Pittsburgh's iconic view from Mount Washington is known far and wide as one of the world's best skyline views. We don't know a Pittsburgher who doesn't love it, and rarely hear of visitors who don't make a special trip to the neighborhood just to check it out.
What this iconic view does not have, however, is a hotel with that same vista. For whatever reason, be it political, monetary, or otherwise, it just hasn't happened.
But there is one hotel that will get you close, and that is the Sheraton at Station Square located at the base of Mount Washington. So when we were invited to this hotel to stay the night, you know checking out the view was high on our list.
So how does this hotel stack up, view and otherwise? We share it all below.
What are the Rooms Like at the Sheraton Station Square?
The rooms at Sheraton Station Square follow a traditional layout you would expect from the Sheraton brand, and offer a fairly straight forward selection of amenities found in most mid-range Pittsburgh hotels.
Our favorite perk of this hotel is not a room amenity itself but is, above all others, the view that select rooms in the property offer. We recommend booking a “River View” room (often described as “with view” on 3rd party websites) as not all of the rooms in the hotel offer views of the rivers and city.
In fact, if I had to estimate I'd say that the majority do not, so the splurge would be well worth it if you would like a great view like the one featured in this article.
During our stay we were in room 1223, a standard king room in the previously mentioned river view category. The room had a striking view of the city that was at an elevation roughly halfway in between what you'd see on ground level and from Mount Washington- a rather unique vantage point. The chance summer thunderstorm also put on an epic show for which we had front row seats to all of the action– an unplanned bonus.
Suffice it to say, you can't get this particular view anywhere else.
The Location is Perfect for Visitors
Aside from the views, an additional perk of the Sheraton Pittsburgh is its location.
As we've said time and time again on this site, navigating Pittsburgh can be somewhat of a disaster, and that is at the best of times. For visitors to the city, this poses a challenge as you will likely be driving around quite a bit if you want to explore.
The hotel gets around this for a number of reasons.
- It is just steps away from the Monongahela Incline (and nearby restaurants on Mount Washington) and is a short drive away from the Duquesne Incline (a tourist favorite).
- It is located right by the dock of the Gateway Clipper fleet.
- And finally, the hotel has easier access to the highways than most hotels, is near a T stop for the light rail system, and is in easy walking distance of some of the major sights in downtown Pittsburgh.
For visitors to the city, odds are good this hits on a lot of what you're going to be looking for- especially if it is your first time in Pittsburgh.
The only downside here worth noting is that the preferred parking garage of the hotel charges $25 per day for in and out privileges, so that should be kept in mind when deciding whether or not to make a booking as it will be an added cost.
Other Hotel Amenities
The Sheraton at Station Square offers a few amenities including a modest sized gym, one of the largest hotel pools we've seen in the city, as well as a cafe and short order restaurant.
During our stay we were also given access to the lounge, which is typically reserved for premium rewards members, and were treated with evening hors d'oeuvres as well as a nightly dessert hour (the cupcakes were divine).
Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary in the lounge, while spirits and beer are available for purchase. Visitors with lounge access also receive breakfast in the mornings which includes a selection of cereal, breads and bagels, muffins, fruit, and one hot item- which during our stay was scrambled eggs.
Overall, the Sheraton at Station Square is a great option for those wanting easy access to the city. Just be sure to book a room with the incredible view for a nominal splurge- you won't regret it.
The Sheraton at Station Square is located at 300 W. Station Square Drive in South Side's Station Square. We were invited to a complimentary stay at the hotel; however, all all opinions are our own.
To book your stay at the Sheraton at Station Square, click here.