Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. These hotels were kind enough to provide complimentary stays in exchange for this review, but as always, opinions are my own.
Welcome to Pittsburgh, a city I first visited about 10 years ago to kayak right through the city, eat the “best Philly cheesesteak outside of Philly” according to a college friend, and ride the inclines for a view over the city.
When I saw it was en route to Richmond back when we were planning our road trip, I knew I had to make it back.
And so we did, staying three nights in two hotels, one a charming B&B with a reputation for throwing amazing weddings and the other the downtown Omni.
Our first two nights were spent in the Morning Glory Inn, a beautiful inn built in the 1800s by a German entrepreneur. These days, the inn is known for hosting spectacular weddings, but, of course, they also host regular guests in between.
We stayed in the attic suite, which was composed of a cozy entryway area with a desk and a plush chair and a small table, a spacious bathroom, and a large upstairs room with a very comfortable king bed.
The house itself is full of antiques from estate sales, including a grand piano from 1890, and new-built furniture made to look antique. The interior is eclectic and light and Dave (the owner) says “I’ve never, in 20 years, gotten tired of the inside of this place”.
And if the interior is charming, the exterior is even moreso.
But enough words. Photos tell the story much better than words could:
After those two nights, we headed to the Omni William Penn, right downtown. The biggest perk here was location. We walked to the point park and along the rivers and explored the downtown area, which is dotted with interesting historic houses nestled up against modern skyscrapers and art.
The hotel itself was clean and nice, the valets and bellmen helpful and cheerful, the room’s view interesting, and the lobby vast and impressive. Omni has a reputation for being upscale for a reason.
I must confess, though, that I missed our little attic room at the Morning Glory. While I enjoy a good upscale hotel as much as the next person, I feel a much deeper connection to places with history and charm and uniqueness. Antiques or quirky art. Cute little courtyards. Owners who share their stories with me.
Omni is probably a good choice for business travelers or those who need to be right downtown, while Morning Glory is for the B&B crowd and those who want to explore another side of Pittsburgh.
Rooms at the Morning Glory Inn start at $150 per night and include breakfast and parking.
Rooms at the Omni William Penn Hotel start at around $200. Valet parking is another $34 per day, or you can self-park at one of the nearby garages starting at $18 per day. Pets are welcome for a non-refundable $50 fee. Wi-Fi costs $10 – $15 per day, and members of Omni’s perks program receive a discount.
Looking for more places to stay? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve reviewed here.