All of this comes together for a hotel that is worth it for the ambiance as much as the function, but may be out of most Pittsburgh visitor’s sights.
Who should stay here: Business travelers who want a posh ambiance over amenities, or those trying to woo a client.
Things to consider: Valet parking is $35 a day without in and out privileges. Breakfast is not included; however, the on-site restaurant and cocktail bar are quite delicious if looking for an upscale meal!
DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh
The DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh is a comfortable mid-range hotel with updated rooms and a decent selection of amenities including a medium-sized fitness center, a large pool, and an on-site bar and grill with higher-end hotel fare. For those who value a good night sleep, odds are good you’ll get it here. Visitors to Pittsburgh for a Penguins game will especially like this hotel as it is just steps away from PPG Paints Arena. Just be sure to book on a high floor to avoid the noise of bustling downtown Pittsburgh. (Rooms ending in 16, 18, and 20 have decent views of Mellon Green, too!)
Who Should Stay Here: Those visiting for a Penguins game, those looking for a mid-range hotel downtown who do not mind a bit of a walk (or complimentary shuttle ride) to downtown proper.
Things to Consider: There is no on-site parking at the DoubleTree and limited valet is offered for $22. Nearby garages typically charge $5-$7 night and weekend rates; however, those staying on Sunday or weeknights must keep in mind that day rates start at 6am and have rather excessive hourly rates for those who roll over.
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown
The Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown is one of those places that has it all. Comfortable rooms with slightly firmer beds, a perfect location (steps from Market Square), not one but two on-site contemporary restaurants with cocktail bars, a complimentary shuttle within a three-mile radius, and views of Market Square from most rooms. Rooms ending in 22 should have the best view of Market Square and possibly a slight view of PPG Place as well (perfect for Christmas in Pittsburgh when both squares transform into a Christmas market and ice skating rink with Christmas tree, respectively). Rooms ending in 1 and 4 should also have premium views of Market Square as well, and most of the higher-numbered rooms along the inside of the “U” shaped floor-plan should have decent view to varying degrees.
Who Should Stay Here: Those who value a good downtown location in the heart of it all and those looking for comfortable rooms.
Things to Consider: Parking at the hotel lot is $30 per day. Nearby garages typically charge $5-$7 night and weekend rates; however, those staying on Sunday or weeknights must keep in mind that day rates start at 6am and have rather excessive hourly rates for those who roll over.
Sheraton Station Square
The Sheraton Station Square is, at its heart, a basic hotel in the Sheraton line. Although we do not think the rooms are much to write about for their amenities alone, we have to admit that the view from the premium river view room cannot be beat. Even if you do not justify the splurge for a room with a view, the location of the hotel is also perfect for first time visitors looking to explore. The Gateway Clipper is within walking distance, one of the city’s two iconic Inclines is just steps away, and the T light rail is next door- just to name a few. These won’t get you everywhere, but it is a good start!
Who should stay here: Tourists, those who want easy access around town, budget-minded visitors, and those willing to splurge a bit more for an incredible view.
Things to consider: Parking is $25 per day, but the hotel’s location is convenient for those making trips around town during a visit.
Hampton Inn University / Medical Center
Much like the Sheraton Station Square above, the Hampton Inn University / Medical Center is another basic hotel in the city and is one of the more cost effective options in the university neighborhood of Oakland. The hotel was recently renovated, giving it a more modern feel; however, the true perk to this hotel is in its location. In roughly one to one-and-a-half miles you can walk to several colleges in the city (including Pitt and Carnegie Mellon), and the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle anywhere within a three-mile radius. If you take a look at the map, you’ll notice this is pretty much the entire city with only a few exceptions. As an added bonus, book an even numbered room on a higher floor for a pretty unique view of Pittsburgh too!
Who should stay here: Visitors to the colleges in Oakland, budget-minded visitors, and those who want to explore without their own car.
Things to consider: Parking is $14/day and the shuttle is complimentary (which is sure to save on parking fees elsewhere).
SpringHill Suites North Shore
Pittsburgh sports fans, rejoice! There are several hotels on Pittsburgh’s North Shore just for you. For baseball fans, there is no property closer to PNC Park than the SpringHill Suites North Shore as it is, quite literally, located across the street from the stadium. The rooms here may not feature views of downtown, much to our chagrin, but even numbered rooms do look out on PNC Park to varying degrees. For those who want easy access to the stadiums, a budget-friendly suite with average amenities, or to enjoy the complimentary shuttle that goes anywhere within a three mile radius, this hotel is a good option.
Who should stay here: Sports fans, budget-minded visitors, and those who want to explore the North Side, downtown, the Strip District, or Station Square without their own car.
Things to consider: Overnight parking is $25/day and the shuttle is complimentary (on 30-minute intervals). The walls are also fairly thin here- both for neighboring rooms and outside events.
