My wife and I recently spent three nights at this hotel. We chose this hotel because we like Marriott hotels and this hotel was brand new, having opened only a few months ago. We had also stayed in this area of Pittsburgh previously.
The hotel, as you would expect was immaculate. The staff were exceedingly friendly and eager to serve. Our one bedroom suite had a separate bedroom with a very comfortable mattress, closet safe and a large flat screen TV.
There was a kitchen, complete with refrigerator-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, and two counter top burners. The cabinets were stocked with plates, glassware, utensils, etc. As incredible it was, we really didn't utilize it as we ate all our meals out.
There was also a separate "living area" with a couch, chair, ottoman, dinette table with two chairs and another large flatscreen TV. All throughout the suite there was more than enough lighting.
The bathroom had a bathtub and toilet separate from the sink and counter area, a good idea when someone needed one, while another needed the other. The towels were large and thick.
The hotel provided a complimentary breakfast each morning, which although it was not the equal of what you might find at a Embassy Suites, it came very close. Some items were the same each day (cereals, waffles, fruits, juices, coffee , tea, toast, bagels), while the hot items varied from day to day (sausage, bacon, type of eggs, hashbrowns). The seating area was large, attractive and had a number of large flat screen TVs throughout. All in All, the breakfast experience was excellent.
As an added bonus, the hotel provided a complimentary maqnager's reception Monday thru Wednesday nights. The food changes daily and includes beverages. Surprisingly, the choice of drinks included free wine and beer on tap, but not carbonated soft drinks. I would have preferred a soda, but my wife enjoyed the wine.
Our first night we were getting ready to go out to a local restaurant, but when we smelled the food coming from the dining area we went to investigate. We wound up staying for what they called barbecue night and had chicken breasts, hot dogs and baked beans. There was also macaroni and potato salad, as well as fruit and a desert.
The second night had eggplant parmasean, pasta, salad, breads, etc. All the food was actually quite tasty and was a high quality. Considering it was free, they could have cut corners, but didn't.
Because of its excellent North Shore location, they charge for parking ($18 daily), as do most downtown hotels. However, most of the sights and attractions in Downtown & North Shore are eiher within walking distance, or the hotel provided complimentary shuttle service to anywhere within three miles of the hotel. We wanted to eat at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse at the PPG Plaza, so the driver dropped us off at the restaurant and when we were done, we called for a pickup and he was there within 10 minutes. Just a note, the service is free and the drivers do not have their hand out, but a small tip would seem appropriate.
One last note as to the service and the staff. We had left a pair of eyeglasses in the room which had fallen out when packing. We called the hotel and they had found the glasses and promptly mailed them to us. We offered to reimburse the hotel for the UPS charge, after all is was our negligence, but they refused to accept our offer of payment.
When come back to Pittsburgh this will be our new hotel of preference.
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