Pittsburgh, PA: Hotels and Restaurants

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It’s amazing how much I got to see in Pittsburgh in just five days I was there during early November, and that’s considering that  two and half days were occupied with work/school visits (I’m thinking of going back to school). This started as one post, but became too long, so I decided to break it into two parts: part one – hotels and food, part two – things to do.

I fell in love with Pittsburgh! I feel like I say that about every new city I go to, but to me, Pittsburgh was NYC, Chicago, and Boston all wrapped up in one city, but much smaller and a lot more comfortable to live in.

Where I stayed

 

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

Renaissance | Pittsburgh, PA | RedBarberry.com

I love a great deal on a hotel and rarely spend more than $100 a night. That’s why I’m in love with Priceline Express deals (not an ad). Sure, you don’t know what hotel you’re getting, but you can stay in luxury hotels for half the price, or even less. There were two 4.5 star hotels in the downtown area where I was looking, and only one 4.5 star express deal.

I was hoping the deal would reveal Kimpton Hotel. We stayed at a Kimpton hotel in Chicago a few years back and really enjoyed it. Once booked, the deal revealed the Renaissance hotel instead. The reviews were a bit mixed, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The hotel is gorgeous!The lobby is huge and reminded me somewhat of Titanic with its grand stair case.

My room, HUGE! Bed, comfy (and also huge)! Robe, soft! Water, hot and high pressure! Views, amazing! I’m not sure if I just got lucky with the room, but I loved my stay at the Renaissance.

If I get to be picky, I’d complain about the room service not replacing the tea and disposable cups, and the luggage guy not being around when I needed to pick up my luggage. But those are minor and easy fixes, staff was otherwise helpful and friendly.

Wyndham

Wyndham | Pittsburgh, PA | RedBarberry.com

Two nights at the Wyndham were sponsored by the school I was visiting. Can’t complaint about free too much, but I will a bit. Looking at the prices online, on some nights Wyndham costs more than Renaissance! It’s rated on Priceline as 3.5 stars, but compared to Renaissance, I’d rate it 2.5 stars.

Here’s why:

The rooms are small! Double rooms have very tightly placed together full-sized beds (I was so glad that my roommate never showed up). Furniture is old and tired. Stains on the wall. My bathroom door didn’t lock.

The hotel prides itself on being in front of the Point Park, but while it’s a great feature, it is not worth the extra money and discomfort, the fountain looks better from the other side of either of the rivers anyways. It’s only a 7 minute walk from the Renaissance, but I found the Renaissance to be more convenient since it is closer to the heart of the downtown.

Positive side – great room service. But overall this hotel needs a facelift and I don’t understand why it costs more than the Renaissance.

 

Sheraton at Station Square

Sheraton at Station Square | Pittsburgh, PA | RedBarberry.com

I spent the last night at the Sheraton at Station Square. Although it comes up as a downtown hotel it is actually across the river. The location is still cool – Station Square has lots of fun shops and restaurants, you can quickly get to Mt. Washington, and downtown is just a 15 minute walk across the bridge. It was much nicer than Wyndham; very basic, but clean and updated. This one lived up to the 3.5 stars.

Oh, but it is located next to train tracks, so if you’re a sensitive sleeper, beware. I don’t know if trains stopped at 10 pm or I was just too deep in sleep to notice.

 

Where to eat

Food in Pittsburgh is good! I didn’t get to go out to too many places, but I loved the two restaurants I ate at. There are a few places on my list for next time.

Kavsar

Kavsar | Pittsburgh, PA | RedBarberry.com

Kavsar is an Uzbek restaurant on top of the Mount Washington. I was the only guest inside on a Wednesday afternoon, but their phones kept ringing for take out orders. Their food is good! Really good! You can read my full review on TripAdvisor. I ordered mastava soup (I tried to replicate at home, but it wasn’t the same), manti (similar to Chinese dumplings, but better), green tea, fresh bread (drooling just thinking about it), and honey cake. Basically, if you’re in Pitt, go here!

 

Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room

Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room | Pittsburgh, PA | RedBarberry.com

The second day I skipped lunch and did a lot of exploring so you bet your bottom I was starving by dinner time. I searched for something close to the Renaissance hotel and not terribly expensive and so I settled on Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room.

I set at a small table tucked in the corner which I didn’t mind since I was eating alone and was super hungry. I did not want to take part in any social interactions with strangers, and there were plenty of strangers at the bar!

I ordered the meatiest pizza they had with an appropriate name — Carnivore. I could have done without the bacon bits, but OMG was that pizza good! Go here, too!

Gaucho

Gaucho | Pittsburgh, PA | RedBarberry.com

I didn’t try this place personally, but walking around the city I saw a huge line to this Brazilian restaurant, so I am adding to the list so I can remember to check it out next time I am in that neck of the  woods.

Stuff’d Pierogi Bar

This place is downtown across the street from the Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room. This is another one I am saving for my wish list next time.

In the next part I’ll list all the fun things I got to do and things you should also do when you’re in Pitt! Perhaps, if I end living there, I can show you around! And if you have any recommendations for me, please share in the comments below!

Read 17 Things to Do in Pittsburgh

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