Historic grandeur in Pittsburgh
If you've ever wondered what it was like to live in the era of early 20th-century industrialist grandeur, Pittsburgh's Mansions on Fifth delivers a unique look inside that world. The 22-room boutique hotel occupies two painstakingly restored former private homes on the city's Millionaires Row, with detailed reconstruction that remained faithful to the era. Around every turn you'll see a stained glass window here, marble fireplace there, with plenty of dark wood paneling, rich textiles, oriental rugs and significant art throughout the space. Inside the rooms, however, the design is refreshingly streamlined and upscale, with crisp white linens on the bed and clean, subway-tiled and marble bathrooms.
When you need a break from exploring the Pittsburgh hotel, you can sip classic cocktails (be sure to try the perfectly made Pimm's Cup) and nibble one of the signature grilled cheeses (like the black truffle with onion aioli version) in the hotel's The Oak Room, where on most nights you'll find live piano music and a wood-burning fire. Be sure to visit the 106-year-old wine cellar or take part in the arts and theater immersions that the Mansions hosts throughout the year.