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 in that immediate sector is the luxuriously sleek Fairmont Pittsburgh, which opened in 2010. But if you’re looking for more of an Old World atmosphere, try Omni William Penn, a stately hotel with chandeliers and a baby grand piano in the lobby.
If you’re in town for business, The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh has a direct connection to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
And while the university district of Oakland is unfortunately lacking in high-quality lodging, nearby Shadyside makes up for it with the historic Mansions on Fifth, a boutique hotel that occupies two painstakingly restored former private homes on the city’s Millionaires Row, with detailed reconstruction that remained faithful to the era.
For a getaway outside of the city, check into The Lodge at Glendorn, a rustic luxury hideaway in rural Pennsylvania. More than three hours north of Pittsburgh, the Bradford hotel is great for outdoorsy types who like golfing, lake activities, clay shooting, horseback riding and Jeep rides.
Just an hour and 20 minutes south of the city, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort enchants with two hotels (the Ritz Paris-influenced Chateau Lafayette and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Falling Rock) and a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, Lautrec.