cool and unusual hotels in Pittsburgh

Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in Pittsburgh 2021

A city built on industrial manufacturing but went through an economic depression in the 1980’s and has now spectacularly bounced back thanks to investment from tech companies, Pittsburgh – located in western Pennsylvania at the junction of three rivers – is easily one of the most fascinating cities in the USA. It’s also been voted as one of the most liveable cities in America thanks to a huge cultural and creative focus and an ever-burgeoning music, culinary and art scene (from the Andy Warhol Museum to the trendy bar and restaurant-lined sleek downtown waterfront). With city’s influx of new bars, restaurants and hotels and the neighbourhood of East Liberty & Lawrenceville recently being voted the coolest neighbourhood’s in the whole of America has transformed itself into a vibrant cultural and artistic hub but with still more than a handful of evidence of its industrial past. In such a hipster’s paradise, you know they’ll have some equally cool places to stay. Here are the best cool and unique hotels to stay in Pittsburgh…

The Ace Hotel – Pittsburgh’s hipster’s paradise

Set in an early 20th-century building in the East Liberty area, the hip and trendy4-star exceptionally rated Ace Hotel is just a short distance away from city attractions like the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, the Phipps Conservatory and the Botanical Gardens. With a modern, minimalist vibe, bedrooms are cool and comfortable and offer fuss-free lodgings while suites have free-standing tubs, private sitting areas with turntables and acoustic guitars. The cool Pittsburgh hotel is also home to a tavern style restaurant and a chic lobby bar with an expansive list of wines and spirits, and a coffee shop with an industrial chic, urban vibe.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco – a bold and plush design hotel

In an original Beaux Arts building located across the street from Mellon Square Park, the 4-star exceptionally rated Kimpton Hotel Monaco is set close to the Cultural District with its art galleries, restaurants and shops. Offering plush accommodation, the interiors are vibrant and whimsical, with usual pieces of art and sculpture at every turn. Bedrooms at the creative Pittsburgh hotel are decadent with oversized velvet headboards, ornate furnishings and quality textiles, whilst bathrooms are cool and contemporary with tubs and showers. The Commoner is a tavern style restaurant offering modern American food, while the Biergarten is a rooftop bar serving up lite bites and cold beers, that also offers a daily wine tasting hour for guests to mingle and enjoy.

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Morning Glory Inn – guest house housed in a historic Victorian townhouse

Housed in a Victorian townhouse that dates back as far as 1862, the highly rated Morning Glory Inn is a South Side B&B that offers a quiet and quaint place to stay. Uniquely decorated throughout, the Morning Glory Inn is just a 10-minute walk from the major shopping centres and close to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Bedrooms are filled with homely touches and antique furnishings and offer private en-suite bathrooms, some with clawfoot bathtubs. The Italianate-style quirky Pittsburgh accommodation on offer is incredibly cosy and the hotel is just a block away from the Historic District, and close to numerous restaurants, jazz and blues clubs and a wide variety of famous retail outlets.

  • Prices from $120 per night.
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Distrikt Hotel – cool and funky hotel attracting Pittsburgh’s creatives

On the south edge of the theatre district, the 5-star Districkt Hotel is a funky and uber-chic hotel, housed in a former Salvation Army Building built in 1924. Bedrooms are sleek and comfortable with leather headboards, monochrome linens and fantastic urban views, whilst bathrooms are hyper trendy with concrete floors and metro tiles combined with marble worktops. The hip and funky Pittsburgh hotel is also home to The Whale restaurant specialising in local dishes and a farm to table focused menu, as well as not one but two bars serving up local Pittsburgh beer, craft cocktails and a broad wine selection. The Evangeline coffee and juice den is also on hand to keep you going with light bites and coffees all day long.

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Cambria Hotel – a trendy all-suite hotel

The official hotel of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the highly rated Cambria Hotel has been completely renovated to offer visitors sophisticated, contemporary accommodation in an excellent downtown location. Combining high tech amenities with classic comfort, bedrooms are well sized and modern with quality linens and upscale furnishings, while the bathrooms are uber-cool with walk-in showers and luxury fittings. The Social Circle™ bistro offers a unique menu and the bar has an extensive selection of wines, beers and whiskies. There is also a dedicated fitness area and an indoor pool for guests to enjoy free of charge.

The Priory – former monastery turned swish hotel

Situated in a former monastery, this unique Pittsburgh hotel can be found in the Deutschtown Historic District, and the highly rated The Priory is just a mile away from downtown Pittsburgh itself. With elegant 19th-century style interiors, the communal spaces are filled with Edwardian era antiques that accent the building’s remarkable architectural and interior design features, while bedrooms are modern and comfortable with all the luxury conveniences you could wish for. The Victorian Garden courtyard offers a peaceful respite from the busy city streets and continental breakfast can be enjoyed at the hotel every day. There is also a small, friendly bar in the lobby area and an onsite fitness centre.

Hotel Indigo – beautiful boutique hotel in the East Liberty neighbourhood

This carefully restored boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the lively East Liberty neighbourhood and offers design touches and decor that reflects the eclectic nature of the communities heritage. At the 4-star exceptionally rated Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, bedrooms are spacious and refined with plush linens, spa-inspired showers and leather bedsteads, while marble bathrooms with oversized shows cubicles add a touch of decadence. Wallaces Whiskey Room and Kitchen serves up a wide and varied menu of seasonal dishes as well as an excellent selection of local wines and beers that can be enjoyed indoors or out on the terrace area. The cool Pittsburgh hotel also offers a 24-hour onsite fitness centre.

