This former office building and nightclub makes for a beautiful hotel. The lobby is pretty impressive, and the rooms have interesting angles and high ceilings, to add a lot of elegance. Furnishings are also elegant, the bathroom large and high-quality. The soap, shampoo and lotion provided are Aveeno brand, and the tea and coffee in the room are also good, especially the tea. There is an iron and ironing board, robe, good in-room safe and coffee-maker. Our room had a small window with a direct view of PNC park and the fireworks at the park. Very nice.
I hate arriving at downtown hotels because there is limited space for loading and unloading, but I never saw a back-up out-front, and the hotel was totally booked some nights when I was there. Parking across the street in the garage is reasonable. Valet parking is also available.
I appreciate that we were given a choice of unlocking the minibar or not upon arrival. Apples and oranges are available in the lobby for free in the afternoons. It would be hard to get in and out of the front entrance without the staff greeting you and holding the door for you. In terms of staff, the bellhops and doormen are really outstanding and helpful.
There were a few negatives. Our single room was a bit on the small side, but decent for an urban hotel. Outlets for the laptops were not convenient--the one under the desk was used by the desk lamp and alarm clock, and the next closest was behind the curtains and not that easy to use.
Check-in went well, but there were dirty socks in a drawer in our room. Shortly after arrival, a staff person knocked on the door then opened it without giving us much chance to react. We were in the middle of changing, but fortunately got out of view. One night, the housekeeper failed to refill the tissues and replace the used cups, coffee and tea, though a call corrected that problem. Whenever I needed to mail a letter or ask for a map at the front desk, I had to wait while desk staff and the concierge dealt with issues that took a lot more time. Nothing hugely terrible, but disappointing at a hotel at this level and listed as one of the top ten in the U.S. by Tripadvisor. If you are likely to be upset by these sorts of lapses, I would suggest staying elsewhere. Also check the amenities, as the hotel lacks some things like a pool, although guests may access a pool next door.
Overall, though, I got a very good rate, and it really is a nice property in a fantastic location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA is an inspirational landmark, a bold fusion of classic and contemporary, where stunning architecture meets sleek, modern design. Located in the heart of the vibrant Cultural District and as one of the most historic hotels in downtown Pittsburgh, the Renaissance is housed in the iconic Fulton Building and exudes the urban sophistication of this cosmopolitan creative hub. Centrally located, the Renaissance Pittsburgh hotel is close to PNC Park, Heinz Field, the Consol Energy Center and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, making it the ideal locale for seeing the best of what our exciting city has to offer. Exceptional works by celebrated local artists lend the space artistic flair, while light spills in through the stunning glass dome ceiling into the lobby below. From the start, the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel promises to be unforgettable. Discover one of the only luxury four-star hotels in downtown Pittsburgh. The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel combines artistic elegance and hip style with luxurious Pittsburgh accommodations and an excellent location, creating a hotel experience unlike any other in the Steel City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pittsburgh Renaissance