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“Beautiful Mansion with plenty of Character” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Inn on the Mexican War Streets (R. H. Boggs House)

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604 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Pittsburgh B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful Mansion with plenty of Character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

When we first got to the Inn, Karl was out front doing some lawn work. He saw my girlfriend and I walk through the front gates, came right up to us and introduced himself and let us in while he was quickly finishing up his gardening. There is no way to explain it other than to just say there is so much history in this mansion. Absolutely Beautiful! We checked in, Karl gave us a mini-tour, and he led us to our room. We stayed on a Friday night and they were at full capacity and our room (Mrs. Boggs Room) stayed very quiet. Not a single disturbance and the king size bed was just as comfortable as it looks in the picture on their main website! I slept great! The night we stayed was very humid and the A/C kept very cool, too. The rooms and bathrooms were very clean and well maintained, especially for a building this old. We were just in town for 1 night and we couldn't have found a better place to stay. Overall: Well worth the price. Just blew us away! Definitely planning a return someday!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The Inn has been lovely restored, but please be aware that it is located in a less than desirable part of town. A large majority of the street is boarded up storefront and homeless walk or sleep on the street. The shabby YMCA next door to the Inn is apparently 'home' to many of these homeless. We did not feel safe walking to the local restaurant that was recommended by the owner. There is limited parking in the back, so you will probably have to leave your car on the busy, main street. Don't leave any valuables in your car. The room was ok. Tiny bath. Noisy AC window unit. No shade on window so light from next door YMCA kept us up all night. The breakfast was a cold, do it yourself, number vs a hot breakfast served by the owner in the dining room which is what we have come to enjoy about B&B's. We were disappointed, especially given the price, will not return and would not recommend it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Our three generations family group of nine spent two weeks at The Inn and could not have asked for a more perfect stay, or for better hospitality then what we received from Karl and Jeff. They are the perfect hosts.
For our purposes we rented all of the rooms at the inn, and it was a fantastic stay. I am so happy that I found it while researching for a place in Pittsburgh that we could all be together and not locked into a hotel type atmosphere.
We were in Pittsburgh for our granddaughter’s wedding and graduation from medical school. We had several “events” at the inn including the rehearsal dinner, Mother’s Day brunch (prepared by Jeff), a special breakfast hosted by the bride, and an after graduation lunch. Jeff and Karl were very gracious about all of our requests, and I can’t thank them enough.
Our stay at the inn was the same as if we were in our own home with Karl and Jeff allowing us to have all of the family functions that we had during the two week stay. Thanks Karl and Jeff for your great hospitality!

Jeannie and Jim

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012 via mobile

A fantastic hotel a far cry from the standardised and impersonal chain hotels of the same price.

A beautiful building, charming rooms with comfy bed, lovely bathroom, both clean and very elegant. Breakfast very nice too, good quality food in a relaxed and informal style that gives a real hone from home feel.

The whole place has clearly been lovingly created and curated and it's owner Jeff could not have been a better host. Helpful and friendly without being intrusive in any way. This is a real hidden gem of Pittsburgh!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

I have often come to the Inn on the Mexican War Streets as a couple, but sadly returned to bury my partner. Found solace and comfort in the warmth of the Inn. And found many other travelers out on their own as well, many of them women happy for the security of the setting.
Tops for Business or Romance. 5 Minute walk to the National Aviary, the Warhol Museum, the eclectic Mattress Factory with its installation art, as well as all of Downtown Pittsburgh.
This historic neighborhood is full of classic Victorian architecture and history. Gertrude Stein and Martha Graham were born here, just a few blocks from that big handsome stone porch out in front.
I go for morning coffee in the rain sitting out front facing those giant elm trees in the park.
And a glass of wine or champagne in the late summer evening before turning in for the night.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

A great alternative to the hotel scene. Very friendly, beautiful inn across from a park where you can go kayaking in a small lake. If you stay for 2 nights, the price goes down significantly. Breakfast is "do it yourself", but with a great selection (including a waffle iron) and variety of settings where you can eat. We chose the back patio one day and huge front porch the next. We will return to the Inn on Mexican War Street.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

The Inn on Mexican War Streets is a very interesting little b&b. The Inn keepers are very nice. The hotel itself is a little worn around the edges, showers are a little dingy, fixtures are older, but it is an older hotel so I guess that is to be expected. There are tons of little kitchy elements in each room that provide a chuckle at the very least. We stayed there as part of a wedding that was at the Mattress Factory and since the hotel is walking distance from the Mattress Factory that was great.

The neighborhood seemed to be a little on the sketchy side, but people said that the neighborhood was actually in the process of turning around.

IF you are looking to be close to bars and restaurants I wouldn't pick this hotel, but for a quick weekend stay it was fine.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 604 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh
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Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pittsburgh
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Number of rooms: 8
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