Omni William Hotel – upscale boutique housed in a historic building

A sleek and sophisticated hotel dating as far back as 1916 and located in the downtown Business District, close to Union Station. Having recently undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation, the 4-star highly rated Omni William Hotel now offers unparalleled luxury and outstanding customer service. Bedrooms come complete with grand, colonial-style furnishings, plush linens and marble bathrooms, while the communal areas are traditional and lavish. The trendsetting Pittsburgh hotel also offers a choice of 7 different bars and eateries that will provide you with everything from award-winning fine dining through to freshly brewed coffees and bagels. The hotel also has its very own fitness centre.

Renaissance Pittsburgh – luxurious and hip elegant hotel

This is a refined, upscale hotel set in the historic Fulton Building with views out over the Allegheny River. Located at the heart of the Cultural District, the 4-star exceptionally Renaissance Pittsburgh combines contemporary style with a grand historical ambience. Bedrooms are elegant and sleek with huge beds, luxurious linens, opulent furnishings and stunning river views of the downtown Pittsburgh skyline, whilst bathrooms are just as upmarket with marble fittings and walk-in showers. The Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie offers classic French comfort food, or visitors can eat classic American fare and drink great whisky at Braddock’s Street Side Grill. There is also a gym on site.

Downtown Digs 201 – very cool and creative apartment accommodation

Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, this historic building once served as the Union Station of the Pittsburgh railway. With plush communal areas, grand architectural features and a fitness centre, the apartment building has everything you need to enjoy your city centre stay. The much-loved Downtown Digs 201 offers plush interiors with industrial touches, and comes with a well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable double bedroom and a large, bright lounge with wooden flooring. Close to local shops and restaurants and just a short walk from PNC Park and the Andy Warhol Museum, this stylish pied-à-terre is a great place to start your next Pittsburgh adventure.

The Mansion at Maple Heights – chic Jacobean-style B&B

This small and friendly bed and breakfast in the highly rated The Mansion at Maple Heights offers six fully renovated rooms with all the luxury amenities you could wish for during your stay. Housed in a historical Jacobean building, The unique Pittsburgh abode offers traditional hospitality in comfortable surroundings. All of the bedrooms are bright and airy and come complete with hardwood floors, solid furnishings and large, sumptuous beds dressed with quality linens. Each room has its own private bathroom offering both a bathtub and a shower. Situated in one of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious neighbourhoods and surrounded by large, landscaped gardens, The Mansion B&B is a truly beautiful place to stay.

The Fairmount Hotel – chic hotel in Pittsburgh’s cultural and dining hub

Close to Point State Park, this downtown hotel offers upscale accommodation in plush surroundings. From the wood panelled walls and oversized light fixtures in the lobby area through to the leather sofas and velvet seats in the bar area, every inch of the 4-star exceptionally rated The Fairmount Hotel is immaculately styled and well executed. Bedrooms at this chic and sassy Pittsburgh hotel are sleek and contemporary with huge beds and crisp white linens, while bathrooms offer designer fixtures including both a shower and bath. The Flr.2 restaurant serves up modern American musings, while Andy’s Wine Bar offers cool jazz and an extensive drinks menu. There is also an onsite spa and a fitness centre for guests to enjoy.

Mansions on Fifth – gorgeous historic chic boutique

An unusual and unique Pittsburgh boutique hotel oozing with elegance and sophistication in opulent surroundings. Offering a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy Pittsburgh streets, the 4-star exceptionally rated Mansions On Fifth is close to the Phipps Conservatory and Carnegie Natural History Museum. Bedrooms are upscale and beautifully designed with quality dark wood furnishings, plush recliners and sumptuous beddings, whilst bathrooms offer high-quality fixtures and fittings. The stunning historic building is also home to the Oak Room Pub that offers a full parade of single malt scotches, craft bourbons and distinctive Irish whiskies. The Oak Room also features a revolving roster of speciality cocktails and excellent quality pub grub.

The Parador Inn – Caribbean-themed lodging in a Victorian Inn

This former Victorian mansion offers museum quality interiors with a colonial Caribbean feel. At exceptionally rated the exceptionally rated Parador Inn, each of the 9 bedrooms have been elegantly designed to reflect the style of the building and comes complete with period furnishings, high-quality bedding, oversized antique desks and gas fireplaces. Colourful and quirky, the stylishly unusual Pittsburgh inn brings a little something extra to the Pittsburgh area with painted murals and feature fireplaces dotted throughout the communal areas. The hotel also features its very own movie library, and breakfast can be enjoyed in the stunning gardens when the weather is warm enough.

Shadyside Inn – modern all-suite Pittsburgh hotel

An all-suite hotel offering bright and airy suites close to Carnegie Mellon University and the Walnut Street shopping district. The highly rated Shadyside Inn All Suites offers a variety of studio, one and two bedroom suites all featuring contemporary decor complete with hardwood floors, fully fitted kitchens, and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms at this trendy Pittsburgh accommodation come with high-quality fixtures and fittings and all of the suites are perfect for groups and families. As an independent hotel owned by a local family, the Shadyside Inn All Suites offer modern and comfortable accommodation for visitors of all ages.

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