This hotel doesn't deserve the bad rap it has received in several recent reviews. While the physical plant is dated, recent renovations have raised the basic room and bed quality back to 3-3.5 stars. And granted, we were not there at a peak time, but the service was uniformly pleasant, if at times a bit clumsy.
This is a large (for Pittsburgh) 50-year old convention hotel (formerly the Hilton). It is located right at the Point, so it is at the far end of downtown from the current business district, but still within a 10-minute walk of most any downtown location. It is, however, one of the closest downtown hotels to the North Side sports venues. It is also next to the Point State Park and has lovely river views from most of its rooms.
In certain ways, this hotel does "try harder." Thus, both wired and wi-fi internet are free (as they should be!). In addition, there is no fee to use the gym, which is reasonably well equipped with cardio equipment, free weights, and about half a circuit of nautilis equipment.
The rooms themselves are just OK. The standard guest room is very small and comfortably accommodates no more than two people. In fact, the furniture and closet in our room was obviously not measured for fit as the closet door could not fully open and the armchair was shoved into a corner where it just ddn't fit. A flat-screen TV was a nice touch. More importantly, the bed, though soft for me, was comfy, as was the bedding and the soft, but supporting, pillows. The bathroom, again, was cramped but not too much so. There was a nice assortment of toiletries. There was ample water pressure and hot water (if anything, the absence of energy-efficient shower heads costs this hotel a ton of money in terms of wasted hot water). Noise from the hallways (and adjoining rooms) can be an issue.
In terms of public spaces, there is not much going on here. The former Hilton bars and restaurants have been truncated and consolidated. What remains is adequate, but not impressive, and not worth the price.
If you are travelling on business, you probably are not staying here, as there are better hotels in better locations for the price. But if you are traveling to see the Steelers or the hapless Pirates, or are paying off prices through a blind bidding site, you should have an enjoyable stay here.
We did not eat breakfast here (at $15-$20 per head). Instead, we walked to the nearby McDonalds and had breakfast for 2 for $10. There are tons of places to eat within 5-10 minutes' walk of the hotel, so there is little reason to eat there (which probably explains the desultory nature of the hotel's own offerings). As for parking, we found that free weekend parking was easy to come by. On the weekday we were there, I parked the car at a Pittsburgh Parking Authority lot about .4 miles away for less than half the cost of the valet parking charge.
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- Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel
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