My husband and I are going to be visiting Pittsburgh for 2 or 3 days in the end of February or early March. We would like to stay close to all of the action. We definitely don't want to be more than 15 minutes away from the city. To give you an idea of the attractions we are interested in: we would like to visit Mt. Washington, the aviary, shopping areas, and the Carnegie Museum. We are not sure what else. I'm not sure if that will even narrow down my options because, as far as I know, having never been to Pittsburgh, the things we want to do could be in separate corners of the city. If so, to narrow it down, the preference would be to stay closest to some good restaurants and/or shopping.
I have read some reviews on this site but I'm not sure about any of them, location wise especially. The courtyard by Marriott West Homestead Waterfront is one that has some good reviews, but is it too far? I've seen reviews on the Priory as well. What about it's location? I've also read that the Priory is not located in the safest area of Pittsburgh. Is that just city phobic people or is that realistic?
By no means am I limiting myself to these hotels...I am very open to your suggestions. I'd prefer a hotel, not a motel. I'd also like to keep it under $150/night.