Holiday Inn Pittsburgh North Shore
The Holiday Inn on Pittsburgh’s North Shore is a budget friendly hotel with prime location just around the corner from PNC Park. The rooms are fairly standard-sized spaces with modern yet budget furnishings. The bed is on the firmer side but was still comfortable to a picky sleeper like me. The biggest surprise from this hotel is that the rooms on higher floors (likely floor six and up) with room numbers ending in 5 to 11 have a stunning view of the Pittsburgh skyline. Try and go for a lower numbered room within this range (such as the corner room 905 above) for the best view. This one would be perfect on a Pirates fireworks night!
Who should stay here: Those looking for a budget hotel in the North Side or near PNC Park, those who want to be near a T station, and those who want a very good view of Pittsburgh.
Things to consider: Overnight parking is $23/day and the shuttle goes anywhere in roughly a three-mile radius. The non-view side of the hotel is right next to the highway and has the potential to be loud; however, the view side was fairly quiet all night.
Hampton Inn Green Tree
The Hampton Inn Green Tree is about as standard as they come for this hotel chain; however, the hotel’s location just outside the city allows it to be one of the most cost effective in the region. Throw in the fact that they offer free parking, free pet stays, free breakfast, and complimentary shuttles to select spots in downtown Pittsburgh (including most pro sporting events), and you can stretch your dollar quite far.
Who should stay here: Visitors coming in to the city on a budget, those traveling with pets, or locals who need to be out of the house for a night or two (as we did for a few home repairs).
Things to consider: The shuttle runs until about 9pm most nights and is scheduled later on game days. Call to reconfirm that game day shuttles are still available. The shuttle only runs at select times so you may have to plan your explorations accordingly.
Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport
The Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport is the only airport connected to the Pittsburgh airport, offering a great option for those who have an early morning flight and want to get to their gate fast (during our visit we were room-to-gate in 30 minutes after our 4:45am wake-up). The rooms are rather basic and the bed is fairly uncomfortable, but the convenience cannot be beat for the quick access to the airport. This hotel has many extra amenities that you would not expect including a decent sized pool, a jacuzzi, two saunas, and a medium sized gym, so if you can swing it right, arriving early to enjoy these perks is a must. (You’ll just have to figure out what to do with your swimsuit later on!)
Who should stay here: Those who are flying out of the airport extremely early and want to get into the airport quickly and avoid going outside or deal with early transfers.
Things to consider: The rooms are fairly basic and the beds are rather uncomfortable, and there is no special parking for guests so you will be parking in the standard airport lot (and incurring an extra day’s charge). Last minute discounts are fairly common on 3rd party booking sites, such as our preferred vendor HotelsCombined.
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott is a newly renovated hotel located just a few miles from Pittsburgh’s international airport. This hotel is a great option for those who are leaving and have an early flight the next day (check out their Park and Fly options to save on airport parking), as well as those coming in for business around the Moon Township / Robinson area. We thoroughly expected this one to follow the standard mold of airport hotels, but the renovation took it above and beyond what is normal, and the on-site amenities and restaurant could rival any of the top-notch hotels in downtown Pittsburgh (minus the location, of course).
Who should stay here: Visitors conducting business in the Robinson area, locals leaving on early morning flights, those who want a recently upgraded airport hotel.
Things to consider: Parking is complimentary during stays; however, the Park and Fly is extra.
Hilton Garden Inn Airport South-Robinson Mall
The Hilton Garden Inn Airport is a fairly typical hotel in the chain, and is located in the heart of Robinson Town Center near the IKEA. We stayed at this one before one of our many early morning flights and found that its location gave us a leg-up on getting to the airport while enjoying some much needed extra sleep. This hotel does not offer an airport shuttle and is a bit further than most airport properties, but those who take the extra few minutes driving to the airport will be rewarded with a significantly cheaper hotel than others nearby.
Who should stay here: Visitors conducting business in the Robinson area, locals leaving on early morning flights, and those looking for a budget-friendly airport hotel.
Things to consider: This hotel does not offer an airport shuttle.
- Click here to book your room at the Hilton Garden Inn Airport-South Robinson.
- To read our review of the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Airport, click the previous link.
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Check Out More Pittsburgh Hotels
As we are just getting started in our quest to visit all of the hotels in Pittsburgh, there are certainly more worth your time and consideration.
The below map features nearly every hotel in the city of Pittsburgh and is continually updated as new properties open. To book, click the “more details” link in each post to be taken to the hotel’s HotelsCombined listing (our preferred booking engine).
Airbnb in Pittsburgh
For those who do not like staying in hotels, Pittsburgh also has a modest Airbnb scene with a selection of rentals available in every neighborhood. Depending on date and location, private rooms often begin at around $60-$80/night for two and may rise to about $120/night or more. Entire house rentals tend to range from $120/night up to $225/night, although it is not uncommon to find some for as low as $80/night if you are lucky.
If booking on Airbnb, we recommend searching as early as possible as rental options may be quite limited at the last minute.
For new users to Airbnb – we are able to offer a special credit for signing up and making your first booking! This credit varies based on current promotions, but is typically $20 to $35. Click this link to register and claim your discount. For more information about Airbnb in the city, check out our Pittsburgh Airbnb guide.
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