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Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

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Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

We're coming back (2nd trip) to Pittsburgh for the Monday night Steeler-Texans game. Plan to come in Sunday, head back home Tuesday.

Any recommendations for which area to stay in the general downtown area where we could walk to a few restaurants, bars, etc?

Would something near the Strip District be what we should look for?

Thanks all

PS. Wife is a life-long Steeler fan. I'll be the nut job wearing a shirt split in two: half-Steelers, half-Texans

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11. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

Any opinion on Marriott Pittsburgh City Center at 112 Washington Place? Rates are better than most in the area (is this a warning?) and seems to be a number of restaurants, etc. in the vicinity.

Thanks all.

And we're really looking forward to our 2nd trip your city. We had a blast the last time

Edited: 4:30 pm, July 11, 2014
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12. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

That Marriott is right by the Consol Energy Center so it very popular for Penguin games and concerts. Less so for Steelers and Pirates because it's probably the downtown hotel furthest from the North Shore. No biggie, though, as downtown Pittsburgh is small and unless you don't want to walk its fine, especially if price is a consideration. Just down the hill is the Steel Plaza T stop so you can take that to the game and Station Square/Incline. The main part of the Strip is about 1 mile from the Steel Plaza station (we checked this as we live in the burbs and often ride the T into town.) I don't know of any popular or well-regarded restaurants nearby (well, maybe the Carlton but it's fancy, expensive and very old-school) so unless you don't care about food, walk to Market Square or the Cultural District for you choice of great restaurants from high end to dives. Post back with preferences if you want suggestions.

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13. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

I second the recommendation for the Marriott and using the subway (T-Rail in Pittsburgh terms) to go to the better restaurants in Market Square and Penn Avenue. The hotel has always been clean and well-maintained every time I have been there, so the price is just a reflection of the distance from the stadiums.

However, be aware that going "up the hill" past the Marriott is entering into a high-crime ghetto area. You probably won't have any crime concerns near the Marriott, just be aware of your surroundings as you are about four blocks from Pittsburgh's "Compton" area.

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14. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

Any by Pittsburgh's Compton, you are in one of the worst areas in a city that doesn't have terrible crime rates. You aren't going to get gunned down, mugged, or stabbed because you're wearing the wrong colors.

You would likely get some odd looks and maybe some comments, but it's not a fear for your life situation. Calling it Pittsburgh's Compton is about as equivalent to calling Squirrel Hill to Malibu. It's a nicer area than most in Pittsburgh, but it's still not one of the wealthiest areas in the nation.

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15. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

I think the Mariott would be a good idea too. Just like earlier posters said, there isn't much by way of food there - but it would be a short (less than 20 minute) walk to really good places or you can take the free T.

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17. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

One man shot while selling heroine. Yes, tourists should not sell heroine in the Hill District or anywhere as a matter of fact.

A prostitute was raped? Yes, tourists should not participate in prostitution while in Pittsburgh, especially in the Hill District. As a matter of fact, don't engage in prostitution anywhere that it is illegal. A general understanding for all illegal acts, I presume.

Most violent crimes, as is the case most places, don't occur at random. Tourists won't find any desire to venture into the Hill District. There's nothing that will interest them, but the suggestions that you will instantly be raped or murdered are false.

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18. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

there are like only 10 city proper hotels so you really can't go wrong anywhere. though i would avoid anything near consol energy center ("uptown"), its too far out and that area is desolate and dicey at night--even though you will see tumbleweeds on the downtown streets after the FB crowds come and go :-(

booking.com is the best way to map them. then filter by city center and click the google map you'll see what i mean. wouldn't go beyond crosstown blvd. all the hotels are bascially the same. the ones right in the golden triangle are older and bigger. the ones near the strip and the stadium are smaller and newer. tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g53449-Pittsburgh_Pen…

given the law of supply and demand, and a black and gold event, you're going to get price raped BOOK EARLY because the hotels sell out.

you can ride the T (subway) free within the golden triangle and the stadiums

portauthority.org/paac/apps/maps/TLines.pdf

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19. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

Through associations with US Steel, we can get discounted rates (<$150) at the Doubletree , One Bigelow Square.

So if the area may not be the best for walking around excursions, we'll grab a cab.

Sound like a decent plan?

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20. Re: Recommendations: Best "Downtown" Area for a Weekend Visit

Yes, it's fine. You're across the street from the T. Just note that cabs can be tough to get. It's not like you can hail them from the street. Use the T, walk or ask the hotel or restaurant to call you a cab.

The nonsense about crime and tumbleweeds is just that...the Hill District is blocks from downtown in the opposite direction from where any tourist would go. And while Pittsburgh does not have as much nightlife downtown as some cities (it's in other areas like the Southside and Lawrenceville) there will be places open and people around. The two hottest restaurants/bars are regularly booked solid on weekends.