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Want to See it All...where to stay?

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Want to See it All...where to stay?

Hi. Planning a bachelorette weekend in the next couple of months. We are looking to do it all (Strip District, Zoo, Mount Washington, PNC Park, Museums, etc.). Where is the best place to stay? The goal is to not have to drive a lot. We are looking at SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Bakery Square or Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Are we on the right track? Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you!

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1. Re: Want to See it All...where to stay?

Places of interest to tourists are spread all over town, so there is no hotel that is convenient to everything. The Pittsburgh Zoo has no hotel within walking distance, plus it's not well served by buses. And the Lawrenceville neighborhood is a hot spot for restaurants and shops but has no hotel, although it does have frequent daytime bus service to and from Downtown.

Mt. Washington doesn't have a hotel, either, though the Sheraton Station Square is near (about the equivalent of 4-5 blocks) the Monongahela Incline which will take you up the hillside from Carson St. to Grandview Ave -- this Sheraton, however, needs a makeover IMO.

The SpringHill Suites in Bakery Square is not near areas of great interest to tourists -- you would need to drive everywhere or take a bus. And the Marriott City Center is on the eastern edge of Downtown, good for an event at PPG Paints Arena, but a 15-20 minute walk to the restaurant/bar areas in the western part of Downtown.

Are you looking only at Marriott properties? (Sheraton is now owned by Marriott, but I don't think their reservation systems and loyalty programs have been combined yet.) There's a new Residence Inn on Forbes Ave. in the Oakland neighborhood that's within walking distance of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and Phipps Conservatory. Oakland also has a Wyndham, Hilton Garden Inn and a Hampton Inn (Hilton).

The North Shore has more Marriotts: SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn, both across the street from PNC Park and a short walk to the National Aviary, Carnegie Science Center, Rivers Casino, the Mattress Factory, and the restaurants and bars Downtown. There's also a Hyatt Place and a Holiday Inn Express here.

In the Strip District, near a lot of good restaurants and shops and the Heinz History Center are two Hiltons: Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites. The HGI is the only hotel in Pittsburgh with free parking. That may be important to you.

Downtown, there are two other Marriotts, Courtyard and Renaissance, both in the "Cultural District" with its many interesting restaurants -- but the Courtyard needs a renovation. The Westin is here also. Close to the Cultural District and the Market Square restaurant/bar scene are Fairmont (big rooms, big windows, expensive) and Hilton Garden Inn. In central Downtown are Embassy Suites (Hilton), Kimpton Monaco, Omni William Penn, and Drury Plaza. Also Downtown are Wyndham Grand (needs a makeover) and Distrikt Hotel (small rooms, but with a trendy restaurant and rooftop bar. Most of the Downtown hotels are near a garage where you can self-park to avoid the hotel's valet parking fee

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2. Re: Want to See it All...where to stay?

The Springhill Suites on the North Shore is a good idea. Downtown and the North Shore easily accessible by foot or free T. I think the Bakery Square one could be ok too as there are plenty of restaurants to walk up and it’s an easy drive to Oakland for museums or the zoo.

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3. Re: Want to See it All...where to stay?

We plan our city trip hotels by thinking of where we want to be in the evening. It’s easy to get around via car, cab or public transportation in the day. Then at night you can walk to dinner and drinks...assuming this is also part of your plan.

For your itinerary I’d stay downtown. This way you’re close to many awesome restaurants, and walking distance to the Strip, Heinz History Center, PNC Park, Warhol. It’s an easy T ride to Station Square where you can catch the incline to Mt. Washington and in the other direction (free) to the casino and Science Center.You can drive or get a ride to the zoo and Oakland for the remaining museums.

There are many boutique hotels downtown like the Kimpton, Drury, Distrikt, and Renaissance. There’s also the luxury Fairmont and grand dame Omni William Penn.

You could also consider the Strip District, where you’ll find a Hampton and Homewood. It would be a little closer to Lawrenceville, another area I’d recommend for shopping and eating/drinking.

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4. Re: Want to See it All...where to stay?

Thank you so much for the help. We are not sold on Marriott they just seem to be having the better deals. But it sounds like downtown is the way to go. Any non luxury hotels you would recommend for downtown?

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5. Re: Want to See it All...where to stay?

Post 1 had a huge list of good downtown hotel options. :) Just start plugging those in and see what works for your budget.

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