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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.

For more choices, browse our list of the best places to stay in Pittsburgh. Nothing here? Expand your search to include all our Pennsylvania recommendations or contact a friendly guru for advice.

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Best Hotels in Pittsburgh

  • Ace Hotel , Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 63 rooms from £98

    City Style  -  Ace hotels have perfected the art of city cool. This is no exception.
    Restaurant  -  Whitfield restaurant serves regional fare and hosts lively evening events
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adult only property
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty Pittsburgh 135 rooms from £108

    Local exploring  -  Well located in trendy East Liberty, surrounded by hip restaurants, boutique stores, and theatres
    Value chic  -  A cheap and cheerful stay which offers both great rates and modern design
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, one of the nation's oldest and largest Victorian "glass houses"
    Restaurant  -  Local cuisine is served at Wallaces Whiskey Room and Kitchen
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    A well priced modern hotel perfectly located in hip East Liberty. Vast rooms feature wooden floors, simple modern furniture, contemporary graphics, and flatscreens. Bathrooms are equally well proportioned and appointed. American classics are served in the restaurant and the bar is a lively space. See More

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  • The Priory Hotel Pittsburgh 42 rooms from £121

    Local exploring  -  Well located in historic Deutschtown, find plenty to explore locally from museums to restaurants and theatres
    Local markets  -  Sample local produce in Deutschtown's weekly farmers' market
    Full of character
    Traditional
    GardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A historic hotel located in Pittsburg's atmospheric Deutschtown district. Rooms are charming with antique furniture, fireplaces, and sash windows. A small but atmospheric bar serves a good selection of microbrews plus there's a gym and large central courtyard. A characterful stay for city exploring. See More

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  • Inn on Negley Pittsburgh 8 rooms from £148

    Romantic Break  -  With romantic four-poster beds, plush suites and a well-stocked minibar, this hotel is perfect for a couples' weekend away
    Local exploring  -  Located in chic Shadyside, this B&B makes a great base for guests looking to explore the city's stylish eateries and bars
    City Style  -  This well-appointed, period B&B offers heritage Pittsburgh charm in a fantastic location
    Birdwatching  -  Go birdwatching at The National Aviary, America’s only independent, indoor, nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds
    Disabled accessParkingNo pets

    This B&B is set within a beautifully preserved period home in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic Shadyside area. Inside, heritage-style furniture and original, antique oil paintings complement the painstakingly restored property. Complimentary wine, cheese and charcuterie complete the experience. See More

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  • Morning Sun Inn Pittsburgh 5 rooms from £151

    Families  -  Two-room Anna Suite comes with a dining area, living room and kitchenette plus a cosy movie-night set-up
    Local exploring  -  Tranquil base for visiting friends, heading to the university or a weekend exploring Pittsburgh
    Value chic  -  With its home-away-from-home feel, the inn is incredibly reasonably priced
    Great walks  -  Walk to Highland Park Reservoir with its playground, hiking trails & games areas
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    Victorian mansion converted into cosy and contemporary owner-run B&B. Historic stain-glass windows and vaulted ceilings blend seamlessly with modern bathrooms and fresh on-trend colour schemes. Feel at home in the well-designed rooms and spacious public areas. A charming stay. See More

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  • Hotel Monaco, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) 248 rooms from £195

    Sights nearby  -  U.S Steel Tower is aroung the corner.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Mansions on Fifth Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) from £199

    Sights nearby  -  The Andry Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is a must see.
    Great walks  -  Point State Park.
    Full of character
    Boutique
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    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. See More

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  • The Oaklander Pittsburgh 167 rooms from £226

    City Style  -  Contemporary property offering classic hotel services; great restaurant, bar, strong sense of place and fab location
    Local exploring  -  Oakland neighbourhood is considered the cultural hub of the city with buzzing restaurants, university & major sites
    Learning  -  Located next to University of Pittsburgh, 10 mins from the Medical Centre & 20 mins to Carnegie Mellon University
    Business meetings  -  10th floor dedicated meeting & events space offers top-of-the-range venue with added addition of city views
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    Feel right in the heart of the action at this cool yet classic hotel. Slick paired-back decor with glossy touches & neighborhood views feels of the moment, as does the bustling restaurant & glamorous bar. Expect smart TVs, quick wifi & easy access to the university. Ticks every city hotel box. See More

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