What are the best places to stay in the Pittsburgh area?

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On the whole, the best places to stay in Pittsburgh are clustered within the city’s downtown area, which is also where most business travelers tend to stay. Our favorite lodging option, the luxuriously sleek Fairmont Pittsburgh, also happens to be the city’s newest hotel. Yet if you’re looking for more of an old-money atmosphere, try the Omni William Penn, a stately and well-heeled hotel with chandeliers and a baby grand piano in the lobby. Downtown’s Renaissance Pittsburgh, with its old-world European ambiance, is also a decent option, as is the Westin Convention Center, a popular choice with both conventioneers and out-of-town celebrities. And while the university district of Oakland is unfortunately lacking in high-quality lodging, nearby Shadyside makes up for it with the historic Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel, a Victorian bed and breakfast. The nearby Inn at 714 Negley, a restored period home build in the late 1800s, is equally sophisticated and quaint. Visitors who prefer to stay in the heart of Oakland, however, will be perfectly comfortable and well looked after at the 198-room Wyndham Garden Hotel, where pets are welcome and a restaurant and fitness center are located onsite. Smart bed and breakfast options located throughout the city include the North Side’s Caribbean-themed Parador, an enormous inn with a 2,000-square-foot restored ballroom; the gay-friendly and luxurious Inn on the Mexican War Streets, also located on the North Side; and the South Side’s Morning Glory Inn, a cozy 19th-century Victorian with a backyard garden where wedding receptions are often held. Travelers needing to be based on the East End, meanwhile, should consider the Marriott Springhill Suites Bakery Square in East Liberty, which offers free use of an adjacent fitness center, and sits just a few steps away from Google’s corporate offices.

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