When our friends at SpringHill Suites North Shore invited us out to stay at the hotel for an evening, we wanted to see what made this hotel worth staying in- both for those coming in for a game and others who simply want to explore this awesome city we call home.
As it turns out, we were pleasantly surprised with what we found.
Decent Rooms at SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh
When we stay at hotels, we have a soft spot for properties that are suite oriented because the extra space makes the hotel experience that much more comfortable.
There is something to be said about having a modern room with a living space, a small dinette, and a separate sleeping area that makes us at ease with the hotel experience overall, and at SpringHill Suites North Shore this is exactly what you get.
As far as budget hotels go, you should not expect much in the way of amenities beyond this added space as the rooms are fairly basic. The hotel does offer free breakfast and free wifi to all guests, which is somewhat unique as other properties in the city only offer these to reward program members with status. Throw in the hotel's incredible location (more on that below), and you have the makings of a fairly decent stay.
We do have two downsides to note about this particular property, and they are that virtually none of the rooms have available views of the city (although some even-numbered rooms do look out onto PNC Park), and that the walls are pretty thin. So if there is a late night event going on nearby, you may want to consider that prior to booking as odds are good you will hear it.
The Location is Perfect for Game Day (and Beyond)
One of our favorite things about SpringHill Suites North Shore is that the hotel is located just across the street from PNC Park and a short walk from Heinz Field.
For those coming in for a Pirates or Steelers game, you will literally be footsteps away from both stadiums, and if you plan your visit right you can completely miss the game day traffic the North Side is famous for. (Conversely, if you are coming for other reasons and arrive at the beginning or end of a game, be prepared to sit in traffic as you make your way to the hotel's parking lot. Trust us when we say you should plan accordingly.)
Even though we are residents of Pittsburgh ourselves, the thought of beating post-game traffic is something we always consider as we've had our share of nights where we've sat in a parking garage for an hour or more and wished we had splurged for a hotel instead. If this is you, a hotel on the North Shore is definitely worth considering.
Going beyond the perks of the location near the stadiums, those who are visiting for reasons other than a sporting event should check out the hotel's complimentary shuttle which travels anywhere within a three-mile radius and runs on 30 minute intervals (the shuttle can visit the North Side, downtown Pittsburgh, the Strip District, and Station Square).
Overall, SpringHill Suites North Shore offers budget friendly suites with an incredible location. Although most visitors will likely want to visit this one due to its access to PNC Park or Heinz Field, the hotel does offer easy access to many other popular neighborhoods that visitors typical check out. Be sure to keep in mind the hotel's $25/night parking fee and that traffic gets bad before and after sporting events, and plan your arrival and departure accordingly.
We'd like to thank our friends at SpringHill Suites North Shore for inviting us out for a stay. As always, all opinions are our own.
Looking for more hotels near PNC Park? Check out our guide of five of our favorite hotels at the previous link!