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Once known only for its steel mills and blast furnaces, Pittsburgh, in western Pennsylvania, is now equally known for its arts scene, lively neighbourhoods, and cool green spaces. As it lies at the junction of three rivers - the Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny - this has given rise to its nickname, The City of Bridges; over 400 of them! The rivers, naturally, make it quite a hilly city, and some of the best places to stay in Pittsburgh give spectacular views over the city and its bridges.
Most people make their first point of call the museums; two of the star attractions - The Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art - are named after Scottish-born industrialist Andrew Carnegie who modernised steel production here. In the North Shore neighbourhood, you’ll find the other star attraction, the six-storey Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol, one of the 20th-century’s coolest artists, was born in the city before moving to New York.
The Mattress Factory is where you’ll find avant-garde art while, just outside Pittsburgh, is architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent Fallingwater house.
History buffs will want to browse the Fort Pitt Museum, which commemorates the French and Indian 18th-century war that brought the city into being. The museum is in Point State Park, a lovely spot for chilling out, as is the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
For outdoor pursuits, take your pick of the elaborate 1700-acre system of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy whose four parks offer swimming, golf, tennis, cycling, riding and hiking trails.
For stunning city views head to the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines, Victorian funiculars that whizz up the slope of Mt Washington. The city looks particularly spectacular from up here at night.
Evenings in Pittsburgh cater for all tastes. You could head to the downtown’s Cultural District for opera, dance and theatre; find a laidback dive where banjo players play bluegrass classics; chill in a smart wine bar with Prohibition-era cocktails; or dine on food ranging from Mexican and Italian to hot dogs and oysters.
Our choice of the best places to stay in Pittsburgh ensures you are well-placed to take in this city’s surprising range of attractions.
For modern style
- It may look like any other high-rise, modern hotel but the rooms inside Hotel Monaco are stylish and boldly coloured, and done with a keen designer eye. Come here for modern art, American cuisine and a popular daily ‘wine hour’.
For traditional comfort
- The spectacularly bold Mansions on Fifth is an extraordinary Elizabethan-and-Tudor-Revival building with stained-glass windows and plasterwork ceilings. Comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms are spacious; some with fireplaces.
Best Hotels in Pittsburgh
Ace Hotel 63 rooms from $126Pittsburgh
Bringing some serious cool to Pittsburgh this Ace property ticks all the boxes. Think simple yet light and airy rooms with enormous sash windows and sink into beds. A cafe, hip bar and superb restaurant fulfill all dining requirements and the location is pitch perfect too. Highly recommended.City Style - Ace hotels have perfected the art of city cool. This is no exception.Restrictions on children - This is an adult only propertyFull of characterLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh 63 rooms from $129Pittsburgh
Ace Hotel is housed in a former YMCA building just outside downtown Pittsburgh. The interiors and furnishings have been touched up to give it a boutiquey feel whilst the large windows let in a wonderful amount of light. Be sure to eat at their excellent Whitfield restaurant! A fun and unfussy stay.Sights nearby - Head to the zoo or wander around the beautiful Phipps Conservatory and Botanical GardensQuirky - An experience!Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Monaco, Pittsburgh 248 rooms from $250Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
In the downtown Golden Triangle is this lively, modern hotel offering luxurious rooms, gym and a springboard for Pittsburgh exploring. The Commoner serves American cuisine and mirrors the cities industrial ancestors in decor. Do not miss the daily wine hour, perfect way to meet fellow guests.Sights nearby - U.S Steel Tower is aroung the corner.Full of characterLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet
Mansions on Fifth from $255Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
Elizabethan and Tudor architectural revival in Pittsburgh, complete with stained glass windows, wooden floors and a grand piano. Luxurious rooms are all unique in style. Breakfast in-room and Pittsburgh city close for restaurants, art galleries, museums and theatre. A historical must-see.Sights nearby - The Andry Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is a must see.Great walks - Point State Park.Full of character